"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." - Plato
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Irony Alert: UC Berkeley Administration Defends Freedom of Speech from Students
I recall reading somewhere that the Tsarnaev brothers were angered that so many Americans viewed Islam as a violent religion. So the did what any of us would do. They detonated bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
That really made their point.
Recently Bill Maher, left-wing talk show host, dared to remark the obvious, that extremism and intolerance are endemic to Islam and not limited to “just a few bad apples.”
Let’s review who Bill Maher is: He’s a hateful, foul-mouthed, left-wing bigot who has made a career in show business slandering Christianity. But he has never paid a price for that. But when he dared to criticize Islam, the left went crazy. And now there’s a petition circulating at the University of California at Berkeley demanding that Maher’s the revocation of his invitation to speak at the school’s fall commencement.
"Bill Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for. In a time where climate is a priority for all on campus, we cannot invite an individual who himself perpetuates a dangerous learning environment,” the petition reads.
No. They’re not complaining about his trademark anti-Christian bigotry. They’re upset that he dared speak aloud what most people know.
And wouldn’t you know it? The organization backing the petition is the, “Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition (MEMSA).” That’s right. Muslims are reacting to accusations of intolerance with intolerance.
“It’s not an issue of freedom of speech, it’s a matter of campus climate,” Marium Navid, a senator with the Associated Students of the University of California said. “The First Amendment gives him the right to speak his mind, but it doesn’t give him the right to speak at such an elevated platform as the commencement. That’s a privilege his racist and bigoted remarks don’t give him.”
Navid co-authored the petition with Khwaja Ahmed, an active member of MEMSA.
According to MSNBC, as of this past Tuesday, the petition had collected 10,000 signatures.
My, how things change once liberals feel themselves in charge. Berkeley was the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. Fifty years ago, civil rights activists Mario Savio wanted to advocate for his causes, but was told by the UC administration that political speech was forbidden on campus. What followed was a convulsion of civil disobedience that ended with the resignation of the UCB chancellor and a revival of the academy as a home for the free exchange of ideas.
That has all changed of course. On today’s college campuses, one only free to advocate for approved ideas. Decades of political correctness have stripped us of our moral courage. Today’s college student is taught to subordinate his own moral judgment to those anointed as his moral superiors. These moral authorities are not wiser than the rest of us, just louder. Their only guiding principle is their opposition to everything traditional to Western civilization.
Bill Maher’s gratuitous anti-Christian bigotry did not arouse their ire. It was his legitimate criticism of Islam. Democratic campaign consultant and MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s shrill, anti-Mormon bigotry will never cost him a speaking opportunity at any college.
And it doesn’t matter to these totalitarians that Maher is correct. This last summer, the civilized world followed the drama of Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant US resident who was imprisoned and sentenced to death when she returned to her home country of Sudan to visit family. Her crime was her conversion to Christianity.
This is not at all uncommon in the Islamic world. Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan, among others, all have laws demanding the death penalty for apostasy. In Jordan and Egypt, recent public opinion polls found that 85% of the population favored the death penalty for apostasy. The Pakistani government does not enforce the death penalty for apostasy. They leave “honor killings” to the families.
This seems to support Maher’s claim that, it’s not just few bad apples who practice extremism and intolerance in the Islamic world. Only in those countries where they comprise a small minority to you hear Muslims express a desire for tolerance.
In an amusing turnabout, the UC Berkeley administration told the petitioners to fly a kite. Bill Maher’s invitation to deliver the commencement address will be honored. How ironic is that? Fifty years after the UCB administration suppressed students’ right to free speech. Today it’s the administrators protecting free speech from students.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Friday, August 01, 2014
Tell Me Again. What's so Great About That Jobs Report?
For the 50th time in the last 51 months, more unemployed gave up looking for work than actually found jobs.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Hillary Clinton Distances Herself from Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton has been doing her best to put distance between herself and Barack Hussein Obama's failures. Now, she distancing herself from one of her own.
Hillary thought her Russian reset was a good idea.
Until she decided that she wasn't.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Americans Disagree with Democrats on Immigration Reform
When Americans say that they favor immigration reform, they mean deportation.
Most voters don’t want any of the young illegal immigrants who’ve recently arrived here housed in their state and say any legislation passed by Congress to deal with the problem should focus on sending them home as soon as possible.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the primary focus of any new immigration legislation passed by Congress should be to send the young illegal immigrants back home as quickly as possible. Just 27% say it should focus instead on making it easier for these illegal immigrants to remain in the United States. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Afghanistan's Culture of Pedophilia
Boning little boys for Allah.
Western forces fighting in southern Afghanistan had a problem. Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy's father. Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to "touch and fondle them," military investigator AnnaMaria Cardinalli told me. "The soldiers didn't understand."
All of this was so disconcerting that the Defense Department hired Cardinalli, a social scientist, to examine this mystery. Her report, "Pashtun Sexuality," startled not even one Afghan. But Western forces were shocked - and repulsed.
For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers. Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are bacha baz, the term for an older man with a boy lover. Literally it means "boy player." The men like to boast about it.
“You fucking Jews. It’s all about the money, isn’t it.”
The humor of Bill Clinton.
Clinton—“always eager to please”— told his embarrassed audience a joke that began: “These two old Jews are walking down the street.”
“As the joke begins, everyone around the table looks dubious,” Halper writes. “Where is he going with this? Surely the former president of the United States is not about to tell an anti-Semitic story in front of people he hardly knows. This, of course, is exactly what he does, according to a number of people present.”
Briefly, the joke has the two Jewish codgers walking by a Catholic church, where a sign out front offers $100 to converts. One of the Jews, named Abe, agrees to convert and give half the proceeds to his friend. Abe meets with the priests, learns the traditions of the church, is declared a Catholic, and collects his reward.
“Hey! Look at the new Catholic here,” Abe’s friend says. “You got my money?”
To which Abe retorts: “You fucking Jews. It’s all about the money, isn’t it.”
Halper writes: “As the former president laughs, the others offer weak smiles. No one wants to offend him.”