I have heard it said many times that if you take away all my freedoms and just leave me freedom of speech, I will win back all my other freedoms.
However, the truth is that without the right to bear arms, our freedom of speech only exists at the whim of the powerful. Leave me the right to bear arms and with that, I shall win back all the others.
Let's compare that to what happened to Australian reporter Andrew Bolt.
He's is a fairly typical media person from a previous, freer eara, but today is thought of as a highly controversial Islamophobe because he is one of the few journalists reporting factually on Islam and its effects on Australian society and culture.
Because of his criticism of the Islamic State, he and his family had to move to a secret location.
This also happens in the USA despite Americans' right to own guns.
Think of Molly Norris and US author Ed Cline, who The Rebel interviewed last month about his visit from the FBI.
Would you want to be warned and have the ability to fight back, or be forced into hiding with no protection?
Look at the Canadian Human Rights commissions, UN resolution 16/18, Quebec's attempted blasphemy laws in the form of Bill 59, and other manifestations of controlled thought and speech around the world.
These laws and pseudo-legal bodies stifle criticism of religion — selectively, of course, so that prohibition only applies to Islam.
However, criticizing Islam is not just a right to a free people. It is a responsibility.
To maintain our free society, we must retain the right to criticize all authority, be it religious or secular.
In nations which either criminalize criticism, especially of a violent, totalitarian, supremacist one like Islam, or forbid citizens from protecting themselves -- especially nations which bring in thousands of un-vetted agents of Islam at the same time — the future is clear.
It is a totalitarian future, and probably an Islamic one.