Pajamas Media has published a few excellent articles surrounding Islam in the West, namely what’s been happening to Dutch Politician, Geert Wilders, recently. The rubbish case against him is due to be dropped. PJM delves further.
Andrew G. Bostom:
In April 2008, during his keynote address to the first conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, Professor Bernard Lewis warned of the ominous limits on scholarly analysis of Islam imposed by political correctness and multiculturalism:
The degree of thought control, of limitations on freedom of speech and expression is without parallel in the Western world since the eighteenth century and in some cases longer than that. … It seems to me it’s a very dangerous situation, because it makes any kind of scholarly discussion of Islam, to say the least, dangerous. Islam and Islamic values now have a level of immunity from comment and criticism in the Western world that Christianity has lost and Judaism has never had.
The politicized prosecution of Dutch MP Geert Wilders for his free speech criticism of Islam is a case study illustrating Professor Lewis’ most grave concerns. But it is also possible that the outrageous proceedings against Geert Wilders may have pushed the Western freedom-stifling agenda of Islamic correctness too far.
Agreed. The West must be able to discuss this issue more freely and openly.
One of the most bizarre aspects of being an American in Western Europe — at least if you’re an American who has opinions and is used to expressing them freely — is getting accustomed to the fact that there’s no First Amendment over here. Some of us grew up thinking of Western Europe as part of the “Free World.” But how free is a country if it doesn’t recognize freedom of speech as a fundamental right?
This trial wasn’t really about him or about Islam. It was about individual liberty. It was about fundamental rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but that in Western Europe are incredibly fragile — a fragility of which the “soft jihadists” haven taken full advantage.
Roger L. Simon:
Merkel and Wilders: fighting the good fight against multiculturalism
Immigration is fine, but immigrants have to fit in.
As a foreigner in Korea, sure, I will never assimilate completely. And I’m lucky that English is an international language that Koreans are keen to learn. But that doesn’t mean I can order a pizza or get in a taxi and just start ranting on in my native tongue. Also, I had to learn how to use chopsticks, and yes, I bow a lot. I’ve learnt to read their alphabet and know a lot of rudimentary stuff which gets me by day to day. My upcoming wedding will have many Korean aspects to it. My diet has changed somewhat.
I certainly do expect for Koreans to bend over backwards to accommodate my lack of language and cultural skills. That’s my problem. It’s ridiculous that everything be translated into my native language. That I could come here and receive welfare? You have got to be joking.
Anyway, all three articles are well worth reading in their entirety (and yes, I know I’ve given you guys a lot of work today).