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5 Ways the Islamic War on Free Speech Advanced Last Week

A Katy Perry video is edited after Muslims accuse her of blasphemy.

by
Robert Spencer

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March 2, 2014 - 9:00 am

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2. Katy Perry quietly removes “Allah” symbol from video to appease enraged Muslims

After a petition gained 50,000 signatures demanding that YouTube remove Katy Perry’s music video for her new song “Dark Horse” because a man wearing a pendant bearing the word “Allah” is burned in it, YouTube quietly edited the video to remove the pendant.

Neither YouTube nor Perry made any public comment, but the swift capitulation was a foregone conclusion. Katy Perry wants to be a star, not a martyr for the freedom of expression, and that’s exactly what she would have become had YouTube not removed the offending Allah pendant from her video. Islamic supremacists and their Leftist stooges would have manufactured a “controversy” wherever Perry appeared, accusing her of “bigotry” and “fanning the flames of intolerance.” Katy might have even stopped being invited to the best parties.

Can’t have that. Twenty-five years after the Islamic Republic of Iran first issued its death fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the West has learned its lesson: if Muslims are offended, quickly remove the offending item. Fewer and fewer people grasp the importance of the freedom of speech as a bulwark against tyranny. It is taken for granted that those who traffic in violent intimidation have to be appeased and given what they want. That’s why one thing we can be sure of is that there will be much more violent intimidation.

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They were Muslims from that breakaway Uyghur huge enclave in western China that deeply resents being under the yoke of Beijing.

The train station attack was right in line with the Nairobi Mall slaughter last year and the boys' school carnage in Nigeria. And similar attacks, train stations, restaurants, hotels, running races.

Soft and vulnerable targets for these stupid creeps.
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I'm wondering if a notorious left wing court didn't remove that video just to lend support to Obama's lie about Benghazi. To a Leftard, everything is politics.
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Great column. Thanks for pointing this out.

We have to recognize that the academia and intelligentsia and entertainment industry are gutless and hypocritical to the point of corruption.

As bad as what you point out is, it still pales to what Yale University -- a non-governmental institution that long claimed to be a defender and authority regarding free speech and free inquiry -- did in 2009: http://billlawrenceonline.com/archive/MohammedCartoons.html
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I think we can use short hand for "enraged Muslims" and go with Muslims.
25 weeks ago
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Once again conservative Muslims inadvertently do a commercial highlighting the tolerance of conservative Christians. There is no other cheek in this version of Islam, just one big hind end.
26 weeks ago
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...the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Google had to remove from YouTube the notorious trailer for Innocence of Muslims....

Sorry, I don't get it. Why does the actress's objections, however valid, mean the video has to be removed from YouTube? Wouldn't it be a lot easier to just overdub the actress's voiceover with someone else's voice? This is not remotely difficult to do in most cases and was apparently the only grounds for removing the video, other than the offense felt my Muslims.
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Katy Perry wants to be a star, but a martyr for the freedom of expression, and that’s exactly what she would have become had YouTube not removed the offending Allah pendant from her video.

Shouldn't the "but" in that sentence be a "not"??
26 weeks ago
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The Islamic war against freedom of speech parallels the homosexual war against freedom of speech. The lie-in-a-word "Islamophobia" was introduced as a copy of the lie-in-a-word "homophobia". The manufactured homosexual gender "identity" is copied as the Marxist Eric Holder and others assert that Islam is a "race". Watch for jihadist "equality" demands to parallel homosexual marriage "equality" demands (homosexuals have always had the right to marry a person of the opposite sex like anyone else).
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My thought on the Katy Perry thing is I bet they didn't even know it was an Allah symbol when someone grabbed it and put it on the actor/model. They would have recognized a cross and been making a statement, but if no one even knew what was being said I can see quietly just making it go away.

I agree that it would have been handled differently if it were a symbol of another religion, but I have a bigger problem with the kids told they couldn't wear patriotic shirts because of credible threats to their person for a statement they were intentionally making than I am over blotting out a couple seconds of video for something they didn't even realize they were saying in order to make trouble makers shut up.
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The world system will do anything for it's fellow pagan religious/political system the religion of peace. The music industry sold it's collective soul a long time ago to Old Knob. Notice the all seeing eye covering Katy Perry's left eye.

It is those not of this world system that will be attacked. Like the author of the above post.
26 weeks ago
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Katy Perry's video could have had Jesus performing a homosexual act or otherwise debasing himself and no one would have done a thing.

The Hollywood culture war continues - coddle/baby muslims, insult Jews and Christians at every opportunity.
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Alleged outrage over the Allah symbol in the video (for which you had to really look to even detect) happened last week at the same time that Muslim extremists slaughtered 59 boys at a boarding school in Nigeria, to cleanse the region of Christian influences or some such nonsense.

As they hunt under rocks and on ice cream wrappers for alleged insults to the prophet and Allah, Islamic leaders are silent in the face of ongoing and near continuous slaughter in the name of this not so vaunted religion called Islam.

Deserving of zero respect, these cretins.
26 weeks ago
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And some angry Chinese slaughtered 30 people at a bus station with knives?

Golly, what religion where they?
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They were Muslims from that breakaway Uyghur huge enclave in western China that deeply resents being under the yoke of Beijing.

The train station attack was right in line with the Nairobi Mall slaughter last year and the boys' school carnage in Nigeria. And similar attacks, train stations, restaurants, hotels, running races.

Soft and vulnerable targets for these stupid creeps.
26 weeks ago
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So if the symbol had been a Coptic or Christian cross, no one would have complained, right?
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Someone might have complained but he would have been told it was merely artistic expression being exercised and that he was a narrow-minded bigot for failing to realize it.

Kate Perry and those who make her videos are stupid cowards. They have no wisdom or insight to anything. They, and those who admire them, should be treated with derision mixed with pity, not anger.
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