Random Quotations – Free Speech – August 9th, 2019

Eight items in total…

“The court, which is an arm of government, has told the father what he must call his own child, in conversations with the child and even in conversations with third parties… Compelled speech violates free expression as protected by section 2(b) of the Charter, and has been described by the Supreme Court of Canada as ‘totalitarian, and as such alien to the tradition of free nations like Canada’… In addition to protecting every person’s freedom to speak, hear and listen, the Charter also protects the right not to be compelled by the government (including the courts) to utter words which are not one’s own.” – John Carpay, “B.C. court ruling against father in child hormone treatment case sets dangerous precedent” – The Post Millennial, August 6th, 2019.

“According to Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Canada has fallen to 18th in the world in terms of media freedom, well below Jamaica and even Costa Rica. We were 8th in the world in 2013. Such a decline in integrity signifies a major shift in our government’s position on freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and their overall approach to, and growing acceptance of, censorship.” – Dylan Gibbons, “Media freedom under Trudeau’s Liberals is worse than ever” – The Post Millennial, July 24th, 2019.

“The Constitution…protects even deeply offensive and hateful beliefs,’ Justice Leondra R. Kruger of the state supreme court said in the 76-page judgment, posted online by the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper… Kruger, who wrote the decision for the court, said the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protecting free speech does not permit the prosecution to ask a jury to return a particular verdict because a defendant holds offensive beliefs.” – Reuters,
“Death penalty for California white supremacist overturned” – Toronto Sun, July 26th, 2019.

“In early July, France’s National Assembly adopted a draft bill designed to curtail online hate speech. The draft bill gives social media platforms 24 hours to remove ‘hateful content’ or risk fines of up to 4% percent of their global revenue. The bill has gone to the French Senate and could become law after parliament’s summer recess. If it does, France will be the second country in Europe after Germany to pass a law that directly makes a social media company censor its users on behalf of the state.” – Judith Bergman, “Killing free speech in France, Germany and on the internet” – Gatestone Institute, August 8th, 2019.

“Critics frequently denounce those they dislike with terms like ‘hate speech’ and ‘hate groups’ . These weaponized words are a lot of noise without substance. ‘Wilfully promoting hate’ against certain groups is a criminal offence in Canada…. To my knowledge, none of the participants on various sides of these protests has ever been charged with or convicted of hate. The accusation of ‘hate’ usually tells us more about the accuser’s emotions than the words criticized. ‘Hate speech’ means speech the accuser hates.” – Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, in a letter sent to the Stoney Creek News on July 22nd, 2019.

“Miss World America’s State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive… They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and ‘insensitive’ statistical tweets… There is a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus. So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?” – Kathy Zhu, quoted by Alana Mastrangelo in “Conservative student Kathy Zhu stripped of ‘Miss Michigan’ title for ‘offensive’ social media posts” – Breitbart, July 20th, 2019.

“For hours, as millions of Americans searched Google for information about Tulsi, and as Tulsi was trying, through Google, to speak to them, her Google Ads account was arbitrarily and forcibly taken offline. Throughout this period, the Campaign worked frantically to gather more information about the suspension; to get through to someone at Google who could get the Account back online; and to understand and remedy the restraint that had been placed on Tulsi’s speech – at precisely the moment when everyone wanted to hear from her.” – Extract from Tulsi Gabbard’s legal complaint against Google, quoted by Allum Bokhari in “Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for censorship of ads” – Breitbart, July 25th, 2019.

“The story spread far and wide, receiving coverage and attention from prominent figures such as Tim Pool, Ben Shapiro, Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump Jr., Ricky Gervais, and Jordan Peterson. The story was covered by mainstream media outlets throughout the world… Shepherd believes that the media attention and signal-boosting by celebrities helped to bring attention to the social media platform’s unfair treatment of her: ‘I believe the main reason I got my account back was because a lot of people, some with big platforms, spoke out and brought attention to this, so I thank them’.” – Barrett Wilson, “Breaking: Twitter reverses ban of Lindsay Shepherd after international outrage” – The Post Millennial, July 27th, 2019.