(I don’t have the words. So I will have to sing it instead)
Imagine living in a nation so authoritarian you could be locked up simply for singing a song that the authorities disapproved of. Well, if you’re one of spiked’s many UK-based readers, you don’t have to imagine it – you already live there. Last week in Glasgow, a man was sentenced to four months in jail for the crime of singing a state-decreed ‘offensive song’. Yes, that thing us Brits love to be sniffy about when it’s done by the Saudis or Putin – the cruel or unusual punishment of people just for saying something or singing something – is now being done right here in the UK, in the twenty-first century.
The man in question is Scott Lamont, a 24-year-old fan of Rangers FC, which draws most of its support from Scotland’s Protestant communities. It has an infamous rivalry with Glasgow’s other globally recognisable football team, Celtic FC, most of whose fans come from Scotland’s Catholic, Irish-tinged communities. On 1 February, when Rangers were playing Celtic at Hampden Park, Lamont sang one of the fanbase’s favourite songs as he walked along a street to the game. The song was ‘The Billy Boys’, an old sectarian loyalist ditty first sung by Glasgow’s razor gangs in the early twentieth century and later adopted by Rangers fans as a way of riling their Celtic rivals. The song starts ‘Hello, hello, we are the Billy Boys’, and contains the line ‘We’re up to our knees in Fenian blood’.
2. One of Vlad’s readers was kind enough to send in a translation of a comment left under an earlier post. It reads thusly:
Distinguishing between an ideology and its vectors is not pertinent. No muslims means no Islam, however comprehensive the knowledge that those not of the muslim faith might acquire about Islam or its followers.
If we admit that Islam is at war with the rest of the world, we must have enough intellectual rigour to acknowledge that muslims are also our enemies. Unless we do so, we are helpless.
We must of course distinguish between armed jihadists, peaceful apologists, terrorists and water-bearers.But we will have no chance of winning or to even just survive in an acceptable manner if we do not make it adamantly clear that muslims, and we mean all muslims, even and especially those who condemn extremism, are our enemies, our mortal enemies.
Alain Jean-Mairet says:
(Thank you N)
3. Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel
(This is worth the half hour to watch)
(Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. -Napoleon)
Dr Qasem Exirifard lost his job after a university committed decided that his ‘feminine’ voice could lead to ridicule in the classroom(Facebook)
An Iranian physics professor has been fired after he was told that his “feminine” voice prevented him from communicating effectively with his university students.
Dr Qasem Exirifard, 40, was dismissed by the Khajeh Nasir Toosi university after the academic committee decided that his voice could lead to ridicule in the classroom, the Guardian reported, citing the Shargh newspaper.
“I was disqualified, why? Because I have a high-pitched voice, what they [the university] call a feminine voice,” Exirifard was quoted as saying. “They said I would not be qualified to communicate scientific contents to students because they said my voice was effeminate.”
5. Leftists/anarchists riot in Germany
Thank you Shabnam, M., UK Pete, Buck, Richard and all who sent in material.