Cameron, The High Priest of Mistrust

Sep 18, 2015 by

By Tim Black, Spiked: For far too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens that as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.’ So said UK prime minister David Cameron when announcing the government’s latest counterterrorism strategy in May. It was an ominous sentiment. This government will not leave you alone, he was saying: there will be no freedom from the state, no space in which people are at liberty to pursue their lives within the confines of the law. The state will always be there, watching, monitoring, checking. If you wanted evidence of how little separates Cameron from his New Labour predecessors, it is right there, in the anti-liberal impulse informing his counterterror policymaking. Given all this, given the government’s unabashed mistrust of citizens, its conviction that tolerance...

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I worry our government is making V for Vendetta come true

Aug 16, 2015 by

By Paul Nizinskyj, Conservative Home: “I remember [Friedrich] Hayek telling me that Brits thought you only had totalitarian dangers if people wore funny uniforms and funny salutes. He said they don’t understand that a man in a tweed suit can be as vicious as any Gestapo officer.” Peter Clarke, Political Secretary to Enoch Powell (1972-75), 2007 “The whole power of the aggressor depends upon preventing people from seeing what is happening and from saying what they see.” Enoch Powell, 1970 I used to think a totalitarian Britain, should such a horror ever occur, would most likely look something like IngSoc (Newspeak for English Socialism) from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four; socialism’s reliance on coercion to enforce its aims meant it seemed logical to me that a movement which sought to control people’s thoughts and actions would be spawned by the Left. By the same token, it irritated me that in the...

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If we want Muslims to embrace our values, we must be clear what those are

Aug 11, 2015 by

by Dr Martin Parsons, Conservative Home: As news of fresh Islamist plots hit the newspapers over the weekend, we should remember when, last month, the Prime Minister made British values central to the fight against extremism. He didn’t refer to the abstract values liberals love to promote such as ‘respect’ and ‘tolerance’ that are so vague as to be of limited value. Instead he clearly articulated historically rooted British values: democracy the rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of the press freedom of worship He also insisted that these apply to all regardless of their race, sex, sexuality or faith i.e. in this county we have equality before the law and one law for all, not shari’a for some and British law for others. This of course is not something new: these are historic British values because they have emerged over the centuries and become embedded in our institutions. In...

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How liberalism became an intolerant dogma

Aug 9, 2015 by

By Damon Linker, The Week: At the risk of sounding like Paul Krugman — who returns to a handful of cherished topics over and over again in his New York Times column — I want to revisit one of my hobby horses, which I most recently raised in mydiscussion of Hobby Lobby. My own cherished topic is this: Liberalism’s decline from a political philosophy of pluralism into a rigidly intolerant dogma. The decline is especially pronounced on a range of issues wrapped up with religion and sex. For a time, electoral self-interest kept these intolerant tendencies in check, since the strongly liberal position on social issues was clearly a minority view. But the cultural shift during the Obama years that has led a majority of Americans to support gay marriage seems to have opened the floodgates to an ugly triumphalism on the left. The result is a dogmatic form...

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MassResistance takes to the streets for Dr. Church!

Aug 5, 2015 by

Signs and flyers at busy entrance to hospital in Boston. On Thursday afternoon, July 30, MassResistance took the fight for medical truth into the streets. A group of protesters gathered during lunchtime outside of one of the busy entrances to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in downtown Boston. Our activists carried signs and distributed information to doctors, staff members, patients, and even passing cars about the embattled Dr. Paul Church. Dr. Church, a well-respected urologist, was recently expelled from the medical staff of BIDMC, a major Harvard-affiliated hospital, because he voiced concerns to his colleagues about the unhealthy nature of homosexual behavior and objected to the hospital’s aggressive promotion of “gay pride” activities. July 30 was the second day of Dr. Church’s appeal hearing at the hospital. Most people were completely unaware of the situation. Many were shocked when they learned about it. Our flyers were taken by...

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I can’t ‘celebrate’ but it doesn’t mean I hate you

Jul 17, 2015 by

By Steve C Craig, MercatorNet: From left to right, the car’s bumper stickers read: “Hatred is Not a Family Value,” “Celebrate Diversity” (in rainbow colors), and “Obama-Biden.” Collectively, these refreshed my growing fear that I should soon “celebrate” certain lifestyle choices or suffer the consequences. There was once another option, but memory of it is fading rapidly like an image in my rear view mirror. Both the imperative tone and intolerance of the bumper messages are troubling; as is the shallow and muddled thinking behind them. A polite “no thank you” is now an unacceptable response to the colorful and demanding “celebrate”. It is time we rediscovered the validity of conscientious objection. Conscientious objection is objection to an act, not a person. Equating conscientious objection with bigotry is unkind and a particularly egregious kind of ignorance. And restricting and penalizing the exercise of religiously-informed civil rights is simply wrong...

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