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Calls for a European First Amendment Grow
by Bruce Bawer
A group called the International Civil Liberties Alliance held a conference in Brussels last week featuring speakers from all over Europe. I wasn't there – I didn't know about the event beforehand – but one of the highlights appears to have been a talk given by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who, it will be remembered, was found guilty not long ago in an Austrian court of law for articulating uncomfortable truths about Islam.
Sabaditsch-Wolff, who entitled her presentation "The Death Throes of Free Speech in Europe," did not say anything that will be new in substance to regular readers of this website: but she said them, as is always valuable, in a way that was forceful, memorable, and inspiring. For example, she noted that Europe's oligarchs, in silencing honest talk about Islam, are employing totalitarian methods, the only difference being that they've been more successful than the Nazis, Fascists and Communists, because they've accomplished their goals "quietly and peacefully, with no need for concentration camps or gulags or mass graves or the shot in the back of the neck in the middle of the night."
Like Geert Wilders and others, she called for a European version of America's First Amendment, adding that Europeans must "take our countries back from those thieves who sneaked them away from us while were lulled into somnolence by our wealth and our pleasant diversions."
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