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I think we've turned into a society of craven cowards.

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I hope that doesn't offend.

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Actually, I hope it does offend, quite a lot.

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I can still remember the shock of the Rushdie affair 25 years ago.

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The very idea that anybody could be killed for writing a book

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was surreal and horrific.

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Now we take it for granted that if you say the wrong thing

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about the religion of peace you'll get death threats

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and you might actually be killed, so you keep your mouth shut

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if you know what's good for you. All for the sake of tolerance and diversity, of course.

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TV and newspapers routinely censor themselves now

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in a way that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago,

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not because they want to be sensitive, as they always claim,

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but because they're afraid of Muslim violence.

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Not only are they afraid of it, they're afraid even to admit

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they're afraid of it, in case it offends.

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There was a good example of this here in Britain a few weeks ago

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when a pair of notorious Islamic grievance mongers whipped up

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a controversy out of nothing and tried to get

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parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz deselected

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because he tweeted a cartoon of Mohammed to say that

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as a Muslim, he didn't find it offensive.

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Not content with causing trouble for him here in Britain,

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these two human oil slicks also made sure that the story

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reached Pakistan, where people get killed for such things

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and where Mr Nawaz has family and business.

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And the death threats duly arrived, as everyone knew they would.

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BBC Newsnight and Channel 4 News

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were all over this story, and both took the extremist side

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while pretending to be neutral by refusing to show the cartoon,

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and thereby betrayed every decent secular Muslim in Britain,

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of whom Mr Nawaz is a prime example.

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They helped to make it even less likely that

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these small-minded Islamic bullies will ever be effectively

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challenged in their community.

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And let's be clear about why they did this. They did it out of fear.

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They did it because they were afraid that they and their families might be murdered.

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Welcome to multicultural Britain.

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Don't you love the diversity? And don't you feel enriched?

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But if the media won't defend free speech

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then what exactly are the media for?

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And who will defend it? And who can?

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I sympathise with any news editor in this predicament

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but if you run a national TV news programme

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you have a responsibility to stand up and be counted.

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It's more than just a job.

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You are the gatekeeper for our free speech

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and our free information.

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Your job is to report the truth with all the relevant information,

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accurately and fearlessly.

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And if you can't do that, or if you're too afraid to do it,

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then you shouldn't be in the job because you're not qualified for it,

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and you are inflicting real damage on our society

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through your cowardice, and the important position you hold.

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If you had an ounce of integrity you would stand aside now,

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find a nice safe little cubby hole where you can't be threatened,

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and hand that job to somebody with a spine

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who can do it properly, for all our sakes.

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But the thing that really sticks in my throat about this sorry affair

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even weeks later is not so much the

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slimeball opportunism (God knows we're used to that),

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or the death threats, or even the fact that the media caved in

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to an Islamic blasphemy law,

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but that there was so little public outrage over it.

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Nobody really expected them to show the cartoon,

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and if it happened again tomorrow we wouldn't expect them to either

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because we know that this is a violent religion,

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even though we're not allowed to say so, and we know that if they had shown it

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there would have been violence. And this is the way things are today

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here in Britain, and everywhere else in the so-called free world.

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Islam has only been a feature of our society for

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a couple of decades or so,

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and everything we think and say about it now is weighed against

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the possible threat of violence, even down to a simple drawing.

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That is a definition of terrorism.

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That is cultural terrorism, and we are pandering to it

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shamelessly and shamefully.

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We patronise Muslims by holding them to a lower standard of behaviour.

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We treat them as if they're less civilised, and then we attack anyone

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who draws attention to this hypocrisy as a racist.

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We assume that Muslims can't be expected to control themselves

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if something annoys them, and if they become violent

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it will be our fault for provoking them.

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We assume there's going to be violence, and then we cleverly

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pre-empt it by caving into it before it happens,

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not because we're liberal or progressive, as we like to pretend,

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but because we're liars and hypocrites and cowards.

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We dress our cowardice up in fancy words

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like tolerance and respect, and then we applaud ourselves like seals

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for our enlightened values, but we all know what it really is

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because we can smell it now, it stinks so bad.

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We're the first generation that has never had to defend

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its freedom, and it shows.

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We have no appreciation of where it comes from or what it cost.

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We can see very well that a vitally important principle

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is being eroded before our eyes,

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and we're just too cowardly even to acknowledge

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our own complicity in that.

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We're like the townspeople in one of those western movies

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who are always cowering in fear of one bad guy.

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When you watch that movie you don't feel sympathy for those people

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because they don't deserve it. They're cowards, and so are we.

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We've let ourselves be bullied into a destructive

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self-censorship that's killing free expression,

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the very life blood of our society,

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and we're making sure that our children and grandchildren,

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the ones we're supposed to love,

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will be born into a world significantly less free

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than the one we were born into.

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Don't you feel proud of yourself?

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They'll pay the price for our hypocrisy, dishonesty and cowardice.

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They'll find out the hard way that no truer words were ever spoken

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than: "You don't know what you've got till it's gone."