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August 20, 2006

Blogger Fired for Thought Crime as Europe Slouches Toward Dhimmitude

Earlier in the month, blogger Inigo Wilson posted a funny and insightful Lefty Lexicon, which attempts to define a few terms of liberal Newspeak. Muslim activists took offense to entries like these:

Islamophobic — anyone who objects to having their transport blown up on the way to work.
Palestinians — archetype "victims" no matter how many teenagers they murder in bars and fast food outlets. Never responsible for anything they do — or done in their name — because of "root causes" or "legitimate grievances".

In the current political climate, it is unthinkable that a European would be allowed to say anything Muslim activists don't want people to here. Consequently, Wilson has been fired from his job at the mobile phone company Orange. Muslims are ululating in triumph.

Soon history will look back and ask how Islam could have displaced European civilization without even encountering resistance. The answer will be that this barbaric death cult is receiving a great deal of help from the liberal elite, which semiconsciously shares its goal of obliterating the West. The liberal elite establishment will see to it that thought criminals — i.e., anyone suspected of opposing Muslims' gradual conquest — are silenced, as we recently saw with the Brussels Journal, and as has been illustrated so appallingly in the case of Oriana Fallaci.

Dhimmitude, coupled by the massive immigration and explosive birth rates of Muslims, poses a far more serious threat to Europe even than communism and Nazism. Europe would have survived conquest by Stalin or Hitler; given enough time, civilization would have reemerged. When Islam swallows up Europe, it will be gone forever.

Inigo Wilson

On a tip from Steve.

Posted by Van Helsing at August 20, 2006 8:10 AM


I don't think he's been fired yet. Suspended pending further investigation, I read yesterday.

Posted by: rightwingprof at August 20, 2006 9:47 AM

The US has plenty of space and opportunity for non-dhimmi Europeans to immigrate. They're all more than welcome.

Posted by: Panday at August 20, 2006 1:18 PM

I cannot remember the link or which blog I originally saw this story; however I took the opportunity to listen to a British radio broadcast of an interview with the blogger and a Muslim concerning this post. The Muslim was all shouting at the interviewer and quite beligerent. It kind of verified what the blogger was attempting to write with humor though vilified by Muslims.

It is outrageous that a person could be fired or suspended for a simple free speech issue done on personal time. Talk about thought police!

Posted by: Theway2k at August 20, 2006 6:06 PM

I'm certainly not defending the Muslim guy and I think what Inigo wrote is hilarious, but -- it's not free speech when it comes to private employers. This guy is one of the senior PR guys for the company. He should have known better. If Orange is going to lose customers over the issue, they have a right to fire him. I think the Muslims are being big babies about this, but this is about business, not free speech. Free speech is about what the government can do to you, not what your boss can do.

Posted by: class-factotum at August 21, 2006 9:33 AM

Sorry, but the last time I looked we still had free speech rights away from the job. My employer can't tell me what to think and what to say.

I shudder to think of anyone who believes your employer should have the right to control what you think, say, watch, do, consume away from the workplace (at least as far as legal products).

Posted by: Peter at August 22, 2006 2:29 PM

Remember when Whoopi Goldberg lost her Slimfast contract because she ticked off so many people by what she said about President Bush? This is the same principle. The question is not whether your employer has the right to control you -- it's whether what you do has an impact on the business.

This guy is a senior PR executive with the company (from what I can tell). He is the public face of the company to its customers. What he does publicly, on and off the job, can have an impact on his effectiveness at work. It's not like he's an engineer laboring in anonymity. He's the one who talks to the press for the company. As such, his public image is important. If that image becomes damaged, he can no longer do his job.

As far as your employer telling you what you say or do away from the workplace -- depends on how high up the chain you are. Last year, the NBA told the players they had to dress decently in public. Told them if they didn't like it, they could get different jobs.

How long do you think the CEOs of any Fortune 100 companies would last if they expressed (publicly) sentiments like this guy did? Look how Mel Gibson has been raked over the coals.

The only way to fight this is for the people who think Inigo has been wronged to tell Orange that they will cancel their contracts. If Orange will lose more business by firing him than by not firing him, then he'll keep his job. It's about money, not about free speech.

For real free speech issues (or the lack thereof), see Cuba.

Posted by: class-factotum at August 22, 2006 5:18 PM