Christophobia, never herd of it—Oz

In Australia much glee at the courtroom defeat of columnist and blogger Andrew Bolt on the basis of provisions of the Racial Hatred Act 1995. These, Gary Johns of the IPA recalls, “were strongly opposed by the Coalition on the grounds that it might impinge free speech”. And so, apparently, it has proved.

Meanwhile, as you might say, out in the real world, regimes surely the envy of the nascent totalitarianism of the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens, show them how to do it properly. Thus:

An Iranian pastor who has refused to renounce his Christian faith faces execution as early as Wednesday after his sentence was upheld by an Iranian court.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who maintains he has never been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ, the 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court ruled. Iran’s Supreme Court had ordered the trial court to determine whether Nadarkhani had been a Muslim prior to converting to Christianity. . . .

Nadarkhani is the latest Christian cleric to be imprisoned in Iran for his religious beliefs. According to Elam Ministries, a United Kingdom-based organization that serves Christian churches in Iran, there was a significant increase in the number of Christians arrested solely for practicing their faith between June 2010 and January 2011. A total of 202 arrests occurred during that six-month period, including 33 people who remained in prison as of January, Elam reported. . . .

Father Jonathan Morris, a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of New York and an analyst for Fox News Channel, said Nadarkhani’s case is “unmistakable evidence” that Iran is executing Christians simply because they refuse to become Muslims.

Morris continued: “Will President Obama, and the free world, allow the United Nations to continue in its cowardly silence on this matter?”

The answer to that is a resounding “Yes”. So much behaviour occurs of the iranian type, both judicial and extra-judicial, and all of it tolerated by the mostly dead West whose own contempt for the person is revealed day by day in manic technocracy and cultural oblivion. Free speech in Australia: Bolt never had a chance, nor any one who follows.

Update: From Fresno, California: Teacher penalizes students for saying “bless you”:

A Northern California teacher says he doesn’t want to hear a common courtesy in his classroom.

He’s even lowering students’ grades if they say “bless you” after someone sneezes.

Steve Cuckovich says the practice is disrespectful and disruptive. He’s banned saying “bless you” in his high school health class in Vacaville.

He even knocked 25 points from one student’s grade for saying the phrase in class.

Cuckovich says the policy has nothing to do with religion, but says the phrase is just a outdated practice and disrupts class time.

“When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body,” Cuckovich said. “So they were saying, ‘god bless you’ for getting rid of evil spirits. But today, I said what you’re doing doesn’t really make any sense anymore.”

After parents complained about students losing points for saying “bless you”, Cuckovich says he decided to stop the practice.

However, the teacher says he will just find another way to discipline students for saying “bless you” in class.

“Cowardly silence” has its roots in many things, not least the asinine behaviour of some school teachers.

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