Category Archives: Freedom of speech

Australia – Free Speech Struck Down As Transgender Skeptic Bullied Out Of University Lecture

The social justice left-wing ideology that is pushing to give hormones to children as young as 3 to change their gender is not willing to hear someone with an opinion that contradicts their own. Students at the University of Western Australia couldn’t even stand to hear American pediatrician Quentin Van Meter speak so they decided to bully him out of his speaking appearance.

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Teacher: See free speech as a moral as well as political problem

From English teacher August Meyrat at The Federalist:

To have more success, free speech advocates should stop seeing this issue through a strictly political lens and start considering it as a moral problem. The arguments people give against free speech have to do more with a nebulous goal of combatting evil (in the vein of Google’s old motto: “Don’t be evil”) than a conscious plan to reengineer society and minimize dissent, like China or Cuba. In other words, this has less to do with the ideas of Enlightenment political philosophers and more to do with God’s choice to make mankind free.

Unfortunately, the more successful the suppression of speech, the more apparent it is that speech becomes meaningless as a result. Artificially removing certain arguments or words will eventually make all arguments and words suspect.

This would still be the case if those with a conservative agenda silenced the other side. In a society where everyone abides by a script, hides their thoughts, and puts on a façade of validation and affirmation, speaking and listening—and by extension, reading and writing—would be a pointless exercise. Whether the speaker was telling the truth or not, he would still be lying because he is conforming to a narrative outside himself rather than the reality of his thoughts

Right. Precisely what progressives want. When everyone is lying, they find people easier to control. Was there something else we wanted to know?

So much of the polarization and division afflicting society today is a direct result of restricting speech.
In the short term, contrary to expectations, this silencing creates more chaos than peace. Those who dissent will resort to other means to speak out. They will protest; they will create their own counter-narrative; they will move to the other extreme; or they will vote for the most charismatic leader they can find. In response, those who sought to dominate the conversation will do even more to end it, pumping out fake news, vilifying free speech advocates, and refusing to present opposing views. More.

Which, in turn, justifies crackdowns on civil liberties.

Reality check: It is a moral problem for sure. The moral problem is created by voting for progressives.

Potted history: Arts faculties decades ago eviscerated the knowledge they could offer in favour of identity politics and their grievance-driven curricula. They graduate people with few skills related to the current workplace. Those people are still angry and – in particular – angry at people who are needed and valued because they have skills the world needs,. Of course they want to shut them up. That’s just for starters.

See also: Opposition to Unite the Right is about building a narrative for future use. People with little else to show for their lives can at least say they shouted back at a handful of fascists.

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Microsoft Threatens to Shut Down Gab After Anti-Semitic Posts by User

Microsoft Azure, the web hosting provider for Gab, has given the company 48 hours to delete some anti-Semitic posts or face a Big Tech shut-down. Gab is a Twitter alternative that claims to protect the right to free speech. It’s not a very good alternative, as the numbers just aren’t there to keep it interesting. Most of the time it’s just righties and ultra-righties fighting amongst themselves. But Gab’s claim to fame is that they won’t kick people off for having unpopular views or engaging in insult trading that morons refer to as “hate speech.” For some, that’s a worthwhile promise.

BCF is on GAB, it’s very easy to ignore or block distasteful posters.

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Rex Murphy: Laurier, trading ‘free speech’ for ‘better speech,’ proves unspeakably clueless still

It’s only when progressives lose control of an issue that they agree to even have it discussed. This is then called a conversation

The president of Wilfrid Laurier University recently published a statement on free speech at Laurier and in the academy generally. It was a sad effort.

She built a Giza-sized pyramid of clichés and virtue-speak about something she was pleased to call “better speech” — as opposed to that decayed old concept, hustled by the likes of John Stuart Mill, Voltaire, and the framers of the American Constitution, known as “free speech.”

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Is there a tide flowing toward free speech on campuses?

From Peter Wood at Minding the Campus:

The moral authority of the campus left is starting to dwindle. We see that in the sudden emergence of the “walk away” movement. A gay New York hairdresser, Brandon Straka, has given the movement its manifesto in a YouTube video. Straka denounced what he calls “liberalism” as “tyrannical groupthink,” and described it this way: “For years now, I have watched as the left has devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, UnAmerican, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and at times blatantly fascistic behavior and rhetoric.” It is a system, he says, that allows a mob “to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and then apathetically steamroll over the truth.”

Straka’s sense of betrayal turned down a notch or two was also on display at the recent Heterodox Academy “Open Mind” conference, where 25 of 28 speakers came from the liberal left to voice their complaints about the left’s suppression of free speech on campus. As Heterodox Academy head Jonathan Haidt observed at the end of the conference, “This is everybody’s issue now. It’s all professors’ issue. It’s all administrators’ issue. It’s all students’ issues.” Liberal faculty members who have been burned by the far left—think of Laura Kipnis, Alice Dreger, and Bret Weinstein—have begun to speak out forcefully. More.

Reality check: One factor in the United States could be the recent announcement of more funds for job-relevant education. While the White House didn’t say that it was providing less funding for grievance studies and mob readiness, the existence of students with job-relevant skills will mean that employers do not need to bother with the oppression street drama, and most won’t.

See also: Jay Richards asks, can training for an AI future be trusted to bureaucrats? We hear so much about how the AI revolution gobbles industrial era jobs that we don’t notice the digital era jobs unfilled.

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The New York Times Comes Out Against Free Speech

According to a front page New York Times news (not opinion) article by Adam Liptak “Weaponizing the First Amendment: How Free Speech Became a Conservative Cudgel,” we must adopt a stance of skepticism toward all this talk of free speech: if we wish to be sophisticated and sensitive, as all good Times readers aspire to be. Free speech? So passé. Only conservatives care about free speech anymore.

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Sweden police to a Senior citizen, 71: “You may not write what you think and believe”

Denny Abrahamsson is being prosecuted for a series of posts on his Facebook page, which states, among other things, that Muslims have lower IQ and that the Muslim god is anything but loving. This has resulted in the police bringing him into interrogation and treating him like a criminal. During the questioning, the elderly man was extremely pressured by the interrogators to acknowledge his so-called hate crime and also was given an aggressive lecture as how to use his freedom of expression.

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Germany: ‘Decapitating’ Freedom of the Press?

In an apparent attempt to sweep under the rug a recent double homicide in Hamburg, Germany, authorities there censored the story. They also raided the apartments of a witness who filmed a video describing the murder, and a blogger who posted the video on YouTube.

The murder, which made headlines worldwide, occurred on the morning of April 12. The assailant, Mourtala Madou, a 33-year-old illegal immigrant from Niger, stabbed his German ex-girlfriend, identified as Sandra P., and their one-year-old daughter, Miriam, at a Hamburg subway station. The child died at the scene; her mother died later, at the hospital. The woman’s three-year-old son witnessed the murders.

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Shorter New York Times: 1st Amendment is only OK when used to advance left wing positions

How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment

WASHINGTON — On the final day of the Supreme Court term last week, Justice Elena Kagan sounded an alarm.

The court’s five conservative members, citing the First Amendment, had just dealt public unions a devastating blow. The day before, the same majority had used the First Amendment to reject a California law requiring religiously oriented “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide women with information about abortion.

Conservatives, said Justice Kagan, who is part of the court’s four-member liberal wing, were “weaponizing the First Amendment.”

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Sharia by Stealth

Criminalising comments deemed offensive to any religious group intimidates those who wish to freely express their ideas and opinions, a liberty our democracy has always maintained should be available to all. Such laws are antithetical to all the West represents — and all it should be defending

The infiltration of non-Muslim countries by Islam is one of the strategies Mohammed devised when creating his ideology. His initial approach was persuasion through infiltration and, if that failed, he then adopted a military strategy through conquest and total domination. This is still Islam’s approach today. The financing of universities by Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for gaining critical leverage and massive influence has been endemic in the United States but also other Western countries, including Australia. This enables these oppressive Islamic regimes to strategically insert academics who become prominent and thus extremely influential in corrupting the minds of gullible students.

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Censorship: Entire European Identitarian Movement Permanently Banned From Facebook

The anti-mass migration Generation Identity movement has been banned permanently from Facebook, after all of their official pages were deleted due to “extremist content.”

Over the last several weeks the group has seen page after page disappear from the social media giant’s platform with little or no explanation, but a new report claims that Facebook has permanently banned the hipster-right identitarians, accusing them of posting “extremist content”.

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Court ruling a victory for opponents of hate speech

When Mohamad Fakih opened his restaurant’s doors to a Liberal Party fundraiser last July, some uninvited guests showed up: Kevin Johnston and Ranendra “Ron” Banerjee, two men who have become fixtures at anti-Islam rallies across the GTA. In videos posted online, they stood outside Fakih’s restaurant Paramount Fine Foods and suggested it was a “nefarious” business that only served customers who are “jihadist” or “raped your wife at least a few times.”

Fakih sued for defamation; Johnston and Banerjee wrote in their defence statements that they were exercising their freedom of expression and raising issues of public interest — namely, their objection to the federal government’s $10.5 million settlement paid to Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr.

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