While researching on an Vilks brouhaha for my blog I came across this site: Chimes of Freedom,the diary of a Western Dissident (nice poetic name for a site!) The author(s) are the guardians of — I don’t really know. Who are these defenders of the Left The Right? Not my left surely.
At the end of the site there was a congratulatory note to Brussel’s favourite strong-arm mayor, the man with stainless steel balls and a indecent hatred of the late Pope, Freddy Thielemans: for setting the police upon a small band of protesters. The video of the affair showed us that the Brussels police are very effective indeed… against grey-haired octogenarians, no less. The disturbing scenes of violence did not necessarily put me in mind to send off email of protest to the Mayor’s office but then I read this dire mesage(sic): ("Warning: any racist scumbags reading this who think they can send abuse by email, just watch it! Your emails can be traced back to you.) Gosh, I have never really thought of myself as a a racist scumbag especially with my history in the anti-racist struggle over the years in the several countries I have lived. But as luck would have it, the threat stuck because I do not want to be labelled something I am not, not especially that very un-PC thing. Oh, by the way, the admonition by Chimes of Freedom to keep quiet led me to the seek out the video of the demo in Brussels. (I also found links to a few other sites which they claim to be nests of racist vipers. Odd they should have links to these sites. Some of these scenes are from the Vlaamsbelang part of the demo but no less disturbing for that. As I understand it some of the arrested and manhandled are MEPs. That too should be not be a cloak of protection however, I wonder if these same MEPs are allowed to voice their opinions in the European Parliament chamber? The police batons were not enough though. Even those far off in Strasbourg who should know better, were non-nonchalantly adding petrol to the flames. According to a report by AFP, Terry Davis, the head of the Council of Europe, the demonstrators deserved their cracked skulls: "It is very important to remember that the freedom of assembly and expression can be restricted to protect the rights and freedoms of others, including the freedom of thought, conscience and religion," adding "this applies to everyone in Europe including the millions of Europeans of Islamic faith, who were the main target of today’s shameful display of bigotry and intolerance."
Then I thought about the whole thing once again. We humans are more than clever, we are more than disingenuous. God is helpless in the face of our abilities to justify our actions, beyond the reach of reason. We can commit barbarities against our neighbours and then blame them for being on the wrong side of the baton. The more cynical readers will surely put a different spin on Freddie’s decision. Could it not be that Freddie is thinking: ‘Now I have carte blanche on Islamic demos… I can forbid them and have the police beat the A***h out of them. Nice. I can not be blamed for acting anything less than Solomon himself.’ Too far fetched.
Although Freddie is a rabid anti-Christian, it is clear he does adhere to some Christian principals: do onto others as you would do unto them.
I have been bullied into silence.
Some of the links are to sites which promote ideas which I do not support. It is up to you, the reader, to discern what is true, and sensible. It may not be clearly obvious, on first reading, what a site is promoting but it becomes clear from the links which it carries. Having said that, I will read almost anything because I trust my radar. Bu****t always smells.
The subjects which are the most emotion laden in our present society is homosexuality, Islam or more generally, religion, and racism. Writing on any one or all of these subjects is difficult – not least because the reader may misunderstand the position of the writer, purposefully, maliciously or even stupidly.