Saturday, May 3, 2014
Sen. Ed Markey proposes eliminating free speech
The progressives are starting to take aim at the First Amendment. Of course, they claim they only want to eliminate "hate speech", not free speech. But what exactly is hate speech? Who defines it? In practice "hate speech" is whatever the government finds objectionable.
We see the example of "hate speech" laws in what was formerly known as England. England now rivals North Korea in arresting anyone that offends the ruling establishment.
U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey wants the government to study and recommend ways to stop the Internet, TV and radio from “encouraging hate crimes,” but First Amendment advocates say the bill is a menace to free speech.
“This proposed legislation is worse than merely silly. It is dangerous,” said civil liberties lawyer Harvey A. Silverglate, arguing even hate speech is protected absent a crime. “It is not up to Sen. Markey, nor to the federal government, to define for a free people what speech is, and is not, acceptable