Hillary Clinton Hit on Trump Is Her Latest Attack on Freedom of Speech
Hillary Clinton’s claim during the last Democratic debate that the Islamic State (ISIS) is “showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims to recruit more radical jihadists” was swiftly proven wrong. In reality, the latest Islamic State video features Barack Obama (“liar”) and her husband (“fornicator”), but never mentions Trump.
More disquieting than its inaccuracy, however, is the fact that Hillary’s claim shows that one of the people most likely to be the next president of the United States is a foe of the freedom of speech, the cornerstone of any free society.
In claiming that the Islamic State is using “videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims to recruit more radical jihadists” (as opposed, I guess, to friendly jihadists), Hillary’s implicit point is that if we stop saying and doing things that she or they claim insult Islam and Muslims, then jihad recruitment will lose its impetus.
So if we adopt Sharia blasphemy restrictions and refrain from insulting Islam, everything will be all right.
It is important to recall that groups such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) routinely classify any honest analysis of how jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism as insulting Islam and Muslims.
And that Clinton has been on board with this initiative for years.
In March 2011, OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu gave a speech to the UN Council on Human Rights, calling upon it to set up “an Observatory at the Office of the High Commissioner to monitor acts of defamation of all religions … as a first step toward concerted action at the international level.” On April 12, 2011, the UN Council on Human Rights passed Resolution 16/18 with full support from the Obama administration, calling upon member states to impose laws against “discriminatory” speech or speech involving “defamation of religion.” In June 2011 Ihsanoglu said that such laws were “a matter of extreme priority” for the OIC.
Hillary affirmed the administration’s support for this campaign on July 15, 2011, when she gave an address on the freedom of speech at an OIC conference on Combating Religious Intolerance. Said Hillary:
Together, we have begun to overcome the false divide that pits religious sensitivities against freedom of expression and we are pursuing a new approach. These are fundamental freedoms that belong to all people in all places and they are certainly essential to democracy.
But how could both possibly be protected? Ihsanoglu offered his answer: by criminalizing what he considered to be a separate category, hatred and incitement to violence:
We cannot and must not ignore the implications of hate speech and incitement of discrimination and violence.
At the same time, he claimed that the OIC did not want to criminalize free speech:
Our cause, which stems from out genuine concerns, should not be interpreted as calls for restriction on freedom.
To understand how Ihsanoglu could call for restrictions on the freedom of speech while simultaneously claiming he was not, one had to enter his Orwellian world in which “hate speech” -- so designated by Ihsanoglu himself and his fellow Islamic supremacists -- is not and should not be considered to be protected free speech.
But Clinton had a First Amendment to deal with. So in place of legal restrictions on criminalization of Islam, she suggested:
… old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.