ROMNEY WORDSWORTH – In France, Marine Le Pen, leader of National Front party, is being put on trial this month for a statement she said back in 2010. In the last presidential election France, the National Front party garnered 17.9% of the first round voting. Her crime? She said the following during a public speech:
“I’m sorry, but for those who really like to talk about World War II, if we’re talking about an occupation, we could talk about the [Muslim] street prayers,
because that is clearly an occupation of territory.
It is an occupation of sections of the territory, of neighborhoods in which
in which religious law applies—it is an occupation. There are no tanks, there
are no soldiers, but it is an occupation nevertheless, and it weighs on people.”
Muslims routinely fill up and occupy streets, lots of them, blocking traffic, ostensibly for prayers. It is a none too subtle tactic that says that Islam intends to conquer France. This psychological assault on native French was so bad, that the following year, in 2011, the Paris city government imposed a ban on the practice. Muslims have continued to occupy Paris streets for prayer anyway. The above picture was taken in 2013. In this context, Le Pen’s comments seem down right reserved, and justified. So Marine Le Pen was right, n’est-ce pas? Not exactly. She’s being put on trial five years after the fact anyway.
After the initial investigation into Le Pen’s comments was closed in 2011, the case was reopened in 2012 following a legal complaint by an immigrant rights group. She was then put under formal investigation in July 2014, after immunity granted her as a member of the European Parliament was removed following a vote requested by French authorities in 2013. So, just let that settle in your mind for a moment: Marine Le Pen had legal immunity from prosecution for this sort of thing, as a sitting member of the European Parliament. It was removed from her, retroactively! The Socialist government of Francois Hollande is charging her with “inciting racial hatred”. You may be surprised to learn that Islam has suddenly become a “race”, but never mind. The point is to use criminal prosecutions to suppress viewpoints that those in power don’t agree with. If convicted, Ms. Le Pen faces a year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.
In Ireland, a sports bookmaker is being fined for an indirect joke about immigration. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power put out the following advertising poster:
The advertisement makes an oblique reference to the fact that Moroccan illegal immigrants are jumping onto trucks entering the Chunnel from the Calais, France side in such gigantic numbers, British authorities have had to close down the channel tunnel. The immigrants are determined to get to the U.K. for the superior welfare payments. But don’t you dare criticize this invasion of Europe, in even the most veiled terms. The Irish Advertising Standards Authority has issued a ruling that the advertisement violates Ireland’s advertising code on the following grounds: Advertising campaigns must not cause general offence (emphasis added). Advertising campaigns must avoid offense on grounds including race. A third ground references “sensitivity regarding diversity”.
Paddy Power maintains it tries to be edgy and humorous in its advertising and meant no offence. That, of course, is not the standard of review imposed by the New Totalitarians. It is irrelevant what YOU intend, only if the subjective feelings of the listener or reader of your words are hurt.
What is going on in Ireland is kid stuff compared to what is going on in Germany. Germans are now being threatened by the State with having their children removed from their custody if they criticize the government of Angela Merkel for taking in millions of hostile Muslim “refugees”. Even the mildest objections to the new immigrants’ penchant for gang raping local girls can get you branded a “xenophobe”. Apparently, if you as a German citizen are not totally thrilled with the notion of millions of Muslims coming to your country with the avowed purpose of “breeding Germans out of existence”, Muslim rape gangs so prevalent that German authorities are telling school girls not to risk wearing short skirts, and your government sticking German taxpayers with the bill, that makes you a “xenophobe”. Merkel’s immigration policies are wildly unpopular and the answer of the Merkel Regime to this political dissent is to threaten to steal people’s children. Don’t be surprised: Angela Merkel was a Communist Activist in her youth.
The German public was put on notice of the authorities intolerance to anyone failing to welcome the Muslim hordes with open arms via Eva Becker, Chairwoman of the Working Group on Family Law of the German Bar Association. In an article titled “Racism and parenting: Threatening loss of custody?” the German Bar Association outlines conditions under which “xenophobic” comments made on Facebook could lead to parents being targeted with actions by the State to remove their children from their custody.
The article advises that expressing a desire for violence against Muslim migrants would constitute evidence enough for a family court to remove children from the home. No exceptions granted to aggrieved parents whose daughters have been raped by Muslim rape gangs.
Joining in the tyranny against free thought was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was caught on a hot mike discussing plans with Angela Merkel to censor Facebook posts that were anti-immigrant, and report them to German authorities. Those found guilty of “refugee baiting” remarks will be hit with 5000 euro fines and/or 120 days in jail. Meanwhile the Merkel government is hiring ex-Stasi intelligence officers to monitor remarks made on the internet. So, congratulations, all you East Germans who thought you escaped communist East Germany. IT’S BAAAACK!
The totalitarian dragnet on freedom of expression has even come back to scoop up Leftists themselves. In the United Kingdom, a woman by the name of Bahar Mustafa, Diversity Officer of Goldsmiths, University of London, is being hauled before a criminal Magistrates Court this November 5th. Her crime? She held a student event for ethnic minority women and specifically disinvited White Men from attending.
Mustafa has asserted in her defense that as a minority woman, she is incapable of being racist or sexist. Unfortunately for her, the laws on the books that the Leftists had enacted provides for no such exception. She is charged with “conveying a threatening message” and for “sending a grossly offensive message via a public communication network”. I’ll let the readers be the judge. Here is the offending message:
As much as I enjoy the schadenfreude of seeing this man-hating fascist troll hoisted upon her own petard, I object to the underlying notion that we are not at liberty to enjoy freedom of association. But, we have nit wits like this to thank for the current state of affairs. No male tears being shed here.
But how about here in the United States? Today it was reported by Infowars.com that in Gonzales, Texas, a man was handcuffed and arrested after exceeding his allotted three minute limit to speak before the local town council. He was objecting to the Federal takeover of the Gonzales Police Department at the time of his arrest.
Got that, America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave? Go over your 3 minute time to speak, and it’s off to jail with you…serf! Know your place before your overlords.
The evidence is everywhere, and impossible to deny. Tyranny is on the rise in country after country. Western legal traditions of Freedom of Expression are being stomped out of existence.