Don't make trouble
Two-thirds of the 200 or so people at the meeting - people I'd known for 5 years, whose kids I'd taught in Sunday School, with whom I'd shared a blanket at picnics - stood up and shouted at me to "Shut up! " and "Sit down!" (Yes, I think those were the carefully chosen and highly nuanced words so often screamed that night - charming).
But I did not sit down and shut up. Hilarity ensued. Someone tried to run down my wife in the carpark afterwards. Such fun.
In the following weeks the minister was convicted and sentenced by the Courts. I hoped afterward that, at the very least, the church realised that shutting me up did not suddenly change reality and mean the minister who they so loved was not in actuality a complete fake - a broken and ghastly man. In doing so they may also realise that I was being a good friend to them and to the innocent, not a persecuting bigot as I was accused of being at the time.
And so to this wonderful one hour video of Robert Spencer on “hate speech,” the war on free speech. There is a 20 minute Q&A at the end which includes:
- Mr Trump's ideas on limiting Muslim migration and the migrant issue as a whole;
- how it can be argued that Islam is a protected religion in the West;
- government surveillance;
- Robert Spencer's own death threats and how he handles them;
- learning from the Crusades in fighting violent Islam;
- the monitoring of Mosques - if so, why not churches?;
- the issue of how to respond to Saudi Arabia with all its human rights abuses;
- how to realistically deal with the rapidly increasing worldwide Muslim population - how to get Muslims on the side of freedom and diversity;
- the creation of the deceptive "Islamophobia" myth.
What he says in this video is now, apparently, regarded as Hate Speech in Miami, Florida. This is flabbergasting!