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Germany’s Version of ‘Free Speech’

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Some countries in the Free World aren’t as free as they ought to be. Germany springs immediately to mind. It seems they just can’t kick their old authoritarian habit.

Germany already has a harsh “hate speech” law, enacted last year. But Chancellor Angela Merkel sounds like she wants to make it even more harsh (https://townhall.com/columnists/ianhaworth/2019/12/02/angela-merkel-and-german-freedom-of-speech-n2557309). In a speech she gave last week, she said, “Expressing an opinion does not come with zero cost.”

In fact, under Germany’s hate speech law, the cost is a fine of up to 50 million euros. A small price to pay if the government is going to “oppose extreme speech.”

Free speech has to have limits, Merkel says. “Those limits begin where hatred is spread.” Not allowed to hate. “They begin where the dignity of other people is violated.”

Uh-huh. And here’s the catch: In Merkel’s little utopia, the government gets to decide what speech is “hateful” and what speech isn’t. Don’t tell me you don’t trust the government to do that.

American liberals see this and lick their chops with envy. Oh, if we could only do that here! Confound that pesky First Amendment! Dash it all, we’re already doing this on all our college campuses! Why can’t we do it everywhere?

Freedom is not something that our self-anointed big shots like us to have. That’s why we have to protect it, day in, day out. Because otherwise some shadowy characters in Facebook, with the enthusiastic support of Democrats, will censor everybody who isn’t them.

This is America, not Germany. Let’s keep it that way.

 


We Has got A new Deen!!!

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Thare is this hear Girl “in” Town she “is” 13 yeers Old and she leaded a Yuth Climbit Strike lasst munth and Now she “is” highred To Be the new Deen of Deens rihght hear “at” our Collidge!!! We hadded a spacial meting Of “the” Stodent Soviet to dee-mannd it! And aslo her naime it is Patunia!!!

Fromb now on Patunia she whil Be “the” Deen of Deens witch meens she wil Tel alll the Other deens and al the Stodents and aslo alll “the” Prefessers Whatt To Do “and” Whatt To Say!!!! How grate is that???

We has al got Grate Expecktorations of her!!! All-reddy she maked a Rool that says Evry boddy got to be Climbit Chainge Acktavists or else yiu get putt in Sensertivvaty Traning and aslo Expeled!!!!!! and she maked Buyus Responts Teems to go aruond smashing ennyboddy whoo sayes anny hat speach!!! Fromb now On thare “woont” “be” anny Hate at our Collidge oar Elsse!!!!

This it is jist “so” grate!!!!! I “love!” to sea al them deens and provoasts and addminerators and PH-Dees and janniters bowing down “To” her wen thay sea her on The Campis!! The rool it is yiu has to Bow wenevver yiu sea her!!! And aslo evry time she tawks to yiu,, yiu has to say “Yes Mom yiu are so rihght!!! Yiu are Awsum!!!”” Fromb nhow on yiu has to Say “evry” thing she says yiu has to say and aslo Think “evry” Thing she says yiu has to think and iff yiu “dont” well yiu Beter Whach Out!!! Jist this moarning she toled a Collidge Vise Pressadint to go sit “in” A mudd puddle and he hadded to Do It!!!

Thare was somthing “abuot” anny boddy whoo dont like it thay gets “sended” out to a Corn Feeled somwear and cant “evver” come Back but i hasnt got al the detales on That yet!


Hat Speach it Kills!!!

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Now it “is” more Impotant then evver to Abbolitch all Hat Speach that is “done” “by” Haters!

And yiu know wye?? Becose hat speach it kills!!! We jist herd abuot stodents At “a” Collidge in Mastachoositts thay got kilt Dedd wen thay herd Hat Speach, kilt themb rihght thare “on The” Spott!!!

It terns Out that Hat Speach it is a “new” Marital Art like Joo-doh or Carroty and wen a Hater thay do it thay Can kill yiu Whith it!!!! This hear it “is” Verry Serius!!!!!!! and the ownly whay “To” Stopit is to out-Law al Hat Speach!!!

And wood yiu Beleave it??? That same Collidge, thay are trying to Bring Back that no-good stinkin Frist Amenment and aslo “Free Speach” jist so moar Minorites thay can get kilt “By” it!!!

But hear at ore Collidge thare woont be No “Freee Speach” aloud at all!!!! We are goingto “Passs” that to-nihght at our Stodent Soviet meating!! So fromb Now On “:yiu” best be Carfull watt yiu say or yiu whill Get throne out Of collidge!!! and yiu cant get no Deegree ether!! Lyke that one Prefesser ze sayed, thay auhght to Crave it On Stone “watt” yiu can Say and “watt” yiu “cant!!!!!!””

And wee whill doo it tooo as sooon as we Fynde a big “enuhgh” Stoan!!!


Well, Now What Do I Do?

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Really, I was going to start working on my Chalcedon assignment this afternoon, a long article on Internet and social media censorship–

–Only now the Chalcedon website is down. See for yourself, http://www.chalcedon.edu/ .

We know they’ve been trying to shut us down, because we’re a Christian ministry and that’s what you do with Christian ministries. Our “crime” was to be accused by the Southern Poverty Law Center and some other Far Left hate groups–they accused us of being a “hate” group, therefor we shouldn’t be allowed a presence on the Internet. In Lefty Land, the mere accusation is the same as being found guilty. Ask Brett Kavanagh.

Last we heard, we were being “investigated” by some so-called “journalist” who poses in a “rainbow” T-shirt and a PLO-style mask over the lower half of his face. Think we can expect a fair shake from him?

So I don’t know how to get the story started because the news is breaking this way and that, every day, we don’t know when we’ll get our website back in service, we don’t know why it’s down–but we do know that the Left is gunning for us. We do know that.


‘Oh, Boy! No More “Hate” in Cyberspace!’ (2016)

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They’re so mad!

Suddenly my wife’s Facebook page was filled with libs saying the president should be assassinated, wishing death on him and his family, spewing hot, steaming hatred all around. This in spite of Facebook’s announced intention to rein in “hate.”

https://leeduigon.com/2016/06/27/oh-boy-no-more-hate-in-cyberspace/

It only counts as “hate” if they say so. Apparently it’s not “hate” if leftids do it.

The yops wailing about “hate speech” are the biggest haters around. Half of them actually sound psychotic.

So she had to de-friend her liberal friends. If she wanted to listen to that, she could get a job as an asylum keeper.


My Newswithviews Column, March 7 (‘Creepy Little People’)

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John Dewey introduced and preached the idea of schoolteachers as change agents. I wonder if he ever dreamed how many other groups of creepy little people would try to earn that title.

https://newswithviews.com/creepy-little-people/

Yes, they’re out there in the shadows, changing our world out from under us, accountable to no one.

I’m sure their master, Satan, is pleased with their progress so far.


Inside Facebook’s Censorship Playground

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Creepy little people, nameless, faceless, all of them hidden behind the scenes, in places where they can reach out and screw up our lives–

Whoa! It’s not a nightmare. No waking up from this one. In fact, it’s a rather long article from Vanity Fair, Feb. 26: “Men Are Scum”: Inside Facebook’s War on Hate Speech” (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/men-are-scum-inside-facebook-war-on-hate-speech). I have to admit it scared me. Scared me pretty good.

The author had a free pass to the deliberations of Facebook’s “shadow government.” You wanna know what that is? It’s a group of “Obama administration refugees [in their 30s and early 40s] eager to maintain some semblance of the pragmatism that has lost favor in Washington.” But this is a left-winger writing, so “pragmatism” doesn’t mean what you think it means. Not by a long shot.

Heading this little group is a former prosecutor, Monika Bickert, backed up by a few dozen “deputies.” They all think they’re very important! And they are, I guess: they get to decide what some 2 billion people can or can’t say on Facebook.

Here are some of their detectable presuppositions–this is what makes them scary.

They really believe they have the right, the wisdom, and the authority to decide what people ought to be allowed to say.

They believe government has the authority to sort its people into groups and rank the groups according to whatever standard the government thinks is just. Thus some groups have greater rights than others.

They believe “rights” are granted by government, not by God, and that it’s one of government’s jobs to decide which group’s rights get to be queen for a day on any given day.

Oh, and all those new “genders”–they’re all real. If you think it’s only male and female, you’re a Hater.

And of course they believe there is such a thing as Hate Speech, that it should be silenced–then there won’t be any hate, right?–and that it’s government’s job to define it and stifle it.

And in all of the above, for “government” read “Facebook.”

So I’ll have to post a picture of a puppy up above this article, or one of those faceless little gawnks will censor me.


‘The Cause of, Well… Everything’ (2013)

Let’s face it, the wannabe rulers of the world will never give up Global Warming. You can justify anything, no matter how costly, how violent, how oppressive, how crass, if it’s done to Save The Planet.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/08/24/the-cause-of-well-everything/

See? Global Warming causes all our problems? Or was that, uh, heterosexual white males? No, it was Income Inequality! Or hate speech. It’s gotta be somethin’…


What ‘Community Standards’?

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Censorship time! Who’s next?

Conservatives and other non-leftids are frequently censored or banned on the social media, with Facebook and Youtube among the chief offenders. The reason usually given is that someone’s speech “violates community standards.”

But what are those “community standards” (https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/objectionable_content)? My trouble is, I can’t figure out what “community” they’re talking about.

Facebook’s biggest candidates for censorship are “hate speech” and “bullying.” They define hate speech as any speech that “may promote violence,” especially when directed against those who are blessed with “protected characteristics”–race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identification (a man insisting he’s a woman, or vice versa)–and anything that “calls for exclusion”–and I don’t know what they mean by “exclusion”–“or separation.”

They combat exclusion by excluding everybody whose opinions they don’t like–sort of like the way “diversity” turns out to be everyone having exactly the same opinion.

If they were serious about protecting “race,” etc., most of our colleges and looniversities would be banned for spewing out hatred of white people, heterosexual males, and blaming white people for every single problem in the world. The social media do not ban anti-white speech; therefor they are not serious about protecting “race.”

There is a rather large community standard, for instance, shared by most of the human race for most of history, that marriage consists of a man and a woman. Has anyone ever been banned from social media for violating that community standard? This is, moreover, a religious standard: but do the social media ban attacks on that widely-held religious standard? Honk if you’ve ever seen them do so.

The social media aspire to serving some universal “community,” which they seem to want to do by sorting everybody into a multitude of much smaller communities. Are we safe in saying that that aspiration is total humbug? That there really is no such thing as a global community? That free speech, freely practiced, cannot possibly please bloody everybody? That free speech, freely practiced, cannot possibly help but offend somebody, somewhere?

Yeah, I think we’re safe in saying that.

Because the standard to which they aspire is impossible to attain, the social media have nothing left but an ad hoc approach to deciding what speech they will permit. And because we never see “liberal” or “progressive” speech banned or censored, we’re forced to conclude that these media have an intractably left-wing bias.

It would be nice if they controlled it better.


Crawl So They Can Kick You, Part II

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All they want is for your mind to be right.

Are you as sick of this neo-Maoist, “My mind is right, boss!” crap as I am?

Our friend Bob Knight has a column this week in The Washington Times (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/5/public-scapegoating-about-tweets-and-emails-of-yor/) which, among other outrages to sanity and common sense, informs us that the Washington Nationals’ shortstop must meet with Major League Baseball’s “vice president for social responsibility and inclusion.”

See, it has been revealed that this 25-year-old athlete made some enemy-of-the-people tweets when he was a teenager, and now he has to apologize to assorted “communities” of Precious Cherished Minorities and meet with the Lord High Jidrool of Baseball to “determine appropriate sensitivity training.” Sweatbox, lobotomy, self-criticism sessions–whatever floats their boat.

Just once, just once, I wish somebody accused of voicing “hate” umpteen years ago would reply, “To all of you who may have been offended by something I tweeted when I was 17 years old… eat me!”

Once upon a time I was a walking encyclopedia of baseball. How I loved it! But then they merged the leagues, American and National, to kill the competition, adulterated the product, and have now seasoned the already unpalatable mess with heaping spoonfuls of Political Correctness. So I have learned to live without baseball.

One of these days I’d like to live without Political Correctness.


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