Why do Western countries allow Muslims in if the result is threats of violence against non-Muslims for exercising their rights?
So much for this video post a few days ago. via ‘Frightened’ Britain Cancels Mohammed Cartoon Exhibit.
It’s an odd feeling sitting down to write this, it’s a mixture of relief and foreboding. The Mohammed Cartoon exhibit that I and others had planned for September in London has been cancelled, and the fact that this has brought relief should offer some clues as to why.
Over the last few weeks, I have had several conversations with both Scotland Yard and counter-terror detectives. My conclusion? That the risk of running this exhibition is simply too high. When setting out to do something like this, one has to be prepared for the possibility of threats, or even violence, but it’s easy to underestimate the impact such things will have on the people around you.
There’s a very real possibility that people could be hurt or killed – before, during, and after the event. This, together with the fact that our venue had indicated it wanted to pull out citing security and insurance concerns, and given the fear that people were feeling generally, the only responsible thing to do was to pull back and try to learn some lessons. I have not learned lessons as much as I have had my suspicions confirmed. There are two major messages to take on board from this episode: 1) Britain is a frightened nation, and 2) our freedom is not going away, it has gone.
You may think it obvious to state that Britain is frightened, but I think it is worse than most people imagine. Just the word “Islam” evokes fear in the majority of the people I meet, and this is amplified upon mention of “Mohammed cartoons”. There is a tangible uneasiness, an anxiety around violence and death – in people’s minds these shift from possibility to probability upon mention of a Mohammed cartoon, and that can be rather sobering. Fear is controlling our society where Islam is concerned, and it was fear that got this exhibit cancelled.
Absurdly, people are almost as frightened of being called a racist, or being associated with someone who was once called racist, as they are of physical violence. We saw again throughout this process that even those who pretend to argue for free speech draw a line at anyone who talks about race. Leftist activists will say what they have said throughout; free speech for all, except him.
Some of the attacks aimed at us (from those who ought to support us) were allegedly made because of Paul Weston’s planned presence at the event. Weston is the leader of the Liberty GB political party. He has made some speeches about the future of white people, and according to those who set the rules, this is a step too far. The demographic-that-cannot-be-named was named, and this was more than enough to cancel Weston’s speaking rights thenceforth (though of course if it hadn’t been Weston, it would’ve been Wilders).
This brings me to point two.
We’re no longer in a place where we risk losing our freedom;…
Correct, Brits freedom is gone. As it is slipping away in the U.S. too.
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