Constitution Politics

Uh-oh. 51% of Democrats Support Making Some Speech Illegal

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  — George Washington

“Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost.”  ― Neil Gaiman

The Preamble to the Bill of Rights (notice it’s called the Bill of RIGHTS not the Bill of Privileges) begins with this little nugget…

THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added:

So the Bill of Rights was written down after the Constitution was ratified to remind the government (and the people of the United States) what Rights the government could NOT touch.

Thomas Jefferson would call these Rights “unalienable.”

quiet free speechHere is the full text of the First Amendment to the Constitution –

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Oftentimes when we discuss the First Amendment and the freedom of speech that it protects, we mention that the First Amendment was written to protect speech we might find despicable. That is the unadulterated truth.

If we don’t protect speech that we dislike then there is NO Freedom of Speech.

Which is what makes the results from the latest YouGov poll so terrifying.

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Now, YouGov’s question is very poorly written – asking, “Would you support or oppose a law that would make it a crime for people to make public comments that advocate genocide or hatred against an identifiable group based on such things as their race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation?”

Seriously? Advocating genocide and hatred against are very different things. One could be a call to specific acts of violence against a certain person – the other is simply a feeling that someone gets… they are hardly the same thing.

But…

The overall poll response stands. 51% of Democrats and 25% of Republicans would make hate speech illegal! This is an utterly terrifying statistic.

Our allies in Europe (and Canada) already have similar statues in their nations and these laws have been used to stifle speech from conservatives who are not spreading hate at all, but simply voicing what they believe.

In Canada, mainstream American conservatives like Ann Coulter are constantly being threatened with prison because of the things they say. It’s absolutely ludicrous.

In England, our closest European ally and friend, Christian street preachers, are being jailed almost as often as they speak simply for quoting the Bible! Earlier this year, the leader of Britain’s 3rd largest political party was arrested for quoting Winston Churchill – I kid you not! UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage was arrested for reading about a paragraph from a book written by the famous British Prime Minister.

 

Hate speech laws are insidious because while sounding noble and just, they actually encourage the evil of totalitarianism. Liberals are often fond of explaining to conservatives that because culture changes so too should our laws and our governments change. On the flip side of that, Mr. Liberal, is the truth that because culture changes it is all the more important to ensure that some laws do not.

truth_is_the_new_hate_speechImagine if you will the majority of Americans one day deciding that support for communism was now hate speech because communist government slaughtered millions of people in the 20th Century. What an injustice that would be for the thousands of Americans who support communist ideology!

In the same manner the current cultural trend could make some Christian speech illegal – specifically the orthodox Christian beliefs on homosexuality and abortion.

Dear reader – we must fight against Hate Speech legislation with everything we have. Hate speech may be disgusting and wicked – but hate speech legislation may lead our nation to even greater evils. Our founders had hate speech in their day; nonetheless they made sure that the protection of all speech was ensconced in the Bill of Rights.

 

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  — George Washington

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”  ― Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, The Busy-Body, and Early Writings

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”  ― John Milton, Areopagitica

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”  ― Voltaire

“Without freedom of speech there is no modern world, just a barbaric one.”  ― Ai Weiwei (Whose art, some say, has inspired violence and criminal acts.)

“Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost.”  ― Neil Gaiman

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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