by baldilocks

Filling in for Fausta.

When we last talked about public atheist Richard Dawkins, he was being ‘de-platformed’ by Pacifica Radio’s KPFA.

In contrast, Dawkins spoke last week at the International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in London, where he received a standing ovation and an award.

This conference’s purpose is

[to] discuss censorship and blasphemy laws, freedom of and from religion, apostasy, the limits of religion’s role in society, LGBT and women’s rights, atheism, secular values and more.

Speakers from countries or the Diaspora as diverse as Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Iran, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Ireland, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, UK, Ukraine, US and Yemen will gather in London to defend freedom of conscience and expression and argue that freedoms are not western but universal.

It’s innocuous internationalism and atheism, with one significant difference: these people support and offer a platform for ex-Muslims.

When ex-Muslim Bonya Ahmed reached out her hand to accept an award in London on Sunday, it was missing her thumb.

Islamists hacked it off in Bangladesh, 2015.

(…)

The ceremony that recognised this brave woman had to be held in a secret location because London is no longer safe for ex-Muslims, atheists or even secular Muslim believers who dare to say that Islam should not be implemented as a system of laws.

Let that sink in: these people had to gather in an undisclosed location.. Not in Bangladesh, but in Britain.

The next time you hear or read about American atheists whining about eyeball oppression from the sight of crosses and Ten Commandment monuments, point out the state of things in the UK. I know I will.

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When is a public event at a London University not a public event? Apparently when Palestinian thugs holding it decide it is not:

In the act of snatching the rucksack my phone, glasses case, pens and voice recorder ended up all over the floor and under the seats in front of me. I had to kneel to pick everything up, but I’m still missing a pen.

The audience started to taunt me and slow hand clap. Bari Atwan remained silent throughout while Nebulsi had the nerve to accuse me of being disruptive. Bizarrely, she offered to escort me outside to retrieve my rucksack but I refused to leave until my stuff was returned. At no stage did anyone in the 40 strong audience come to my defence in any way:

May I humbly suggest that if a Palestinian protester at an Israeli event was treated the way Mr. Millett there would be outrage and charges of assault.

Via Hotair’s Green Room where we see what you can buy with $50 at a pro-Israel event:

In a similar vein, Israeli soldiers giving a presentation at UC-Davis in March 2012 were relentlessly heckled by Palestinian-activist students. One accused the Israelis of having turned “Palestine into a land of prostitutes, rapists, and child molesters.” He hollered at the soldiers (emphasis added):

“How many women have you raped? How many children have you raped? You are a child molester!” And he admitted freely: “I can embarrass myself all I want. I will stand here and I will heckle! My only purpose today is that this event is shut down!”

The joker in all this, however, is that the passionate heckler turned out to be a student who admitted to having been paid $50 to do the heckling, and who was given a script to follow for his performance. The authorities made no effort to quiet the hecklers during the event, or advise them that the invited guests had a right to be heard. Read the full CAMERA story; it’s a doozy.

And to be fair, Palestinians journalists who say things the Palestinian authority doesn’t like are treated just as bad if not worse.

Yousef Shayeb, 37, a Palestinian journalist from Ramallah, published an article in a Jordanian newspaper this year charging officials at the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Paris with corruption and espionage. In an interview here last week, he said that he had imagined people might thank him for his exposé. Instead, he spent eight days in a Palestinian Authority jail.

As I said back in April I’m sure the MSM and the left and the international community will be all over these outrages against freedom of the press, right after Al Sharpton pledges his support to the George Zimmerman defense fund.

I find this story particularly Ironic….:

The dean said it had been made after discussions by the cathedral chapter, its governing body. He said that as the camp had grown it posed a risk of fire and harm to thousands of tourists and worshippers who visit Sir Christopher Wren’s 17th century masterpiece every day.

“The decision to close St Paul’s Cathedral is unprecedented in modern times,” Mr Knowles told a press conference. “We have done this with a very heavy heart, but it is simply not possible to fulfil our day-to-day obligations to worshippers, visitors and pilgrims.”

The last time St Paul’s closed for a significant period was for four days in September 1940 when an unexploded bomb was found near the south-west tower

…considering the support of the American Nazi Party for the occupy protests.

Think of it. 70 years ago the Nazis force the closure of St. Paul’s in London and today their supporters manage to do it again, but to be fair, as Powerline notes, St. Paul’s naiveté had a lot to do with it.

Der Fuhrer would be so proud.

A depressing story to start your Easter Sunday:

Raymond Mitchell, 34, had only popped into the restaurant to buy a hot chocolate.

But he apparently caused offence after splitting up two men fighting in the queue.

One of them, who had several gold teeth, shouted at Raymond: “You are gonna die tonight, you are not gonna see the morning.”

The thug is then said to have phoned an accomplice to fetch a gun, yelling into his mobile: “Bring me that thing.”

Raymond left the 24-hour McDonald’s but was chased into a cul-de-sac. The gun was then delivered and Mr Mitchell was beaten and pistol-whipped before being shot three times in an alley in Brixton, South London, at 6.50am on Sunday. Raymond, nicknamed Brown, was taken to hospital but died hours later.

One neighbour, who saw the shooting but was too terrified to be named, said: “He was begging, literally begging for his life. I didn’t dare look out my window in case they saw me. I heard them laughing and swearing at him, calling him a ‘b***h’. I heard them laughing afterwards as well.”

There was a time in England where Mr. Mitchell might have had a pistol of his own but in England he has been disarmed that allowing him to be in the words of the article the “bitch” of the men who were less worried about legalities.

I can’t help but think these two articles concerning London are related:

He said: “There were disadvantages to the old culture, it was a bit stuffy and it was more sexist and more racist. But it was an educated and middle-class culture. Now it’s a yob culture. The values are so strange.”

He added that he preferred living in Bath to London because the capital no longer felt “English”.

“London is no longer an English city which is why I love Bath,”

“He” is John Cleese, the great comedian and strong financial supporter of liberals in England. And it was the pols he supported that brought about the cultural change that turned London into a city no longer English. Lucky for Cleese despite an insane divorce settlement he can afford to live somewhere else to escape it, leaving men like Mr. Mitchel to live with the consequences.

In yesterday’s Dr. who episode The Impossible Astronaut (very good BTW) The doctor is in the oval office surrounded by security with guns. The Doctor suggests they won’t shoot and River Song runs out of the TARDIS to intervene shouting “They’re Americans”! That might be a good joke in England but I suspect Mr. Mitchel and company and his neighbor who lives in fear are not laughing.

Never forget England you did this to yourself. You became more vulnerable. Nobody made you do this. You threw away the greatest culture in history so you could feel better about yourselves to the point where parts of London are under defacto Sharia Law.

Free societies get the society they choose, to paraphrase Mark Steyn when your country chooses to be more outraged by an armed citizenry than an armed assailant then all that can be said is: May you be happy with your choice and may others learn from it.