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Archive for the ‘Freedom of Speech’ Category

Tell them which laws to scrap

Posted by rantingkraut on July 2, 2010

Nick Clegg has acked us which laws we want repealed. There is a government website that asks for suggestions and allows ratings. All those concerned about freedom of speech and due process should probably endorse this one proposal:

Repeal all terrorism acts from 2001 onwards in their entirety

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Another Case of Illiberal Democracy

Posted by rantingkraut on June 30, 2010

Thanks to the First Amendment, the US is the only country with non-trivial restrictions on government censorship. Ever wondered what the opposite of the First Amendment would look like? Look no further than France for a demonstration.

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Censorship in Action -Again

Posted by rantingkraut on May 3, 2010

Just in case anyone thought that New Labour’s various thought crime laws are of mere theoretical importance, consider the following two cases:

1. Atheist Harry Taylor has been given a suspended jail sentence and ASBO for distributing anti-religious material. (HT: Pub Philosopher)

2. Christian preacher Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” by a hobby bobby who overheard him publicly stating that homosexuality is considered sinful in Christianity.

What these cases illustrate in the first case is that suppression of free speech is now everyday reality in modern Britain. Not only do Read the rest of this entry »

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The Results of the Motoons

Posted by rantingkraut on January 3, 2010

The BBC followed a report on the attempted Murder of Kurt Westergaard and a Danish police officer with a review of the earlier Motoon saga. This background report starts of with a rehearsal of the Motoons publication history (they were first printed in Jyllands Posten, later reprinted elsewhere etc.). Then the narrator announces “… and this were the results …” before the clip cuts to archive footage of Motoon riots in the Middle East.

If the riots were the result of the cartoons’ publication then the cartoons must have been the cause,  the riots the effect. The rioters’ ideology Read the rest of this entry »

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Political correctness doesn’t go mad, it is mad

Posted by rantingkraut on March 18, 2009

To realise how intellectually inconsistent PC politicians really are, consider this from Hazel Blairs:
„Although warning that people should not set out to “deliberately offend people” or make racist jokes, she believes that there should be more scope for people to express themselves.
What I don’t want to see happen is because people are frightened of an over-reaction they don’t raise the issue,” she said. “What I don’t want people to say is that Muslims will be offended by Christmas, because they are not. There is this presumption that we don’t do things because people will be offended.““ (Source)
So she doesn’t want people to offend but then doesn’t want the fall-out which a consistent and forced avoidance of offence necessarily entails. Read the rest of this entry »

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Internet Regulation: Think of the Children!

Posted by rantingkraut on December 28, 2008

New Labour seems to be serious about starting to regulate the net more generally rather than in specific cases where real or imagined criminal activity is an issue. The latest idea is an enforced age labelling of websites. As usual, a need to protect the children is at the forefront of justifying government interference. For once, I think the welfare of our children is a genuinely relevant issue, though not in the way that the government has in mind.

The age rating proposed may not sound much like an exercise in censorship Read the rest of this entry »

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An End to Censorship in Canada?

Posted by rantingkraut on December 2, 2008

If Ezra Levant’s blog is anything to go by, the days of ‘section 13’, which allows Canada’s human rights commissions to act as censors, should be numbered. The only downside is that Levant’s supply of eloquent statements in defence of free speech may dry up. In anticipation of this, here is another gem (from the Michael Coren show): Read the rest of this entry »

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The Tyranny of Nice

Posted by rantingkraut on November 20, 2008

For those who haven’t followed the Ezra Levant / Mark Steyn saga, this short book may be a revelation, to others a useful reference. Pete Vere and Kathy Shaidle have detailed the role of Canada’s Human Rights Commissions in suppressing free speech, covering the case against Ezra Levant, for daring to re-print the Muhammad cartoons in the Western Standard and against MacLeans for printing excerpts of Mark Steyn’s “America Alone”. They also mention the prosecutions (successful in one case) against Christian anti-gay activists for publicly voicing their dislike of homosexuality and a number of less well known cases, such as the one in which a Barkeeper was required to allow patrons to smoke Marijuana on the premises on human rights grounds while simultaneously being barred from doing so Read the rest of this entry »

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Regulating the web?

Posted by rantingkraut on November 17, 2008

New Labour’s Barbara Follett is quoted in the Guardian as saying that the internet needs to be regulated “the sooner the better”. She wants an ‘age identification card’ for online access and pre-screening of user generated contents uploads. Don’t expect things to stop there. Once the mode of delivery is regulated in a way to facilitate official oversight, expect directive regulation of contents Read the rest of this entry »

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What will Obama’s Presidency mean for free speech?

Posted by rantingkraut on November 12, 2008

Many have predicted a change for the worse if Obama becomes president. Some concrete fears are raised in this article, which expects that Obama will re-introduce contents restrictions on radio broadcasts, thus effectively limiting the scope for conservative talk-radio. (More)

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