Over the past decade or so, that freedom to say what we like on a public platform has taken on new meaning. We find that people can now openly mock our Prophet’s (Jesus, Moses and Muhammed PBUT), and they can openly question or ridicule God and His word. They can openly disrespect others, why? Well because they can, and they’re free to do so.
That said, I honestly don’t believe that we’ve ever really had freedom of speech, or that we ever will. The way I see it, that freedom is only ever afforded to certain people in certain sects, in certain social or political factions and it’s always been this way. If we look at the history of free speech, we will see that at any point in time, while speech was deemed free to some, it was not considered so for others.
For instance, in the Apartheid era, the governing whites had the right to refer to all the blacks as “kaffers”, both in private and on public platforms, like the media. But at that time, the blacks were not afforded the same rights or free speech. Today, it’s almost illegal to say the "K" word and those that still do are regarded as vile racists with no respect for human life. But barring a few minor protestations, it’s largely deemed ok for blacks to say white racist remarks. The tables have indeed turned… and while speech is free for some, not all have been afforded that privilege.
This is evident in almost every society or nation that we encounter. Mention any of the Zionist atrocities and you will be labeled as Anti-Semitic. But it’s ok to go around branding 1.7 Billion Muslims as terrorists even though terrorism, or any of its constituents, doesn’t even exist in the laws of Islam.
I often think of Facebook and Twitter as great examples of how censored we are. No one in their right mind, (whether they're Muslim or not) would ever post statuses about the texture and consistency of their feces, or discuss what it means to bleed at every menstruation, or thank their partners and go on detailing the previous night's exotic antics because it’s largely considered vulgar and immoral. But it’s not immoral to disregard the laws of Islam and disrespect its followers by drawing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and mock him. It’s immoral, despicable and downright evil to call people “kaffers” or “niggers” or to “hail Hitler”… the mere thought of a status with any of these offensive words is unfathomable... but it’s perfectly ok for depraved people to scorn the religions of other’s, disrespect their civil & human rights and hold their practices in contempt.
A part of me believes that we shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that we ever really HAD freedom of speech. Free speech has only ever been afforded to some and sometimes I think that we will only have free speech when people can hate each other equally without one or the other seeking to intervene or intimidate the other into silence or compliance. Most of the time, it seems that speech is only ever free when it serves a greater political agenda.
Speaking of politics, I was looking at the Ground Zero Mosque debate the other day and personally, I can understand the sensitivity surrounding the issue. Many people feel it’s disrespectful to the memories of their loved ones and they’re entitled to their feelings and opinions… I can understand that. What I fail to understand is how they can blame 1.7 Billion of the Worlds’ population under the banner of Islam for something a few men did. I find it insulting and offensive, as well as an affront to worldwide concepts of intelligence.
For all the knowledge in the world (as I’ve said before, we have never known as much as we do today) we still have people thinking & behaving in a way that I believe is either the epitome of stupidity or the single most grotesquely ignorant thing I have ever witnessed in my life. I had this conversation with two Americans recently, one of whom is a friend and the other, an acquaintance of this friend.
The acquaintance dared to quote some of Islam’s so-called “terrorist laws” to me, citing passages of the Qur’an out of context with absolutely no knowledge of Tafseer etc… knowledge that she no doubt acquired online on one of the hundreds of dodgy sites seeping with inaccurate information or from uneducated sources.
Now, I know my religion. I don’t need some secular individual telling me what I believe in, based on tidbits of non-information that she picked up here and there, then quoting what can only be described as information so grossly inaccurate, she might as well have made it up out of thin air. It was surprising to her to find out that fundamentalism and terrorism exists in every religion and in almost every society on the planet.
I’m part Irish right… it’s a small part but it’s still definitive. You don’t see me slandering Catholics or Christianity as a whole every time the IRA decides to blow up some or other landmark for their cause. You don’t see people drawing blasphemous cartoons of The Virgin Mary every time ETA (who are blatantly classified as a terrorist organization by Europe and America) decides to attack the public transport system in Spain leaving hundreds dead in their wake. You didn’t see people picketing with Anti-Jesus slogans and burning bibles every time the Klu Klux Klan went out of their way to commit the most atrocious, heinous acts with their huge crosses emblazoned across their white robes.
Even today, when the Apartheid Zionist regime kills hundreds of people on a daily basis, the knowledgeable know that it has nothing to do with Judaism and no one is disparaging Moses and drawing offensive cartoons of him, or burning Torah’s.
I informed the acquaintance that she would be more than just a fool to believe that the terrorist/fundamentalist war with America has anything to do with Islam at all. Islam is its cover, an excuse to wage a war that has everything to do with politics, oil, power and foreign policies.
And if there is anything 28 years on this planet has taught me, it’s that nothing is ever as it seems.