Random Quotations – Free Speech – July 8th, 2019

“Having seen Jews attacking free speech so effectively, Muslims and their allies want a slice of the same juicy pie.” – Tobias Langdon, “Free speech must die! Exploring the joint Jewish-Muslim love of censorship” – The Occidental Observer, July 4th, 2019.

“Amazon has taken another step towards political censorship, banning all books by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a psychologist associated by critics with the rise of ‘gay conversion therapy’… In February, the company banned several far-right, white nationalist authors. In March, the company went further, banning Muhammed’s Koran, a book by Islam critics Tommy Robinson and Peter McLoughlin highlighting violent passages in the Islamic text.” – Allum Bokhari, “Amazon bans ‘conversion therapy’ Books” – Breitbart, July 8th, 2019.

“The problem with regulating speech – the reason free speech has been seen for centuries as a fundamental value the state should never tamper with – is that it is impossible to agree 100% on what is fact, what is opinion and what is false. More so, it is dangerous to put mere mortals (such as human rights tribunals) in charge of deciding what can and cannot be said.” – Lorne Gunter, “Ordinary citizens embrace Western values. The elites? Not so much” – Toronto Sun, July 2nd, 2019.

“For example, 62% of Germans are convinced that a politician stating that Islam has too much influence in Germany will expose himself to harsh criticism, but only 22% believe that expressing such a sentiment in private conversations would cause offense. Similarly, the sentiment that ‘too much is being done for refugees in Germany’ is viewed as a risky statement to air in public, but only 31% would consider it a problem to say that in private. There appears, in other words, to be a significant gap between what Germans say in public and what they think.”

And…

“A new survey on self-censorship in Germany has shown that Germans censor their own speech to an astounding degree. Asked whether it is ‘possible to express oneself freely in public; a mere 18% answered yes. By contrast, 59% of Germans said that in their circle of friends and acquaintances they express themselves freely… ‘Nearly two-thirds of citizens are convinced that ‘today one has to be very careful on which topics one expresses oneself’, because there are many unwritten laws about what opinions are acceptable and admissible’ according to the survey, conducted by Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach for the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).” – Judith Bergman, “Germany: A shocking degree of self-censorship” – The Gatestone Institute, July 4th, 2019.