Any rational person should be able to grasp the difference between the two phrases in the title. The first is the unifying phrase in defense of the right to Free Speech shouted around Terra after the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris earlier in 2015. The second is the unspoken, but resonant tone of an organization run by Pamela Geller called Stop the Islamicization of America or SIOA.
Now, to me, Islamicization means a takeover of American culture or government by the religion of Islam. Currently Muslims make up about 0.9% of the population in the United States despite being one of the fastest growing religions in the world. There have been other sources that have stated the Muslim population at as high as 11 million but those figures are inflated as the CAIR numbers are for political purposes. The figure I will be using comes from the Pew Research Center report in 2011.
So figure the odds of a group made up of less than 2 million adults taking over the United States of America. I would be quick to point out that if that number represented a standing army it would be a formidable opponent for any nation. But for the United States? I doubt it.
Still conservatives are shouting that the attack on an event in Garland, Texas this weekend by ISIS inspired and linked terrorists is an assault on their free of speech. I agree that it is an assault on Free Speech and it is the worst kind of assault on the worst kind of Free Speech. As odious as Geller and her organization is they have every right to hold an event for cartoonists to do whatever they wish. Art is art and this is Truth. If anyone alive on Terra has learned anything from the Charlie Hebdo events it is that freedom of speech often comes with a heavy cost–often in lives cut short by those who are simply backward and pro-Death. Now this doesn’t apply to all Muslims, of course, anymore than I think everyone who is white and living in rural or suburban America is addicted to heroin or some other opiod.
But what is missing from all the right wing arguments is the clear context of both events. Charlie Hebdo, as a magazine is a brazen shit stirring and sarcastic work of journalistic art writ large for decades. Geller’s organization serves two purposes to enrich her from the trough of white bigots looking for somewhere to vent their anger at the loss of privilege post 9/11 and well maybe there’s only one purpose to SIOA when I really think about it. To conservatives what they did in Garland is speech, hate speech that must be protected from government or personal infringement. Yet they are offended, mind you not to the point of coming to Hell and shooting up the offices of The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork, by displays here of nudity, sexuality or eroticism. It’s sort of curious that these people adore guns and cling to their Bibles and yet are appalled by the nude male or female form. But so are those ardent defenders of a state that doesn’t and never will exist on the other side of this boring and meaningless Modern Age Crusade.
This is once again much ado about nothing from the right. Geller will continue to have her political fringe whoredom as the woman who stood up to Islam and shook her fist. Only martyrdom for her cause is likely ever to give her the fame orgasm she lusts for and I hope that never happens.
Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
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