Following her row with Bill O'Reilly yesterday morning, Joy Behar spoke about the incident on her evening talk show on CNN's Headline News channel.
Behar said that O'Reilly's declaration that "Muslims killed us on 9/11" was "something I construe as hate speech." She went on to state, "To say Muslims killed us on 9/11, is like ... you could say that about any group, to lump an entire group like that."
O'Reilly, of course, did not direct his comments at every single Muslim on earth and Behar knows it. Yet her comments are indicative of a push to make statements critical of Islam a crime. Of course, I am referring to the ongoing efforts of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to pass a resolution through the UN General Assembly to make criticism of Islam a violation of international law. It is worth noting the Obama Administration is not objecting to this campaign.
We can never prevail in the clash of civilizations with Islamic fundamentalism if a critical segment of our population is not only unwilling to acknowledge that Islamic fundamentalism was responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001 but that to say so is an act of hate speech. So long as we are in that state of affairs then I'm afraid the terrorists and their apologists come closer to achieving their objective of an American caliphate.