“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” ~Evelyn Beatrice Hall.
Golaha Baraaruga Islaamka: Maktabka Cilmi Baarista Iyo Daraasaadka.
(مكتب البحوث والدراسات في مجلس الصحوة الاسلامية)
Gob-Islam, Research Department (IAC) Islamic Awakening Council. Somali Youth Movement in North America And Europe.
When a Pastor Terry Jones burnt the Holy Quran in his church in Florida, his actions were protected by Freedom of Speech even though it was very offensive to a billion-and-half Muslims. When a cartoonist draws offensive images of Prophet Muhammad, Freedom of Speech is his or her defense. When the US representative Tom Tancredo from Colorado advocated for the nuking of Mecca or other Muslim Holy Sites and refused to apologize, he was protected by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights: Freedom of Speech.
The question to ask is: How about the freedom of Speech of those Muslims who are against the burning of their holy Quran? Or those opposed to the occupation of their countries and the robbing of their resources? It is abysmal contradictions and the paradoxes of Freedom of Speech: when it comes to Islam, you can say anything offensive aggressive, provocative, and, for sure, Freedom of Speech will be your defense. However, if you dare to criticize the presence of Ethiopian forces and Amisom troops in Somalia, you will be labeled as extremist by the global media.
If you are against Sharif’s government, you are against peace and progress by the international community. If you believe in a government based on Islam, you are fundamentalist! So, where is the freedom of speech in these cases for those who disagree with us? It is accepted and protected form of speech for an American to wish death for Obama, but a crime for a Somali to oppose the government of Sharif. An American can protest the presence of poor, powerless illegals in the U.S.
However, a Somali cannot protest the presence of Amison in Somalia. By the way, who voted for Sharif to be the president of Somalia? Who gave Amisom, Ethiopia and Kenya the right to transgress Somalia’s territorial integrity and to intervene?
Somalimidnimo.com exercises its freedom of speech protected by the American constitution. The fact that Somalimidnimo.com attracts over 500,000 visitors every month is a clear indication of its journalistic excellence, its popularity and broad appeal. When the Web’s editor Mr. Warsame declares on NPR, “We are against foreign troops still, and we will never change our mind until they get out of our country,” he cannot be distinguished from Patrick Henry’s historical words during the American revolution against the British, “ Give me death or give me liberty.Read more NPR” A New York Times editorial suggested that Freedom of Speech should protect “Americans who want to report the news or to convey range of opinions” about groups America does not like. “People also need to be free to speak independently about these groups,” the editorial ends.
It is erroneous and hypocritical in nature for Navanti African Analysis to interfere into the affairs of the Somali Americans’ freedom of speech and expressions. Navanti’s reliance of two Somalis for this report is a clear indication of the report’s lack of credibility and authority. Freedom of Speech cannot be silenced by such reports, and if Navanti wants to change the American constitution, then, it’s futile attempt and worthless adventure.
Nevertheless, Somalimidnimo.com has the right to express its journalistic endeavor and coverage of Somalia. It is hoped that Navanti would rather spend its time and manpower on how to alleviate poverty in Somalia, or the percentage of Somalis opposed to Amisom occupation, or the legality of how Sharif came to power. The writer requests Navanti to rely on more people for its future reports on Somalia. Naom Chomsky’s quote is enough answer for Navanti: “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”
Gob-Islam Research Department, (IAC) Islamic Awakening Council. Somali Youth Movement in North America And Europe.
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