Saturday, February 7, 2009

More evidence of the loss of free speech in Europe

This article presents a number of incredible examples of the suppression of free speech in Europe, particularly when Islam is involved. Other examples of submission to Islamic sensitivities abound:

"In Nottingham, for example, the Greenwood Primary School cancelled a Christmas nativity play because it interfered with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. In Scarborough, the Yorkshire Coast College removed the words Christmas and Easter from their calendar so as not to offend Muslims. In Scotland, the Tayside Police Department apologized for featuring a German shepherd puppy as part of a campaign to publicize its new non-emergency telephone number. The postcards are potentially offensive to city’s 3,000-strong Muslim community because Islamic legal tradition says that dogs are impure.

In Glasgow, a Christian radio show host was fired after a debate between a Muslim and a Christian on whether Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.” In Cheshire, two students at the Alsager High School were punished by their teacher for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their Religious Education class. In East London, all elected members of Tower Hamlets town council were told not to eat during daylight hours in town hall meetings during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Special arrangements were also made to disrupt council meetings to allow for Muslim prayer. Meanwhile, the council renamed a staff Christmas party as a “festive meal”."

So far, the First Amendment has largely protected Americans from this sort of thought control, but Democratic attempts to muzzle conservative radio talk shows would be a big step in that direction, if they can figure out a politically palatable way to do it. In Europe, the battle for free speech has apparently been lost.

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