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Is free speech under attack?

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Free speech has been under attack for years now disguised as politically correct speech. You can not say anything anymore without someone getting offended or someone feeling bullied. This is America we should have thick skin and be able to say whatever we want to other people. If the other person gets to you leave them alone block them don't go their way.
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Some people really deserve it after all…which is why we often refer to modern-day central bankers as lunatics, politicians as psychopaths, governments as gangs of highway robbers waving a flag, and so forth. On one occasion we even provided a translation of Mr. Böhmermann’s “abusive criticism” of Mr. Erdogan, which fell afoul of a 19th century lèse majesté law on Germany’s statute books.

That poem really was rude and insulting, no doubt about it. However, locking up journalists and opposition politicians under the pretext that they “threaten national security”, or bombing and suppressing ethnic minorities (for narrow and selfish political goals to boot) seems a lot worse to us.
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Beyond the heckler's veto, many universities have adopted speech codes to suppress speech that others find offensive. Alan Charles Kors and Harvey Silverglate, in their work"The Shadow University" (1998), refer to a number of cases where speech codes have been used by universities to suppress academic freedom, as well as freedom of speech.
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Regulators in Washington are showing increasing interest in tightening rules on political speech on the web, arguing that the dissonant voices enabled by"new media" have become too influential. If that effort is successful, experts wonder whether it could impact more traditional media as well, especially in how it relates to conservatives."The best example we can give is going back a few years to when the [Federal Communications Commission] was looking at trying to silence talk radio, which was obviously a realm of conservatism," said Drew Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit group"Protect Internet Freedom." He was referring to the agency's"Fairness Doctrine," which required broadcasters to grant equal time to opposing political views.
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THE FIRST AMENDMENT IGNORED

Early Americans enjoyed great freedom compared to citizens of other nations. Nevertheless, once in power, even the Constitution's framers were guilty of overstepping the First Amendment they had so recently adopted. In 1798, during the French-Indian War, Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Act, which made it a crime for anyone to publish"any false, scandalous and malicious writing" against the government. It was used by the then-dominant Federalist Party to prosecute prominent Republican newspaper editors during the late 18th century.
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Free speech is vital to knowing the truth. This countries which curtail freedom of expressions are evil and do not belong to modern age. Then there are countries where free speech is allowed but if anybody utters something negative about one belief, they get into trouble. In fact fanatics try to harm them. So I preach for freedom to speak and tolerance about those who offend our beliefs.
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The west has no credibility left to lecture China or Turkey since they themselves are assassinating people by drones around the world.
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The US government is assassinating our own citizens without trail by a jury or even charging them with a crime
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Ironic that Garton Ash's piece ended by invoking Orwell, and you followed it up with a prime example ("using technology to limit combat casualties in our own troops") of euphemistic language used to gloss over what in reality is state-inspired murder.
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Absolutely but only against certain people it seems. If you have good connections or work for a major news station it seems you can do and say whatever you want and there will no consequences. Twitter kicked Milo off but I do no think that was an attack on speech he just went way overboard letting other people be racist against someone else. You would think being gay he would be more aware of being discriminated against.
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Greg Lukianoff, the President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), was on the Yale campus to attend a free speech symposium and witnessed the incident. In the video Lukianoff posted on FIRE’s website, Christakis appears on the verge of being physically assaulted.

“Nicholas addressed the crowd for more than an hour, even after it became clear that nothing short of begging for forgiveness would satisfy them,” Lukianoff wrote in The Washington Post. “I’ve witnessed some intense campus disputes during my 14 years fighting for free speech, but nothing like this.”
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At Amherst College, a student group called Amherst Uprising issued a list of demands to administrators that included individual public apologies for what they claimed was a hostile environment of ethnocentric racism on campus. The list also included a demand for a written statement from administrators acknowledging that students who distribute leaflets defending free speech rights are subject to disciplinary action for being “racially insensitive,” and that any students disciplined for such an offense must “attend extensive training for racial and cultural competency.”
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I still think for the most part you can say whatever you want. You must be prepared for any consequences from your words like getting your ass beat, but yes you can say whatever you want.
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I think compared to other countries like China and North Korea we still have a freedom of speech system that I can sure work with. We forget sometimes how others live around the world. We are so lucky to have what we have here and I understand it could change at anytime so I enjoy it.
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The government targeting individual groups because of their political views IS A STORY! No matter your political affiliation, it should scare you to death…if you have a conscience (I know that excludes many on the left). This is the kind of thing you see in the 3rd world, not a first world nation like the United States. Sadly, many will choose to look at the issue of this being about obtaining non-profit status, instead of seeing how once again the government has violated the rights of its citizens.
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es, we live in very challenging times. Our foundations are crumbling. Our God ordained freedoms are being destroyed. Do we shake our heads in confusion and agree “it’s too bad Kim Davis sits in jail, in isolation this Labor Day”. Or, do we stand with her and be “the sleeping giant” voice in standing for Biblical righteousness. To understand the unlawfulness of this current situation do a search on Joseph Farah’s article “The Law Abider Who Sits is Jail”. Peter and the Apostles were jailed for preaching the truth; and when freed determined to follow God rather than man {Acts 5:29}. Will we do the same?
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Mizzou [University of Missouri] to us is really the boiling point… You had a great example that you covered last week. Ben Shapiro’s speech at California State University Los Angles, that is a place where students were protesting a speaker violently. There were violent protests at CSU, L.A. It is literally under attack. Free speech is literally under attack on college campuses,” she said.
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I grew up in the shadow of the totalitarian Soviet Union.... Free religion was outlawed. Free speech was banned and supressed. What a cold shadow, such tyranny, cast over the whole world, and what jubilation greeted its demise! Have we forgotten that history so thoroughly that we are willing to let that tyranny creep into Canada?
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If you do not think this is under attack, go to work and have a real conversation out loud and say exactly what you want and mean. You will be fired because I guarantee you will offend someone who will go to HR and they will fire you. That simple.
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SJP posted a cover photo on Facebook of a protest that occurred on BU’s campus, which included visible signs that demonized and delegitimized Israel such as “Zionism = Racism”, “AIPAC promotes Ethnic Cleansing”and “No Conversation Under Israeli Apartheid” near a larger sign of “Hey Terriers! Free Palestine”. The caption SJP included with the picture was the demonizing and delegitimizing chant, “Displacing lives since ’48, there’s nothing here to celebrate” and tagged the image with the location of Boston University.
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