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Some people just can't handle the truth (or the consequences thereof — real or imagined — for that matter).
The following is similar to what is happening to Dr. Norman Finkelstein and others who are deemed by self-styled thought police as being too polemical for public consumption.
Here's the deal: Another so-called "liberal bastion of free speech" — Op-Ed News — joins the ranks of Google and The Daily Kos by practicing selective free speech; that is, the speech which frees the website owners and editors from the harassment of criminally coercive pressure groups such as the ADL and CAMERA.
But are the editors of Op-Ed News just another spineless bunch of bootlickers? You judge. In their words:
"After consultation with our team of editors, we're banning the use of the words: Zionism, Zionist, Islamicism, Islamicist. These words are too often used too loosely as a veiled way to express racist, hate messages. We do not, in any way, intend to restrict or censor criticism of Israeli or Palestinian actions, policies or behaviors. But we do believe that this approach will prevent people from abusing our community and members with hate talk and force all writers to use more nuanced, descriptive, precise language."
Are they not indeed practicing what the zionist apartheid regime does — namely, subjugation of the whole for the actions of very few — i.e., collective punishment?
And even though they included (to appear even-handed, I surmise) the terms Islamicist and Islamicism, is the fallacy therein not painfully rudimental if not obvious? Zionist is a label chosen by those (usually Jews or Christians) being described as such, while you'd be hard pressed to find even a handful of Muslims in the world who'd refer to themselves or their contemporaries as Islamicists. To my knowledge, there isn't such an organized, recognized, self-determined, and legitimated political movement in existence; Zionism, on the other hand, is amenable, arguably, to the affixment of all four adjectives.
Of course "anti-hate speech" sites aren't exactly known for letting the forest get in the way of their trees.
There is good news, however. Many of OEN's long-time members have already jumped ship in protest, and I'm sure plenty more will as they catch word. It's a shame too, because the site features some excellent contributing writers.
But if the ban isn't reversed, I say good riddance to the apple polishers, as their curbing of speech only serves to isolate them and punish those whose intentions are noble in protesting and resisting the evil in zionism and its equivalent in Islam (if one so exists). Disarm the citizen and the tyrant needs not fear resistance to his tyranny.
Simply-put another way: There's nothing liberating (and by extension, "liberal") about having a muzzle on one's mouth.
Soon after cancelling my Op-Ed News subscription in response to the word ban, the website owner and chief editor Rob Kall emailed me back to inform me that OEN won't be implementing the ban. But after reading the latest explanation on their website, I found that OEN is actually in a sort of limbo state on the issue.
While the extreme measure isn't in effect, the editorial staff at OEN are brainstorming for a way around having to ban specific words in such a broad-stroke fashion, while still being able to censor specific material where such words are used and where "hate speech" can be perceived.
I still don't agree with the type of censorship being proposed, and a short while ago I replied to Rob, telling him as much. So unless you're absolutely bored to tears by this drama, stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can read OEN's latest statements on the issue here.
9∙3 UPDATE: Op Ed News Elaborates on Their Tentative Plans
DesertPeace posted the latest word from OEN, received in an email. Excerpt:
Bottom line is we listened to our members. No word banning will take place. We'll be instituting several software solutions:
-member ranking comments on several parameters
-member burying of comments, like digg.com does.
-allowing more members to hide or delete troll rated comments, including bigoted ones.
-word recognition software to cue writers with suggestions, if they use language that tends to be abused.