Intellectual freedom: Him now, you next
|June 25, 2011||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom|
Unless, of course, it’s okay that bureaucrats and social engineers do your thinking for you … in which case, you won’t be next, you’ll just be toothpaste.
“In Defense of ‘Hurtful’ Speech” (The Wall Street Journal June 24, 2011) Geert Wilders speaks out on an issue of critical importance to the intelligent designcommunity: free thought:
I was tried for a thought crime despite being an elected politician and the leader of the third-largest party in the Dutch parliament.[ … ]
I was brought to trial despite being an elected politician and the leader of the third-largest party in the Dutch parliament. I was not prosecuted for anything I did, but for what I said.
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I was dragged to court by leftist and Islamic organizations that were bent not only on silencing me but on stifling public debate …
Is this happening in your country? Shame! It was happening in Canada, and we have started to put a stop to it. We have a long way to go …
The secret of success is Multipartisan efforts. Everyone needs to agree that legal concepts like “It’s a crime to cause someone to feel offended” cannot work in a free society.
Serious commitment. A free society is worth saving.
No-nonsense confrontation. Traditionalist groups who hope to somehow get their own back through government control, based on postmodern nonprinciples are not your friends or their own.
See also: Second open letter to Guy Earle, a liberal guy who learned too late that it’s really all about people you don’t know running your life according to their theories.
One of the most significant shocks of my own life was to discover the hard way how many people in my own country would sacrifice freedom for the near utopia of total government control.
Just when government can’t do much for you any more, figures it would want total control, and they’d want to be totally controlled.