Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Is Not a Tipping Point

The daft of this post with just the tittle has been sitting while I try to figure out how to explain it. The important point is now in is own post. The short version,  Europe is doomed because its doesn't understand liberty. Their freedom of speech is little more than lip service. It's backed by laws and bureaucracy. The idea that is God given , a matter of nature law, or just in a constitution is not part of the governments.

 Defending France and Free Speech - Bloomberg View
In schools last week, there were about 100 incidents where (mostly Muslim) students refused to take part in a minute of silence to honor the magazine's dead. Forty of these cases were referred to the police for potential prosecution, according to Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, because the words spoken amounted to "glorifying terrorism."
No understanding of free speech. and that's just a start.

The French response to an attack on free speech is to curtail it further

The outspoken anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonn√© M’Bala M’bal recently felt it was a noble demonstration of defiance to compare himself to the terrorist who killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris last Friday. “As for me, I feel I am Charlie Coulibaly,” he said, lampooning the global slogan of solidarity “Je Suis Charlie.”
It was a tasteless display, but not one which deserved the punishment he received. Dieudonn√© was arrested and faces charges associated with making an “apology for terrorism.”

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