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The Left’s war on free speech

Andrew Bolt

Isn’t there something hypocritical about “anti-racism” protesters burning an Australian flag?

YOU’D think that over Easter we might at least show respect for people speaking their minds.

After all, today would not be a public holiday if the Romans had believed in free speech for a preacher called Jesus and not nailed him to a cross for talking trouble.

Yet thousands of people chose Saturday to ramp up the Left’s sinister war on free speech.

Socialists, unionists and other self-proclaimed “anti-racists” could not bear to let several hundred protesters of Reclaim Australia peacefully demonstrate around Australia against Islam and its excesses.

Instead, they formed counter-protests to shut down the Reclaim rallies with threats, shoves and even punches.

In Melbourne, Socialist Party organisers boasted: “We were successful in driving them out of Federation Square, outnumbering them 3000 to about 300.”

What is this? Countering argument not with better arguments but with force?

Yet this outrageous intolerance of debate is becoming common.

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UPDATE

Isn’t there something hypocritical about “anti-racism” protesters burning an Australian flag?

'Victoria's main Muslim body has lashed out at the federal government over the Reclaim Australia rallies that sparked angry scenes in Melbourne at the weekend. "We expect the government to speak out strongly against these co-ordinated rallies and call them what they really are and that is nothing more than a racist and bigoted attack on Muslims." The Islamic Council of Victoria said it was disappointing the commonwealth had not condemned  the sentiments expressed at the protests. The council's president Ghaith Krayem said more was expected of elected leaders in "setting an example of what Australian values are really about". "The commonwealth has been quick to call on our community and leaders to speak out against extremism and hate preaching, yet when these are directed at us they have remained silent," he said. "We expect the government to speak out strongly against these co-ordinated rallies and call them what they really are and that is nothing more than a racist and bigoted attack on Muslims." The council welcomed the statement by the Victorian government, which condemned religious-based attacks. Mr Krayem said Muslim Victorians would play an important role in the state's multicultural society. "We will not allow such hatred and bigotry to stop this." Reclaim Australia events were staged in 16 cities and regional locations throughout Australia in which protesters rallied against sharia law and Halal food.  Pauline Hanson spoke at the Reclaim Australia protest in Brisbane while controversial preacher Danny Nalliah addressed the crowd in Melbourne. http://m.theage.com.au/victoria/victorian-islamic-council-criticises-federal-government-over-reclaim-australia-rallies-20150406-1mfbfz.html'

Victoria’s main Muslim body has lashed out at the federal government over the Reclaim Australia rallies that sparked angry scenes in Melbourne at the weekend.–See More

Sneering at Reclaim Australia is easy, fixing Islam is hard

IT is dangerously easy to sneer at the several hundred protesters who dared hold anti-Islam rallies around the country on Saturday.

Yes, laugh at these Reclaim Australia protesters waving their hokey Australian flags and homemade signs. Snigger at their exaggerated fears of sharia law.

Blame them for having thousands of socialist protesters push and punch them, spit on them and abuse them as “racists” and “c—s”.

It’s much easier for the smugly sanctimonious to ridicule the worried than admit there’s something serious to worry about. But, a warning: If interpretations of Islam are not reformed, we can expect two things: more terrorism, and angrier reactions from Australians feeling threatened and pushed too far.

Yet with the stakes so high, we also saw on Saturday more evasions — complaints from three Muslim “leaders” that the big problem was the Abbott Government.

As The Australian reported: “Federal Government efforts to combat Islamic State-inspired radicalisation have come under heavy criticism.”

Not enough money had yet been spent, especially on clerics and “community groups”.

“Several respected Muslim community leaders have … highlighted the need to engage ‘firebrand’ clerics who have more reach and influence in the small groups that need targeting.”

(Read full article here.)