He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. (Nietzsche)
I see a link between these two stories:
The Netherlands and the UK are responding to the threat of radical Islam in very different ways, but their proposed actions violate fundamental freedoms. I disagree with practically everything the BNP stands for, but I am sympathetic to the criticisms of Islam which the BNP leaders were charged for. I find the charges, and Gordon Brown’s threats, absolutely chilling. I also note that criticism of Islam cannot be racist, unless you deny that free will is involved in religious belief.
On the other hand, the proposed burka ban is abhorrent. Why would you oppose the burka for any other reason than its forcible imposition? And how can these people fail to see that forcibly imposing anything other than a burka, for everyday wear, is morally equivalent to forcibly imposing the burka?
It will be impossible to mount a principled defense of Western civilization unless its defenders understand the Western principles of individual rights and tolerance.
UPDATE: Not PC has responded, with more details and informed analysis.Â Cheers!