Political correctness and Islam are the same thing

All the instances of suppression of speech are the same story: the Left has gotten into the habit of suppressing speech and cannot stop at any point; since habits are habit-forming. Says Mark Steyn:

 If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that.

After recounting all the recent instances of people suppressed or punished for being out of line with the Cathedral, Steyn adds:

 A generation ago, progressive opinion at least felt obliged to pay lip service to the Voltaire shtick. These days, nobody’s asking you to defend yourself to the death: a mildly supportive retweet would do. But even that’s further than most of those in the academy, the arts, the media are prepared to go. As Erin Ching, a student at 60-grand-a-year Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, put it in her college newspaper the other day: ‘What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.’ Yeah, who needs that? There speaks the voice of a generation: celebrate diversity by enforcing conformity.

Once again, Steyn ties it all together in a way I can only envy.

As it happens, the biggest ‘safe space’ on the planet is the Muslim world. For a millennium, Islamic scholars have insisted, as firmly as a climate scientist or an American sophomore, that there’s nothing to debate. And what happened? As the United Nations Human Development Programme’s famous 2002 report blandly noted, more books are translated in Spain in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last 1,000 years. Free speech and a dynamic, innovative society are intimately connected: a culture that can’t bear a dissenting word on race or religion or gender fluidity or carbon offsets is a society that will cease to innovate, and then stagnate, and then decline, very fast.

It is the concern of every thinking person that the we are rapidly heading to the same dismal state of inquiry as we find in Islam. We arrive at it by the same process as political correctness enforces: the suppression of free “unbalanced” debate.

And just as it was with Islam, it is a lack of confidence that underlies the suppression of free inquiry. In both cases, the lack of confidence is justified.

Compare that insecurity to the robust confidence of Christians trained in the Greek classical tradition, who are ready to take on philosophical attacks from any direction. Why are they so confident? Because they believe that human reason grasps reality and that, while some things are mysteries, we do actually apprehend with our minds what is real.

That is why Christianity gave rise to universities, science, and the modern age, and that is why political correctness and Islam are so weak, while appearing so strong. Their weakness causes them to suppress, and what each suppresses is – for the moment – different. Soon, however, political correctness will be Islam, and Islam will be political correctness. What is essentially alike will recognize its underlying likeness in the other, and will assimilate. Borg will absorb Borg.

If these forces prevail, just put a black flag on top of Parliament, shut it down and refer all political issues to the jurists at human rights commissions whose judges, naturally, will be Islamized political apparatchiks. All inquiry and discussion will become subject to  jurisprudence, since everything important has been decided anyway. No one will question anything, and inquiry will rapidly atrophy. That, at least, is their hope.

Why do Islam and political correctness resemble one another? Because they know they are artificial constructs that cannot withstand the scrutiny of reason, and must rely on the enforcement of conformity in thought, word and deed to hide from themselves their emptiness.

Am I wrong?

 

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Bill

Islam has become a force that is changing the very fabric of what the Canadian society was built on. There are public schools in Toronto that allow muslim prayer on school property. There are public swimming pools in Toronto that have gender segregated swim time to appease muslims. The khadr openly hates Canada who is very generous to them. This is only the tip of the iceberg and it’s nobody’s fault but our own! Why? Cause we elected the very government who’s allowing it and watching it happen! and a large majority of people in Canada who call themselves conservative don’t seem to be bothered by this whatsoever. In fact they are the very ones who believe that Islam is the religion of peace and that Omar khadr and his family are the victims.

Alain

Political correctness is only one of many tools of the Left, or what I call the neo-marxists or neo-communists. The Neo-communists and Islamists are both totalitarian, so both being on the same page here is a given. I have a different take from Bill’s comment in that the only reason we are being inundated with hostile invaders called immigrants or refugees in the West is due to the neo-communists. They see the orthodox Muslims as allies in their goal of destroying the West, and to a certain extent they are.

oldwhiteguy

our destruction continues apace and we, fools that we are, type our frustrations on line to like minded people and idiots who want to see our destruction. courage requires physical action and I fear we have none. if we did we would not be heading in the direction we are and islam would have been identified as the evil that it is. we would not have political correct tribunals telling us what we can or cannot say, who we cannot insult while being vilified ourselves. the level of stupid is chin deep and we are about to go under.

Alain

I regret to say that I must agree. Without the most basic freedoms, free speech, freedom of association, freedom to defend oneself and one’s property and private property rights, a country or society is not free.

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