What Constitutes ‘a Provocation’?

For the past decade or so, it has been drilled into us – and by ‘us’, I mean ‘citizens of Western democracies’ – that drawing any image, no matter how innocent, of the Islamic prophet Muhammed is a taboo.

Verboten.

Not to be done. under any circumstances.

Doing so would constitute ‘a provocation’ – and any response, however unreasonable or disproportionate, by Muslims anywhere on Earth is therefore the fault of the ‘provocateur’.

Case closed.

But, is it?

Is it, really?!?!?

What ever happened to denouncing ‘the hecler’s veto’?  I thought that in a civilized society, each person is responsible for his or her actions – and ‘provocation’ is not an excuse to violence….especially non-violent ‘provocation’.

Yet, for the past ten-or-so-years, we have been conditioned (primarily by the cowardly mainstream media, but also by the way policing has systematically been carried out) to blame the person who is exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms for ‘causing a disturbance’ or ‘disturbing public peace’ when people react violently to them.

This is as upside down as it can get:  yet, we have become so conditioned to this situation that we  no longer question it.

At this point, drawing any picture – caricature or flattering – of the Islamic prophet Muhammed is seen to be ‘beyond the pale’ and anyone who dares to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech with regards to him is seen as the villain in any violent reaction to this lawful action.

Sad, but true.  Very true.

The media spin is predictable:  ‘they have a right to…, but…’

Meaning:  ‘Yeah, they did something lawful that provoked other people to break the law, so it’s their own fault they got killed….’

So, the billion-dollar-question is:  what constitutes such a provocation?!?!?

Holding a ‘Draw Muhammed Day event’ is one – as I learned on the 19th of May, 2015.

Holding an ‘equal opportunity blasphemy day’ is another, as I learned on the 19th of June, 2015.

So, what about yoga?  Nobody can consider a bunch of people ‘stretching’ to be a provocation, right?

Well, not so fast…

June 21st, 2015, was UN’s ‘international Yoga Day’!

People all over the world got together in unbelievably unflattering outfits to stretch and grunt and look silly – while feeling like they ‘mattered’.  Simple fodder for humour, right?

Not so fast!!!

This ‘government imposed’ yoga day was a clear provocation against Muslims worldwide!

Bowing to the sun!!!

Heathens!

Polytheists!!!

Undermining the one-ness of Allah!!!

Plus it is a clear imposition of the Hindu agenda on Muslims worldwide!!!

D-ugh!!!!

At least, that is what the Muslims are saying.

Which leaves me wondering:  for the past bunch of years, people have happily exercised yoga on the front lawn of Parliament Hill.

How long before the Islamists among us refuse to accept such a provocation and take violent means to stop such a blasphemous thing happening at the seat of Canada’s government?!?!?

How long before Islamist dress codes become mandatory on the Parliament Hill so as not to pose a ‘provocation’ to the Islamists in our midst?

It is not as far fetched as I hope it would be….

Wilders blames sabotage for failure to broadcast Mohammed cartoons

From Vlad Tepes:

Showing that the Netherlands, like most of Europe and Canada, are at least partly under the sharia and moving more that direction and away from our own cultural and constitutionally mandated laws where they conflict with islamic values.

H/T WTD

Wilders blames sabotage for failure to broadcast Mohammed cartoons

The national public broadcasting company NPO is investigating why a party political broadcast by the PVV showing anti-Mohammed drawings was not transmitted as planned. PVV leader Geert Wilders pledged to show the drawings during the broadcast but instead an old item was aired instead. Wilders has accused the public broadcaster of sabotage and has now placed the item featuring the cartoons, which is 2.45 minutes long, on YouTube. The video is due to be broadcast twice more later this month
So, what is it you are not allowed to see?
This:
(Ok – I tried embedding….but it seems to not work – again – and all my formatting after the attempt seems ‘gone’ – my apologies!)
And why exactly are you not allowed to see it?
Because over the last decade, the world Islamist movement had, doing something called ‘dawa‘ (usually translated as ‘proselytizing, but meaning much, much more…because if you are ‘invited’ to join Islam and you don’t, you are no longer ‘innocent’ and, under Sharia, it is lawful to kill you), has already successfully conditioned the World to believe that depicting their prophet Muhammed is an unbreakable taboo and that if it is broken, Muslims worldwide will resort to violence.
This is no co-incidence:  to the contrary.  This is directly from Sharia, Islamic jurisprudence.  The aim of it is to condition unbelievers to put Islamic laws above their own national laws, Islamic customs above their customs, Islamic dogma above their own dogma – one tiny step at a time.
The interdiction on depicting Muhammed is just the first step.
But, it gets worse…
During the ‘Holy Land’ trial in the US (when US-based Islamic charities were convicted in funding terrorism), Islamist ‘guide’ books were found which described in detail their plan to, yes, just like The Brain, ‘take over the world!’.
In this plan, there was this 10 year period of dawa.  And, they have succeeded.
Geert Wilders’ attempt to show the Muhammed cartoons was sabotaged.
My permit to hold a Draw Muhammed Day ‘equal opportunity blasphemy’ event was denied.  OK, perhaps I had picked an inflammatory day to hold it, but, yesterday, I was told that on no day in the near future (at least 3 months) would this be permitted, because they could not secure the venue during the event, after it and my own safety afterwards.
The kicker is that these next 3 months are the safest time to hold such an event.
You see, my dear readers, after this summer, the dawa stage of the Islamist plans will be over and they plan to move to more violent means to achieve Sharia on all the world…
No, the world will not go up in flames all at once – but the violent incidents will increase, including in The West, in both frequency and tenacity.
Sad, but true…

‘Orange Is the New Black’ on bookburning

You know that something is part of ‘the culture’ when it keeps showing up in pop culture.

Personally, I enjoy watching Netfix – and one of their shows is ‘Orange Is the New Black':  a show about a posh girl who, while young and ‘experimenting’, had crossed some lines and now has to pay the price in prison.  It is a fun show, based (loosely, I presume) on a real life story, that makes us re-examine the whole ‘drug war’ and related issues.

OK!

Another thing I like is binge-watching shows:  so, the Netflix ‘thing’ of releasing a whole season of a show at once pleases me beyond explanation.  Perhaps it is the Aspie in me, but, I have a difficult time going from one world to another.  So, when a show paints an alternate world for me (like, say, fictionalized life in prison), it takes me hours to transition from that world to my reality and vice versa.  Which means that it only makes sense that I should watch all the episodes back-to-back!

Right?!?!?

Alas, the real world tends to intrude….which is why it was not until tonight that I saw this particularly salient line in the show…

Background:

The women’s prison celebrates ‘Mother’s Day’ with particularly open visitation from the babies/children of the inmates.  As a direct result of the families’ visits, the women’s prison becomes infested with both scabies and bedbugs.

In order to combat the infestations, the prison burns all possibly infested items:  from mattresses to prison uniforms to…the books in the library.

The pertinent line:

All the books in the prison library had been burned, as they had all been infested with bed-bugs….except for one book – the book that nobody had dared to burn!

The prison had been left with a single, bed-bug-infested book:  a copy of the Koran….

Draw Muhammed Day – so, what next?

It has been two weeks since my failed attempt to hold a Draw Muhammed Day event on Canada’s Parliament Hill.

To read what had transpired then, please see my posts on the topic.

In the aftermath, everybody wanted to know what was I going to do next?

To be honest, my failure had taught me just how naive I was when it came to this issue.  Yes, I knew I had to DO something – but I didn’t want another failure.  So, the first thing to do was to learn.

In the last two weeks, I spoke and corresponded with many peoples:  some passionate, some intelligent, some knowledgeable – and most a combination of the above.  I got a lot of suggestions and a lot of advice.

One neighbour of mine asked me why I would bother with this – when I could be gardening or doing something else fun.  I pointed out I had kids and could not leave the country in a worse shape for them than it was when I came here.  He just shook his head and drove away.

Another neighbour, whom I had considered a friend, ‘jokingly’ suggested that perhaps I should move, so that her house does not get shot up by accident when ‘they’ come for me…

But most people were actively supportive and gave me some constructive criticism and good advice.

One suggestion I got from a large number of people went something along the following lines:

  • freedom of speech is guaranteed as our Constitutional right
  • so is freedom of assembly
  • Parliament Hill is a public area – perhaps THE public area and as such, it belongs to all of us Canadians
  • therefore, don’t get any permits and just show up with a group of people and do your thing

While I agree with this in principle, there is more to it that just the principle…

You see, there is an organization that is in charge of the activities on Parliament Hill.  It’s some kind of a committee – of course…how else can the bureaucrats avoid individual responsibility – but, it exists for several very practical reasons.

It is necessary to co-ordinate the various events, for simple logistics reasons.

And it is also their responsibility to, through the RCMP, provide security on The Hill (or, in their shorthand, PH).

So while I reject any suggestion that they have the right to judge the substance of the protests in PH  (and their multi-page guide to the use of PH indeed does reserve this right – down to who will speak and what they will say and to limit this to what will ‘fit their image’), I do understand the practical necessity of crowd control and event co-ordination.

In addition, it seems that if I am deemed to trespass on PH, this organization has the right to get me arrested.  And while I think freedom of speech is a worthy issue – worthy enough to go to jail for – I am not certain if getting arrested for ‘trespassing’ has the same impact.  (Which, of course, why this loophole is there…)

So, this is not the course of action I plan to take right now.

Others have urged me to go the Texas route:  to rent a private venue and private security to hold the event.

And while the Garland, Texas, event was a success story (yes, a couple if ISIS goons showed up, but security dispatched them quickly and nobody besides the terrorists got killed – so, despite the media negative spin, this WAS a success story), it feels too much like trying to hold a free speech event in an unmarked basement room with nobody really knowing about it.  And a sign on the door saying ‘beware of the leopard’…

Yes, I am exaggerating – but with my highly limited media reach (I’m no Pamela Geller), I’m not exaggerating anywhere as much as I’d like to.

So, for now, that is also not a preferred course of action.

Then there were those who said that any form of blasphemy is ‘not nice’ and that it is an abuse of the freedom of speech to use it for the purpose of blasphemy. (These are the same people who say “I am for freedom of speech, BUT…”)

To you, I say that without the freedom to blaspheme, there would be no freedom of religion!

Yes, truly!!!

If I were not permitted to blaspheme most Christian’s belief that Jesus Christ was/is the son of God, born of a human woman, who was crucified as a human sacrifice of his corporeal self to his divine self to atone for the sins of humanity – then I would not be free to worship as a Muslim.

If I were not permitted to blaspheme the Muslim belief that Jesus was fathered by a human and did not die on the cross, I would not be free to worship as a Roman Catholic and many Protestant sects.

If I were not permitted to blaspheme the Hindu belief in many deities, then I would not be free to worship as a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew or any other forms of monolatrism/monotheism.

And that is barely scratching the surface!

It is no coincidence that religious books/teachings are exempt from hate-speech laws, because they all hate-speech each other!!!  Which, of course, leaves atheists and ignostics (I do consider myself an ignostic more than anything else) at a bit of a disadvantage:  if everyone else is free to blaspheme and even hate-speech each other’s religion, why are we not allowed to even civil-ly criticize any of them?

NO – blasphemy is not only good, it is absolutely necessary for freedom of religion – and freedom from religion – to exist!!!

Which still leaves me with the question…

What to do?  What to do?!?!?

First thing on my list was a bit of self-education.

If the reason my original event was cancelled was due to ‘security concerns’, then I had better educate myself on this topic in particular.

OK, perhaps picking the International Draw Muhammed Day was not the best for security’s sake.  Perhaps I should pick a less inflammatory date, like, say September 11th – but I jest!

The next item on my list was to learn a little bit about security, public spaces and events and both the theory and how to in that.  I was in luck!

As it so happened, yesterday, 3rd of June, 2015 (exactly 2 weeks to the day when I had intended to hold my failed event), the International Security Conference & Exposition was held in Ottawa – just across the street from the big RCMP building!!!  What luck!!!

Of course, I could not miss an educational opportunity like this!

In my usual bumbling manner, I asked for directions at a hotel nearby the convention centre – and got very exact ones from a nice lady at the front desk.  I followed them to the letter and soon found a room.  Seeing people within, I boldly entered….only to find out that this was ‘the speaker’s lounge’!

Eventually, I found the registration desk, got my badge – and soon found the room with the seminar I knew I could not miss:  ‘Securing Public Spaces’.

It was awesome,

A moderator from The Hill Times (a sponsor) had three most esteemed panelists:  David Harris, Director, International and Terrorist Intelligence Program INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc., some Commie prof from Carleton U who kept insisting that policing causes income disparity (and boasted of helping Greece organize their policing…really, I’m not making this up) and a lady from the City of Ottawa who is in charge of emergency stuff.

The moderator and two thirds of the panel were most excellent!

Joking aside, I really learned a lot about both the theoretical as well as practical aspects of policing public areas.

So, I feel that with my newly acquired knowledge, I might be better able to co-operate (I will NOT ‘collaborate’ – where I come from, collaborators are lined up against the wall and shot – and I am most definitely against violence of any sort) with the powers that control PH.

Perhaps with a different date – one that will work for them and not be so provocative – we can still succeed in having this equal-opportunity blasphemy event on PH.

So, my next step will be to re-contact the power that be and see what hoops I need to jump through to get this event happening!

John Stossel – Separation of Church & State

I have to say, yet again, that I am sick and tired of religionists demanding that their non-evidence based claims be ‘respected’ more than any other non-evidence based stories, just because they call them ‘religion’.

I am sick and tired of non-evidence based beliefs being afforded more privileges under the law than evidence-based claims.

But most of all, I am sick and tired of people demanding limits on my freedom of speech, just because my I will not treat as absolute truth everybody else’s non-evidence based claims!

Thunderf00t’s ‘Harlie Hebdo’ rant

So brilliant, it’s healthy to watch it again!

Christian equivalent of the ‘uncovered meat’ comment

The quote:

‘The 3AW Drive program, presented by Tom Elliott, was told the priest then said that if Ms Meagher had been “more faith-filled” she “would have been home in bed” and “not walking down Sydney Rd at 3am” when she was raped and murdered by Bayley in September 2012.’

The source is 3AW693NewsTalk.

So….

Sure, when there is separation between the State and Christianity, Christianity does not commit as many atrocities as it used, before the split.  Because it lacks the power, not the will…

Many nice Christians I’ve met are genuinely good people – as are many nice Muslims I’ve met.

Christians are always stressing that theirs is a religion of love and inclusion and everything that is nice and non violent – and I am certain that they honestly believe it.

But the clerics know better.

The clerics are required to study their Holy Scriptures and believe what it says in them, regardless of the public mask worn in public.  And, every now and then, that mask slips…revealing the ugly truth beneath:  Christianity is, at its core, very misogynistic and just as destructive as every other religion.

Please, do give this some thought:  I do not write this lightly or reflexively.

Christianity is not the love-fest many Christians seem to think it is.  Biblical morality is deeply flawed.  After all, Muhammad had been a Christian convert and got much of his morality from Biblical teachings.  Sure, he built on them, from his own predilections, but there are common seeds shared between all three Abrahamic religions and, every now and then, we can glimpse the underlying truth…

…and I, for one, do not like what lies there!

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