Ellison and Carson should instead be blocked from Congress for their opposition to the First Amendment. They are desperately afraid of Wilders because he enunciates truths that most politicians in Europe and the U.S. don’t dare tell. Like their fellow Islamic supremacists, they are fascist authoritarians who want to silence forcibly those whom they hate and fear, rather than dealing on the level of ideas and showing where Wilders is wrong. They could be challenging him to a discussion or debate. But they know they’d lose and would be exposed, and so instead, they’re trying to keeop him out of the country.
“Muslim Congressmen Want To Block ‘Islamophobic’ Dutch Lawmaker Geert Wilders From Entering US,” by Chuck Ross, Daily Caller, April 28, 2015, continued below the fold.
Left speaking upside down
Listening to many on the Left talk about free speech is like falling down the rabbit hole with Alice, entering a Wonderland where little makes sense. Just as Alice says, “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then”, many on the Left have suffered a pronounced identity crisis about free speech. Once upon a time, members of the Left were proud and dependable defenders of this most basic freedom. Not any more.
In the upside-down world of the Left, if an employee espousing offensive left-wing comments is sacked for breaching a workplace code of conduct, it’s a horrendous infringement of freedom of expression. But if a person with conservative views is prohibited by a law for making offensive comments, that legally enshrined curb on free speech goes unremarked. Even worse, while members of the Left deplore the former, they applaud the latter.
…Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson penned a joint letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson last Thursday. Foreign Policy reported it on Tuesday.
“We write to raise our deep concern regarding the visit of Mr. Geert Wilders, a Dutch lawmaker known for perpetuating Islamophobia,” the Democratic lawmakers wrote, citing a 1998 law, the International Religious Freedom Act. The law allows the State Department to deny foreign leaders guilty of “severe violations of religious freedom” from entering the U.S….
On Sunday, Wilders travels to Garland, Tex. where he will give a speech at the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an event hosted by Pamela Geller. That group will hold its inaugural “Muhammad Art Exhibit” and will award a $10,000 prize for the best cartoon depiction of Muhammad. The contest was created in response to the Islamist massacre at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo earlier this year.But Ellison and Carson believe that Wilders’ past criticism of Islam — and he has indeed been critical — is hate speech and that it warrants him being kept out of the U.S.
“We respectfully request that the U.S. government deny Mr. Wilders’s entry due to his participation in inciting anti-Muslim aggression and violence,” wrote Ellison and Carson, the first and second Muslims to be elected to national public office, respectively. “Mr. Wilders’s policy agenda is centered on the principle that Christian culture is superior to other cultures.”…
While noting that freedom of speech is “a bedrock principle” that distinguishes free societies from oppressive regimes, “free speech…is not absolute,” the letter reads.Geller called Ellison’s and Carson’s evidence of “sharia,” or Islamic law.
“It is revealing that these Muslim congressmen would show themselves to be enemies of free speech and free discourse,” Geller told The Daily Caller. “They cannot refute Wilders and don’t dare debate him. All these little authoritarians can do is try to prevent people from hearing his message.”