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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Don’t Take Your Freedoms for Granted!

British historian, David Irving

We in the United States enjoy tremendous personal freedoms - freedoms not matched by any modern country. Not even in the West. In fact, in some Euorpean countries, freedoms we take for granted are not extended to its citizenry, such as freedom of speech.

The infamous British historian, David Irving, has been sentenced to three years in an Austrian prison for denying the Holocaust. Al Jazeera reported that Irving has been in custody for several months on charges stemming from a series of speeches he gave in 1989 denying the existence of gas chambers and the Nazis' extermination of six million Jews.

OK, so Irving is a racist and an anti-Semite! He makes his name by making inflammatory statements. So what! Add his name to the list somewhere between David "Grand Dragon" Duke and Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson.

Any reasonable person with even a vague sense of history knows that Irving is an ignorant hate monger. He is pathetic. He has a long history of making anti-Semetic remarks, and has authored over 30 books, many of which are sympathetic to Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

Call him whatever you want. Disagree with him all you want. Take him to task. Debate him. Or just simply ignore him. Don’t give him the attention he so desperately seeks.

As disgraceful as Irving’s words are, they are just that – words. If he wants to go out and make an ass out of himself, that is his right. Or at least it should be.

But prison? For saying the Holocaust didn't happen? This is outrageous! The European community would be much better served by exposing Irving for what he is – a liar! Instead, they have made him a martyr.

One also has to be perplexed at the reaction (or lack thereof) of the Austrians – or the whole European community for that matter European community. Why are they not speaking up against this infringement on Irving’s rights? Recall these words attributed to Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Perhaps Europeans should take heed! If someone can be arrested for denying the Holocaust, one must wonder what other speech will be restricted next.


At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

Good stuff! I did a link to the article yesterday. I wanted to do a post on it but this pretty much says it all.

It is illogical to convict some one for articulating a view. This seems to be the fundamental rights on which we founded this society. This is one scare of mine with the cartoon controversy. Sometimes you need idiots like Irving to push the boundaries just so we know our freedom is still intact. Locking people up for expressing political beliefs (so long as they are not calling for violence) is absurd.


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