Random Quotations – Free Speech – April 8th, 2018

Six items in total…

“The earlier section of the Met’s hate crime definition might also seem alarming, insisting that people only need to ‘believe’ a crime is motivated by hate for it to be recorded as such; however, this is a common definition used by police tracing back to recommendations of the 1999 MacPherson inquiry… The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed last year that a ‘hate incident’ only needs to be ‘perceived’ with ‘no evidence needed’, and many UK forces include ‘dislike’ and ‘unfriendliness’ as evidence of a hate crime…” – Liam Deacon, “London police edit ‘thought crime’ threat after ridicule online” – Breitbart, March 20th, 2018.

“It’s not just the right of the person who speaks to be heard, it is the right of everyone in the audience to listen.” – The late contrarian Christopher Hitchens, quoted by James Black – “In 12 years, free speech on our campuses has gone from routine to besieged” – National Post, April 6th, 2018.

“Those attacking Israeli government policies can be found guilty of antisemitism, which is now considered a hate crime in Britain. Under the new law, passed in December 2016, Britain became one of the first countries to use the definition of antisemitism agreed upon earlier in the year at a conference of the Berlin-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)… It is important for Americans to realize that Israel… is also attempting to dictate what we the people can and cannot say. And Congress and much of the media are fully on board. This is absolutely insufferable and must be stopped.” – Philip Giraldi, “Boycotting Israel is the right thing to do” – Unz Review, Feb. 13th, 2018.

“Twitter currently uses the Anti-Defamation League [ADL] to provide ‘guidelines’ on who should be censored… The ADL has a long history of trying to censor the Internet. For years they have distributed ‘hate’ filters to censor conservative internet websites. The filters block non-violent mainstream conservative websites while ignoring black nationalist and Marxist websites that actually promote violence.” – Logan Crow, “American Renaissance files lawsuit against Twitter” – Occidental Dissent, Feb. 21st, 2018.

“No big deal, you understand: you can continue to hold whatever beliefs you like about abortion, the government told faith groups. You just have to sign a document pretending you don’t… Even if abortion were defined in law as a right, the oddity of upholding that right by trampling others’ rights – to conscience, to speech – has been widely observed: it is not against the law to oppose a law. Indeed, the attestation requirement is almost certainly unconstitutional.” – Andrew Coyne, “Liberals’ effort to blackmail churches over abortion opposition backfires” – National Post, March 26th, 2018.

“In a free country, you can argue that gay sex is sinful, or that gay sex is normal, natural and good… But a society can no longer be called free once the state attaches penalties, or withholds benefits, for speaking out one’s moral or philosophical beliefs, or for practising them peacefully with others in voluntary communities of like-minded citizens.” -and- “This being a Canadian university in 2018… the thought of inviting speakers with opposing views did not cross anyone’s mind.” – John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, quoted by Christie Blatchford in “Living in a country where you daren’t be anything but gay friendly” – National Post, April 4th, 2018. (Excellent article – you can read it here.)

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