The Multicultural Left is fond of inventing new terms to describe the behavior of those who oppose them. The goal is to pigeonhole the doubleplus ungood thoughts of their ideological enemies so that they may be more readily punished. “Hate speech” was prominent for a while, to be followed by “micro-aggressions” and “triggers”. And just when you think you’ve got a handle on what the Social Justice Warriors are up to, so that you can argue against it, they come up with a new one.
The most recent addition to the lexicon of leftist grievance is “message crime”, which popped up at this year’s OSCE/HDIM conference in Warsaw. According to the annotated agenda, message crimes constitute
…a rejection of the victim’s identity which can have a marginalizing effect on entire communities. Secondary victimization, where representatives from broader society deny or minimize the seriousness of the incident, can also reinforce and perpetuate this message.
There is no real attempt to define the new term, just a catchphrase-laden description. And consider the terms used to describe these “crimes”: “rejection”, “identity”, “marginalizing”, etc. That is, the characteristics of what is being anathematized are so vague as to make any judgment entirely subjective.
Which is exactly what is wanted, since “message crimes” are thought crimes. Identifying and punishing the “criminals” will be left to the minions of Big Brother — the panels, commissions, and foundations that form the nexus of power in the new UN-based world order. They are the ones who will sit in judgment on all wrongs and make decisions concerning anyone who is unfortunate enough to commit a message crime.
The important word here is crime — just as with “Islamophobia”, the intention is to criminalize certain categories of speech. Since no real definitions are adduced, actionable examples may be chosen arbitrarily and subjectively, and then used against political enemies in a court of law. This is what’s coming soon to the OSCE Region, if the lefties have their way. Germany has already established a working model of this system.
Below is a paper about “message crimes” presented on Monday afternoon in Warsaw by Dave Petteys of the ACT For America 5280 Coalition.
Prevention and Response to Hate Crimes
HDIM Warsaw, Poland Sept 26, 2016
Working session 11
The Annotated Agenda of this OSCE Conference devised a new term: Message Crimes.
What “message” does it send to the citizens of Germany, especially young women, when Government officials and the media ignore and cover up over a thousand rapes in Cologne on New Year’s Eve?
What “message” does it say to the citizens of Rotherham, UK when 20 years of systematic sexual abuse of over a thousand young girls was covered up by local authorities lest they “damage community relations”?
What “message” does it send to citizens when the press either ignored the issue or euphemistically referred to the perpetrators as “Asian gangs” when the whole world knows they were Muslim men?
Certainly covering up for, and making excuses for Islamic groups and failing to hold them accountable only increases their contempt and lack of respect for the rule of law in the OSCE Region. It also leaves us powerless to prevent their imposition of their Shari’a norms on our society.
Rather than enhancing dialogue and understanding with Islamic groups, this appeasement and failure to stand up for Western laws and culture by Western governments will only lead to the eventual annihilation of Western Civilization!
The ACT 5280 Coalition recommends that Western Governments begin to appreciate the contributions of Western Civilization to humanity and develop some backbone to defend it.
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