Thursday, September 13, 2007

Relativism In Brussels

The latest mind-numbed European official to declare his dhimmitude to Islam is Terry Davis who serves on the Council of Europe. These comments came out on 9-11 and were in response to a demonstration that had been banned in Brussels by that city's socialist mayor.

Strasbourg, 11.09.2007 - European values are under threat, say the organisers of a protest march under the banner “Against the Islamisation of Europe” which was due to place today in Brussels in spite of the ban by the city Mayor.
Ok, so far so good.
The fact is that Europe and its values are indeed under threat, but the danger is not coming from Islam. Our common European values are undermined by bigots and radicals, both islamists and islamophobes, who exploit fears and prejudice for their own political objectives.
What did he just say? People that would prefer not having train stations blown up are now in some way the same as those blowing up the trains? People that would rather not live in a society that allows honor killings, female genital mutilation, and forced segregation are somehow on the same level with those that embrace those things?

And anyway, I'm not so certain that the demonstrators were so much islamophobes as they are blownupbusophobes.

But, let us continue...because Davis sure did:
The self-proclaimed defenders of European values say that the Mayor has violated their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. The freedom of assembly and the freedom of expression are indeed essential preconditions for democracy, but they should not be regarded as a licence to offend.
What is wrong with being offended once in a while? The sheer idiocy of Davis offends me--just reading this nearly made me want to jab a plastic Wendy's spork into my brain. But I at least feel he has the right to irritate me and, apparently, to inflate the stock prices of fine North American plasticware manufacturers.
I will not enter into the discussion about whether the march should have been allowed or not, but I note that the protesters’ reading of the Convention is selective to say the least. It is very important to remember that the freedom of assembly and expression can be restricted to protect the rights and freedoms of others, including the freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This applies to everyone in Europe including the millions of Europeans of Islamic faith, who were the main target of today’s shameful display of bigotry and intolerance.
According to Davis it is those like himself sitting atop the thrones of Utopia that have the arbitrary right to bless the citizenry with whatever rights fit his social objectives. And I cannot help but believe that since radical Muslims scare the shit out of him he might as well pick on peaceful protesters.

Thanks to Dhimmi Watch.

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