| In not so great britain, At Speaker’s Corner, It’s Time to Show Muslims Some Respect
| Wednesday, March 21, 2018
|Jihad Watch : When I first went to London, decades ago, I was shown around by an
English friend who wanted me to observe the Parliament in session, to
see justice being administered at a criminal trial at the Old Bailey, to
visit the Tower of London, and most of all, he wanted to show me that
living example of free unfettered speech, Speaker’s Corner at Hyde Park,
celebrated all over the world as a place where anyone could stand up
and speak his piece, from an articulate political orator to an
end-of-the-world-is-coming crank, without fear of being shut down either
by the government, or by private parties.
Speaker’s Corner was formally
recognized as the place for such free speech by an act of Parliament in
1872. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Communists and
capitalists, holy-rollers and atheists, all were welcome to speak their
peace. It was give-and-take, speech and counter-speech,
let-me-talk-and-then-you’ll-have-your-turn, on every conceivable topic.
Foreign visitors, especially those from countries where speech was
controlled by the government, were much impressed.
It is now clear that Speaker’s Corner is no longer quite that bastion
of free speech that it once was. In the interest of what is comically
called “social cohesion,” speeches that just might anger one group —
Muslims — are no longer always permitted. Tommy Robinson has been forced
by the police to leave Speaker’s Corner on several occasions —
sometimes before he had a chance even to begin to talk. On March
18, before he spoke, Muslims deliberately provoked scuffles — some say
it was a mini-riot — but fortunately, on this occasion, Robinson managed
to read in its entirety a speech written by the Austrian Martin
Sellner, an anti-Islam activist whom the British authorities just
recently prevented from entering the United Kingdom.
And that speech had
another consequence: when Lutz Bachmann, the leader of Pegida, a German
organization whose members are alarmed about the influx of millions of
Muslims into Germany (and therefore “right-wing”), arrived at Heathrow
in mid-March, the police found a copy of Sellner’s speech in Bachmann’s
luggage — he had been planning to read it at Speaker’s Corner. They
promptly impounded it and refused entry to Bachmann, just as they had to
Sellner before him, so that the Pegida founder was forced to return to
Read it all here.................
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 9:29 AM