Category Archives: Freedom of speech

Censorship is Rising And Free Speech Is Diminishing Throughout The World

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that criticism of Muhammad constitutes incitement to hatred — meaning that in Europe, criticizing Muhammad is no longer protected free speech.

What the court has actually done, however, is rule out the possibility of any debate in which a range of various experts and members of the public could take part. Now, it seems, the only views that will be respected in the public forum are those of devout Muslims.

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Feds ponder troubling cure for fake news

Lawmakers from nine countries gathered in London, England this week to grill Facebook execs, among other things, about concerns over fake news.

The committee is probing fake news on Facebook in the wake of scandals that saw personal data from millions of Facebook profiles used for political purposes and Russia’s suspected involvement in using Facebook’s platform to spread fake news during the 2016 Brexit vote.

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The Escalating Assault on Citizen Journalism

In December 1997, after the FBI arrested independent journalist James Sanders for investigating the destruction of TWA Flight 800, not a single reporter at a post-arraignment press conference managed to frame even one First Amendment question.

In fact, the Newsday reporter argued the government’s case, insisting the Justice Department found insufficient evidence to declare Sanders a journalist. The fact that Sanders had already written two successful investigatory books did not count. By challenging the media’s defense of a Democratic administration, Sanders all but sacrificed his First Amendment rights.

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The Free Speech Crisis on Campus Is Worse than People Think

Last month Samuel Abrams, a politics professor at Sarah Lawrence College, published an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “Think Professors Are Liberal? Try School Administrators.” Abrams, who describes himself as conservative leaning, pointed to the titles of some recent events put on by his campus’s Office of Student Affairs: “Stay Healthy, Stay Woke,” “Understanding White Privilege,” and “Microaggressions.” He described these events as politically lopsided and noted that this kind of highly politicized socialization of college students is occurring throughout the country. A lot of campus critics have pointed to the left-wing political skew of faculty, he said, and have worried about indoctrination in the classroom. But indoctrination is much more likely at campus events outside the classroom, and the political skew of administrators in charge of student life is even greater than that of faculty. (He surveyed a representative sample of 900 “student-facing administrators” and found a ratio of 12 liberals for every conservative, compared to 6 to 1 for academic faculty.)

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White students ‘feel unable to talk about race and it’s stifling debate’, universities minister warns

The minister stressed these are symptoms of a student ‘monoculture’ which assigns people an ‘identity’ and tells them they cannot comment on anything else. He insisted labelling people and putting them in ‘silos’ is damaging because it stops them speaking freely.

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One wonders whether, as Americans vote, they know that this is the next stage of social justice

From CitizenGo: As we approach Remembrance Day, we are reminded of the incredible sacrifices made by thousands of Canadians to secure our freedom and democracy in the great wars and conflicts of the past. But was their sacrifice for naught?

Today, in 2018, we are losing our freedoms at a dizzying pace. Our new foes, however, are not armed with guns and mustard gas (for the most part). They come in the garb of political correctness. They preach tolerance and peace, but they practise hatred and suppression.

Their latest handiwork can be seen in the recent arrest of an elderly priest.

On October 25th, 83 year old Father Tony Van Hee was charged by Ottawa police. His crime? Defending free speech.

Father Tony was quietly sitting on a stool on a public sidewalk in Ottawa carrying two signs. He was not yelling or shouting. He was not blocking the sidewalk. He was not making mean faces. He was just carrying some signs – signs that most people would agree with.

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The sign on his chest read: “The Primacy of Free Speech. Cornerstone of Western Civilization.” The sign on his back read: “Without Free Speech the State is a Corpse.”

Apparently, these “dangerous” messages required armed police officers to confront the elderly priest, confiscate his signs, and charge him with violating the “Safe Access to Abortion Services Act”.

It’s true about Fr. Tony Van Hee.

And don’t think it won’t be you later. You haven’t reached the point yet where you are no use to the progressive elite.

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Free Speech and Its Present Crisis: In today’s America, the right to express one’s opinion is threatened by activists and authorities alike.

What we know today as the First Amendment was first proposed by the Virginia state ratifying convention during its approval of the Constitution in June 1788. The Virginia resolution declared that the free exercise of religious worship could not “be cancelled, abridged, restrained or modified” by the new federal Congress, nor could any other essential rights, including “liberty of conscience and of the press.” James Madison drafted the formal amendment to adopt these principles, and the addition was finally ratified by the states on March 1, 1792

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Insulting Prophet Muhammad not ‘free speech,’ ECtHR rules

The decision by a seven-judge panel came as an Austrian national identified as E.S. by the court, had held seminars on Islam in 2008 and 2009 for the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) where she discussed the prophet’s marriage to his wife Aisha, a child at the time, and implied that he was a pedophile.

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This ‘hate group’ keeps winning First Amendment cases

The legal organization which secured Jack Phillip’s religious freedoms in the infamous Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Commission case at the Supreme Court have done it again — this time with a former fire chief for the city of Atlanta. Alliance Defending Freedom represented Kevin Cochran, former 2012 Fire Chief Magazine “Fire Chief of the Year,” after the city of Atlanta fired him — not for poor performance, but for authoring a book on his personal time which mentions his Christian beliefs.

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