The weekend was an interesting insight into the double-standards that newspaper columnists and bloggers have on ‘free-speech’.
Dr Frank Ellis, champion of the BNP & Enoch Powell and an unashamed racist and sexist, led to a flurry of opinions on Harry’s Place. One representative and particularly idiotic rant from Devil’s Kitchen read:
This man is being excoriated in public for the views which he holds. These views are unpopular amongst the intelligentsia, but not in the population at large: hence the growing support for the BNP. People feel alien in their own country, and we need to understand why this is the case; the next bomber may not be brown.
Furthermore, there has been systematic lying by the liberal-left media. At no point in that article does Ellis say that the BNP are “too socialist” as he was reprted to have said. Nor does he advocate deportation of all foreigners “if it were done humanely” as was also ascribed to him. He does advocate the deportation of illegals and failed asylum seekers and he is not alone in this belief; in fact, he is on the side of the law on that belief.
This weekend the communist paper popularly known as the Sunday Times ascribed the same views to Ellis that DK blames the liberal-left media for.
To examine the first para again: it must be disappointing for DK that the BNP lost a by-election this weekend in Bradford/Keighley of all places where Muslims were blamed for all sorts of social ills. Increasing support? Keep wishing.
The logic is familiar though. Take a Hizb ut-Tahrir goon like Dilpazier Aslam, the Guardian journalist that bloggers were laying into last year when he wrote ‘We rock the boat‘. Their view that there is growing support for them and other extremists because of the Iraq war is dismissed out of hand by the same brainless right-wingers because, well, Al-Qaeda has been around to kill infidels a lot longer and have a fascist ideology… yada yada.
Funny that, I didn’t realise the BNP had only recently come into prominence since the ‘Muslim menace’. But of course we know these nazis have had different enemies, and apologists to feed their victim mentality, as the bogeyman changes : from Jews, Carribeans, Africans, Asians, asylum seekers to Muslims etc.
Would the same defenders of Ellis be happy with Hizb ut-Tahrir being allowed to freely berate Jews and all ‘infidels’? I suspect not. No one is asking Ellis to be deported though any British born Muslim with bigoted views would get that accusation.
When Aslam wrote his article most of the anger was about: “how dare this Muslim boy talk about being ‘sassy’ and justifying Muslim anger against the war and economic deprivation when someone just blew up London. I mean who really cares about what Muslims think, they all just justify suicide bombers anyway.”
Even the Sunday Times article linked above is gentle with this loving ‘SAS man’. As I’ve stated before, I don’t want him fired unless he has shown bias in his work, but there are double-standards in the narrative.
When David T argues for letting Hizb ut-Tahrir speak or to let David Irving walk free, an army of dissenting voices swarm on HP saying he has gone soft on ‘Islamofascists’ and about growing anti-semitism. Yes, racism is a problem – against people of all races, as Christopher Alder found out to his loss.
To para-phrase DK: “People feel alien in their own country, and we need to understand why this is the case”. That applies just as well to British Muslims.
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