As reported in the news feed a couple of weeks ago, An-Sofie Dewinter, the daughter of Vlaams Belang leader Filip Dewinter, caused a stir in Belgium by posing for an ad in which she wore a burka over her face while showing the rest of her body in a bikini.
Now she’s getting death threats as a result. Here’s a brief report from FOX News:
Belgian Politician’s Daughter Receives Death Threats After Posing in Bikini and Burqa
Death threats are being made against the daughter of one of Belgium’s leading politicians after she posed in an anti-Islam ad. An-Sofie Dewinter is pictured in the ad wearing a burqa and a bikini, donning the words “Freedom or Islam, you choose.”
Greg Palkot reported that her politician father, Filip Dewinter, said he’s not using her for campaigning purposes, but that this was her free choice. The 20-year-old model said she’s not worried about the threats, saying, “I don’t think they’re serious. I hope not.”
The accompanying video clip shows the talking heads on FOX discussing this incident. Mind you, these are the people who pass for conservatives on American cable news programs. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
Notice how reluctantly the “conservative” pundits affirm this young woman’s right to express herself freely. Observe their lukewarm support for what she decided to do, and their obvious distaste for it.
Bill Kristol — a supposed “conservative” — could not bring himself to back a woman’s right to speak out against Islamic misogyny without following it with “on the other hand…”
Not to put too fine a point on it, these people are sniveling cowards.
They acknowledge that expressing opinions about Islam like Ms. Dewinter’s is “dangerous”. So why don’t they reserve their distaste and disapproval for the people and the ideology that make such expressions dangerous?
Why render any judgment whatsoever against the brave young lady who decided to speak out?
What’s wrong with these people?
If these oh-so-refined pundits had even an ounce of courage, they’d do something similar themselves, and thereby demonstrate their commitment to preserving their most cherished American values and freedoms against the Islamic onslaught.
Which is exactly what An-Sofie Dewinter did.
“But no — that would be dangerous, don’t you know? Some deranged Islamic zealot might try to kill me if I did that!”
So they prefer to be just one more brick in the sharia wall, rather than stand up and say, “Tear down this wall!”
By the way — did you hear Bill Kristol defend the Mohammed cartoonists in that clip?
He was singing a different tune back in early 2006, while the Scandinavian embassies were being burned and the cartoonists fled into hiding. Almost all American conservatives were doing the same thing. They spoke about the Motoons back then the same way they’re talking about An-Sofie Dewinter now.
Distaste. Disapproval. Superciliousness. With just a soupçon of enlightened condescension.
Why the change of heart? If the Mohammed cartoons weren’t OK back then, why are they OK now?
One word. The same word that was used in the video clip above:
It was dangerous to support the Motoonists back in 2006, so the craven chickenhearts of American “conservatism” couldn’t bring themselves to do it. They supported freedom of the press, but…
Now that the Mohammed cartoon crisis has receded into history, they feel safe affirming the rights of the Mohammed cartoonists — very, very retroactively.
Maybe someday it will also be safe, when enough time has passed, for them to proclaim their support for An-Sofie Dewinter. If they aren’t living as dhimmis under the World Caliphate by then, that is.
Until that day, it’s: “Naturally, we support her right to free speech, but…”
There’s always a “but”.