We live in an age where any criticism of Islam is “Islamophobic” — though you’d think someone who had 89 of his fans slaughtered by ISIS would get a free pass.
But you’d be wrong. Welcome to the 21st century.
My friend Gavin McInnes recently interviewed Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughs, whose band and fans were attacked in Paris by ISIS last November, leaving 89 dead and hundreds injured.
The thought police came out in droves — as apparently you can’t even criticize Muslims even when they’re trying to kill you. As the Daily Caller reports: Eagles of Death Metal has been kicked out of two French music festivals after the lead singer made anti-Muslim comments.
During an interview last week, Jesse Hughes — the band’s frontman — said he saw “terrorists” inside the Bataclan the night of the attacks.
“I saw Muslims celebrating in the street during the attack,” Hughes told Taki magazine. “I saw it with my own eyes. In real time!”
It’s now controversial to think that a terrorist attack required some planning, apparently.
He continued; “The only time he seemed remotely interested in us was when he said to my girlfriend, ‘Do you speak French?’ and ‘Where are you from?’ She said she was from Texas and he was getting frustrated because that’s not what he meant. Then she said, ‘I’m American’ and he lost interest. I honestly think he was trying to determine if she was Arab or not. She’s Mexican and she could easily pass for Lebanese and I think he was going to warn her if she was Muslim.
“I kept opening up the back door to smoke and that’s usually a big no-no because of the sound ordinances. I’ve played there before and opening up that door to smoke got you in big trouble. This time, the security guy walks right past me and anxiously looks down the alleyway in either direction.”
If “tolerance” means tolerating extremism, we should all be proud to be “bigots.”
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]