There is a policy on many social media websites against the use of “hate speech”. Those who seek to undermine our freedoms will go so far as to ban a user for life, if they ever engage in the amorphous practice of which one can be accused, but no one can explain.
Naturally, as is always the case with these draconian policies, no one can define what the term “hate speech” means. In principal, “hate speech” is supposed to mean words which encourage direct, plausible and immediate threats of physical harm to a person or group of people. In practice, “hate speech” is typically defined as words which feel hurtful or offensive to an overly-sensitive group of spineless pansies.
America was founded on the ideal of different races and religions and creeds uniting to live in peace and harmony. Most important of all, our great nation was forged upon the idea that we can have open dialogs and the irrevocable freedom to speak our minds; and most important of all, to debate and disagree. For it is within the turmoil of opposing viewpoints that we most rapidly educate and improve ourselves and advance as human beings. We need conflict. We need dissent. That is what helps us to excel. A culture devoid of opposing ideologies is a nation which stagnates and dies. Conformity and obedience are the death knell of prosperity. We are a country of pioneers and rebels. It’s high time we start acting like it again.
Hate speech should never be encouraged or condoned, but it must always be permitted. Morally, hate speech can never be criminalized and any organization with policies against hate speech is in direct violation of the Bill of Rights. For what society deems dissent today could be construed as hate tomorrow.
Don’t believe me? Think I’m exaggerating? New York City is doing it right now. Corrupt government officials are bragging about it on government websites.
In New York City, they have violated freedom of speech in the most fascist way you can imagine. Violations of the New York City Human Rights Law could result in civil penalties of up to $125,000 for violations, and up to $250,000 for violations that are the result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct. One of those violations is intentionally failing to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun or title. For example, repeatedly calling a transgender woman “him” or “Mr.” when she has made it clear that she prefers female pronouns and a female title.
Have you ever seen these lists of so-called “gender pronouns”? Zir. Xem. I can’t even pronounce half this shit. You know why I can’t pronounce it? BECAUSE THEY AREN’T FUCKING WORDS! Based upon this new law, in New York City, if some lunatic gets mad at you because you neglected to address them by some unpronounceable fictional pronoun they invented that morning, you could face a quarter-of-a-million-dollar fine!? What kind of bizarre alternate universe did I wake up in? You can’t just make up new vocabulary words and sue people for not using them! Are these legislators grown adults, or are they 5 years old.
That’s right. If a mentally ill person, afflicted with gender dysphoria, gets mad because you keep calling Bruce Jenner a man, you could be arrested and fined $250,000. These New York lawmakers are guilty of treason for violating The Bill of Rights. They are telling you what to say. How to speak. What is permitted. What is not. Stealing your freedom one layer at a time. Controlling behavior. Controlling speech. Controlling thought. Just like every tyrant and dictator in history. When will the same laws come to your city? When will your friends and family start to get hauled off to jail because someone didn’t like what they had to say?
I have gay friends who are terrified of these laws because they are smart enough to see that homosexuals are just being used as pawns in a much larger game that will eventually silence everyone.
Personally, I would never seek to censor anyone simply because I disagree with them. Have you ever heard of Laci Green, Franchesca Ramsey, or Anita Sarkeesian? They are women who preach racist and misandrist messages on YouTube and MTV while giving horribly divisive advice to young kids about sexuality and ethnicity. Most of what these women preach is misguided at best and hatefully immoral at worst. Although I disagree with these ladies vehemently on nearly every opinion they express, I would be furious, and jump to their defense immediately, if anyone ever tried to silence or censor them. Although I have no respect for their viewpoints, I deeply respect their freedom to express those views. Silencing such people, hateful as they are, would never be justified. Their disciples, having no reverence for the First Amendment, would never reciprocate my attitude. Disagree with them, and their minions want to silence you.
Sadly this attitude of oppressing opinions is starting to fester across college campuses all over our country. Universities, once the very bastion and beacon of debates and the free flow of ideas have become prisons guarded by the fascism of thought police. They are ruled by the cultists of censorship and silencing those who fail to conform to the established agenda.
In 2013, Modesto Junior College in California campus police told student Robert Van Tuinen that he could not pass out copies of the United States Constitution outside the student center on Constitution Day, because he hadn’t been “approved” to do so. Since all police take an oath to uphold the Constitution, these police officers are all guilty of treason.
In 2014, Duke University began a campus program called “You Don’t Say” in an effort to suppress free speech by banning certain words deemed “offensive” or “disparaging” to specific categories of people.
In 2015, University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click, called for “muscle” to physically remove student reporter Mark Schierbecker for filming an encampment on school grounds, which was part of a protest that resulted in university president Tim Wolfe resigning over the handling of racial incidents on campus.
In 2016, a University of Texas at Austin police officer issued a citation against a preacher who was preaching off campus grounds because someone reported being offended by the preacher. When the preacher questioned the officer, explaining that his right to speak was protected by the First Amendment, the treasonous officer broke his oath to uphold the Constitution and thereby forfeit all of his authority when he replied, “It doesn’t matter, freedom of speech. Someone was offended, that’s against the law.”
Some of these tyrannical universities even have the audacity to designate so-called “Free Speech Zones” – tiny sections, cordoned off from the rest of the campus, where students may speak freely and exercise their First Amendment rights. Go look it up. I was astounded when I saw this. These aren’t schools in communist China or North Korea. These are American universities. It made me sick to my stomach. Every single square inch of our country has always been (and will always be) a Free Speech Zone! No one ever needs permits or authorization to speak their mind. Not on college campuses. Not on private property. Not anywhere. No citizen has the authority to revoke something in the Bill of Rights from another citizen. Despite what lies these braindead college administrators are teaching our kids, everything in the Bill of Rights applies in every square millimeter of this nation, including inside private homes, private businesses and private schools. That’s what the First Amendment means! Freedom of speech exists everywhere. Always. Yet American college students are being indoctrinated to believe that free speech must be sequestered to designated areas and the administration is acting as though they are doing the student body a favor. Any university in this country with a Free Speech Zone should have the entire administration brought up on criminal charges of treason.
The list goes on. Countless cases of schools and universities teaching the next generation to hate our freedom. Suppress thoughts. Silence speech. Bury opinions. Kids are being systematically brainwashed into thinking these oppressive practices are acceptable and even normal. Just like the Hitler Youth were conditioned to believe that Jews were not human beings, so too the crop of students in high school and college are being taught that our Constitution is outdated and illegitimate. They’re being taught socialism is a good idea, despite the fact that all socialist societies throughout history have crumbled over and over again, like the National Socialist German Workers Party and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Being too young to think for themselves and too weak to defy or question authority, these children blindly accept such lies, just like the Hitler Youth did in the 1930’s.
I’m not the only writer who feels threatened by this kind of censorship. J.K. Rowling, one of the most wealthy and widely-read authors of my generation, expressed the same sentiment, only a few days ago…
It is time to defy their rhetoric and stand up against those who seek the undermine the very foundations of our freedom. Voice your thoughts. Express your opinions. Never allow anyone to suppress your ideals. Speak out. Walk tall. Never forget that your viewpoints respecting ethical values and tradition and morality are the very foundation of what makes America the greatest nation in the history of all mankind. The enemy is no longer overseas. The enemy is now in our backyard. This is a war unlike any other we have fought before. This is a battle not to end tyranny or oppression, but to prevent it from taking hold. But when we win the day, we shall preserve the righteous character of liberty and freedom that will assure our fortitude for another 2 centuries, through truth, justice and the American Way.