Has Freedom of Speech Been Muzzled?

Has Freedom of Speech Been Muzzled?

(UnitedVoice.com) – The year 2020 has been tumultuous, to say the least. First COVID-19 locked down the vast majority of the country and then racial tensions exploded following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In the wake of the riots and the Progressive Liberal pandering, one needs to ask, to poorly paraphrase Don McLean, is this the year Freedom of Speech died?

Social Media

By now everybody knows of the big row between President Donald Trump and the CEO of Twitter over the site’s editorializing and putting warnings on his tweets. But that’s certainly not the only time these leftist big tech companies have put an electronic gag on Conservative points of view.

In one of their latest attempts to silence anything that runs counter to their Communist/Socialist Agenda, Instagram labeled videos uploaded by Sean Feucht as “harmful.” Feucht is a Christian worship leader from California. According to him, Twitter has blocked posts regarding prayers for peace by another Christian.

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Many Liberals have tried to defend this action, noting that these companies are privately owned and not part of the government. But as Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, any exemption they were given was with the caveat that they remain neutral places where people can exchange ideas. Then, the sites would be shielded from lawsuits for slander and libel over third-party content.

However, when they begin picking and choosing what’s “acceptable” based on political ideology, they should be held to the same standard as the New York Times or CNN. The American Bar Association published an article along the same lines, arguing that First Amendment prohibitions should extend to social media.

Hate Speech

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has long held that so-called hate speech is Constitutionally protected from censorship. The justices, in a unanimous 8-0 decision — Justice Neil Gorsuch did not participate in this case — once again affirmed that principle in a 2017 ruling concerning a group of musicians of Oriental descent. They wanted to trademark their band name “The Slants” but were denied because it was deemed racially offensive.

Today, however, the “cancel culture” of the Progressive Liberals has gone on the offensive against anything related to the Confederate States of America (CSA).

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  • Statues of figures like Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee have been defaced or torn down.
  • NASCAR and some county fairs around the country have banned the display or sale of Confederate flags.
  • And under some bizarre twist of logic, a memorial to UNION Gen. Ulysses S Grant was subjected to the same treatment as those of Gen. Lee.

In addition, the Left is trying to erase anything in the entertainment industry showing law enforcement in a positive light, proclaiming it to be “hurtful” to their subculture. They have successfully forced the A&E cable network into canceling the popular show “Live P.D.”

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Then they went off the deep end, as if all this wasn’t crazy enough, and are trying to force Nick Jr. to remove the children’s animated series “Paw Patrol.” Apparently just attacking true hate speech wasn’t enough, now a few radicals are gaining traction in their attempts to make the absurd into mainstream reality.

No reasonable person could honestly argue there isn’t a basis, in fact, that shows Blacks in America are treated differently than whites. But the way to address that is not by allowing the Ultraliberal tech giants, whose platforms are used by hundreds of millions of people every day, to present a false narrative to the world. Nor is it by trying to erase and/or rewrite American history.

All these steps are likely to accomplish is opening the rift between the races even further and give the Alt-Right groups bigger audiences for their vile rhetoric. Of course, that might be exactly what the big money behind this movement is trying to get done, so they can come in and sweep up the pieces after the country fights the Second Civil War.

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