It’s no news that our freedom of speech is in jeopardy, and has been for some years. But it seems that suddenly, with the news of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, we are under pressure to avoid ‘accusing’ Moslems, even though they are the suspects for good reason. After all, as I pointed out, a great many churches in France have been vandalized or set afire. And going back to 2016, an elderly priest was killed while saying Mass. The guilty parties? Guess.
There are reports that Fox News show hosts, namely Neil Cavuto and Shepard Smith, both interrupted guests who violated the taboo on criticizing, one of the guests being a French Deputy-Mayor. The quotes from Shepard Smith reveal that he was quite abrupt and rude in silencing his guest who mentioned possible Moslem involvement in the cathedral fire. Please notice, too, that the linked article refers to these mentions as ‘conspiracy theories.’ This Orwellian practice is a way of trying to stifle any mention of conspiracies, under the idiotic precept that conspiracies don’t exist, and never happen. Sadly much of the American population reacts the same way, jeering at anything they perceive to be a ‘conspiracy theory.’ Have people lost common sense? No wonder we are in such a predicament, we in the Western countries.
I’ve spent more time than usual reading blog discussions of the Notre Dame fire and there are quite a few people, even on ‘right’-leaning blogs, striking a superior pose by saying the usual thing: “we mustn’t jump to conclusions, we have no evidence, it could have been an accident, it could have been atheists or Satanists who did it” — well, we could just as well say Mrs. O’Leary’s cow could have caused it. So why are all these people leaning over backwards to appear ‘even-handed’ or fair?
Even Christian commentators are not immune to the urge to do this. One of the Christian commentators I follow made a great show of saying that we have to be fair. To me, this looks like a kind virtue-signalling: “I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, unlike you xenophobic bigots out there.” So if he feels the need to strike such a pose, more power to his left elbow, but I don’t want to see it become a new restriction on our free speech.
People have always speculated about any kind of disaster or crime in which deliberate human action could be involved. People, at least in this country, have always reserved the right to voice their own personal theories or speculations about such things. But now, suddenly, we are expected to pretend that the cause of this is an utter mystery, or just a random accident? That insults our intelligence. So many incidents over the past few weeks and this incident is just a random one-off, unconnected? That stretches credulity.
I remember during the first Gulf War, in 1990-91. When talking about the subject, no one was expected to be politically correct or to hold their tongues lest they ”offend” somebody. But after innumerable ‘incidents’ there is, paradoxically, more pressure on us to be ‘tolerant’ — no, that’s not the right word. Tolerance was once the watchword, now we have to wholeheartedly embrace whatever agenda is being imposed. Now we are compelled to keep silent if we can’t convincingly adhere to the script, and say only the politically correct things that are inculcated by means of the media and the ‘educational’ system. Remember when we were children we were told that ‘if you haven’t got any thing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’ And some groups are protected from criticism or even scrutiny. Some are ‘more equal than others.’ Be politically correct, or be silent.
There’s a slow-motion purge of dissident right bloggers, with such political views coming closer to being defined as ‘criminal’, as in Europe. These things happen by degrees, and we become acclimated to our loss gradually. Anybody on the ‘right’ who is promoting this ‘silence’ policy is a party to our loss of free speech.