It scores a little victory, on a Marine Corps base, of all places.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell
The most distinguishing characteristic of truly free societies, that is to say, those whose governments understand that their right to power devolves from the people and not from any innate right or aggregation of military or police power, is the acceptance and indeed celebration of diversity of thought. This freedom of conscience and the [...]
One of the glories of democracy is that extremes are usually avoided. When extremism does manage to seep through the cracks, little by little, democracies usually self-correct. It just takes time and patience – sanity generally prevails.
Mark Steyn, who has had his tribulations, writes:
This morning, the (Canadian Human Rights Commission) issued the so-called Moon [...]
Meanwhile, south of the border…
Lest we commend ourselves too vigorously for our principled dedication to free speech principles, it’s useful to understand that wrongspeak and prior restraint are broader issues than we might have otherwise intuited:
(Tory Bowen) was raped.
But a judge prohibited her from uttering the word
Well, Evelyn Beatrice Hall, actually.
Up in the Great White Up, a pastor has been found guilty of wrongspeak, fined $5000 (payable to the person who’d filed a writ against him, but whom the “court” admitted could prove no personal harm – a fact which, in an actual court, with, you know: actual rules [...]
The First Amendment protects an individual right of free speech from interference by the government. It does have some limitations of course: You are not free to falsely cry “Fire!” in a crowded theater without attendant consequence, and “fighting words” might find you hauled off to the poken in order to prevent you from [...]
Via Robert Spencer, news that Dutch public television has abandoned an attempt to “participate in the debate” engendered right wing politician Geert Wilders.
Wilders, you may recall, has made a film linking some apparently ambiguous verses in the Qu’uran with acts of religious extremism around the world. Bit of a stretch, I know – [...]
Maybe it was Albion’s pushback against the Archbishop of Canterbury that emboldened them, or maybe the stout sons of Denmark needed no more encouragement than the newsworthy arrest of those who would murder an artist for his art, but newspapers there have re-published those Mohammed cartoons from two years ago.
Newspapers across Europe Wednesday [...]