The Global Assault on Free Speech Must End

U.K. Bans, Jails Free Speech Activists

What is happening in the UK with free speech and the thought police should be a blaring siren and eye opener to the U.S. Will America wake up in time to stop it?

I do not have a platform unless I create one myself. We have to sneak around and use underground means to get our message out. In this country today, it is becoming a crime to be white, a crime to fly your own flag, and a crime to have right-wing opinions. They show up with their faces covered- we would be arrested for that. There is no free speech anymore, not even here
—  Vinnie Sullivan, Veterans Against Terrorism, reported by RT

As was reported by several outlets, including Breitbart London, free speech activists and co-founders of Generation Identity Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone were detained Friday March 9, 2018 by border police. Police in Calais, France later detained Lauren Southern while she was attempting to enter England by bus. Their alleged crime was that their speaking “would cause tension among local communities and possibly incite hatred.”

Brittany Pettibone was detained because of her intention to interview right-wing citizen journalist Tommy Robinson, who was described by one immigration officer as comparable to the Ku Klux Klan. One claim against them was that Sellner represents a far-right group that “intends to incite racial hatred,” as Breitbart London’s Chris Tomlinson writes.

What Happened To The U.S. Embassy?

Brittany Pettibone is a citizen of the United States. The author of “Hate Day” grew up in California. One of the most stunning things about her detention, which lasted three days, was that not one time did the U.S. State Department or the U.S. Embassy in London contact Pettibone’s family. The United States attempting to obtain her release is not within the Embassy’s ability. However, the question must still be asked, “Why was a U.S. citizen detained for three days in a ‘detention center’, having committed no crime, without representation from her country?”

According to the U.S. Embassy in London, its job is to provide legal services, education on foreign laws, family notification, and monitoring of detention center conditions for citizens of the U.S. arrested abroad. This is shocking and concerning, due to the failure of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassy in Korea in regards to another US citizen detained abroad. Otto Warmbier, detained in North Korea on charges of theft, was released mere days before he died due to the North Korean regimes brutal and inhumane treatment of people jailed within its jurisdiction. In contrast, the U.K. does not practice inhumane treatment of people it detains, but the lack of U.S. Embassy involvement is troubling.

Will The Real Slim Fascist Please Stand Up?

It seems a history lesson is in order for the group known as Antifa, who clashed with members of Generation Identity on Sunday, in a free speech “debate” raging in the streets of London in response to the detainment of three Generation Identity members. Their shouts of “Nazi’s off our streets” is a bit ironic, given the group's rabid assault on the free speech of others, and violence against white people and conservative ideals.

An adequate description of Antif aschistische Aktion can be found on this blog site by Ol’ Remus, called the Woodpile Report. A brief history: “Antifaschistische Aktion, known as ‘Antifa,’ was founded by the Moscow-directed German Communist Party in 1932. Its stated mission was an armed revolution with extreme violence, especially against their main competitor, the brown-shirted Sturmabteilung, paramilitary street thugs of the National Socialist German Workers Party. “

Antifa was not fighting for rights, nor was it resisting racism or fascism by totalitarian regimes. It was, in fact, its own totalitarian regime. Free speech, or any other inherent human right, was not a focus of this group. Its goal was to fight for control and rule of Germany. Naturally, adherents believed they knew how to run Germany better than the Nazi government. They did not, however, consider the wishes of the common man.

Hunting down Nazi’s was only a portion of Antifa’s stated mission. The main mission was to revolutionize their society using extreme violence. It should be noted this group was predominantly communist. The ideals of communism, often cited by its proponents as a higher form of socialism, have been tried in countries for 100 years. The death and destruction of millions of innocent people have been attributed to communism, due to leaders such as Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, and others. You can find a very accurate body count written by Scott Manning of Historian On The Warpath in 2006.

Define Fascism, Please

There is not an unambiguous definition of fascism. People from all ideologies have pointed out many different aspects of this form of politics. Usually for their own purposes. The best description of fascism, for all intents and purposes, is socialism with a capitalist veneer. Keep in mind the word veneer is used as another word for an act, a facade, or front. When used, it constitutes criticism of someone’s behavior as being deceptive. It signifies one's belief that the true underlying nature of a thing is not good. To get a complete view of fascism, accurately described as socialism with a capitalist veneer, one need only look at its failure in Venezuela.

These ideologies are forced on citizens by, and are, in fact, defined by, a violent reaction to any form of opposition. Which is exactly what Antifa’s historically stated mission is; To bring about a revolution using violence. Movements like this one have been notorious for the stripping of basic human rights, including the right to keep what you earn, own your property, and believe what you feel is right to believe. In short, Antifa is anything but anti-fascist and embodies the term fascist.

Wake Up, America!

This movement is quickly gaining ground and growing roots in the United States and has been instrumental in the violence seen in cities across America. The left wishes you to believe that Antifa is a group fighting for the civil liberties of oppressed peoples. That concept would be great if they were not doing so by oppressing people. However, they have the lies of the left to back them up.

An oft-used mantra of the left, and particularly Antifa, is “There is a difference between free speech and hate speech. “However, there is no difference according to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruling in Matal v. Tam states that there is no hate speech exception in the first amendment. A comprehensive analysis of the first amendment can be found here.

Speech that is not protected by the first amendment is limited to obscenity (vulgarity, or profanity), and to speech that endangers a group of people, such as yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre. Other than those exceptions, if you are a United States citizen, you are free to say whatever is on your mind. However, the only consequences you avoid are criminal. If a person wishes to make themselves obnoxious, for example, that person may find themselves excluded from society in general, because the first amendment also protects the people's right to associate with whomever they please.

Who Decides What Hate Speech Is?

Banning speech because it hurts feelings is a violation of the first amendment. If hate speech, despite the fact that it is universally disliked, is not free speech, then there is no such thing as free speech. It all becomes subjective to the thoughts and whims of a set group of people. Put another way; no one likes David Duke or the vile ideals he stands for. However, he has the unalienable right to stand for them. Paul Nehlen is indeed a white nationalist whose tweets are decidedly anti-semitic, despite his claims to the contrary. Also, despite his claim, he is most definitely not MAGA. If you do not stand for all Americans regardless of who they are, or what color they are, then you do not wish to Make America Great Again.

However, as disgusting as Paul Nehlen’s White Nationalist tweets are, they are also protected under the first amendment. While he stands out as someone obviously engaged in hate speech, there are those who have been accused of hatred whose names will blow your mind. One most notable name is the late Reverend Billy Graham, whose death recently brought out some rabid and untrue slander against the man's character. This is the main reason hate speech is not excluded from the first amendment protection of free speech. If we did such a thing, anyone could define hate speech as being anything that offends or insults them.

This Is The Problem

The detention of Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone, and Lauren Southern was because they are part of a group that speaks out against Islamic Sharia law, known for its human rights abuses. In addition to that, Generation Identity speaks out against the opening of borders to “refugees” and “migrant workers,” who are predominantly fighting-age males, and other things that allegedly threaten the wellbeing of the citizenry. This group has a nationalist message that puts the people of a certain country before the open borders fantasies of their globalist leaders.

This is what the U.K. considers hate speech. Many incidents have been reported of people being arrested and fined for what is now known as ‘wrongthink.’ Sharing opposition to an ideology that is not compatible with what one believes democracy to be is now a punishable crime. You can read about these violations of free speech and privacy here, here, and here. Lauren Southern recalls being stunned at the arrest and detention of her friends upon their landing in the UK in this video.

A list of people banned from the UK for supposed thought crimes, which Lauren Southern accurately describes as political discrimination and profiling, includes Geert Wilders in 2009, followed by people like Michael Savage and Pam Gellar. Pam states that they reason she was given was that her views “could cause violence and disrupt community cohesion.” Pam elaborates on that, “But they did not mean that I would be inciting violence, as I have never called for or approved of any violent actions. What they meant was that if I entered the country, Muslims might riot. By threatening violence, Muslims control the public discourse in the U.K. today, and decide who can enter the country and speak and who cannot.”

Muslim Is Not A Race!

It seems that, especially in the case of criticism of Islam, the definition of hate speech is any speech that is in opposition to an ideology dedicated to denigrating and brutalizing women and throwing gay people off of buildings. The ridiculous aspect of this ludicrous position is that it foments racial hatred.

Racism is the hatred of or contempt for another person based solely on the color of their skin. Which disqualifies the criticism of Islam. Being Muslim has nothing to do with race. A Muslim, by definition, is a follower of the religion of Islam. There are adherents to Islam whose skin color is snow white. Though Islam as a religion has been argued hotly, its position as a political ideology has been cemented by the application of sharia law. Sharia law has been touted by American Muslims as superseding the constitution. A recent poll found that most Muslims would replace the constitution with it.

That would make Islam a political ideology, in contrast to Christianity. Christianity advocates adherence to the laws of the land you live in. In fact, so does Judaism, and just about any other established religion. Regardless, it seems prudent to state emphatically that Islam is not a race. Identifying as Muslim is not stating one’s ethnicity. Moreover, speaking against the tenets of Islam is not an act of racism.

There is growing concern in today’s society, especially in conservative circles, that the overplaying of the race card is desensitizing the public. Like the little boy who cried wolf, each time the public comes running and sees nothing remotely like racism happening, it decreases the likelihood that society will take instances of true racism seriously.

This Has To Stop

There have been many instances in America where groups such as Antifa have successfully shut down speeches on college campuses, caused riots and injury in public settings while illegally counter-demonstrating, and, in general, making a veritable nuisance of themselves. You can find a list of eleven rights infringing instances here. The worst thing about these instances is that, as Muslims control free speech in the U.K. by threatening violence, these people will soon have control of freedoms here if this continues to be allowed. How long will it be before the United States starts jailing people for thinking differently than the ideal du jour? How long will it be before Obama’s penchant for locking up journalists spreads?

America was founded on freedom. The whole purpose of the creation of this country is to provide its people with a safe place to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The loss of this great country’s founding principles would be the tragedy of the century. Will America wake up to the globalist agenda? It is time to see Antifa, and groups like it, for what they really are. They are not freedom riders. They are not knights in shining armor. Moreover, they certainly are not patriots. They are the very fascists they claim they are against.

Mary Magaline / Writer

I thrive on political dialogue. Communicating truth has a way of cutting through the noise in this world. When there is chaos all round, you will find me grounded in my Christian faith and networking with like-minded friends online. I love President Trump and I want my country back!
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  1. First, this is one of the most well-written and comprehensive articles written on this subject.

    People need to see that divisiveness is a means of manipulation. Americans need to be United and together fight for the Constitution - for life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, or we will lose it. Then What?

    What is happening in the U.S. has the puppet masters laughing behind the scenes. Sickening.




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