French Government Hates Freedom Of Speech

The photos of 40 of the world’s government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate. The march was, of course, in direct response to the murderous attacks on workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a pair of brothers named Kouachi, and on shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket by one of the brothers’ comrades.

The debate has been about whether President Obama should have been at the march. The march was billed as a defense of freedom of speech in the West; yet it hardly could have been held in a less free speech-friendly Western environment, and the debate over Obama’s absence misses the point.

In the post-World War II era, French governments have adopted a policy advanced upon them nearly 100 years ago by Woodrow Wilson. He pioneered the modern idea that countries’ constitutions don’t limit governments; they unleash them. Thus, even though the French Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, French governments treat speech as a gift from the government, not as a natural right of all persons, as our Constitution does.

The French government has prohibited speech it considers to be hateful and even made it criminal. When the predecessor magazine to Charlie Hebdo once mocked the death of Charles de Gaulle, the French government shut it down — permanently.

The theory of anti-hate speech laws is that hate speech often leads to violence, and violence demands police and thus the expenditure of public resources, and so the government can make it illegal to spout hatred in order to conserve its resources. This attitude presumes, as Wilson did when he prosecuted folks for publicly singing German songs during World War I, that the government is the origin of free speech and can lawfully limit the speech it hates and fears. It also presumes that all ideas are equal, and none is worthy of hatred.

When the massacres occurred last week in Paris, all three of the murderers knew that the police would be unarmed and so would be their victims. It was as if they were shooting fish in a barrel. Why is that? The answer lies in the same mentality that believes it can eradicate hate by regulating speech. That mentality demands that government have a monopoly on violence, even violence against evil.

So, to those who embrace this dreadful theory, the great loss in Paris last week was not human life, which is a gift from God; it was free speech, which is a gift from the state. Hence the French government, which seems not to care about innocent life, instead of addressing these massacres as crimes against innocent people, proclaimed the massacres crimes against the freedom of speech. Would the French government have reacted similarly if the murderers had killed workers at an ammunition factory, instead of at a satirical magazine?

And how hypocritical was it of the French government to claim it defends free speech! In France, you can go to jail if you publicly express hatred for a group whose members may be defined generally by characteristics of birth, such as gender, age, race, place of origin or religion.

You can also go to jail for using speech to defy the government. This past weekend, millions of folks in France wore buttons and headbands that proclaimed in French: “I am Charlie Hebdo.” Those whose buttons proclaimed “I am not Charlie Hebdo” were asked by the police to remove them. Those who wore buttons that proclaimed, either satirically or hatefully, “I am Kouachi” were arrested. Arrested for speech at a march in support of free speech? Yes.

What’s going on here? What’s going on in France, and what might be the future in America, is the government defending the speech with which it agrees and punishing the speech with which it disagrees. What’s going on is the assault by some in radical Islam not on speech, but on vulnerable innocents in their everyday lives in order to intimidate their governments. What’s going on is the deployment of 90,000 French troops to catch and kill three murderers because the government does not trust the local police to use guns to keep the streets safe or private persons to use guns to defend their own lives.

Why do some in radical Islam kill innocents in the West in order to affect the policies of Western governments? Might it be because the fruitless Western invasion of Iraq killed 650,000 persons, most of whom were innocent civilians? Might it be because that invasion brought al-Qaida to the region and spawned ISIS? Might it be because Obama has killed more innocent civilians in the Middle East with his drones than were killed by the planes in the U.S. on 9/11? Might it be because our spies are listening to us, rather than to those who pose real dangers?

What does all this have to do with freedom of speech? Nothing — unless you believe the French government.

By Andrew Napolitano – The Trumpet –

Al Qaeda group in Yemen claims responsibility for Charlie Hebdo

The militant group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, took responsibility on Wednesday for the bloody attack one week ago on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people, including cartoonists and police officers, were killed.

The group accompanied its claim with an image of the Eiffel Tower dissolving.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo signaled the start of three days of bloodshed in which five more people died, four them customers at a kosher supermarket.

The group said in a statement on the Internet that it claimed responsibility “for this operation as a vengeance for the messenger of Allah” — an apparent reference to Charlie Hebdo’s frequent lampooning of the Prophet Muhammad with depictions that many Muslims consider sacrilegious.

The group said it “chose the target, laid the plan and financed the operation.”

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI & ALAN COWELL – New York Times –

French President On National TV: Illuminati Attacked Paris!

The Vigilant Christian is getting an awful lot of attention on the internet for what it claims: France’s President Francois Hollande admitting on Live TV that ‘the illuminati’ were responsible for the attacks upon Paris. While those who have followed what was once called ‘conspiracy theory’, it is not surprising that the NWO/Illuminati were once again responsible for carrying out a terrorist attack; for France’s own President to come out and admit in this public address that the Illuminati were responsible takes this ‘conspiracy theory’ to an entirely new level.

You can hear Hollande’s words yourself, also translated within for your further knowledge. Is this the ‘beginning of the end’ for the Illuminati or will they suddenly pick it up another level as they appear to be being publicly exposed here, for the entire world to see? This video should be the eye-opener that every American needs to see…why hasn’t the MSM reported on the statements made by Hollande here as the alternative media is now doing?

By Live Free or Die – All News Pipeline –

Paris march draws over 1 in 20 of France

Estimates for Sunday’s Paris march attendance have soared higher, with some outlets reporting as many as 3 million people swarmed the heart of the French capital to support free speech.

The Associated Press reported that around France, up to 3.7 million people marched on Sunday — which could mean more than 1 in 20 French, 5.6 percent of the nation’s population, had taken a public stand.

What do those numbers mean in context?

Sunday’s march was enormously larger than some of America’s biggest protests — even more so when you account for the size of the country.

Given France’s population of 66 million, 1.5 million marchers could mean nearly 2.5 percent of the entire country’s population participated in the march — though plenty of foreigners converged on the French capital to rally as well.

Hollande warns Putin: impending US nuclear attack on France to be blamed on Russia

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, early in the morning, French President Hollande, on route to Paris, deviated his original flight plan, requesting Moscow for an immediate and urgent private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Faraday building on site at Vnukovo International Airport (VIA).

Upon arrival the “visibly distraught” French President, along with his security and staff, were quickly ushered into a “safe room” located in VIA’s Terminal 2 for a secure meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, free of any electronic or satellite surveillance.

Once Putin and his security entourage arrived, French President Hollande gave Putin shocking details obtained by the French Ministère de la Défense (DGSE) of a planed nuclear false flag attack on France, to be staged by the Obama Administration, that would be blamed on Russia, according to at least one report.

The French President went on to highlight his fears that outcome of this attack would give the U.S. grounds to go to war with Russia.

Hollande further expressed concern that Russia would retaliate against the U.S. via nuclear strike, possibly kicking of World War III, pleading for Putin not to retaliate.

However, at this time it is unclear if the French President is working in tandem with the Obama regime on the planned staged attack in an attempt to thwart Russia from retaliating against the U.S.. Although at this time all indications show that the planned false flag attack by the Obama Administration may be genuine and drastically dangerous for all inhabitants of the world.

Reports conclude, after the rushed meeting took place, Putin ordered the immediate deployment of advanced “S-400 ‘Triumph’ and Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile systems”, as well a “Kasta radar station” into Moscow strengthening the city’s defense capabilities.

Shockingly this meeting came only one day after U.S. House legislation (H.R. 758) paved the way for war with Russia….

By Shepard Ambellas – Intellihub –

With the Paris Attack the European Civil War Just Began

The colonization of Europe by tens of millions of Muslims is on a scale unmatched in human history—except by the colonization of North America by Europeans.

Most countries in Western Europe today face a large, angry, separatist population in their midst committed to outfacing, outbreeding, and finally outvoting their foolishly generous hosts.

Will Europe in 100 years be like New England, a place fully inhabited by a radically new population, with places that bear trace names of vanished tribes like the Abenakis, the Pequots, the English, the French?

Will young residents of the Islamic Republic based in Paris read romance novels about the exotic aborigines who first built those gothic mosques for use as churches? Will they visit them on reservations?

We will soon find out. The blatant attack in broad daylight on a major magazine by masked men carrying Kalashnikovs in the middle of Paris is not an act of terrorism.

It is an act of civil war. If France does not respond to this attack by ultranationalist, Jew-hating militarists with all the fervor of its heroic Resistance fighters in 1944, it will lose its freedom instantly. There will be de facto Sharia censorship over the press all through France—and all through Europe.

The game will be over—Europeans might as well go ahead and convert to Islam already, and save themselves the pain….

My hope is that, as usual, Muslims have overplayed their hand. Just as they launched attacks on Israel full of hubris that ended in disaster, I suspect that the chest-thumping bearded radical clerics of Europe have overestimated their own strength, and Europe’s weakness. When the French vote for their next president, they will remember Charlie Hebdo, and elect the National Front.

Had the Islamists waited 30 years—or if we give them another 30 years—when the native population of Europe had shrunk still further, and the last survivors of Nazi occupation had all passed away, I think that the Islamic takeover of Europe would have proved unstoppable.

The young, confident, and fanatical would have overwhelmed the middle-aged, tentative, and guilt-ridden remnants of Christian Europe—with the help of collaborationists, of course: the multiculturalist professors still obsessed with the threat of intolerant Christianity (circa 1648), the self-aggrandizing bishops and moralists who preen about their cosmopolitan sympathies, while digging their church’s and their culture’s grave.

But Europeans have stopped listening to the masochists. They are marching in Germany’s streets, in rank defiance of their government….

Islam is an intrinsically political religion, as nationalist and expansionist as Japanese Shinto, circa 1941. The hope that if we accept a few more million of their immigrants and put them on generous Western welfare benefits, a kind of Unitarian Islam will emerge which renounces political power and blandly accepts Western pluralism is a cowardly fantasy.

And now, in time of civil war, the option of cowardice falls from the table. There is only resistance, or treason.

By John Zmirak – The Blaze –

Charlie Hebdo Shooting’s Chilling Effect On Free Speech

After three radical Islamic terrorists killed a dozen people in Paris, France, the Politically Correct Police promptly pointed out how the victims at Charlie Hebdo provoked the attack by poking fun at Muslims.

Leftists ignore paper’s attacks on all other religions.

U.S. freedom ranking slips below 20 nations

Americans’ assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure.

The research shows that citizens of countries including France, Uruguay, and Costa Rica now feel that they enjoy more personal freedom than Americans.

As the Washington Examiner reported this morning, representatives of the Legatum Institute are in the U.S. this week to promote the sixth edition of their Prosperity Index. The index aims to measure aspects of prosperity that typical gross domestic product measurements don’t include, such as entrepreneurship and opportunity, education, and social capital.

The freedom scores are based on polling data from 2013 indicating citizens’ satisfaction with their nation’s handling of civil liberties, freedom of choice, tolerance of ethnic minorities, and tolerance of immigrants. Polling data were provided by Gallup World Poll Service. The index is notable for the way it measures how free people feel, unlike other freedom indices that measure freedom by comparing government policies.

“This is not a good report for Obama,” Legatum Institute spokeswoman Cristina Odone told the Washington Examiner.

In the 2010 report (which relied on data gathered in 2009), the U.S. was ranked ninth in personal freedom, but that ranking has since fallen to 21st, with several countries, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom passing the U.S.

By Jason Russell – WashingtonExaminer.com –