I'd been hoping to work these into a coherent essay, but time doesn't permit; so for now, this will have to do.
STATE OF THE JIHAD
Merkel allows prosecution of German comic who mocked Erdoğan. I lived in Turkey for two years in the mid 1980s. I doubt I'd recognize the country today under Erdoğan. But the really horrifying part is what's happening to Europe.
More at Spiegel:
Jan Böhmermann has disappeared. He's not giving interviews; he's not answering his phone. Since Monday, he has also gone silent on Twitter, where he is normally extremely active. He has hardly left his home in Cologne in the last few days and he is also now under police protection. ...
'Blasphemy' charge for Kuwaiti professor. I fought in Desert Storm for this?
JIHADIS BLAME INFIDEL DECADENCE FOR ATTACKS, INFIDELS AGREE
Iain McWhirter explains that the only weapon Islamic State fears is tolerance. Ummm, no. 'Islamic State isn’t a country. They don’t invade with armies, but with fear.' Actually, they invade with fighting men, with guns and bombs and knives and other deadly weapons; and they can be defeated similarly. But this sets the tone for the kind of poetic, irrational thinking that McWhirter relies on to make his case for the great virtue of doing nothing. Notice also McWhirter's tacit endorsement of Islamic State's condemnation of "the capital of adultery and vice"; there's a touch of covert puritanism there.
IT'S ONLY HATE SPEECH TO TALK ABOUT IT
This isn't hate speech, of course. It's only hate speech to talk about it.
"Explain Brussels": Matthew Doyle arrested for tweet.
Tweeter charged, charges dropped.
Gatestone on Geert Wilders trial. 'This miscarriage of justice being orchestrated against Geert Wilders is merely one aspect of the many prosecutions being carried out under laws less about prevention and punishment of actual crimes, and more about criminalizing dissent against the demographic transformation of Europe.'
EASY TARGETS VS HARD COMMITMENTS
It's easy to stand up against people who won't cut your head off, and it's easy to stand up in defense of those who will. What's a little harder is keeping up your commitment to freedom against a really dangerous enemy.
Here's a petition by atheist and secular Arabs calling on Facebook to stop deleting their group pages:
While Arab atheists, with absolutely no exaggeration, already face all kinds of oppression, torture, restriction of speech and even sentences to death in their countries (we mention Raif Badawi, Mohamed Cheikh, Achraf Fayad as examples ), Arab atheists are facing a huge risk of losing the remaining freedoms that are practiced secretly or online, wich are , including the freedom and the right of thinking and discussing freely, a basic right of a human being, hence being alive! ...
Full text in English and Arabic at the link.
"YOU SPIT ON FREEDOM"