They Want To Use "Hate Speech Laws" To Destroy Freedom Of Speech In America

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Submitted by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

Hate speech laws are going in all around the world, and progressive activists in the United States want to use these kinds of laws to destroy free speech in America.  You see, the truth is that these hate speech laws that are being implemented all over the planet are not just about preventing speech that promotes violence or genocide against a particular group of people.  Instead, these laws are written in such a way that anyone that says something that “offends” or “insults” someone else is guilty of “hate speech”.  Even if you never intended to offend anyone and you had no idea that your words were insulting, in some countries you can be detained without bail and sentenced to years in prison for such speech.  Today, there are highly restrictive hate speech laws in Canada, in Mexico and in virtually every single European nation.  The United States is still an exception, but the truth is that our liberties and freedoms are being eroded every single day, and it is only a matter of time until “hate speech laws” are used to take away our freedom of speech too.

If you don’t think that this could ever happen in America, you should consider what the American Bar Association has to say on the matter.  This is the national organization that represents all of our lawyers, judges, etc.  So when the ABA speaks on legal matters, it carries a significant amount of weight.  The following is how the American Bar Association defines “hate speech”

Hate speech is speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits.

Did you catch that?

If I say something that offends or insults you, there is a very good chance that I have just committed “hate speech” according to the ABA.

And support for these kinds of laws is growing.  In fact, one survey found that 51 percent of all Democrats now support hate speech laws.  It is only a matter of time before progressives start pushing for them in a big way.

Sadly, many of these progressives don’t even understand that our Constitution protects free speech.  Just consider what CNN anchor Chris Cuomo recently had to say about this

Hate speech is not the same thing as free speech, wrote CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on the ultimate forum for public discourse: Twitter.

 

Amid debate about free speech after a shooting at an anti-Muslim protest in Texas , a user tweeted at Cuomo: “Too many people are trying to say hate speech (doesn’t equal) free speech.”

 

In response, Cuomo, who has a law degree, said, “It doesn’t. Hate speech is excluded from protection. Don’t just say you love the Constitution … read it.”

No, I think that it is Cuomo that needs to read the Constitution.  The fact that he gets to deliver “the news” to millions upon millions of Americans is absolutely frightening.

But without a doubt, we do need to have a conversation about “hate speech” in the United States.  If I offend or insult you, that does not mean that I “hate” you.  And if I disagree with you, that does not mean that I “hate” you either.

Some of the things that are considered to be “offensive speech” these days are absolutely ridiculous.  For example, just consider the following excerpt from a recent article by Paul Joseph Watson

Here’s an actual list of things that according to the University of Wisconsin are racist:

– Asking someone where they are from or where they were born.

– Telling someone they speak good English.

– Telling someone that you have several black friends.

– Saying that you’re not a racist.

– Complimenting an Asian person by telling them they are very articulate.

– Asking an Asian person for help with science or math.

– Uttering the phrase “There is only one race, the human race.”

– Saying that you think America is a melting pot and that when you look at someone you don’t see race.

– Believing that the most qualified person, regardless of race, should get the job.

– Thinking that every person, regardless of race, can succeed in society if they work hard enough.

– Telling a black person who is being too loud to be quiet.

– Telling an Asian or Latino person who is too quiet to speak up.

– Mistaking a person of color for a staff member when you’re in a store.

– Calling something “gay”.

– Doing an impression of someone’s dialect or accent.

Could you imagine going to prison for any of those “offenses”?

But this is where our country is heading if we don’t stand up for our rights.

Right now, the progressives are on a roll.  In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage, some progressives are already talking about going after the tax exemptions of churches that oppose it.  In fact, the New York Times recently published an article entitled “Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions“.

But of course the ultimate goal is far more insidious.  In the end, they want to shut down all speech that offends them in any way

The American Unity Fund is a heavily funded new super-PAC looking to blanket the country with LGBT anti-discrimination laws. In effect, those laws aim to wipe out any alternative voice to the LGBT agenda. The effort is being spearheaded by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer and another wealthy hedge fund manager, Tim Gill.

 

Gill’s operations—the Gill Foundation and Gill Action—have been dedicated to “nonpartisan” gains for the LGBT lobby on the legislative and judicial fronts.

Those that do not believe that this could ever possibly happen in “the land of the free” should consider what has already happened in our neighbor to the north

Anyone who is offended by something you have said or written can make a complaint to the Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals. In Canada, these organizations police speech, penalizing citizens for any expression deemed in opposition to particular sexual behaviors or protected groups identified under ‘sexual orientation.’ It takes only one complaint against a person to be brought before the tribunal, costing the defendant tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. The commissions have the power to enter private residences and remove all items pertinent to their investigations, checking for hate speech.

Of course the same kind of thing is already happening over in Europe as well.  For instance, one Christian pastor in Northern Ireland is being prosecuted for calling Islam “a doctrine spawned in hell”

An evangelical pastor in Northern Ireland is under fire and will be prosecuted after calling Islam “satanic” and claiming that its doctrine was “spawned in hell” during a controversial 2014 sermon that streamed over the Internet.

 

Pastor James McConnell, 78, of Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, made his comments — which included calling Islam “heathen” — in a sermon delivered last May, the BBC reported.

 

“The Muslim religion was created many hundreds of years after Christ. Muhammad, the Islam Prophet, was born around the year A.D. 570, but Muslims believe that Islam is the true religion,” he preached. “Now, people say there are good Muslims in Britain. That may be so, but I don’t trust them.”

 

McConnell continued, “Islam’s ideas about God, about humanity, about salvation are vastly different from the teaching of the holy scriptures. Islam is heathen. Islam is satanic. Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell.”

Once such laws are in place in the United States, it won’t be difficult for the government to find you if you are committing “hate speech”.  As I have written about repeatedly, the U.S. government already monitors virtually everything that is said and done on the Internet.  The following is an excerpt from an article that was recently authored by Micah Lee, Glenn Greenwald, and Morgan Marquis-Boire

The sheer quantity of communications that XKEYSCORE processes, filters and queries is stunning. Around the world, when a person gets online to do anything — write an email, post to a social network, browse the web or play a video game — there’s a decent chance that the Internet traffic her device sends and receives is getting collected and processed by one of XKEYSCORE’s hundreds of servers scattered across the globe.

 

In order to make sense of such a massive and steady flow of information, analysts working for the National Security Agency, as well as partner spy agencies, have written thousands of snippets of code to detect different types of traffic and extract useful information from each type, according to documents dating up to 2013. For example, the system automatically detects if a given piece of traffic is an email. If it is, the system tags if it’s from Yahoo or Gmail, if it contains an airline itinerary, if it’s encrypted with PGP, or if the sender’s language is set to Arabic, along with myriad other details.

And as I wrote about yesterday, western governments are already using paid trolls to identify and combat “extremists” on social media websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

We are rapidly becoming a “Big Brother” society, and if we don’t stand up for our freedoms and liberties now, it is inevitable that we will eventually lose just about all of them.

Unfortunately, most of the population is absolutely clueless about all of this.  In fact, as Mark Dice demonstrated the other day, many Americans don’t even know what we are celebrating on the 4th of JulyAs a society, we have become extremely “dumbed down”, and we have lost connection to the values and principles that this country was founded upon.

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One And Only's picture

At least I can still say I hate niggers.

Though I'm sure someone will say that's wrong and will try to make my speach illegal. Fuck off.

Skateboarder's picture

Faggot. Dike. Kike. Nigger. Spic. Coolie. Poonjab. Coon. Kook. Chink. Jap. Gook. Wop. Beaner. Wetback.

A list of my friends. :-)

Arnold's picture

No Krauts?        Humm.............................

 

 

http://www.rsdb.org/race/germans

0b1knob's picture

Speech?

Let ascii art

express your feelings.

 

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Dead Canary's picture

What's the racial slur for Belgians. (Actually, Belgians kinda sounds like a racial slur anyway)

Billy the Poet's picture

In countries with hate speech laws are members of protected groups allowed to use the offensive speech themselves? Because that would be the way to go. Prosecute Jewish comedians, for example, who have traditionally played on their own ethnic stereotype for laughs. And what about rap music? Do countries with hate speech laws allow black individuals to use the word "nigger?" Shouldn't that be prosecuted?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is hate speech of sycophant politician and lying economist is carry water of central bankster.

LetThemEatRand's picture

In Homeland of USA, fireworks illegal unless government sanction.   Happy Jade Helm Day.   

All kidding aside.  I live around Clearwater, FL.  Wife yesterday saw three fully armored cars with police/military on top with full autos driving on Drew Street.  Google Drew Street and US19.  Not a warzone, but it was the other day.

jeff montanye's picture

re the original post's citing of a nyt (actually a time) article arguing for the removal of tax exemptions for churches and all non-profits: this is a good ideal and gets the government out of deciding what is a religion and what isn't, among other ills.

 

pretty bird's picture

I've spent my life badmouthing the blacks, Jews, and homos.  And no government is going to stop me now.  Get used to, Uncle sam.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

No Krauts?

 

He went Saur on them

kaiserhoff's picture

Looking at that list of offensive speech,

I'm just wondering if I omitted any of them last week.

Stuck on Zero's picture

We all know where this is headed ...  because the government stands for goodness and light any criticism of the government will be tagged as "hate speech."

Fun Facts's picture

Free speech includes the right to make as big an ass out of yourself as you would like.

Hate speech is a term created by the elders to get a foot in the door to kill free speech.

protocol #5 Appeal to successful people’s egos

protocol #6 Appoint puppet leaders who can be controlled by blackmail

protocol #7 Replace royal rule with socialist rule, then communism, then despotism

protocol #8 Abolish all rights and freedoms, except the right of force by us

shovelhead's picture

Scientologists celebrating Church Day.

SofaPapa's picture

Was in NYC for the first time in many years yesterday.  I grew up there in the 70s / 80s.  We were in Grand Central Station, and now a hallmark of GCT is the uniformed military "guarding" it.  It's amazing to me how TPTB have created this constant background of paranoia in people's minds.  They don't need anything to happen, as long as people are 24 hours a day nervous that something might happen.  And they've done it.  The majority of people are thinking of "see something, say something", looking for something to see.  As long as people believe this, TPTB have nothing to fear.

It remains a battle for hearts and minds, and we are far from turning the tide in this war to regain our culture from the vultures.

Buster Cherry's picture

Hey, what about the pickaninnies?

 

Or southpaws?

HowdyDoody's picture

No politicians? No banksters? No realtors.

ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

You forgot Lawyers HD. Oh wait, you did say Politicians. Sorry!

 

 

EINSILVERGUY's picture

I'm half kraut. keep it coming. i'm ok with it

FredFlintstone's picture

Krout, frog, mick, gringo, dago, honky, cracker, peckerwood, seppo, hick, redneck, hillbilly, limey, trailer trash, canuck.

Billy the Poet's picture

Polacks don't even get an honorable mention? How the world has changed.

cornflakesdisease's picture

Why do (insert race here) dogs have bumps on their head?

 

From chasing parked cars.

 

 

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Or the 100 Poles who walked into a building. You'd think one of them would've aseen it!

dexter_morgan's picture

mick, bean, pollack, diaper head, sand nigger, nips, krauts, greasers, splibs, porch monkeys, injuns, etc., all sorts of cute little names for people out there..................

Fukushima Fricassee's picture
Fukushima Fricassee (not verified) Skateboarder Jul 4, 2015 10:28 PM

Is it still legal to call Obama a cocksucking queer idiot or point to his wifes dick?

falconflight's picture

You beat me to it...I am not worthy, but here it goes:

Fudgepacking taco eating sloop-eyed spear-chuckng butch-assed lox-nosed Frog fcking drunken Mic, Limey sucking, Pollock cunt dripping, head hunting piccanney mau mau.

DutchBoy2015's picture
DutchBoy2015 (not verified) falconflight Jul 4, 2015 11:14 PM

You shouldn't talk about all your Fathers like that.

cornflakesdisease's picture

A bit thin skinned are we not?  (Stupid ghet)

Colonel Klink's picture

Cheesepopes, don't forget the thieving, skimming, scamming, penny stretching, corrupt, coniving, coluding, criminal cheesepopes!!!

TheReplacement's picture

Sounds pretty gay like you're going to have a multiracial sword fight.

I prefer poontang, beaver, whisker bisket, va-j-j, the island of come-on-I-wanna-lay-ya, camel toe, moose knuckle and the optometrist to whom I take ol' one eye.

On bad days I also like bitch.

HolyfieldsOtherEar's picture

Crumpet, growler, badly packed kebab, lady garden, gash, Hillary magnet...

OldPhart's picture

As an Irishman I'm offended that 'Micks' wasn't part of your list.

Also, 7/4 greetings from England...

Fuck the colonials!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

And on ZH you may diss 2 of the 3 Abrahamic religions if you're careful on how you do it.

But do NOT refer to them by name and call them gutter religions, or you'll get booted off ZH.

LetThemEatRand's picture

It is hypocritical for the Tylers to run this story given the number of people who have been banned from this site for speech.  I realize that the Tylers are not a country and the 1st Amendment does not apply, but they seem to be pussified when it comes to these issues.

One And Only's picture

Who got banned? Don't be a nigger, speak up.

One And Only's picture

Trav was pretty bad ass. He said it like it was.

disabledvet's picture

They might. be dead actually.

I know I should be....

Billy the Poet's picture

There is a difference between a government banning speech and an individual or business owner removing one from the premises based on undesired behavior.

LTER never has understood the difference between involuntary coercion by the state and individual property rights. By insisting that everyone has aright to say what they want on a privately owned site puts him in league with those who would control individual speech. If you insist that Tyler must allow every yahoo in the universe to act as they please on his private property will you do the same? Will you institute an open door policy at your home and business where anyone who walks in the doors sets their own rules and your right as a property owner be damned?

LetThemEatRand's picture

As a poet, I would think you would understand the concept of hypocrisy.  Apparently, you are just a guy with a keyboard and little behind it.  But thanks for demonstrating hyporcisy for the rest of us as you rant on this site.

Billy the Poet's picture

Let's talk about hypocrisy. You have claimed to own a business. Do you allow or encourage members of the public to enter your business and harangue your employees and customers with endless diatribes about how the Jews are watering down the beer?

How does this affect your business? Does it increase sales? Does it make your employees feel secure? Do you personally find your life as a business owner to be enhanced by allowing anyone with any agenda full and free speech on your property at your expense?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Only a teen or early twenty something "poet" who has no experience in business would equate running a brick and mortar business with operating a website with a comment section.   Would you like a Brawndo?  I'm guessing you're thirsty after all that texting.