The arrogance of the censors is the common element in all of these human rights prosecutions. The censors who want to shut down other people's speech think that their own opinions are not just opinions, but absolute truth, which therefore entitles the censors to silence those who disagree. But John Stuart Mill warned us in his 1859 essay On Liberty: "We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still."The bolded sentence describes both infidel censors (of the "human rights" commission/UN "Human Rights" Council variety) who want to clamp down on "hate," and Islamic censors (associated with the OIC and/or assorted Islamist bodies--CAIR, ISNA and the like--in Dar al Harb) who want to put a lid on all criticism of Islam and its "absolute truth."
Monday, September 26, 2011
"Shut Up," They Explained
Calgary lawyer John Carpay writes (in the Calgary Herald):