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Post  polka23dot Wed May 14, 2014 9:32 am

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are just words unless someone is willing to die for them. For a few generations everyone took them for granted. But now in Copenhagen and in Paris and in the twinkling outposts of civilization strewn across a twilit earth, men are dying for them once again. They die unprepared, without understanding that they are civilization’s last line of defense. source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/dgreenfield/heroes-of-freedom-died-in-copenhagen/

A new analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that as of 2011 nearly half of the countries and territories in the world (47%) have laws or policies that penalize blasphemy, apostasy (abandoning one’s faith) or defamation (disparagement or criticism of particular religions or religion in general). Of the 198 countries studied, 32 (16%) have anti-blasphemy laws, 20 (10%) have laws penalizing apostasy and 87 (44%) have laws against the defamation of religion, including hate speech against members of religious groups. (8 European countries have laws penalizing blasphemy.) source: http://www.pewforum.org/2012/11/21/laws-penalizing-blasphemy-apostasy-and-defamation-of-religion-are-widespread/

More than a century after Friedrich Nietzsche urged us to cast aside the standard rules of morality and move Beyond Good and Evil, a college philosophy society named in his honor has been banned for being too nasty. The Nietzsche Club was barred from holding meetings at University College London after a ruling that discussions about right-wing philosophers could encourage fascism and endanger the student body. source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/05/university-college-london-s-nietzsche-club-is-banned.html

Facebook has blocked the popular page of a liberal Pakistani rock band and others that criticise the Taliban at the request of the government, angering activists campaigning against censorship in the Islamic country. Rock band ‘Laal’ (Red) formed in 2007 and are known for their progressive politics. Their Facebook page has more than 400,000 likes, with users frequently joining debates on issues ranging from feminism to the role of the country’s army in politics. But it has been inaccessible to users from inside Pakistan since Wednesday. Other pages like ‘Taalibansarezalimans’ (The Taliban are oppressors) and ‘Pakistani.meem’ which describes itself as pro-democracy and secularism, have similarly been blocked in recent days... According to a page on Facebook that deals with government requests, 162 pieces of content were restricted for viewership inside Pakistan between July to December 2013. “We restricted access in Pakistan to a number of pieces of content primarily reported by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the Ministry of Information Technology under local laws prohibiting blasphemy and criticism of the state,” the page says. source: http://gulfnews.com/news/world/pakistan/facebook-blocks-rock-band-page-at-pakistan-government-s-request-1.1343877

Utah and Iowa criminalize nonviolent protest: www.ted.com/talks/will_potter_the_shocking_move_to_criminalize_non_violent_protest

Ag-gag is a term used for a variety of anti-whistleblower laws in the United States of America. In Utah and Iowa, the recording of undercover videos showing animal cruelty in farming practices is now illegal. source: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-22098224

British censors send more people to jail: http://www.theguardian.com/law/2014/jun/13/jail-someone-for-being-offensive-twitter-facebook

The Heritage Foundation recently reported, “throughout Europe, in Canada, and even in the United States, judicial systems in countries with large Muslim minorities are under pressure to adopt Sharia free speech restrictions. As a result, in many places, including Denmark, it is now a crime to say anything negative about Islam or the prophet Mohammed, regardless of whether such statements are factually true or not. The concept that even offensive speech is protected — so fundamental to the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment — is collapsing.” source: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/06/13/criticizing-islam-becomes-incitement-to-imminent-violence/

The New Newspeak: http://www.amren.com/news/2014/06/the-new-newspeak/

College students in California and three other states filed lawsuits against their campuses Tuesday in what is thought to be the first-ever coordinated legal attack on free speech restrictions in higher education... The "Stand Up for Speech" litigation project is sponsored by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a Philadelphia-based group that promotes free speech and due process rights at colleges and universities. Its aim is to eliminate speech codes and other campus policies that restrict expression. In a report published this year, the foundation found that 58% of 427 major colleges and universities surveyed maintain restrictive speech codes despite what it called a "virtually unbroken string of legal defeats" against them dating to 1989. Even in California - unique in the nation for two state laws that explicitly bar free speech restrictions at both public and private universities - the majority of campuses retain written speech codes, he said. Among 16 California State University campuses surveyed by the group, for instance, 11 were rated "red" for employing at least one policy that "substantially restricts" free speech. source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-free-speech-20140701-story.html

Political correctness triggers dangerous herd-like mentality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBVjbYMG6dE

Freedom of speech does not extend to off-duty Houston city employees. source: http://abc13.com/news/facebook-post-about-islam-sparks-hfd-probe/329871/

Britain's interior minister on Tuesday proposed new powers to bar people with extremist views from appearing on television or publishing on social media, even if they are not breaking any laws. Home Secretary Theresa May told a conference of the governing Conservatives that if re-elected next year, the party will introduce civil powers to disrupt people who "spread poisonous hatred" even within the law. Under the proposal, police could apply for a court order to disrupt "harmful activity" by restricting an individual's movements, preventing them from speaking in public or stopping them publishing articles online. source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/uk-government-plans-curbs-nonviolent-extremism-25856356

British and American cinema-goers will not get to see a hugely popular French comedy because it has been rejected by film distributors who deem it politically incorrect and possibly racist. "Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?" (Serial (Bad) Weddings) tells the tale of two stuffy, white, Catholic parents whose daughters horrify them by marrying men of other religions and ethnic backgrounds. Three are already wed - to an Arab Muslim, a north African Jew, and a Chinese man - and Maman and Papa place all their hope in their youngest daughter, only to discover that she has promised herself to a man from Ivory Coast. The movie has been seen by more than 12 million French but will not make it across the water because, according to the production company behind it, English-speaking audiences "would never allow themselves these days to laugh at blacks, Jews or Asians." "The people [in US and UK distribution companies] we spoke to found it politically incorrect," Sabine Chemaly of TFI International told Le Point magazine. The film got mostly rave reviews in France, with one critic praising it as a "sort of hymn to the melting pot of France, an efficient comedy that uses self-derision to promote multicultural tolerance". The film's message appears to be that even if the French are sometimes a little racist, common sense will prevail and everyone can in the end get along. The director, Philippe de Chauveron, said his film was about "deflating" the prejudices peddled by the anti-immigrant Front National party, whose support has been growing rapidly in France in recent years. But the few reviews that have appeared in the English-language film trade press were negative. source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11158603/-audiences.html

Internet trolls who subject victims to vile abuse are to be jailed for up to two years under a tough U.K. government crackdown. source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798573/

The best way to protect your right to free speech is to exercise it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B5aNfVHwcs

Weimar Germany had hate speech laws protecting the Jews. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, was taken to court several times because of anti-Semitic remarks, and Julius Streicher, editor of the Nazi publication Der Stürmer, was imprisoned twice. These laws weren’t terribly effective — in part because they made minor heroes of Goebbels and Streicher. Every time Streicher’s magazine was taken to court (36 times in about a decade), he garnered media attention. Crowds cheered him; a young Hitler even waited for him outside jail. source: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120519/tyranny-silence-how-one-cartoon-ig nited-global-debate

YouTube terminated the invaluable MEMRITV channel for what it calls “repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and/or claims of copyright infringement...” YouTube Channels of terrorist and hate organizations... are allowed to continue: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/youtube-deletes-memri-tv-channel/2014/12/03/

YouTube reversed itself following its termination of MEMRI TV Channel: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/memri-is-back-on-youtube/2014/12/04/

Britain First tried to hold its annual Conference at a venue in Kent today but had our meeting closed down by the police who threatened our activists with arrest! First they deliberately cut the power in our Conference room (that we paid for and signed a contract for) and then they ordered us to disband the meeting or else... This is the latest in a long catalogue of direct sabotage of our activities by Kent police who seem to think they can choose and pick who is allowed to enjoy democratic freedom of speech. source: https://www.facebook.com/britainfirstgb

Freedom of speech is the ability to confront ideas with opposing ideas in order that the pro and the con of the dispute will lead to true ideas. But the dispute must not be treated as a trial of strength. It must be a means of elucidation. And it is this "means of elucidation" that infuriates the left as well as spokesmen for terrorist groups. They will harangue, scream, berate, shout, bellow, and yell – in an effort to drown out any meaningful discussion... How is it possible (U.S. Ninth Circuit Court ruling) that students can't wear American flag T-shirts because they may offend Mexican students celebrating Cinco de Mayo? How is it conceivable that no matter the facts of the Ferguson situation, Obama, Holder, and Sharpton continue the false assertions that result in violence, destruction, and fear?... As the government whittles away freedoms, the people become exhausted and dejected and eventually surrender because it is just easier than speaking up. To wit, at a college where I teach, the internet security policy has now restricted access to the site "Religion of Peace." Under the category of "Hate/Racism," "access to this site is blocked according to the organization's security policy..." The site is a valuable resource of articles from national and international sources... that covers a wealth of information on Islam... The site is a forum that seeks the free expression of ideas. Nonetheless, a school of higher learning will not permit its students or faculty access to it... The truth can be found only when the human mind is capable of receiving it... Hateful, blasphemous, prejudiced, vulgar, rude, or ignorant remarks are the music of a free society, and the relentless patter of idiots is how we know we're in one. source: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/12/the_reason_for_free_speech.html

The best way to protect your right to free speech is to exercise it:

Weimar Germany had hate speech laws protecting the Jews. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, was taken to court several times because of anti-Semitic remarks, and Julius Streicher, editor of the Nazi publication Der Stürmer, was imprisoned twice. These laws weren’t terribly effective — in part because they made minor heroes of Goebbels and Streicher. Every time Streicher’s magazine was taken to court (36 times in about a decade), he garnered media attention. Crowds cheered him; a young Hitler even waited for him outside jail. source: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120519/tyranny-silence-how-one-cartoon-ig nited-global-debate

Free speech? Not at four in five UK universities. source: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/02/free-speech-universities-spiked-ban-sombreros

The social media giant, Facebook, is currently censoring certain postings and comments by members in countries that object to certain content, the latest being Turkey. A Turkish high court ruled that members' posts and comments on insult the Prophet Muhammad and are offensive to followers of Islam, according to news reports on Monday. The Turkish court ruled that the owners and administers of Facebook and its advertisers must conduct their social media website in compliance with the court's determination or Facebook will be banned in Turkey as it already is in other Muslim nations such as Pakistan. The Turkish court announced its decision on Sunday night, said the reports. "A person with knowledge of the matter confirmed that Facebook blocked content in Turkey following a valid legal request. That content remains visible, however, outside the country," according to the New York Times. Facebook claims that it already removed 1,893 Facebook entries in Turkey. According to the company's spokesperson, the majority of complaints about unlawful content comes from Turkish law enforcement and the so-called Information and Communications Technologies Department. They said Turkish law covers a wide range of illegal activity including defamation of the country's president. While civil rights and human rights groups are calling on Facebook executives to fight back against this obvious government repression on free speech and expression, the social media website appears to be following Turkey's Internet regulations. source: http://www.examiner.com/article/facebook-admits-censoring-posts-and-comments-about-political-corruption

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Jared Taylor talks about Charlie Hebdo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9biDwiKBhw

Paul Weston talks about Charlie Hebdo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5fj23Obk48

Most U.S. colleges violate students’ free speech rights: http://www.thefire.org/new-report-u-s-colleges-violate-students-free-speech-rights/

After political correctness burst onto the academic scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s, it went into a long remission. Now it has returned. Some of its expressions have a familiar tint, like the protesting of even mildly controversial speakers on college campuses. You may remember when 6,000 people at the University of California–Berkeley signed a petition last year to stop a commencement address by Bill Maher, who has criticized Islam (along with nearly all the other major world religions). Or when protesters at Smith College demanded the cancellation of a commencement address by Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, blaming the organization for “imperialist and patriarchal systems that oppress and abuse women worldwide.” Also last year, Rutgers protesters scared away Condoleezza Rice; others at Brandeis blocked Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s-rights champion who is also a staunch critic of Islam; and those at Haverford successfully protested ¬former Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau, who was disqualified by an episode in which the school’s police used force against Occupy protesters... Political correctness is a style of politics in which the more radical members of the left attempt to regulate political discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate. Two decades ago, the only communities where the left could exert such hegemonic control lay within academia, which gave it an influence on intellectual life far out of proportion to its numeric size. Today’s political correctness flourishes most consequentially on social media, where it enjoys a frisson of cool and vast new cultural reach. And since social media is also now the milieu that hosts most political debate, the new p.c. has attained an influence over mainstream journalism and commentary beyond that of the old... political correctness is not a rigorous commitment to social equality so much as a system of left-wing ideological repression. Not only is it not a form of liberalism; it is antithetical to liberalism. Indeed, its most frequent victims turn out to be liberals themselves. source: nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/not-a-very-pc-thing-to-say.html

Years ago, Molly Norris challenged the civilized world to defy Islamic threats with "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day." Her view held that if threats created more blasphemers than they frightened away, then the threats would lose all power. She was right, but no one was willing to share the risk with her. As a consequence, Norris now lives in hiding with a new identity. She's now protected by men with guns, because a free people were too cowardly to defend her with pens. Neither pens nor swords are terribly intimidating in the hands of cowards... Charlie Hebdo was targeted because the rest of the world would not share the risk of standing up for freedom of expression. That left Charlie Hebdo as the only target. Even now, with few exceptions, most prefer to leave defiance to others. Journalists rebranded their cowardice "sensitivity," claiming that they would never publish anything that would insult another's faith. The Associated Press made that argument even as its website offered for sale glossy photographs of "Piss Christ," a "work of art" that consisted of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine... We no longer have the courage to defend Western civilization. Our president refuses to even call the threat by name... When asked how Obama would respond to Islamic terrorism in Paris, Press Secretary Josh Earnest replied that the administration would redouble its efforts to "explain what the tenets of Islam actually are." Oh sure, radical Islamofascists will listen to our infidel president rather than their own imams. source: http://lmtribune.com/opinion/media-s-sin-is-not-religious-insensitivity-it-s-cowardice/article_5203f3d2-4932-5370-b5d2-2c2d1564bdb2.html

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