Long established as the most obnoxious pack of leftids in the Western Hemisphere, the Southern Poverty Lie–er, Law–Center passionately lusts for control over other people’s lives and thoughts. But that’s what leftists do.
France has a new law aimed at ridding the Internet of “hate speech.” The law makes search engines and social networks–again, mostly American-owned–responsible for removing any kind of “hate speech” that anyone in France posts on the Internet.
Private companies will have just 24 hours to delete “hateful” comments or video, and one hour to delete “terrorist content.” Failure to do so will be punished with extremely high fines.
So what is all this “hate speech”? It’s any speech “inciting or glorifying terrorism, hate, violence or racist or religious abuse.” The actual definition is, shall we say, murky.
So you’re French and you post something about, say, adultery being a sin–which of course it is–and some American company, say, Twitter, decides unilaterally that your comment is “hateful” and takes action against you. Can you appeal it? Lots of luck with that! And the fines are so high, private companies are going to have to develop quick trigger fingers–they won’t want to cough up 4% of their yearly earnings.
What if you say “Such-and-such is a false religion”? Richard Dawkins et al say that about Christianity every day. Will they be silenced? Dream on. What if you say “White people are to blame for everything that’s wrong, and they should be dealt with harshly”? American college professors say that every day. Will they be censored? Don’t hold your breath waiting for that.
But say a discouraging word about “transgender” wackos and see what happens. Only the Left’s Cherished Minorities actually get cherished. The rest of us are always fair game.
These American companies habitually censor conservatives while giving assorted leftids a total free pass. They won’t mind censoring French conservatives, too. And wherever “hate” gets morphed into “social justice,” there won’t be any censorship.
Despite their historical flirtation with “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” France has an awful lot to learn about free speech. They never have quite mastered it.
Sometimes, explains a Twitter executive, “when things get heated, you may say things you don’t mean.” Uh-huh. “We’re trying to encourage people to rethink their behavior.”
Who do these people think they are? Do they have any idea, any dim little ghost of an idea, what pompous self-important schmendricks they are? What little tinpot fascists they are? They’re gonna save us from ourselves, by cracky!
No! Go away! Out, damned spot!
We need saving from those pinheads who want to save us.
All over the world, governments are hunting down freedom and trying to push it into extinction. Free speech is the law of the land in America: but just see how long it survives if we ever get another Democrat president and senate. Heck, they’ve already killed it on our college campuses.
The Council of Chief Diversity Officers (“Say it ain’t so. Joe!” “I’m afraid it is, kid”) for the University of California has issued a “guidance document” to tell students and staff how to talk about the Chinese Wuhan Communist Death Virus–
Oops. I wasn’t allowed to say that, was I?
Students and staff are forbidden to say “Chinese virus” and enjoined, “Do not allow”–allow? allow?–others to say it, either (http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3830546/posts). All are directed to be “supportive of a positive and inclusive campus climate during the COVID-19 crisis.” ‘Cause everything’s got to be inclusive, don’t you know.
No criticizing Red China, either. Well, the Chicoms have invested heavily in our colleges and looniversities. No biting the hand that feeds you. Even if it feeds you virus.
Oh! And staff and students are warned to steer clear of “racism, sexism, xenophobia and all hateful or intolerant speech.” You can still say “All heterosexual white males should die.”
Really! How does anybody with an ounce of self-respect manage to live in such an environment? College used to be for expanding your mind. Now it’s for shrinking it. Sort of like that vanishing white dot on your black TV screen when your power gets cut off. How can anybody with an ounce of pride consent to be lorded over by such a pack of babbling nitwits?
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A “free speech zone” is a tiny piece of the campus where they allow some semblance of free speech, while restricting it everywhere else.
Opposed to the bell was [trumpet fanfare]… the American Assn. of University Professors. Speech has just got to be restricted at a university, these vegetables–oops, sorry, I mean “intellectuals”–argued… because allowing a “controversial” speaker to speak–they mean a speaker who’s not a leftid–might cause “massive disruptions” that kan’t be kontrolled by the kampus kops.
Gee. Doesn’t that give Far Left Crazy total veto power over who’s allowed to speak? All they have to do is threaten a disruption, and the speaker’s not allowed.
Let the record show that the American Assn. of University Professors is opposed to free speech on campus.
Dudes! Under the Constitution–you know: the law of the land–there’s only one free speech zone in America. It runs from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from Canada to Mexico.
Defund the colleges and universities. They don’t deserve public money, and they certainly don’t earn it.
Cal State refused a request by the pro-life students for $500 to pay a speaker’s travel expenses–while at the same time forking over some $300,000 to assorted “gay” student groups. Because all students have to pay the fees which are the source of these funds, the judge ruled that the looniversity had discriminated against the pro-life students while favoring the Far Left student groups–which was tantamount, said the judge, to “compelled speech.”
Which is to say, they can’t force conservatives to pay for left-wing speakers and left-wing events while withholding the same funds from conservative speakers. All student groups ought to get their share, regardless of their politics–because the fees are paid by all.
Gee. All it took for that to happen was a thumping great lawsuit, three years of legal wrangling, and a judge’s ruling. Is that what conservative students have to do, every time they want a speaker?
Let’s not kid ourselves. The universities’ primary concern is to promote Far Left ideology at the expense of everybody else, and to turn out a steady stream of brainwashed young leftids. Fundamentally transforming America, don’t you know–into the People’s Republic of Northern Venezuela.
It’s long past time to cut them off from public money.
The words actually used here are “threats and harassment of certain officials,” and, particularly, “harassment by computer.” The terms “threats” and “harassment” are left completely undefined.
If you should post a remark on a blog to the effect that “Gov. Northam is a baby-killing cannibal,” this bill would give the Richmond police the authority to swoop down on you no matter where you are in the state, and arrest you.
Specifically exempted from criticism, unflattering comments in the social media, or loud raspberries would be the governor, governor-elect, lieutenant governor, lieutenant governor-elect, attorney general, attorney general-elect, a member or employee [?] of the General Assembly, a justice of the state supreme court, or a judge of the court of appeals.
That pretty much covers it, don’tcha think?
Does any Democrat acknowledge any fragment of the Bill of Rights? That this bill is riotously, flagrantly, boisterously, uproariously unconstitutional seems to have occurred to none of them.