The OIC is evil, and its head guy, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu the devil himself incarnate. The man should be stiff armed by every Western leader, yet dimwits throw him the red carpet and work with him to undermine our free speech rights. Clare Lopez takes full aim at this weasel and his true aims in an excellent piece. Claire also mentions the TT’s good friend and colleague Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who faces a final hearing (this Tuesday, TT live blogging it) in her appealing of the conviction she experienced a few months ago for defamation of Islam. KGS
In fact, the “test of consequences” is already being applied rigorously in European media and courts, where any act or threat of violence — whether by a jihadist, insane person, or counter-jihadist — is defined as a “consequence” of statements that are critical of some aspect of Islam and, therefore, to be criminalized. Recent trials of Dutch political leader Geert Wilders, Austrian free speech champion Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, and Danish Islamic expert Lars Hedegaard (as well as the witch hunt for “instigators” that followed the murderous attacks by Norwegian blogger Anders Behring Brevik) all attest to the extent of these “hate speech” laws’ oppressive pall over what is left of the European Enlightenment. Now, if the OIC and the Obama administration have their way, it’s America’s turn.