The faceless bureaucrats in Brussels definitely don't want anyone to call a spade a spade:
The European Union has drawn up guidelines advising government spokesmen to refrain from linking Islam and terrorism in their statements.Yet each self-immolating terrorist and the group supporting him (or her) celebrate that link. Millions issue forth from Muslim street in a show of support, Middle Eastern media giants broadcast it across the world, and Islamic recruiters use it to entice Muslims to join the jihadist ranks. How dare the EU so intolerantly insinuate that so many fine Muslims don't support what they say they support. Calling so many in the ummah liars, how despicable!
What year is it again? 1984, perhaps:
Brussels officials have confirmed the existence of a classified handbook which offers "non-offensive" phrases to use when announcing anti-terrorist operations or dealing with terrorist attacks.So when a self-proclaimed Muslim jihadist murders a Dutch filmmaker in broad daylight in the name of Islamic fundamentalist, and you're at a loss for words existing outside of the omerta, just refer to the killer as a right-wing extremist.
Banned terms are said to include "jihad", "Islamic" or "fundamentalist".
Al Qaeda has an infamous manual detailing not only how to carry out successful attacks, but also how to continue fighting after being detained--lie. One tactic is to vociferously fabricate accusations of torture. Claim religious discrimination and culturally offensive mistreatment.
The EU apparently shares an affinity for deceit:
An EU official said that the secret guidebook, or, "common lexicon", is aimed at preventing the distortion of the Muslim faith and the alienation of Muslims in Europe.No, this official has it completely backwards. Islam is inherently militant, intolerant, and unreasonable: Its murderous and marauding founder, its literal translation ("submission"), and its adherents' blind fatalism ("inshallah"), demonstrate, respectively. Unfettered tolerance has no way of dealing with unapologetic intolerance save for truncating itself, as these illiberal guidelines put forth by the EU show.
No wonder the EU's popularity continues to fall, and opposition to Turkish membership is so high. Is it too little too late? Without a single European nation except for (possibly) Muslim Albania procreating at a rate above replenishment, a stagnant economy, and an unemployment rate of 8.5%, I don't see how the Old Continent, in its accelerating and self-perpetuating decline, will be able to reverse its descension.
But Europe's never supported the right of free expression as emphatically as the US has. For example, look at the laws regarding Holocaust denial. Does officially-sanctioned silence classify as denial? Apparently not:
Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government-backed study has revealed.Disgusting. What about those who are upset by such absurdly ahistorical denials of the enormous human suffering the Holocaust caused? What about those who don't want the truth prostituted in service of ignorant throwbacks?
It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.
It's not just the 20th Century that's to be rewritten. We're going back a millenium:
There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.That Pope Innocent II's calls for pilgrimmage were a desperate plea to end internecine fighting in Europe and strike back against a militant religion that had thrown Christianity out of its place of birth and had been advancing on Europe for four centuries? That the lionized Saladin personally beheaded the unsympathetic but defenseless knight Raynald? That the Ayubbids allowed Central Asian nomads to raze Jerusalem in 1244? That the First Crusade's bloodletting conquest of Jerusalem wasn't an unusual response to a city militarily resisting capture? The mosques leave these things out:
But Chris McGovern, history education adviser to the former Tory government, said: "History is not a vehicle for promoting political correctness. Children must have access to knowledge of these controversial subjects, whether palatable or unpalatable."Most of the world, even developed non-Western nations like Japan, inject a nationalistic bent into the teaching of their histories. The West, in contrast, cannot even summon the strength to strive for objectivity. It is more comfortable with self-deprecation.
Islam's attack on liberalism isn't limiting to our sister civilization across the Atlantic. It's happening at home as well:
A group of imams suing US Airways for discrimination amended their lawsuit this week to target only the "John Doe" passengers who they say are racist and falsely accused them of behaving suspiciously.Nevermind the ubiquitous signs at airports pleading with travlers to support suspicious activity to security personnel. Besides, what's so suspicious about a group of swarthy imams in orthodox garb, requesting extra seats, spreading out across the cabin, and making other unconventional demands?
Can you imagine Americans reduced to having to fear fearing for their own safety and well-being, out of a fear that such fear has become criminal? Then again, when those who question the wisdom of open borders or the veracity of the catastrohpic anthropogenic global warming "consensus" are sought out for personal destruction for having the audacity to speak their minds, it's not that surprising.
In the middle of the 20th Century, the West comprised one-fourth of the world's population. Today it makes up one-sixth. By mid-century, it'll have shrunk to a mere one-tenth. As the West dies, the liberalism, liberty, humanism, and empiricism it holds so dear all die along with it.