Hypocrisy: the act of saying one thing and doing another, throughout history has been seen as a level of damnation that a person rarely recovers from. Such a person cannot be known as anything but a hypocrite. Over the last century or so the Western world has made a habit of hypocrisy, in fact it’s their go to political position. A case of “Do as we say, not as we do”.
It would be fair to say that the Western world is suffering a kind of intellectual delusion. In their own minds they are above and beyond all and sunder when it comes to honour, dignity and respect. The reality is they have become the intellectual landfill of the world, full of ideas which are mostly useless to humanity.
None of this is more starkly highlighted than when it comes to the idea of freedom of speech. The right to insult one another has become the barometer of a society with healthy free speech. So it comes as a shock that the President of France Emmanuel Macron (someone best known for marrying his high school teacher) would want to sue an individual for insulting him by equating him to Adolf Hilter. The similarities are stark: short, European, has an uneasy relationship with women, a little insecure about his looks and a bit of a megalomaniac. It is understandable why someone would want to endearingly equate Macron with someone who was off his rocker.
Macron is the man who singles out the weakest in society to make himself look strong, whether that be Muslim women or our beloved Prophet Mohammad (saw). France, the home of free speech, revoked the law that prevented insulting the President in 2013, this means Macron cannot hope for a criminal prosecution against Michel-Ange Flori the man who put up two billboards just outside Toulon depicting Macron as Hitler with the words “Obey, get vaccinated”. Flori took issue with Macron’s insistence that people get the Covid-19 vaccine without any debate in society.
It is not the first time Macron has tried to silence those who dare question him: only last year he took exception to the press asking him too many questions – a day after saying French Muslims were unable to handle dialogue and debate. One would think that Macron would have a thick-skin by now after being exposed as politically inept and unable to govern a contradiction that is France.
The irony of Macron championing the right to insult Prophet Muhammad (saw) and then crying wolf when he feels slighted is not lost on anybody, not even Flori, who pointed out that in France it’s satirical to insult Muhammad (saw) but “to make the president look like a dictator is blasphemy”.
In reality Macron is happy to bully others but will quite happily throw his toys out of the pram when anyone dares to question him. So much for freedom of speech, so much for liberalism and so much for the French state.