CT| The idea of “safe spaces” is bad enough. But what about when a group wants taxpayers to fund it so that “inflammatory” extremists can express their views “without fear of being surveilled?”
That’s precisely what Blair Imani wants. She’s an American activist who thinks it would be a good idea for the Australian government to fund such spaces. Not only that, she thinks it would be a good idea if such safe spaces were exported to America, as she explained on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Friday.
While noting that recent terror attacks in Europe may indicate Islamist terror is hazardous to one’s health, Carlson said that “in Australia, it is Muslims who are declaiming they’re the ones who need safe spaces.”
“A group called the Islamic Council of Victoria, which says it represents 200,000 Muslims in Australia, is calling on the government there to fund a series of safe spaces, where they say Muslims can safely express — this is a quote — ‘inflammatory views that would cause trouble if voiced publicly.’”
Imani, executive director of New York-based Equality for HER, told Carlson the United States should have such taxpayer-funded “safe spaces,” too. Except she tried to make it sound a little less “inflammatory.”
“I’m talking about safe spaces being somewhere where you can be who you are without fear of being surveilled, having violence committed against you or being harassed,” she said. “And I think it’s a good idea to have everywhere.”
Imani was then asked why she believed Muslims under suspicion by some governments. She didn’t skirt the obvious:
“There are acts of terror committed in the name of Allah,” she said.
Carlson said that keeping society safe from Islamist extremism shouldn’t be compromised just because activist groups want “safe spaces” to be paid for by the government.
“This is a real thing,” Carlson said. “And I don’t understand why groups like yours won’t acknowledge the reality of that, because it is there, it’s true.”
The fact that we’re even having this discussion — that extremists should have a “safe space” paid for by the government — indicates just how ridiculous things are in 2017. Let’s hope our government — and any government — refuses to pay for such a ridiculous plan.