UNITED KINGDOM: Chronological Review of the Move against Free Speech

Islamification UK, Free Speech, Islamist Use Intimidation to Shut Down Free Speech, Two Systems of Justice, Free Speech for Dictators Only, Extremely Selective Free Speech, Facebook Championing Blasphemy Laws


UK: Islamist Intimidation Shuts Down Free Speech

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.org
Date-stamped: February 16, 2012
Time-stamped: 4:45 am
Author: by Shiraz Maher

“We are not to blame for ‘provoking’ the Islamists; they need no such provocation.” An event organized by the “One Law for All” campaign group at Queen Mary University in London was cancelled at the last minute after an Islamist made death threats against everyone attending. Anne Marie Waters, a spokeswoman for the National Secular Society had been due to address the room on Shariah law [Muslim religious law] and human rights…


UK: Two Systems of Justice

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.org
Date-stamped: November 26, 2016
Time-stamped: 5:00 am
Author: by Douglas Murray

Tommy Robinson has not been — as Choudary1)British Islamist social and political activist convicted of inviting support for a proscribed organisation, namely the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was — at the heart of a nexus of terrorists and terrorist-supporters going back years. He has not been on friendly terms with numerous people who have beheaded civilians and carried out suicide bombings. Robinson is in an exceptionally unfortunate position. He is not a radical Islamist and nor is he from any discernible minority. He is a white working-class man who, it appears, can thus not only be harassed by certain authorities with impunity, but can find few if any defenders of his rights among the vast panoply of people in our societies who are only too keen to defend the rights of Islamists. Civil liberties groups such as “Liberty,”2)Liberty, formerly and still formally called the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) which are so stringent in protecting the rights of Islamist groups such as “Cage,3)Cage, formerly Cageprisoners Ltd, sometimes styled as “CAGE”, is a London-based advocacy” are silent on the case of Tommy Robinson.



UK: Free Speech for Dictators Only

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.org
Date-stamped: February 16, 2017
Time-stamped: 4:30 am
Author: by Robbie Travers

How come, then, that John Bercow did not think it advisable to oppose the Emir of Kuwait‘s visit due to its “sexism” and “immigration ban”? No, Bercow granted the Emir a speech in the Queen’s Robing Room. It is evidently acceptable to be a representative of some of the world’s most repressive dictatorships, with policies far worse than President Trump’s, and yet visit Parliament, but a democratically-elected leader in the free world and a key ally, who may hold some views with which Bercow disagrees, makes him unacceptable. What is it that the people trying to keep Trump from speaking are afraid others might hear?.


UK: War on Free Speech at the National Union of Students

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.org
Date-stamped: April 19, 2017
Time-stamped: 5:00 am
Author: by Douglas Murray

It is interesting to consider what would happen were anyone to demand the same standards of these campaigners against free speech as they demand of others. The people who make such claims rarely if ever exercise the same civic hygiene they demand of everybody else. If it furthered their political and other goals then Malia Bouattia and the National Union of Students (NUS) would most likely be currently calling for arrests and prosecutions for incitement, “hate speech” and more. Of course, nobody could be so ill-mannered as to play this political game back at them. But if they were to, they would certainly find far greater evidence of cause and effect than Bouattia and her colleagues have produced to date in their war on free speech. It could be said that Bouattia engaged in “hate speech” as well as “racist speech” when she said the words she did. It could further be claimed that what Bouattia said in fact constituted “incitement” and an “open invitation to violence”. It could be argued that the words which came out of her lips led directly to a Palestinian man thinking that a British student could be killed on a tram in Jerusalem in a legitimate act of “resistance” against a representative of a “Zionist outpost.”


UK: Extremely Selective Free Speech

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.org
Date-stamped: October 12, 2017
Time-stamped: 5:00 am
Author: by Judith Bergman

The issue is not hate preachers visiting the UK from abroad. While banning them from campuses will leave them with fewer venues, it by no means solves the larger issue, which is that they will continue their Dawah or proselytizing elsewhere. The question probably should be: Based on available evidence, are those assessments of Islam accurate? Particularly compared to current messages that seemingly are considered “conducive to the public good.” At around the same time as the two neo-Nazi groups were banned at the end of September 2017, Home Secretary Amber Rudd refused to ban Hezbollah’s political wing in the UK. Hezbollah itself, obviously, does not distinguish between its ‘political’ and ‘military’ wings. In other words, you can go ahead and support Hezbollah in the UK, no problem. Support the far right and you can end up in jail for a decade.


Facebook: Championing Blasphemy Laws

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.org
Date-stamped: January 15, 2018
Time-stamped: 5:00 am
Author: by Judith Bergman

What is “harmful content” according to the new Facebook guide for Muslims4)see CAIR National url: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/posts/10155347088077695? “Islamophobia, anti-Muslim hatred, far right extremism and terrorist inspired violent extremist content”The guide does not mention Islamic incitement to violence, which is rampant on social media and — unlike the other content mentioned — has deadly and tragic consequences in the real world. Most of those who perpetrate terrorist attacks in the real world are Muslims — not “Islamophobes,” anti-Muslims or right wing extremists. Lakin v. Facebook is a lawsuit, representing 20,000 Israeli plaintiffs, which aims to stop Facebook from “allowing Palestinian terrorists to incite violent attacks against Israeli citizens and Jews on its internet platform.” Khan convened a special meeting of Muslim ambassadors to discuss how effectively to “raise the voice of the entire Muslim world against the madness unleashed against Islam and holy personalities in the name of freedom of expression”. — Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.


Parliamentary Questions on the Arrest of Tommy Robinson

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.org
Date-stamped: May 27, 2018
Time-stamped: 3:00 am
Author: by Geert Wilders, Marie-Fleur Agema and Raymond de Roon

1) Have you heard about the arrest of British activist and Islam critic Tommy Robinson for “breaching the peace,” while he was covering a trial of Islamic rapists, and that he was within a few hours convicted to 13 months imprisonment? What do you think of this madness?
  2) Do you realize that, if the said Islam critic has to spend his jail sentence among Islamic criminals, this may cost him his life? What is your opinion of this?
 3) Does, according to you, freedom of speech also apply to Islam critics in the EU and are you willing to immediately voice your dissatisfaction about this violation of freedom of speech by the United Kingdom to your British colleague and demand his attention for the personal safety of the person involved? If not, why not?

  4) Do you and your colleagues in the EU realize that you cannot silence the dissatisfaction in society about Islamization by prosecuting or arresting Islam critics, and that a large segment of the population will at a certain time no longer accept this and turn against you and your colleagues?

 5) Can you answer these questions before Tuesday, May 29, 11 am?


VIDEO – Geert Wilders: “Restore freedom of speech”

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.org
Date-stamped: May 28, 2018
Time-stamped: 9:00 am
Author: by Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders, Dutch MP: “I am here on behalf of millions. Freedom of speech is being violated all over Europe and also in Britain. Restore freedom of speech.”


UK “Justice”: “Silencing the Silencing”

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.org
Date-stamped: May 31, 2018
Time-stamped: 5:00 am
Author: by Bruce Bawer

The charge against Robinson declared by the police at the time of arrest, “breach of peace,5)RAW FULL FOOTAGE OF THE LIVE STREAM DESCRIBED AS BREACH OF THE PEACE https://youtu.be/jwt9IDNwkns” was changed to “contempt of court.” Apparently, the former offense would not constitute a violation of the terms of Robinson’s suspended sentence from last year and thereby justify immediate imprisonment. But by declaring Robinson guilty of “contempt of court,” the judge was able to ship him straightaway to prison. 

In fact, it is clear to people all over Britain what is really going on here. Their country is being steadily Islamized, and their government is abetting this process. Muslims commit outrageous crimes, and police treat them respectfully — then turn around and arrest ordinary British citizens for daring to complain. “Judicial power never been used before to silence a journalist in Britain and then to silence the silencing…. This lie came directly from Theresa May’s government…. and it was planned to the last detail. A courtroom and a judge were waiting to immediately sentence him. A prison cell was booked in his name…. This combined is the action of a totalitarian state, in all its brutal horror.” — Paul Weston, Pegida UK.


UK: A New Drive for Islamic Blasphemy Laws?

Article Link: gatestoneinstitute.or
Date-stamped: June 2, 2018
Time-stamped: 5:00 am
Author: by Judith Bergman


It is reasonable to assume that the planned report and the ensuing work on finding a definition of “Islamophobia” is meant effectively to destroy the little that remains of free speech in the UK. The Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group has as its top priority “tackling the far right and counter jihadists“. It seems a peculiar government priority to “tackle” people who are opposed to jihad; one would assume that the British government is also against jihad. According to British government logic, then, after Muslims stabbed and beheaded British Army soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight in London, Muslim institutions needed protection — not British ones.


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1. British Islamist social and political activist convicted of inviting support for a proscribed organisation, namely the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
2. Liberty, formerly and still formally called the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL
3. Cage, formerly Cageprisoners Ltd, sometimes styled as “CAGE”, is a London-based advocacy
4. see CAIR National url: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/posts/10155347088077695

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