All posts tagged: Free Speech

Poll: University students want less free speech

A survey of university students in Britain reveals that they are increasingly becoming more opposed to free speech and conservative views, the Daily Mail reports. The survey, conducted by Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), found that 36% of students believe professors should be fired if they offend the views of students. This is more than double the percentage of students (15%) who held the same opinion in HEPI’s 2016 survey. As well, 39% of students believe that universities should ban all speakers that some students consider controversial, up from 16% in 2016. And 86% of students believe that trigger warnings should be put on material that might cause some students to be upset, up from 68% in 2016 READ: Now students call for LESS free speech… and one in ten wants to BAN Tory party from campuses, study shows So what kind of material could potentially cause meltdowns in students, you ask. Earlier this year, Scotland’s University of the Highlands and Islands put a trigger warning on Ernest Hemmingway’s book, The Old Man and the …

Sports Illustrated claims prayer at sporting events erodes democracy

In a recent article (June 13, 2022), Sports Illustrated (SI) suggested that allowing players and coaches to pray prior to a game would lead to the erosion of democracy, Breitbart reports. The magazine was discussing a court case before the Supreme Court involving Joe Kennedy who was fired as an assistant coach by Bremerton High, because he prayed with his players on the football field. Breitbart explains: “This Sports Illustrated article is little else but a long smear against Christians, conservatives, and white people in general, and coach Kennedy in particular, and on a vicious personal level, at that,” Breitbart News noted. Conservatives and religious freedom activists took to social media to lambaste Sports Illustrated for such a disgraceful display of left-wing bias. It’s expected that the Supreme Court will soon make a ruling on the case involving religious freedom. READ: Sports Illustrated Blasted for Saying Prayer in Sports is ‘Eroding Democracy’ Breitbart also supplied a few tweet responses to SI’s article written by Greg Bishop: A couple of my favorites:

Facebook censors a meme of boys playing accusing it of gender stereotyping

One of the co-founders of Army of Parents, an organization dedicated to fighting Loudoun County Public Schools’ woke agenda, alleges that Facebook censored one of its memes, the Daily Caller reports. The move reflected a major change in the censorship bureau at the social media giant. Last year, Erin Poe had posted a meme with photos of six boys that included them playing in mud and climbing fences with the words “Raising boys is not for the faint hearted.” Last year, it was fine, but when Poe decided to repost it this year, when it came up as a memory on her timeline, Facebook’s Politburo deemed the meme as gender stereotyping and removed it. Facebook censors then blocked Poe from accessing her page for three days. There was an added warning that a second offense would lead to a seven-day ban, and persistent posts deemed offensive by the politburo could lead to a permanent ban. READ: Co-Founder Of Virginia Parent Org Alleges Facebook Flagged ‘Raising Boys’ Meme To ‘Erase Gender Stereotypes’ According to Merriam-Webster: Definition …

Did Jesus speak about censorship on Palm Sunday?

According to China Aid, a watchdog on religious persecution in Communist China, effective March 1, 2022, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has banned the word “Christ” on China’s social media platforms. The banning was part of rules implemented under the Communist regime’s “Measures for the Administration of Internet Religious Information Services.” The Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), a house church movement that started in China in 2006, was one of the first to report the fallout of this new law. China Aid reports that one of ERCC’s members was creating a survey on WeChat, a group messaging app, asking members to vote on their favorite Christian book. Included on the list was one entitled, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. As soon the member typed the word Christ, the WeChat app refused to allow the post to be uploaded and provided the following warning: “The word ‘Christ’ you are trying to publish violates regulations on Internet Information Services, including but not limited to the following categories: pornography, gambling, and drug abuse; excessive marketing; incitement.” …

Police officer vindicated after being punished for praying in front of an abortion clinic

The city of Louisville, KY just paid police officer, Matt Schrenger, $75,000 as part of a settlement after the city’s police force put the 13-year veteran on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation, for praying in front of an abortion clinic. According to CBN, in February 2021, Schrenger, who was off duty at the time, was with his dad when they bowed their heads and prayed in front of a closed abortion clinic one Saturday morning. Though in uniform, the decorated officer was wearing an overcoat that covered it up. His moment of prayer, which was caught by surveillance cameras, was condemned by pro-abortionists on social media. Though the resulting investigation by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) resulted in Schrenger returning to work, with the help of the Thomas More Society, Schrenger sued the city and the LMPD in Oct 2021, for violating his constitutional rights. READ: Punished for Praying: Police Officer Vindicated After Bowing His Head in Front of Abortion Clinic

A ‘new’ free speech university?

With most universities in North America having transformed into Soviet-style indoctrination camps for the left, a new university dedicated to preserving free speech to be set up in Austin, Texas, has professors pleading to get in. The University of Austin is being funded by Cicero Research and expects to be open for business in the fall of 2022. It was a response to universities across America banning free speech, particularly conservative views, on their campuses. Fox News recently interviewed Peter Boghossian, one of the school’s founding members, who said the school is being flooded with applicants to fill its professorships. Boghossian added, “They can’t stand the censoriousness, they can’t stand the diversity statements. They can’t stand pretending to believe something that not only do they not believe, they just know it is false, but they can’t do anything about it lest they receive accusations of bigotry or discrimination.” Boghossian cited one applicant who said, “I’m caught in an insane asylum, everybody’s gone crazy, I will work for half,” READ: University of Austin dedicated to free …

Poll: Have universities become re-education camps?

According to a recent survey reported by The College Fix, a ‘freedom of speech’ organization for university students, over half the students on US Campuses said they hold back on expressing their opinions on social or political issues during classes over fears of mockery or rejection and by fears that their grades will be reduced for holding opinions not approved by their professor.

Poll: Americans overwhelming prefer offensive free speech over censorship

According to a recent survey of Americans by Rasmussen, 80% of people who vote want free speech and only 9% of those wanted governments to determine what speech is allowed or not. The pollster noted that people overwhelmingly preferred offensive and even inaccurate speech over censorship The pollster also discovered that the support for free speech was wide ranging with at least 70% supporting free speech in all age groups and demographics. The pollster company added that 59% of Americans consider governments and politicians as a special interest group more interested in fulfilling their personal agendas than doing what is best for America. According to Scott Rasmussen, only “34% believe the federal government today supports the founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance.” READ: Poll: 4 in 5 Americans prefer offensive, inaccurate speech over censorship AND 80% SAY ALLOWING OFFENSIVE, INACCURATE FREE SPEECH BETTER THAN GIVING GOVERNMENT POWER TO DECIDE The poll starkly reveals the tyranny of the minority, a group of woke elitists, concentrated in the mainstream media, social media and political positions are …

Freedom of speech means freedom to preach the Gospel, even on a campus

In an 8-1 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of a former student of Georgia Gwinnett College, Chike Uzuegbunam, after the institute prevented Chike from sharing his faith on campus. The court ruled that it was in complete “violation” of Chike’s constitutional rights. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was the only Justice who dissented in the final ruling. In a controversial move the 12,000 student school had set up two small areas on campus where people were allowed to exercise their constitutional right to free speech. But in the end, even these were not free speech zones if a woke student was offended by what was said. According to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who represented Chike in the lawsuit, the space where the college allowed free speech only represented 0.0015% of the school’s total property. In 2016, Chike was sharing his faith and distributing leaflets on campus, when he was initially stopped by college security. After being told these type of activities were only allowed in the two free speech zones, Chike then …

COVID lockdown turns into free speech lockdown?

With one of the world’s most successful vaccination programs, Britain is on the verge of ending its lockdowns that were among the most restrictive in the western world. But recent access to information request revealed that with its lockdown soon to end, the government wants to extend its law banning protests. Some are calling it a blatant attack on freedom of speech. Breitbart explains: The British government is reportedly seeking to extend powers granted to police to crack down on protests even after lockdown restrictions are lifted, raising concerns about the state of freedom of speech in the country. A freedom of information request has revealed that Home Secretary Priti Patel wrote to the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), questioning how the government could continue to limit protests. In the September letter, reported by The Observer on Sunday, Patel said that while protesting is “a cornerstone of our democracy”, she inquired as to how the Home Office could prevent protests from impacting upon “the rights of others to go about their …

Online Censorship: Are they banning the Bible now?

Are some parts of the Bible being banned from the Internet? A woman in England, Seyi Omooba, posted some Bible quotes about homosexuality on Facebook. She stated that the Bible position on the subject is “clearly evident.” Several people called for her to be fired from her job, and later she was fired. READ: Theater Fired Christian Actress for Facebook Post Citing Bible Verses on Homosexuality, Suit Says That was not censorship by Facebook. She lost her job because people read her quotations from the Bible, on Facebook. The issue is now in the courts, and I’m sure the managers at Facebook don’t want to be involved. Other people have claimed that some parts of the Bible cannot be quoted on some Internet platforms. Paul Joseph Watson recently posted a video “Facebook bans Bible passages to YouTube.” His claims were investigated by Newsweek, and reporters questioned Facebook management. After an internal investigation, Facebook apologized and reversed the decision to ban the video. The Newsweek article is “Facebook Unbans BibleHub Passages After Censoring Them ‘In Error’” …

Survey reveal cancel culture’s attack on ‘free speech’

According to a recent survey in Britain, half of those surveyed believe that free speech is being threatened by cancel culture as half said they found it difficult to express their opinions on controversial topics. The Daily Mail explains: Half of Britons fear freedom of speech is ‘under threat’ in the UK as rampant ‘cancel culture’ scares people out of speaking their minds, a poll has found. Some 50 per cent of Britons feel it is harder to share their honest thoughts on controversial topics such as immigration or transgender rights now than it was five years ago.  Meanwhile,  just 12 per cent of those surveyed, or one in eight, disagreed, according to the poll commissioned by Laurence Fox’s Reclaim Party.  READ: Half of Britons fear freedom of speech is under threat from the rise of ‘cancel culture’, poll by Laurence Fox’s Reclaim Party reveals The left-wing, woke mob on Twitter gangs up on anyone they believe does not fall in line with their way of thinking. Not surprisingly cancel culture is dominating mainstream media in …