Mark Steyn on Free Speech

As parliament looks to remove the right to silence it is perhaps appropriate to also look at the flip side to the right to silence, that is the right to free speech. Mark Steyn comments in the Australian.

Restrictions on freedom of speech undermine the foundations of justice, including the bedrock principle: equality before the law. When it comes to free expression, Britain, Canada, Australia, and Europe are ever less lands of laws and instead lands of men-and women, straights and gays, Muslims and infidels-whose rights before the law vary according to which combination of these various identity groups they belong to…

As John Milton wrote in his Areopagitica of 1644, “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”

Or as an ordinary Canadian citizen said to me, after I testified in defense of free speech to the Ontario parliament at Queen’s Park, “Give me the right to free speech, and I will use it to claim all my other rights.”

Conversely, if you let them take your right to free speech, how are you going to stop them from taking all the others?


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  • thor42

    “Free speech” is in great danger in Europe and the UK, actually. For a start, there was the well-known case of Geert Wilders, the Dutch MP who was hauled into court for doing **nothing more** than telling the ugly truth about Islam.
    Fortunately, he was acquitted, but another person – Elizabeth Sabbaditsch-Wolff – was not so lucky. She did exactly the same thing, and she was convicted (in a court in Austria).
    So, you can see that the situation in Europe is so PC-infested that the TRUTH no longer matters. If you speak up on an issue and the powers-that-be deem it to “possibly cause offense” to someone, then you can be dragged into court. We’ve seen it happen.
    It is almost as bad in the UK too. There, Muslims can do what they bloody-well like, while those who protest against Islam are the ones who are picked on, without exception.
    Finally, there was the UN (a useless bloody outfit if ever there was one) who passed a resolution against what they euphemistically called “the defamation of religion”. Again, never mind the truth – cults (oops, sorry – “religions”) – must be protected.
    Here is the relevant website on that resolution –

    Have a look at the list of “in favour” and “against” countries – that says it all –
    In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

    Against: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu.

  • Radams1515

    whaling… what the hell is going on with the world ! who do they think they are… and when i say (they) we all know who im taliking about! i would love to get a harpoon and see how they like it! i seriously think if the countries that do this and think it is ok have no regard for life… just imagine if they had controll of the world i hounestly think they would eat till there deaths… or to the point of cannibalism. what does this remind you of ………animals !