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The New Inquisition - The Left is trampling free speech for the sake of orthodoxy
National Review ^ | April 10, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 04/11/2014 3:06:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

"....Hounding out people with different views is seen by the Left as a necessary means to achieve its supposedly noble goals — just like the Spanish Inquisitioners who claimed God was on their side as they went after religiously “incorrect” Jews, Muslims, and heretics.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration has been part of the problem, not part of the solution. Its appointees used the once-impartial IRS against conservatives. They monitored Associated Press reporters. They denied that the NSA was eavesdropping on average citizens. They arbitrarily chose not to enforce laws they didn’t like.

The president bragged of using “a pen and a phone” to circumvent the legislative branch, and urged his supporters to “punish our enemies.” The attorney general calls Americans who have different views from his own on matters of affirmative action “cowards.”

All of that them/us rhetoric has given a top-down green light to radical thought police to harass anyone who is open-minded about man-caused global warming, or believes that gay marriage needs more debate, or that supporting Israel is a legitimate cause, or that breaking federal immigration law is still a crime and therefore “illegal.”

Our civil liberties will not be lost to crude fascists in jackboots. More likely, the death of free speech will be the work of the new medieval Torquemadas who claim they destroyed freedom of expression for the sake of “equality” and “fairness” and “saving the planet.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: freespeech; laws; science; thoughtpolice

1 posted on 04/11/2014 3:06:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Global warming now literally part of religion ".....................Global warming activism has been carried on by Benedict’s successor, Pope Francis who was elected to the head the church last year. News reports say that Francis’s inaugural mass was full of references to environmental protection and indicated that fighting global warming would be a key part of his tenure as pope.

“We are losing the attitude of wonder, contemplation, listening to creation,” Francis told an audience on World Environment Day last year. “The implications of living in a horizontal manner [is that] we have moved away from God, we no longer read His signs.”

It’s not just the pope who has been more active on environmental issues in recent years. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has also been a vocal environmental activist, calling for countries to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and stop using hydrocarbon fuels.

Tutu recently coauthored an oped in the UK Guardian with Former Irish president Mary Robinson calling for the European Union to do more to address global warming, labeling it as a civil rights issue as well as an environmental one.

“Addressing climate change is also a matter of justice. If we are to be true to our commitment to human rights, then rich nations owe a fair and honest deal to the world’s most vulnerable regions,” Robinson and Tutu wrote. “The people on the frontline of climate change have often done the least to cause it.”

“This means reducing the suffering of those worst affected and acting now to avoid further suffering in the future,” the two added. “It also means sharing technology, funds and solutions to help vulnerable countries and communities to engage fully in the transition to a low-carbon world. As the cradle of the industrial revolution, Europe created our carbon-heavy world and must lead the world into its next, low-carbon, safer and more caring chapter.”

Tutu has even come out against the Keystone XL pipeline which will bring oil from Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Keystone has become a hot button issue in the U.S. and environmentalists have been trying to kill the project for years.

“The verdict on whether to approve or reject the Keystone XL pipeline could, in just one stroke, confirm or condemn America’s prospects for climate leadership,” wrote Tutu and other b-list celebrities and scientists to the State Department.

“This is a US policy decision that will have truly global significance. Keystone XL is his chance to set a correction course on US energy policy and open up a new clean energy future,” Tutu and the others added. “We hope he does.”.................

2 posted on 04/11/2014 3:10:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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If we as a nation are going to go medieval. Forget the Inquisition and let’s restore The Crusades.

3 posted on 04/11/2014 3:25:03 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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<>They arbitrarily chose not to enforce laws they didn’t like.<>

More to the point, they selectively chose not to enforce law that didn't promote their statist, fascist ideology.

We pretend our beloved US is still a constitutional republic in which elections merely determine who will represent our interests, subject to the constitution. The president has devolved into a party leader, whose first and last purpose is to look out for party interests. There isn't a dime's worth of difference between the purpose of the modern American President and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Both exist to preserve and advance the party.

4 posted on 04/11/2014 4:05:21 AM PDT by Jacquerie ( Article V.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Brendan Eich, newly appointed head of Mozilla, was forced to resign because of 2008 support of traditional marriage. The gay (sodomite) lobby reigns supreme!

5 posted on 04/11/2014 4:43:21 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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6 posted on 04/11/2014 8:44:26 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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Thanks. I just checked the FL House website. It hasn’t updated the status of HM381 yet.

7 posted on 04/11/2014 11:35:20 AM PDT by Jacquerie ( Article V.)
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