Random Quotations – Free Speech – June 8th, 2019

Six items in total…

“Our work against organized hate is ongoing, and we will continue to review individuals, Pages, groups and content against our Community Standards.” – BuzzFeed News, “Facebook will ban Faith Goldy and Canadian White Nationalist groups in its latest crackdown” – April 8th, 2019.

“If you censor speech, you break faith with Canadians because you say we are not to be trusted with dangerous ideas and your job is to save us from ourselves. In which case it is impossible to understand why we should be trusted with ballots.” – John Robson, “Censoring free speech breaks faith with Canadians. Don’t go there” – National Post, June 4th, 2019.

“President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was ‘monitoring and watching, closely!!’… Trump, who tweeted and re-tweeted complaints Friday and Saturday, said he would ‘monitor the censorship of American speech on social media platforms.’ He has previously asserted that social media companies exhibit bias against conservatives, something the companies have rejected as untrue.” – Assoc. Press, “Freedom of speech! Trump lashes out at social media companies after Facebook bans dangerous individuals” – Toronto Sun, May 4th, 2019.

“It is wrongheaded in the extreme to give a bunch of self-righteous, politically correct bureaucrats and academic grandees the authority to define what constitutes hateful speech, then determine whether someone is guilty of it… Consider that from the time the CHRC was given the power to go after hate speech (1977) until it overstepped its bounds and charged several journalists for complaining about Muslim extremism (2006-09), the CHRC had a 100% conviction rate… Every person who was ever dragged before one of its kangaroo courts was found guilty.” – Lorne Gunter, “ Why Canada’s hate speech provisions were wrong then and still wrong now” – Toronto Sun, June 4th, 2019.

“On May 31, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that prohibits anti-Semitism in public schools and universities throughout the state. However, the legislation also equates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, effectively censoring the advocacy of Palestinian rights… Two days before DeSantis officially signed HB 741 into law in Florida, he carried out a symbolic signing during a ceremonial state cabinet meeting in Israel. The session featured a variety of Israeli speakers and culminated with Florida lawmakers issuing a declaration of support for the country.” – Michael Arria, “Florida’s Governor just signed a bill that will censor criticism of Israel throughout the state’s public schools” – Mondoweiss, June 6th, 2019.

“Hungarian leader Viktor Orban and Canada’s Dr. Jordan Peterson met last week and ‘slammed Illegal Immigration as well as the ideological premise of ‘political correctness which in their view ‘make sensible public discussions virtually impossible’… Peterson also said that Islam is not compatible with democracy and the issue is not ‘allowed to be discussed’, a message which has been repeatedly expressed by Jihad Watch… His latest defense of free speech couldn’t have come at a better time. News emerged in Canada this week that opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer threw Tory MP Michael Cooper out of a House of Commons ‘Justice and Human Rights’ committee hearing – examining online hate – after Cooper’s confrontation with a Muslim witness.” – Christine Douglass-Williams, “Professor Jordan Peterson declares “Islam is not compatible with democracy” amid Canada’s battle for free speech” – Jihad Watch, June 5th, 2019.