The State Department decided to send out a tweet this week to promote freedom of speech and expression so naturally it picked out the best photo it could to portray those ideals. A picture of women dressed in burqas calling for Sharia law.
“In open societies, all faiths enjoy freedom of speech; under #ISIS rule, no such thing as freedom of expression,” the tweet read.
— Think AgainTurn Away (@ThinkAgain_DOS) March 11, 2015
The picture caption said “Muslims coming out inviting society to #Islam.”
OK, the point seems to be a society that caters to a religion that keeps women imprisoned in sacks to cover their entire bodies in public is a society that will cater to anybody. Fair enough. Sure, it’s barbaric, but to each his own.
But is THIS the best way to tell the world what free speech is all about? The deliberate, systemic oppression of half the population? It’s a mockery of the ideal.
Liberals used to frown on that. Unless they still do, Marie Harf and Jen Psaki and the rest — including the putative frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president — should be getting fitted for their burkas now.
The Twitterverse took the State Department to task over the tweet.
@ThinkAgain_DOS they think they believe in free speech, you just can’t say Mohammed is pedophile. Will you uphold my right to free speech?
— Jonathan Gullett (@mrjongullett) March 11, 2015
@ThinkAgain_DOS You’re joking, right?
— Contingency (@LiamCarnohan) March 11, 2015
Shariah law: Inviting society to a lifetime (and death time for that matter) of slavery and misery. @ThinkAgain_DOS
— Lord Callum Bryant (@AngelcynnCallum) March 11, 2015
— Pedrosity3 (@Pedrosity3) March 11, 2015
@ThinkAgain_DOS Epic fail from the DOS. The people pictured do have free speech, but they would take it from others.
— So-Cal-Mntn-Man (@wrightdlca) March 11, 2015
— Advocate Mom (@SpeakingOut59) March 12, 2015
@ThinkAgain_DOS Are you kidding? There is NO freedom under Sharia; certainly not is speech and religion. & Burka’s invalidate my humanity.
— Elisabeth (@grizzlymamabear) March 12, 2015
— Catherine A. Bird† (@CatherineABird) March 12, 2015
@ThinkAgain_DOS What?! No Freedom of “Face”? Promoting a “religion” that keeps women faceless, less human, while convincing them it’s good?!
— Lori Rodriguez (@JCMentorMom) March 12, 2015
@ThinkAgain_DOS Really? Sharia Law? The incompetence of this administration never ceases to amaze me.
— AudieHO (@TheAudieHO) March 12, 2015
@ThinkAgain_DOS um, is this a parody account?
— Dirk Bowowtzki (@dirkbowowtzki) March 12, 2015
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