Random Quotations – Free Speech – June 23rd, 2019

Seven items in total…

“The newest wrinkle comes under the category of Lawfare. It consists of hate crime laws that are directed against anyone criticizing Jews and, increasingly, Israel. In fact, any criticism of Israel is frequently being seen as a criminal offense, a trend that is also evident in the United States at the national, state and local levels, where Jewish groups have also been quick off the mark in claiming that anti-Semitism is surging. Freedom of speech in the western world has been diminished as a result.” – Philip Giraldi, “Recruiting American spies for Israel: Tax-exempt American foundations lay the groundwork” – The Unz Review, June 18th, 2019.

“The free speech argument in defence of white nationalism is going to result in serious community injury.” – Matthew Green (Black), NDP candidate in Hamilton, quoted by Adam Carter in “Hateful protest at Hamilton Pride event condemned” – CBC News, June 15th, 2019.

“Censoring free thought and expression is a problem when countries like Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia do it to their own people. But it is even worse to allow them to impose their will beyond their borders. Social media platforms should stand by the principles of liberty that have allowed them to thrive. Yielding to Islamist censorship is disappointing and dangerous.” – John Rossomando, “Pakistan presses U.N. to crack down on anti-Islamic speech” – The Investigative Project on Terrorism, June 21st, 2019.

“In March, former minister Suella Braverman was criticised by The Board of Deputies of British Jews for saying in a speech: ‘As Conservatives, we are engaged in a battle against cultural Marxism’… She subsequently met with the Board of Deputies to discuss her use of the phrase, with the organisation saying afterwards it had been a productive meeting and she ‘did not intentionally use anti-semitic language’ and was ‘clearly a good friend of the Jewish community’.” – Chris Burn, “Outrage as Yorkshire vicar calls LGBTI lessons state-sponsored child abuse” – Yorkshire Post, June 9th, 2019.

“Another… example of such fawning submission can be seen in the parliamentary ‘expungement’ of MP Cooper’s remarks during House of Commons Justice Committee proceedings. He had the temerity to challenge a witness’ linkage of ‘conservatism’ with ‘extremist violence’ by quoting the ‘Christchurch Manifesto’… By virtue of the House’s own procedures and practices, Member statements in such debates can only be edited or altered to correct a ‘misstatement on the part of the Member’. This was not the case in this instance as MP Cooper’s statements were true and known to be so. It appears that Motion M-103’s stated objective of ‘quelling’ Islamophobia has penetrated into the heart of Canadian democracy.” – C3RF member update (email) – June14th, 2019.

“Facebook may also categorize you as a hate agent if you self-identify with or advocate for a ‘Designated Hateful Ideology,’ if you associate with a ‘Designated Hate Entity’ (one of the examples cited by Facebook as a ‘hate entity’ includes Islam critic Tommy Robinson), or if you have ‘tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans.’ (The document cites no examples of these, but the media and ‘anti-racism’ advocacy groups increasingly label innocuous items as ‘hate symbols,’ including a cartoon frog and the ‘OK’ hand sign)… Facebook will also categorize you as a hate agent for possession of ‘hate paraphernalia,’ although the document provides no examples of what falls into this category.” – Allum Bokhari, “Exclusive: Facebook’s process to label you a ‘hate agent’ revealed” – Breitbart, June 13th, 23019.

“Facebook may also categorize you as a hate agent if you self-identify with or advocate for a ‘Designated Hateful Ideology,’ if you associate with a ‘Designated Hate Entity’ (one of the examples cited by Facebook as a ‘hate entity’ includes Islam critic Tommy Robinson), or if you have ‘tattoos of hate symbols or hate slogans’… (The document cites no examples of these, but the media and ‘anti-racism’ advocacy groups increasingly label innocuous items as ‘hate symbols,’ including a cartoon frog and the ‘OK’ hand sign)… Facebook will also categorize you as a hate agent for possession of ‘hate paraphernalia,’ although the document provides no examples of what falls into this category.” – Bradford Hanson, “Facebook spies on your offline life to decide if you’re a hate agent” – National Vanguard, June 21st, 2019.