1. Freedom is memorialized in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. For most of us, it doesnt end there. We expect to find freedom, in all of its forms, throughout our society. 2. Embattled today, our freedom of speech is attacked from both without and within . 3. Many in our media claim to be self-censoring out of sensitivity to religious feelings, but that claim is repeatedly undercut by their willingness to mock and criticize religions other than Islam. As British comedian Ben Elton observed: The BBC will let vicar gags pass, but they would not let imam gags pass. Hillsdale College - Imprimis Issue 4. President OBAMA HAS SUPPORTED THIS SUBTLE ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH: A first indication of this came in President Obamas Cairo speech in 2009, when he declared that he has a responsibility to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam whenever they appear. Then in July of last year in Istanbul, Secretary of State Clinton co-chairedwith the OICa High-Level Meeting on Combating Religious Intolerance. There, Mrs. Clinton announced another conference with the OIC, this one in Washington, to exchange ideas and discuss implementation measures our government might take to combat negative stereotyping of Islam. Ibid. a. The encroachment of de facto blasphemy restrictions in the West threatens free speech and the free exchange of ideas. Ibid. 5. The same Islamist thinking and behavior is exhibited by the Left in our nation. a. On Friday morning, HuffPost blogger Krystal Ball called for a boycott of companies that sponsor the Limbaugh show. Participating Twitter users are rallying around the hashtag #BoycottRush, and two Facebook pages calling for a boycott had garnered more than 18,000 and 6,000 Likes by Saturday morning. Hillsdale College - Imprimis Issue b. An advertising boycott against Fox News host Glenn Beck has succeeded in keeping most major sponsors from running commercials on his show even as the controversial commentator's viewership has grown. UPDATED: As boycott continues, Glenn Beck's audience swells - latimes.com c. Van Jones organization engineered the firing of Pat Buchanan from MSNBC: I'm writing to demand that you fire Pat Buchanan immediately. Buchanan has a long and consistent history of peddling white supremacist ideology as legitimate political commentary, on your network and elsewhere. He recently went on a white supremacist radio show to promote his new book -- which argues that increasing racial diversity is a threat to this country and will mean the "End of White America." ColorOfChange.org | Tell MSNBC: Fire Pat Buchanan 6. The OICs charter commits it to combat defamation of Islam. Its current action plan calls for deterrent punishments to counter Islamophobia. In 2009, an official OIC organ, the International Islamic Fiqh [Jurisprudence] Academy, issued fatwas calling for speech bans, including international legislation, to protect the interests and values of [Islamic] society. Op.Cit. a. How easily the interests and value of a Progressive Society fits the above. b. "Nasr Abu-Zayd, a Muslim scholar driven out of Egypt: Charges of apostasy and blasphemy are key weapons in the fundamentalists arsenal, strategically employed to prevent reform of Muslim societies, and instead confine the worlds Muslim population to a bleak, colourless prison of socio-cultural and political conformity. Op. Cit. This is the wish of the Left in America. They do not wish a free and democratic society. Don't be fooled: you are not standing up for Ms. Fluke- you are standing against freedom.