REJOICING IN CENSORSHIP – One of the participants in the “You don’t speak for us” video (a roster of left-wing talking points, dressed up in chador), celebrates her success:
Hana Assafiri, a Melbourne Muslim activist who had campaigned against Hirsi Ali’s appearance, told Guardian Australia Hirsi Ai was being held accountable for her “divisive discourse”.
“What I think is this is an opportunity for her to rethink her position … which peddles hate towards people.
“To me this is one of the hallmarks of democracy: where people have a right of reply.”
Assafiri suggested the cancellation of Hirisi Ali’s tour showed Australians would not accept “this divisive, simplistic” speech.
Well, Hana, you don’t speak for me either. And that’s got little with the fact that I read Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “Islamophobia”, and more with the fact that I don’t believe in general in shutting down the debate if you don’t like the speaker. It reminds me too much of my communist childhood, and it offends against my liberal principles, which I hold, in large part as a result thereof.
What the cancellation of Hirsi Ali’s tour really showed is that threats of pickets and disruption by a small group of activists – some might call this “divisive, simplistic” tactics – can scare off event organisers.