Caroline Glick on the UN’s “Fear of Democracy”

Caroline Glick:

The West stands by idly as its foundations are rent asunder.

Last Friday the UN’s Human Rights Council took a direct swipe at freedom of expression. In a 32-0 vote, the council instructed its “expert on freedom of expression” to report to the council on all instances in which individuals “abuse” their freedom of speech by giving expression to racial or religious bias.

The measure was proposed by paragons of freedom Egypt and Pakistan. It was supported by all Arab, Muslim and African countries – founts of liberty one and all. European states abstained….

IT IS axiomatic that freedom of expression is the foundation of human freedom and progress. When people are not allowed to express themselves freely, there can be no debate or inquiry. It is only due to free debate and inquiry that humanity has progressed from the Dark Age to the Digital Age. This is why the first act of every would-be tyrant is to take control of the marketplace of ideas.

Yet today, the nations of Europe and indeed much of the Western world, either sit idly by and do nothing to defend that freedom or collaborate with unfree and often tyrannical Islamic states and terrorists in silencing debate and stifling dissent….

Like all anti-democratic movements, today’s political Left seeks to silence debate and so undermine democracy, first, by demonizing anyone who doesn’t agree with it and then by passing laws that criminalize speech or override the people’s right to decide how they wish to live….

Glick observes that the Dutch Protestant Church has criticized Geert Wilders for releasing Fitna on the ground that it endangers Dutch citizens throughout the world:

So the real reason the Dutch Protestant Church decries the film is not because it thinks Wilders is wrong, but because its leaders believe that Wilders is absolutely right.

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