This is the article by Rubin that got him banned, which was posted here just after it was published online on the 26th of Dec. 2011. I recommend everyone reading this to publish this post with the link and to spread it far and wide. So someone within the UK governmental bureaucracy is a major Muslim Brotherhood supporter and is ramming stupid decisions like this through.
But guess what, it’ll boomerang on them, with yet more people (yes, even those with the UK government and defense departments and the military) coming into contact with Barry Rubin’s excellent analysis of ME affairs. Just wait and see. KGS
Goodbye Democracy: My Political Analysis is Banned By A European Government As “Hate Speech”
January 4, 2012 by Barry Rubin
I have just been informed that my PJ article, “Egypt: As Grim Islamists March Toward Power, The Naïve Dance in Tahrir Square” has been barred on sites used by officials of a European government–hint, they speak English there and it is the birthplace of modern democracy and free speech–on the grounds that this article is “hate speech.” What this means is that if you work for any institution that is part of this government–including the Foreign or Defense ministries–you cannot read this PJ Media column on your computer that’s part of such a server.
The message reads: Access denied — reason given : hate speech.
My reader asks sarcastically if complaining about this action would constitute a “thought crime” on his part.
This is only the first time I’ve been informed of this and perhaps it has been happening for months or even years. Perhaps it is done by some program that picks out “key words” like having the words “Islam” and “bad” in the same 1000 word article? The funny thing is that in 35 years of my writing on these issues no one has ever before cited anything I have ever written–even in a distorted manner–of being in such a category. Oh, well, there was that time when I quoted a U.S. official as saying that Arafat paced the floor of his cabin at Camp David in 2000 like a “caged animal” and then was accused by a retired diplomat of dehumanizing the Palestinian leader. That’s about it.
Yet even rejecting this kind of nonsense when applied to contemporary writing on the Middle East or things connected to Islam, this specific article is so ridiculously distant from such a claim as to be even more ridiculous. (Take a look if you wish by clicking on the link, above.) Indeed, my article doesn’t even deal with Islam as a religion or anything that could be construed even by a raving maniac radical leftist as hateful or offensive.
I cannot even figure out who I am supposedly telling people to “hate.” Is it “hate speech” to argue anything other than that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate pro-democratic group? Why isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hizballah, and other such groups being banned for “hate speech” given their open statements advocating genocide against Jews?
Well, Western democracies have finally accepted censorship based on the clever lie that they are only protecting people from racism and those who want to incite violence and murder. The door that this is opened has now made possible what liberals and democrats have warned against for more than a century–even though people claiming such positions are responsible for this–giving authorities to block and ban political views that they don’t like.