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  • Professor sues university for being ‘punished’ after calling female transgender student ‘sir’

    11/12/2018 1:43:49 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/12/18 | Owen Daugherty
    A professor at a small public university in Ohio is suing officials at the school after he received a written rebuke for not addressing a transgender student using the preferred gender pronouns. Nicholas Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this month against university officials. The lawsuit asserts that university officials violated his constitutional rights by compelling him to speak in a way that contradicts his religious beliefs, according to NBC News. Meriwether is an evangelical Christian, and as such, felt that speaking to a transgender student in their preferred pronoun would...
  • Official Court Documents Reveal Google Believes Free Speech Is “Disastrous” For Society

    11/09/2018 7:14:12 AM PST · by deandg99 · 12 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/09/2018 | Tim Brown
    Frankly, as soon as Google began engaging in censorship and manipulating search results, they should have been shut down. They received millions of taxpayer dollars illegally and unconstitutionally through a CIA-front group to get started. As such, they should be held to the same restraints that the federal government is concerning speech and while they are not those who may legislate, they should be those who are not allowed to censor. Recent court documents are now revealing just how Communistic Google actually is as they have now stated that free speech is “disastrous” for a society. In a statement filed...
  • Gab.ai is up

    11/05/2018 4:25:03 AM PST · by ClockDoc · 26 replies
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    Gab.ai is back up. I just logged in the url is https://gab.ai/home Now to start shifting away from Twitter. Ivanka Trump · @Ivanka-Trump is the only Trump listed based on a search for Trump. My first post, moderators please fix & advise me if needed.
  • No, we do not want the government regulating free speech, or freedom of association period!

    10/31/2018 10:23:18 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 51 replies
    Oct 31, 2018 | by Jim Robinson
    No, we do not want the government regulating free speech or freedom of association. Not at political rallies or protests, not at churches, schools or public institutions, not at associations or corporations or businesses, not at newspapers or publications, not on the Internet and certainly not at social medias sites! The first amendment reigns supreme in these regards and must remain supreme! Government regulation of free speech no matter how well intended at the start will be the downfall of liberty in the end. The first amendment guarantees our God-given rights to free speech and freedom of association and expressly...
  • When We Broaden the Definition of Incitement, Freedom Suffers

    10/31/2018 8:22:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2018 | Ben Shapiro
    Over the past week, we've heard the media pitching one particular narrative nonstop: the story that President Donald Trump's rhetoric has resulted in increased violence. We heard it in the aftermath of a spate of attempted bombing attacks against Democratic targets by a Floridian nut job, and we heard it in the aftermath of a shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue by an outspokenly anti-Trump white supremacist. Is there truth to the charge? To determine whether there is, we've first got to consider the question more broadly: When is speech related to violence? It's obvious that speech is often related...
  • 'Free speech' social platform Gab has gone offline

    10/29/2018 6:59:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 111 replies
    mashable.com ^ | 10/29/2018 | By Johnny Lieu
    Gab has gone offline. The self-described "free speech social media platform" is taking time off the internet, after landing under the spotlight when it was discovered the suspect involved in Pittsburgh's synagogue shooting was a poster and user on the site. SEE ALSO: Gab, a racist-friendly alt-Twitter, has been banned by PayPal and others Gab posted a message on its homepage, announcing that the site will be "inaccessible for a period of time" as it works "around the clock" to transition a new hosting provider. The platform has been banned by PayPal, and fellow online payment service Stripe is looking...
  • Ireland Set to Overturn Constitutional Ban on Blasphemy

    10/27/2018 7:48:24 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 27, 2018 | Paul Hannon
    Ireland has likely voted to remove a reference to blasphemy as a punishable offense from the country’s constitution, paving the way for repeal of a law that criminalizes public utterances judged offensive to religious sensibilities. The decision in a referendum on Friday is the latest signal reflecting the country’s weakening adherence to the Catholic Church, which had itself described the constitutional reference as “obsolete.” According to an exit poll conducted on behalf of state-owned broadcaster RTE, 71.1% of voters backed the removal of the blasphemy reference, a larger proportion than backed a May proposal to remove a ban on abortion...
  • Tucker Carlson Tonight 10 25 18...Mark Steyn Fox News...[Linked to Steyn Segment...less than 4 min]

    10/26/2018 11:52:34 AM PDT · by beaversmom
    Tucker Carlson/Fox News via You Tube ^ | October 25, 2018 | Tucker Carlson with Mark Steyn
    Video Link In his segment with Tucker Carlson on October 25, 2018, Mark Steyn discusses the left's war on speech that they don't agree with, and he reflects on how he took on Canada regarding his "hate speech". During that time, a government official there admitted that they were trying to "de-normalize" Steyn. It's all very Orwellian. The left is actively trying to stigmatize, criminalize, demonize, and financially penalize any speech they deem objectionable. Not new news, but it's getting increasingly aggressive and dangerous.
  • Civil rights groups call for tech companies to crack down on hate speech (Irony)

    10/25/2018 12:37:03 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/25/18 | ALI BRELAND
    A group of civil rights organizations is pushing technology companies to create policies to more effectively address hate speech and extremist groups. The six organizations, joined by 40 other organizations who echoed the call, wrote in a report that they want the platforms to take more firm stances against “racism, sexism, xenophobia, religious bigotry, homophobia and transphobia,” and enforce policies against hate speech and extremist groups more strictly. The groups, which include the Center for American Progress, Color Of Change, Free Press, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the Southern Poverty Law...
  • Insulting Prophet Muhammad not 'free speech,' ECtHR rules

    10/25/2018 8:25:00 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 43 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 10/24/2018
    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled Thursday that an Austrian woman's criminal conviction and fine for her statements accusing the Prophet Muhammad of pedophilia did not breach her right to free speech. The decision by a seven-judge panel came as an Austrian national identified as E.S. by the court, had held seminars on Islam in 2008 and 2009 for the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) where she discussed the prophet's marriage to his wife Aisha, a child at the time, and implied that he was a pedophile. An Austrian court convicted her of disparaging religious doctrines in 2011 and...
  • If The EU Copyright Directive Comes to Passage [ Link taxes; End of fair use; end of news forums ]

    10/24/2018 9:31:02 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 9 replies
    ComputingForever via YouTube ^ | 10/24/18 | ComputingForever
    Video at link.
  • The Origins of ‘Hate Speech’

    10/22/2018 2:11:15 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | October 22, 2018 | Kim Holmes
    Intolerance and illiberalism, nakedly defined as abstractions or principles, are seldom if ever outwardly embraced by progressives. None but the most extreme will argue that intolerance and censorship are good things in themselves. Normally the preferred course is more subtle. Instead of openly arresting people who say the wrong things, the new purveyors of intolerance try to sublimate their prohibitions on speech, expression, and thought into more popularly accepted channels. Something must be done to make these prohibitions more palatable, because there is still a great deal of respect in America for freedom of thought, speech, and expression. How...
  • Leaked Google Document Reveals Shift to Suppressing Free Speech

    10/17/2018 2:38:11 PM PDT · by walford · 50 replies
    The Stream ^ | October 17, 2018 | Rachel Alexander
    An 85-page Google internal briefing, chillingly and perhaps oxymoronically titled “The Good Censor,” was just leaked. The big tech giants are moving away from supporting a free internet, it says. Instead, they move toward censoring their users. That’s inevitable. And possibly even “good.”The briefing matter-of-factly notes that global internet freedoms have gone downhill for the past seven years. Users now question celebrating the openness of the internet. “People are no longer willing to see the platforms as neutral mediators of social life.” “More people are asking, isn’t ‘big tech’ really ‘big media’ in disguise?” “Is it possible to have an open...
  • The Supreme Court will hear a case that could decide whether Facebook, Twitter can censor users

    10/17/2018 1:05:33 PM PDT · by rightwingcrazy · 99 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/16/2018 | Tucker Higgins
    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds. The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations. The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country’s largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits. That could shape the ability of companies like...
  • Literary group sues Trump, alleges free speech stifling

    10/16/2018 8:37:14 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 10 16 2018 | HILLEL ITALIE
    In the three years that Donald Trump rocketed from candidate to president, the PEN American Center has criticized him as a bully, an autocrat, a user of hate speech and an enemy of free expression. It has published studies, organized petitions and established a Press Freedom Incentive Fund. Now the literary and human rights organization, which includes thousands of authors and journalists, is taking a more direct step: PEN is suing the president. In a suit filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, the center, also known as PEN America, alleges that “official acts” by Trump have “violated the First...
  • Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for ‘Safety And Civility’

    10/10/2018 5:00:40 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2018 | Allum Bokhari
    An internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the “American tradition” of free speech on the internet is no longer viable. Despite leaked video footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a “blip” in history, Google has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into its products. But the 85-page briefing, titled “The Good Censor,” admits that Google and other tech platforms now “control the...
  • Punching Left and Punching Right (Alternative to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube)

    10/08/2018 10:05:03 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 31 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | October 5, 2018 | Matt Bracken
    Punching Left and Punching Right Matt Bracken sends this report on a new social media platform that offers an alternative to Progressive behemoths such as Google, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc. Punching Left and Punching Right: Left-wing social media, Gab, and FreeZoxeeby Matt BrackenThere is a saying in the so-called progressive movement that “There are no enemies on the left.” Sometimes this is expressed as “Don’t punch left.” What this means is that in the furtherance of the progressive agenda, liberals will form common cause with declared Communists, despite Communism’s demonstrated record of tyranny and mass murder. On the right, some...
  • Student editor canned for saying ‘women don’t have penises’

    10/01/2018 4:47:34 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 75 replies
    https://www.thecollegefix.com ^ | •September 23, 2018 | College Fix Staff
    The student editor of a university’s philosophy journal has been fired for tweeting out “women don’t have penises.” Angelos Sofocleous, assistant editor of the Durham University philosophy journal Critique, received news that his services would no longer be required three days after retweeting a Spectator story titled “Is it a crime to say women don’t have penises?” He added the comment “RT if women don’t have penises.” The tweet was deemed “transphobic” by his peers. According to the Daily Mail, Sofocleous also was dismissed from the college’s online magazine The Bubble where he was an editor, and was forced to...
  • Google is Sabotaging World Net Daily [aw!m vanity]

    10/01/2018 2:14:25 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 16 replies
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    Joe Farah has always been this forum's friend since the beginning. Chuck Norris runs a column there. Many wonderful people. When I say 'sabotage', I mean it. Six ways to Sunday -- WND is buried. I have a laggy connection, and WND's page is too fancy, a tough load. I use a google cache to go there. WND is buried under tons of junk pages trashing it, and then when I load the cache it malfunctions.
  • Twitter asks users if it should ban 'dehumanising speech'

    09/27/2018 6:44:04 AM PDT · by ZeroToHero · 43 replies
    Sky News ^ | 09/26/18 | staff
    Twitter is asking its users if it should ban "dehumanising speech" or whether it would be too harsh of a crackdown on free speech. A statement acknowledged how it had previously developed policies without asking users, but now it is seeking their feedback. "For the last three months, we have been developing a new policy to address dehumanising language on Twitter," the company said. "Language that makes someone less than human can have repercussions off the service, including normalising serious violence."