Freedom of Speech

Dompost opposes hate speech legislation

There is nothing more pernicious than hate speech legislation.

In Australia it has been used to try to silence bloggers, radio hosts and media. In Europe, it is used to silence critics of immigration. In almost all cases it is used by Muslims to silence critics of Islam.

It must be opposed being introduced in New Zealand.

The call for hate-crimes legislation is understandable and even laudable. In an age of mounting xenophobia, those who preach hatred of other races or religions no longer seem a minor or fringe element. Some of the worst xenophobes now hold power in countries which used to preach tolerance and diversity.

I am not xenophobic. New Zealand needs immigration and I welcome immigrants. There are provisos, though, I believe immigrants to NZ should FIFO. They definitely should be compatible with our western liberal ideals…and not some stone age death cult.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush wants to see if there is a case for hate-crimes legislation in New Zealand, and is prompted by a horrible incident in Huntly, fortunately filmed by the Muslim woman who was the primary victim. The sight of a woman threatening and abusing a Muslim woman sitting quietly in her car is shocking and dreadful.

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What happens when you create “Hate Speech” laws inside a country?

First they came for the cartoonists whose style and politics were different than mine…and I said nothing. You know the rest.

Hate speech has become a hot topic and in a pattern that has been repeated over and over again, in Western country after Western country those behind the push to criminalise people’s words are Muslim activists enabled by the media and authoritarian, left-wingers who support State control of everything. It is only to be expected that they would want to control our words as well as our lightbulbs.

Our laws for abuse are already adequate and just need to be enforced. In the recent Huntly incident even though there was no evidence of racial or religious abuse the young extremely drunk woman pleaded guilty to insulting and assaulting another woman and was punished for her crime. That should have been the end of it but because the victim of her abuse was a media savvy PR person it is being used as a lever to try to change our laws.

This is something that we must resist with every bone in our bodies as when laws have been changed to criminalise people’s speech overseas it has had a ” chilling” effect on free speech and has been used to silence and bully people with opinions that others do not agree with. So far the National government are resisting calls to legislate against ” hate speech” but in the past, they have caved when the media and activists have made a big enough noise so as voters we need to send them a strong message to stand firm on this issue.

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Dilbert founder Scott Adams tells UC Berkeley he’s done with them

The Blaze reports:

Scott Adams, creator the famed “Dilbert” comic strip, has been capturing attention over the last year or so with his observations about President Donald Trump and the public’s reaction to him.

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[I]n the wake of the riots at the University of California, Berkeley, over an appearance by alt-right firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos, Adams’ gloves appear to be completely off.

Adams said he’s ending his support of Berkeley, where he received an MBA years ago. “I have been a big supporter lately, with both my time and money, but that ends today,” he wrote in his blog post last Friday. “I wish them well, but I wouldn’t feel safe or welcome on the campus. A Berkeley professor made that clear to me recently. He seems smart, so I’ll take his word for it.”   Read more »

Trotter on the latest left-wing fad of silencing those they disagree with

It looks like having a good dose of the same sort of stuff I suffer every day from the left-wing has caused a bit of an epiphany with Chris Trotter.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION has long been regarded as the cornerstone of liberty. Indeed, without the ability to speak our minds freely the whole notion of liberty begins to unravel. Freedom of expression is vital in at least one other respect – it helps us to arrive at and recognise the truth. This is important because, as many philosophers and religious leaders have observed, it is the truth that sets us free.

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Guest Post: So you want the freedom to be a racist?

Guest Post: Lushington D. Brady

Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. After working as a freelance music journalist, auto worker, railway worker, taxi driver, small business owner, volunteer firefighter and graphic designer, Lushington Dalrymple Brady decided he finally had an interesting enough resume to be a writer. Miraculously, he survived university Humanities departments with both his critical faculties intact and a healthy disdain for Marxism. He blogs at A Devil’s Curmudgeon. Lushington D. Brady is a pseudonym, obviously.


Possibly the greatest freedom we ever experienced as youngsters were those endless days at the lethargic end of summer when we’d aimlessly wander the neighbourhood trying to invent ways to enjoy the liberty of having nothing to do, and endless time to do it in.

Often we’d just drift wherever our feet took us within the world that was our neighbourhood. Other times we might choose to turn down this street, or cut across that yard, with a specific goal in mind: someone’s swimming pool, say. Then there were the times, simply bored with the freedom to go wherever we pleased, that we invented a game: at each corner, we’d toss a coin. Heads turn left; tails, right.

What this reminiscence illustrates is the vital distinction between two different kinds of liberty: negative freedom and positive freedom. These are also known as the freedom from and the freedom to.

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Facebook enforces Sharia Law on Ex-Muslim writer

Twitter is banning conservative voices like it is going out of fashion and now Facebook is enforcing Sharia law on non-Muslims. Outspoken Free Speech advocate Pamela Geller got sick of Facebook enforcing Sharia law and so her organisation filed a  free speech lawsuit against the Department of Justice. She is challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, which allows…

” these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge. The sharia restrictions Facebook continues to impose has chilling effect and ramifications especially in countries where such freedoms can make the difference between freedom and submission, life and death.”

Ex-Muslim writer Majid  Oukacha  posted on facebook

What I care about more than anything else is freedom of thought. It is criminalized by the Koran. 

He was banned last week from Facebook.

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What do France, Germany, The Netherlands and Britain have in common?

What do France, Germany and The Netherlands have in common? They all have criminalised the free speech of their politicians. In Britain, the same thing is happening to political activists and even ordinary citizens expressing their views on Facebook. The one thing that they all have in common is who or what they are criticising. It is becoming increasingly obvious worldwide now that criticism of Islam and Muslims are like Voldermort; we dare not say their name out loud for fear of punishment.

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Who is really paying for SLAPP court cases against New Media?

It takes a lot of money to pursue a court case against someone; in fact, very deep pockets are required. You have to ask how is it that a person with little wealth can spend years pursuing a New Media journalist through the court system like has been done to Rebel Media’s Ezra Levant? SLAPP lawsuits like the one against Ezra are a front for the real intentions and motivations of those who fund them.

A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.Such lawsuits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions on the grounds that they impede freedom of speech.

The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. In some cases, repeated frivolous litigation against a defendant may raise the cost of directors and officers liability insurance for that party, interfering with an organization’s ability to operate.A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate. A SLAPP is often preceded by a legal threat.

There is a difficulty in that plaintiffs do not present themselves to the Court admitting that their intent is to censor, intimidate or silence their critics…

-Wiki

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Freedom of Speech Under attack: In Australia it is now an offence to mock Islam

Before we look at what Australian activist Blair Cottrell did let’s have a look at some of our New Zealand activists and the offensive things they have done while pushing their agenda. The first one that springs to mind is the assault with a dildo on a New Zealand politician.  The dildo was offensive and it was used to hit a politician. In contrast, Blair Cottrell did not physically assault anybody. Another New Zealand example is 50 activists who blocked a bank using sacks of coal and forced it to close down for the day preventing customers from doing their banking. Blair Cottrell did not close down the council building he was protesting in front of and he did not prevent anyone from entering the council building. Finally, do you remember the effigy of John Key that was burnt on a bonfire while people chanted “F@#k John Key”?  No one was charged with a criminal act when that was done. People called it freedom of speech and it was, whether we find it offensive or not.

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A supporter of the NPD tells us what he thinks about Merkel’s Germany

The National Democratic Party organised a demonstration against Germany’s asylum law after the U.N. refugee agency reported that more than 158,450 people, including over 50,000 in July alone, had arrived on the shores of Greece last year

Before you read today’s interview here is some background on the National Democratic Party of Germany.In March this year Germany’s highest court was asked to consider banning it as a political party. The NPD is fighting for the right to exist and it may be removed from the election race altogether if the court rules against it.This not the first time a court has been used to try to destroy a political party.In the Netherlands, the Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders was forced into a political trial three months out from an election that his party may win. In both cases, the rise in popularity of the parties has been fueled by unrest due to the flood of refugees and migrants into both countries because of Angela Merkel’s open door policies.

 

Which German political party did you vote for last election?NPD

NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany)

Has your community where you live had refugees or migrants move into it since Angela Merkel opened the borders and was your community welcoming to the new arrivals?

They held a party without Germans only with refugees to welcome people.

If your community has migrants and refugees, did your community ask to take them or did the government make the decision for your community?

They did not ask the people.

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