The common complaint that “free speech” should be protected, even when it’s ugly, implicitly accepts the Left’s argument that we are trying to protect the First Amendment rights of Nazis, White Supremacists, and others with a bad smell. But it really isn’t about protecting free speech. The Left and their Muslim allies can and do say anything they want, no matter how malodorous, obscene, dishonest, misleading or defamatory, and get away with it every day. It is about truth vs a totalitarian agenda, and the despots want to shut us up.
By James Simpson | Center for Security Policy
The attack that claimed fifty lives at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand brought immediate, predictable responses from Democrat politicians, the media, the organized Left and Muslim groups. Commenters from CNN to New York Mayor Bill De Blasio blamed “intolerance, “an epidemic of hatred and fear,” and other shibboleths. Presidential hopeful Cory Booker blamed “The rising tide of white supremacy and Islamophobia…” Virtually all placed some blame on Trump. Nihad Awad, director of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), blamed President Trump directly, “We hold you responsible for this growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the country and in Europe…”
The timing of the attack couldn’t have been better. A real cynic might even suspect it was part of the plan. Rush Limbaugh speculated on his show the day after the attack, “You can’t immediately discount this. The left is this insane, they are this crazy.”
Democrats and their allies in the radical Left have been calling Trump and conservatives, “racists,” “bigots” and “neo-Nazis” in a chorus to the heavens for the past two years. Their efforts to condemn “hate speech” ran into a brick wall, however, when newly-elected Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar began spewing a litany of hateful, antisemitic remarks, which she has persisted in, despite condemnation from both sides of the aisle. Her statements have put an embarrassing spotlight on the growing, naked antisemitism among the Left.
Calls for a resolution against Omar were proposed by a few Democrats, and a strongly-worded resolution was drafted against antisemitism specifically. But when their leftist base protested, any effort to take a principled stand went out the window. House Speaker Pelosi’s eventual answer, House Resolution 183, condemned “intolerance, discrimination, and bigotry,” and was voted favorably by the House on March 7.