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The Austrian government is considering dissolving the Austrian Identitarian movement because of some alleged ties to Brenton Tarrant. I have featured an interview with the leader of that group, Martin Sellner on this blog. At the time I chose to try to listen to what Mr Sellner was saying, not to what others told me he was saying and what I heard seemed to have merit, so I passed it on. I never heard him advocate violence or second class status for Muslims or other migrants.
He didn't denigrate the humanity of anyone. But he is well known for his concerns over Sharia compliant Muslims.
Yet in Austria he is called "far-right". This though is the same country that convicted a woman for hate speech for stating that Muhammad was, in modern parlance, a paedophile because, according to Islam's own sacred scriptures, he married a 6 year old girl and consummated the marriage with her when she was 9. Pardon me if I have my doubts about the health of the Austrian State at the moment.
So, unlike so many of our governments, I trust individuals to be sensible enough to sort information out for themselves. Just because someone is very concerned about the direction of their country, its morality, its immigration policy and its perceived loss of freedoms doesn't make them an enemy of the State. Or at least that's the way things used to be.
Apparently Tarrant donated money to Sellner's group. We are not told how much or how long ago. We are also not told that his idol, Anders Breivik, went out of his way to discredit people in the counter-jihad movement by praising them in his manifesto (only to later admit that he was a neo-Nazi & hated what they stood for as they were fixated on information, rather than violence, as the solution). This seems to be the full extent of their association, if you can call it that.
I have a Donate button on the top of my page. No-one's used it yet, but it troubles me that someone might decide to and that one day in the future I will be held accountable for the actions of someone I didn't know who sent me some money for what may have been a deliberate set-up. But that seems to be the world we live in these days.
Due to heightened sensitivities after the NZ Mosque massacres criticism of Islam as a religion, as an ideology, as a historical movement, is being quashed. Even when that speech is being uttered by those who have a death penalty on their head due to the doctrines of Islam, such as the man discussed in the video below.
Shouldn't we all be concerned about this?
Following the New Zealand mosque attacks in Christchurch, critics of Islam are being blocked, banned, and deplatformed. For instance, ex-Muslim Armin Navabi, founder of Atheist Republic, recently had his talk at Mount Royal University in Calgary cancelled due to complaints after the NZ shootings.
Should universities be silencing critics of Islam? David Wood discusses the issue.