Free Speech

Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:00 Editorial Dept - Free Speech
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...While Simultaneously Boasting Advocacy of Free Speech.

So anyway, the thing that I come to — I used this phrase on TV the other day— the rise of the “but brigade.” I got so sick of the goddamn but brigade.  And now the moment somebody says ‘Yes I believe in free speech, but,” I stop listening.  “I believe in free speech, but people should behave themselves.” “I believe in free speech, but we shouldn’t upset anybody.” “I believe in free speech, but let’s not go too far.” — Salman Rushdie, regarding the Charlie Hebdo massacre

Free speech does not mean inoffensive speech.  It means all speech, left-wing and right-wing and in-the-fuck-between… with, of course, the exception of speech that calls for violence and that violence is LIKELY to occur due to it.  Heavy constant indoctrination, however, is creating a populace that tends to disagree with legality.

Rare it was for me to engage in a free-speech fight with a free-speech advocate.  Usually, the response was either very brief, as with PEN America Executive Director Susan Nossel and National Coalition Against Censorship Executive Director Joan Bertin, or simply non existent, as with PEN New England Executive Director Karen Wulf and New England First Amendent Center Executive Director Rosanna Cavanagh.  When such free-speech organizations are challenged, oddly they usually prefer not to respond.  After all, how can one challenge organizations devoted to free speech?  Well, quite simply, one can and should when those organizations behave hypocritically and have become politicized and/or prove incapable of accepting outside criticism (i.e., free speech). 

 
Thursday, 08 January 2015 20:10 G. Tod Slone Editorial Dept - Free Speech
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C'est peut-être un peu pompeux ce que je vais dire, mais je préfère mourir debout que vivre à genoux.  (Translated:“What I am going to say is perhaps a little pompous, but I prefer to die standing up than to live on my knees.”) - Stéphane Charbonnier, aka Charb, executed cartoonist and editor of Charlie Hebdo

The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam. - Obama
 
Sadly, Obama’s wishful anti-free speech statement materialized into a reality for the ten murdered Parisian cartoonist journalists of Charlie Hebdo.  Obama and Hillary, we should not forget, tried to dilute the First Amendment in a concerted effort with the Muslim Brotherhood to establish anti-blasphemy laws (the Istanbul Process) in accord with Islam’s Sharia Law.  They worked again against freedom of speech, blaming their own Benghazi failures on… freedom of speech, when they tried to get YouTube to remove the Innocence of Muslims.  Hillary announced she would pursue the director, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, have him arrested and incarcerated.  And that is what eventually happened.  Will she be our next pro-Islam, freedom-of-speech scorning president?
 
 
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00 Alan Caruba Editorial Dept - Free Speech
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We have been witnessing a growing assault on free speech in America by the Left and too often it is succeeding.

The demand by members of the Rutgers University faculty that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice be disinvited to be the commencement speaker is the latest example and her decision to withdraw, while graceful, was a victory for the Left, the liberals for whom free speech exists only if it agrees with their posturing about equality, diversity, and all forms of “justice” as defined only by them.

Our universities are showing ugly signs of censoring the speech of those they invited to give a speech! Brandeis University recently withdrew its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a human rights campaigner, because of her criticisms of Islam. In response, she said of the slur on her reputation that, “More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles.” 


The forced resignation of the co-founder and CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, because, years before, he had made a donation to the California campaign to support traditional marriage is another example. The Left has led the effort to redefine this ancient institution of the union between a man and a woman while supporting the demands of the nation’s gay and lesbian community.
 
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:18 Basil Venitis Editorial Dept - Free Speech
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Avaaz points out that right now the US Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web, and they're hoping the world won't notice. Netizens helped stop their Net attack last time, let's do it again.

On October 18, 2010, the Greek government stole my computer and my life at gunpoint. Mr. Papademos, bring my computer back! Enough is enough! Needless to say, I also demand my life back. Greece, the bully of blogosphere, has crossed the Rubicon against civility, terrorizing and robbing dissident bloggers.

Giving ACTA, CISPA, SOPA, AND PIPA to blogbusters is giving gin to alcoholics! Blogbusters galore! Freak! Freak! Freak! The freakish government of Greece, the most corrupt country in Occident, steals computers! Robbing dissident bloggers and locking them in jail is a freakish behavior that does not belong to the European Union, not even to this galaxy! No wonder some vain Greeks boast they come from Andromeda galaxy!
 
Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00 Jennett Meriden Russell Editorial Dept - Free Speech
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Monday, 07 February 2011 00:00 Reporters Without Borders Editorial Dept - Free Speech
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Military police reportedly detained Abdul Kareem Suleiman Amer, the blogger better known as Kareem Amer, together with the film-maker Samir Eshra on Cairo’s Kasr El-Nil bridge yesterday evening as they were leaving Tahrir Square. Reporters Without Borders calls for their immediate release.

“Kareem Amer owes his prominence to his virulent criticism of the regime,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We fear the authorities will use this opportunity to send him back to prison for a long time.”

Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about the possibility of reprisals against local journalists, bloggers and fixers as the international media gradually leave Egypt. It appeals for the utmost vigilance and reminds the authorities that they have a duty to guarantee the safety of all the media personnel trying to cover events in Egypt.

Asma Mahfouz, a blogger who urged Egyptians to take to the streets on 25 January, told the BBC on 5 February that she had received many phone calls from Mubarak supporters threatening to kill her and her family.
 

 

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