The Enemy Within: Self Appointed Censors and Useful Idiots

Diana West

“Western liberties—freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, equality before the law, including women’s rights and the rights of non-Muslims—are increasingly threatened by a growing deference to the laws of Islam

*  Perhaps we should start to compile a list of the dumbest, most ignorant editors. We could start with Avi Lewis, Gavin King, Marc Charisse, CNN’s cocksucker Campbell-Brown, Dan Rivers…

Marc Charisse, editor of the Evening Sun of Hanover, Pennsylvania, recently announced his intention to drop Diana West’s column from the newspaper because, as he put it, West “never met a Muslim she didn’t hate.”

* Atlas Shrugs: CHARISSE’S CHARADE

* STEALTH CENSORSHIP: THE NEW BROWNSHIRTS

It’s the soldier, not the reporter who has given us 
Freedom of the Press. 
It’s the soldier, not the poet, who has given us 
Freedom of Speech. 
It’s the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the 
Freedom to Demonstrate. 
It’s the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the 
Right to a Fair Trial. 
It’s the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and 
whose coffin is draped by the flag, 
Who gives the protestor the right to burn the flag.

~Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

This ready conflation of the defense of Western civilization and its rights and freedoms against Sharia supremacism with “hatred” is, of course, something we see on blogs like Jihad Watch and WoJ every day. Here is Diana West’s blazingly brilliant response:

To the Editor:I am responding to Editor Marc Charisse’s column about my work, a column I found striking for its mud-slinging crudity. In Charisse’s words, my work, the product of careful research and reporting, may be summed up thus: West “never met a Muslim she didn’t hate.” There is no more apt word than “grotesque” to describe such an irresponsible and flippant mischaracterization of my weekly column, which very often grapples with the terrible, largely unspoken reality that Western liberties—freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, equality before the law, including women’s rights and the rights of non-Muslims—are increasingly threatened by a growing deference to the laws of Islam. To underscore my point, I don’t write about “Muslims.” I write about Islam, the supremacist ideology constructed on laws (sharia) that justify censorship, repression, violence, inequality, and even maiming and murder of those whom the sharia leaves voiceless and powerless: dissenters, Muslim apostates, non-Muslims and women. I write about its agents—violent jihadists as well as soft jihadists, all of whom are working to extend the rule of this law across the non-Muslim world. And I write about politically correct non-Muslims who, as a public point of what is hailed as tolerance and inclusiveness have surrendered their common sense, their courage and, increasingly, their countries to the advance of this Islamic law.

“Pull the plug” on me if you like. But do not slander me or my work as a manifestation of hatred toward individuals. If anything, it is a manifestation of fear—fear that our liberties are not just under assault but have already been diminished, and are destined for still more restriction in that “sharp new subtext” Charisse says the recent presidential election has added “to the subject of Muslims.” Whatever that means.

I’ll take Charisse’s assessment of my work as “confrontational” as a compliment, even if he didn’t mean it that way. After all, what columnist worth his space, from Paul Krugman to Pat Buchanan, isn’t confrontational? But as for branding my ideas as “inappropriate” and “out of place”—well, isn’t that less the language of an American newsroom than an old Soviet politbureau?

Diana West

 

You may wish to respond to Charisse’s column here.

One thought on “The Enemy Within: Self Appointed Censors and Useful Idiots”

  1. Spot on Diana West. Time to have Mr. Chariise removed from his job!! I know I will be writing to the board of directors.

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