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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Christopher Hitchens Is Standing Up For Freedom of Speech Too

(Thanks to LC & IB Bluto)

The incredible thing about the ongoing Kristallnacht against Denmark (and in some places, against the embassies and citizens of any Scandinavian or even European Union nation) is that it has resulted in, not opprobrium for the religion that perpetrates and excuses it, but increased respectability! A small democratic country with an open society, a system of confessional pluralism, and a free press has been subjected to a fantastic, incredible, organized campaign of lies and hatred and violence, extending to one of the gravest imaginable breaches of international law and civility: the violation of diplomatic immunity. And nobody in authority can be found to state the obvious and the necessary—that we stand with the Danes against this defamation and blackmail and sabotage. Instead, all compassion and concern is apparently to be expended upon those who lit the powder trail, and who yell and scream for joy as the embassies of democracies are put to the torch in the capital cities of miserable, fly-blown dictatorships. Let’s be sure we haven’t hurt the vandals’ feelings.

What he said.

I’m thoroughly disgusted with the reactions of the “free” press in this country (and a certain bint who shall go unnamed) to this assault on free speech, not to mention the frantic embrace of dhimmitude from the very same media who constantly claim that their job is to inform the public at all costs, as long as the costs don’t involve threats against them, of course.

It is the kind of spineless cowardice that you’d normally associate with the fwench but, thank G-d, some people aren’t afraid to stand up and call it by its real name.

And there remains the question of Denmark: a small democracy, which resisted Hitler bravely and protected its Jews as well as itself. Denmark is a fellow member of NATO and a country that sends its soldiers to help in the defense and reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan. And what is its reward from Washington? Not a word of solidarity, but instead some creepy words of apology to those who have attacked its freedom, its trade, its citizens, and its embassies. For shame. Surely here is a case that can be taken up by those who worry that America is too casual and arrogant with its allies. I feel terrible that I have taken so long to get around to this, but I wonder if anyone might feel like joining me in gathering outside the Danish Embassy in Washington, in a quiet and composed manner, to affirm some elementary friendship. Those who like the idea might contact me at christopher.hitchens@yahoo.com, and those who live in other cities with Danish consulates might wish to initiate a stand for decency on their own account.

And the response has already been massive:

Update, Feb. 22: Thank you all who’ve written. Please be outside the Embassy of Denmark, 3200 Whitehaven Street (off Massachusetts Avenue) between noon and 1 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 24. Quietness and calm are the necessities, plus cheerful conversation. Danish flags are good, or posters reading “Stand By Denmark” and any variation on this theme (such as “Buy Carlsberg/ Havarti/ Lego”) The response has been astonishing and I know that the Danes are appreciative. But they are an embassy and thus do not of course endorse or comment on any demonstration. Let us hope, however, to set a precedent for other cities and countries. Please pass on this message to friends and colleagues.

I wish I could be there myself.

Thanks, Christopher. It’s nice to see that not everybody in the media is a craven coward with testicles the size of hydrogen atoms.

23 Responses to “Christopher Hitchens Is Standing Up For Freedom of Speech Too”
  1. Unregistered Trackback by Vital Perspective UNITED STATES

    Pro-Denmark Rally Planned in Washington on Friday…

    Christopher Hitchens of Slate has called for a pro-Denmark rally outside the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, DC on Friday from 12-1pm. Hitchens writes, “Quietness and calm are the necessities, plus cheerful conversation. Danish flags are good, or po…

  2. LC Horrabin Comment by LC Horrabin

    Sh*t.
    Just when I move from DC to Florida, something comes along I should actually go into downtown DC for.
    Here, I’m 500 miles from East Bumf*ck Anystate. I can yell slogans at the dolphins (not the football team) from the back yard, but it ain’t quite the same….
    Jeeeezz….

  3. Unregistered Comment by Extremus

    I cannot tell you enough how very VERY greatful we are for your support. If it was not for you guys in the the blogosphere the truth of this whole absurd circus would never have been known to anyone but the Danes.

    I watched the 60 minutes piece on the story the other day and almost threw up. A twisted set of half-truths coupled with comments from local Dhimmies only too happy to poop in their own nest. All in all it painted a picture of Denmark as an intolerant and racist nation, which could not be further from the truth.

    The actual fact is that Denmark is the “best” country in the world to be Muslim in, now and before. Nowhere else in the world can a muslim enjoy free housing, free healthcare, free education - and unemployment benefits among the highest in the world (if not the highest) without ever having to contribute a damn thing to society.

    In other words, we have given them every opportunity to succeed in a society where the economy is booming (despite the boycot), and still they prefer to steal, lie, rape, kill, defraud and spunge on society in every conceivable way… I am generalizing only because this applies to more than half of the muslim population in Denmark. We need qualified workers in Danish production, but the muslims prefer not to “demean” themselves by working for an “Infidel”. They much prefer receiving all the benefits, and steal on the side.

    It is this type of antisocial behavior the Danes see as a threat to a society it took us 1000 years to build. On top of that the muslims and their Danish useful idiots now want us to feel ASHAMED over the cartoon-issue.

    So again - thank you very much to all of those who were not fooled by the biased msm - and elements of your own (and other) government(s)… The thought alone that a bunch of Americans are willing to actively show their support makes me feel all warm and cosy inside…

    THANKS

  4. Unregistered Comment by DWMF

    I’ve been doing my bit. I’ve drunk 2 bottles of Tuborg every evening since this whole sorry story began. I hear that the upturn of trade in Danish goods (due to chaps like me) has far outweighed the Arabian boycott.

    P.S. I watched CNN a few days ago, and they found a couple of moonbats in the street, who disapproved of Free Speech, in some Italian town. I think they camped outside the local Communist part headquarters and grabbed some of the party members as they came out.

  5. TPCrasher78 Comment by TPCrasher78

    Hang in there Denmark, some of us real allies support you.

    I saw the Danish Prime Minister on TV, well on 60 Minutes. Yeah, it’s 60 Minutes, but no matter the spin and how flustered the little prick interviewer got, the Danish PM did not back down and is backing the newspapers without question.

    Gee, where was our President to back them up? Tapping foot, waiting…..

  6. Unregistered Comment by Farmor

    Well TPCrasher - They do say, that Bush called our Prime Minister to give him/us “verbal support” besides I just saw in the newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende (my local paper), that many people are now sueing all the imams, that went all over the world and spread all the lies about Denmark - hope it will work out - and gee - thanks a LOT for your support over there, it really is good to know, that not everybody lost their sence and trusted the stupid things spread all over the news in every language.

    Imperial MOM

  7. Unregistered Comment by Cheryl

    Gee, where was our President to back them up? Tapping foot, waiting…..

    Why, TPCrasher, Mr. Bush was busy pulling out the race card and chastizing most of the US population for being, well, a bit uneasy about the prospect of Dubai managing our main seaports. After all, what possible reason could anyone have for distrusting a muslim country? Oh, the shame of it all!

  8. Unregistered Comment by AMB NORWAY

    A big thank you all from me too! I can’t tell you how it warms my heart to read this article.

    I still think that deep down most americans (most westerners) support the printing of these cartoons.

    Thank you!

  9. Sir Christopher Comment by Sir Christopher UNITED STATES

    Brace yourselves folks……

    Clinton urges EU to convict publishers of caricatures

  10. Emperor Darth Misha I Comment by Emperor Darth Misha I UNITED STATES

    I still think that deep down most americans (most westerners) support the printing of these cartoons.

    I certainly do, and most people that I know do.

    And then you have to add all of those who think they shouldn’t have been printed because they were insensitive but STILL maintain that it’s a matter of Freedom of Speech. It’s perfectly possible to hold both views at the same time.

    Take the “Piss Christ” “artwork”, for instance.

    Would I have preferred to never have seen a picture of that? Absolutely.

    Do I believe that the papers printing them had a right to do so without fear of terrorism? Absolutely.

  11. LC & IB Bluto Comment by LC & IB Bluto UNITED STATES

    I wish Hitchens had given this a little more lead time. I really wanted to go. Of course, any excuse to get the hell out of Central New York in February is good.

    Anybody planning a Danish solidarity protest in, oh, I don’t know…Florida? St. Croix?

  12. Unregistered Comment by SylviaB

    This is the first time I’ve ever posted a comment to a blog, and so it’s appropriate that my inaugural post appear at the Empire’s HQ because reading this blog is how I begin every internet session. With that said, on to the point of finally breaking in with my 2 cents.

    First, a huge thank you to Christopher Hitchens for being the point man on an event whereby we can all visibly take a stand in support of the Danes on this issue that is reverberating around the world. (With, of course, an appropriate nod to Misha for serving as an outlet for info we need to hear.)

    I ask myself, what about those of us who are too far away (I live on the left coast) or have no Danish embassy in our town. Buy Danish, yes. Doing that.

    But I couldn’t help feeling I wasn’t doing enough and at the same time was frustrated and disgusted by what my friends did not know about this controversy. Americans at every level need to see these cartoons, understand that they represent a freedom that we take for granted, and understand that a freedom upon which western democracy is firmly planted is now being threatened not only in Denmark but right here in America, and this threat is being abetted by the cowardly MSM and many other misguided appeasers.

    I have no blog or other forum to post the cartoons, so what could I do? First, I copied the 12 cartoons into an email, prefaced by my comments on the controversy, and sent them to everyone in my address list. I did not do a group email. I sent them individually and purposely placed the cartons in the body of the email so they couldn’t miss seeing them (because so many are too lazy to click a link).

    Well, that didn’t take much time. I needed to do more. What else could I do? I printed the cartoons out and made copies. I had a group of lady friends over for a Scrabble night. I brought up the subject, asked if they’d seen the cartoons. No one had. I whipped out my handy multiple copies and a lively discussion was had. Some took them home to share with others, some did not.

    I’m now on a roll in my campaign to personally publish these cartoons to the uninformed. (I secretly hope for a fatwah, but I’m not a big enough fish.)

    I never pass up an opportunity to bring the subject up. I’ve taken copies with me to meet friends for lunch, to dinner parties at people’s homes, to PTA meetings, to volunteer events at the kids’ school, to coffee and donuts after church, and to religious ed evening classes at church — which seems a particularly appropriate venue for discussing this particular problem of world proportions.

    I always start out by asking if my listeners have seen the cartoons. A very, very few have said yes. But as soon as someone says no, I pull out the copies, jump on my soapbox and pass on as much information about what’s been going on as I can get in before the listeners get bored or uninterested. Even though there are plenty of liberals in every group, I haven’t encountered a bad response yet.

    The next level in my campaign will be to mail copies of the cartoons to elected officials in my city, county, and state with a polite note stating my view that every America, especially those in positions of power, should take a stand in support of Denmark and in support of the basic freedom of speech that too many in the MSM and in our federal government believe can be callously tossed aside in appeasement to Islamic extremists without a thought to the consequences of such simpering dhimmitude.

    And to my ultimate point for writing here — I challenge all you Rotties out there to become personal publishers to every single person you know or enounter, to disseminate as widely as possible in your daily lives to our woefully uninformed fellow Americans that this is not a small issue, it is HUGE in its efffect on our country and our allies, and that what seems to be a silly controversy over some cartoons is really a spark to something much larger and much more malevolent.

    Keep buying Danish, and then publish, publish, publish! Get out there and do some good. I want to hear your stories of success.

    Let’s roll!
    Sylvia

  13. kwongdzu Comment by kwongdzu UNITED STATES

    Kids are all in favor of buying more Legos … I found this article, and I wondered if any of you have been following this:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/23/AR2006022300647.html?nav=rss_world/africa

    Sounds like some Christians are madder than hell and not going to take it any more. In some parts of the world that aren’t so PC, there are consequences to staging destructive protests!

  14. Unregistered Comment by Sub-Odeon

    Christopher Hitchens is one of the few semi-MSM liberals for whom I retain absolute respect. I respected him when he broke with The Nation soon after 9/11. I have respected him as he defiantly supported the liberation of Iraq, and as he continues to support the cause of democracy in that troubled land. I have even supported him as he has chastised the foolishness of the Bush administration, because unlike most of the criticism currently directed at the White House, Hitch grounds his beefs in FACTS, instead of paranoid fantasy.

    I continue to be baffled by how the socialist-leftist contingent in the West has become thoroughly infatuated with Islamism. When money and time allow, I attend school down the road from my place of work: the semi-infamous Seattle Central Commun(ist) College. Lately the student socialists at SCCC have been putting up huge posters supporting (yes, you guessed it!) the suppression of free expression and the demands of the Islamist mindset. Their banners proclaim boldly: WHY MUSLIMS ARE RIGHT TO BE UPSET!

    Read down a few lines, and one discovers that (of course) the Bush “regime” is behind it all. If we’d not invaded Iraq, slaughtering babies all the way, the Muslim world would not be so upset over these racist, Islamophobic cartoons.

    (sigh) At least we still have Hitch to shine a light of rational liberalism through the muck and mire of the Postmodernist squalor that dominates current Leftist thinking; if we dare to even call it thinking. Hitch should be required reading for everyone in the West; especially the students at SCCC! Too many have missed the point of the cartoons entirely, allowing themselves to fall for the trap of multicultural boneheadedness.

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again. This ‘aint about religious bigotry or Islamophobia. It’s about standing up for the right of free people to publish and speak freely; a concept foreign to the vast majority of Muslims. But that’s not the West’s fault, and the West should not be apologizing.

  15. Unregistered Comment by Menshevik UNITED STATES

    I haven’t followed this cartoon nonsense too closely because, frankly, I don’t give a shit. In all the high drama which has followed the incident I haven’t heard a single report on the actual context of the cartoons- only that it appeared in a news paper. What was the story about? Was it in the editorial section?

  16. Unregistered Comment by Menshevik UNITED STATES

    BTW, this is old news, but Hitchens bitch-slapping Galloway was a thing of beauty. What Hitchins argument basically came down to was: “I support the war in Iraq because I am true to my leftist-liberal beliefs and out of a sense of solidarity with my left wing/secular/democratic/socialist brethren in Iraq.”

    Its an argument that makes you stop and think…

  17. Unregistered Comment by Elephant Man UNITED STATES

    Meanwhile a german court sntences a 61 year old man to a year in jail (suspended for 5 years) and 300 hours of commmunity service for printing “Koran” on toilet paper and selling it, distributing it to TV stations and sending it to 15 mosques.

    German court convicts man for insulting Islam

    It’s good to see Germany dancing on the concept of free speech. :roll:

  18. LC Beaker Comment by LC Beaker UNITED STATES

    Ah, the Muslim cartoon debate. I think this gem sums it up perfectly.

  19. caveman82952 Comment by caveman82952 UNITED STATES

    I hear that the upturn of trade in Danish goods (due to chaps like me) has far outweighed the Arabian boycott.

    I truly hope so…I have wondered and am curious. I do know my wife and I have dropped some three hundred on Danish products in the last month, and it ain’t over yet. She loves the cheeses and soon to be sampled chocolates. So in a very real sense some good may come of this, for now we know this stuff is good and will continue purchasing it.
    Aside from that…it royally gets my ‘roids bunched up to hear our mealy mounth politicos talkin’ shit about how folks should stand up to the Muslims. Denmark does and we turn our backs on them. Well, I haven’t and won’t. Besides, the bacon is absolutely fantastic! Buy Danish and piss off the Muslims!

  20. Emperor Darth Misha I Comment by Emperor Darth Misha I UNITED STATES

    What was the story about? Was it in the editorial section?

    The short story was that the paper was in contact with an author who mentioned that he couldn’t get artists to make pictures for his book about Mohammed for fear of repercussions (with the Theo van Gogh incident, Salman Rushdie et al in mind).

    The paper then decided to find out if there really was such self-censorship going on and/or if there was any reason for it, so they asked a bunch of artists to submit a drawing of Mohammed. 12 did.

    The rest is history and I do believe that the muslims answered the questions.

    In other words: The muslims had a test. They flunked. Again.

  21. Apollyon Comment by Apollyon UNITED STATES

    In other words: The muslims had a test. They flunked. Again.

    As they say, The Arabs/Muslims never miss a chance to miss a chance.

  22. maxxdog Comment by maxxdog UNITED STATES

    I heard Mr hitchens on Bill Bennet this morning. A class act!

  23. Unregistered Trackback by Blue Star Chronicles UNITED STATES

    Lego My Free Speech…

    Where is the American media? Are there really just a handful that have the courage to practice what they preach? Is the blogsphere the only avenue of free speech still left in America?…