Random Quotations – Free Speech – Dec. 3rd, 2017

Five items in total…

“(Lakehead University law professor Ryan) Alford said the Law Society has not ‘engaged in an open and transparent consultative process with licensees on the issue’ of the statement of principles… ‘The intention of the statement of principles requirement and the supposed underlying obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion is, therefore, to compel the expression of, the adherence to, and the belief in certain values… Compelled expression is alien to Canada’s political traditions and the traditions of all free states,’ he argues in his notice of application.” – Jacques Gallant, “Part of Law Society’s plan to address racism being challenged in court” – Toronto Star, Nov. 7th, 2017.

“A new German law introducing state censorship on social media platforms came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the German state… This state censorship makes free speech subject to the arbitrary decisions of corporate entities that are likely to censor more than absolutely necessary, rather than risk a crushing (up to 50 million euros) fine.” – Judith Bergman, “Germany: Full censorship now official” – Gatestone Institute, Oct. 21st, 2017.

“But of course it wouldn’t have been done to Obama. Because that’s not how the people at these companies roll. Oh, they’ve definitely got a history of clamping down on free speech. But not all forms of it. Just conservative speech… The fact a self-appointed member of the thought police was able to do this to the most prominent voice in the world shows it could happen to anyone. At anytime. It could certainly happen to you.” – Anthony Furey, “If they can take down Trump’s social media, you better believe they can do it to you” – Toronto Sun, Nov. 3rd, 2017.

“My understanding has always been that bad ideas are defeated based on lack of logical, moral, or practical merit. If I were a Laurier student, I would think it pretty pathetic for my professors to consider me incapable of rejecting abhorrent ideas without their necessary hand to guide me… as Shepherd’s recording makes clear, they’re the kind who consider it their obligation to teach students what to think, instead of how to think for themselves.” – Jessica Goddard, “Laurier recording reveals an infantilizing approach to education” – Toronto Sun, Dec. 2nd, 2017.

“Those advocating for social justice on campus see transgender students as the real victims in Shepherd’s situation, and believe that to address past and current injustice and prejudice, society must proactively protect vulnerable groups and individuals from negative attitudes, feelings and actions… Shepherd is guilty of exposing her students to negative ideas… Debate, from the perspective of these social reformers, amounts to hostility and violence toward the marginalized and those who promote such debate are bigots, racists, deniers and worse… The relative handful of faculty who publicly support free speech are now being branded as “transphobic” by those on the other side.” (Emphasis added) – James Wallace, “Lindsay Shepherd lays bare ideological divide on Canadian campuses”  – Toronto Sun, Dec. 2nd, 2017.

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