Freedom of Speech on the Edge of Extinction
January 3, 2012
America, our God given right to free speech is on the proverbial edge of fading into the oblivion. Recently, an international court has ruled in that direction. No matter what your views are on this subject matter, you have to ask yourself how this could affect you.
We will get into the latest attack in just a few moments, first we must see what our Creator given right as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights clearly states. The following amendment can be read at archives.gov by clicking here.
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.”
With that being made fresh in your mind, we can now turn our attention to the court case I previously mentioned. Pay close attention to the way this ruling was worded. Let me be sure to point out the word “objectionable” as a key point.
The following is from, Your Jewish News that can be read by clicking here.
“Social websites including Google and Facebook have been ordered by an Indian court to remove all ‘anti-religious’ and ‘anti-social’ content within six weeks.
On Saturday a Delhi Court ordered 22 social networking sites, including Yahoo and Microsoft, to wipe the objectionable and defamatory contents and file compliance reports by February 6, 2012.
Additional Civil Judge Mukesh Kumar passed the order on a suit filed by Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi seeking to restrain the websites from circulating objectionable and defamatory contents.”
This Article went on to say:
“The minister insisted he was not smothering free speech but was suggesting screening possible ‘incendiary’ material.”
What this ruling actually did, was open the door to squash anything that they deem objectionable in content. By this decision, it makes it possible to completely remove our rights to say what we feel no matter what the subject matter. This ruling has already paved the way to remove a very popular web site from the internet.
The Web Site Bare Naked Islam will be scrubbed from the internet as of January 6th for the following reasons. The full article can be read at Big Government by clicking here.
“An anti-Islam blog that failed to remove inflammatory comments from a few of its readers will be permanently taken down by its hosting company, WordPress, on January 6 as the result of a number of complaints filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).”
Then the writer of this article went on to get the following response from CAIR:
“CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper defended the organization’s decision to monitor the site, and said that it had also contacted the FBI about the site on prior occasions. The FBI reportedly told CAIR that they would “look into the matter.” Hooper:
“There are thousands of anti-Muslim hate sites and we don’t say anything about them because if people say they hate Islam and they want it destroyed they have that right. But, if someone says I go by this specific mosque every day and I want to burn it down or here’s how you desecrate a mosque and I encourage you to go do this, that’s a little beyond the pale.” From Hooper’s perspective, the incitement comments were not limited to the commenters.
“She would delete the word, presumably “shoot” or “kill.” and put asterisks in their place as if that made a difference. This wasn’t just the commenting people–it was the blogger herself, she was encouraging them saying you should desecrate a mosque, she would encourage them and agree with them.”
I believe an individual has the right to say whatever it is that they want to say. I also subscribe to the notion, one has a responsibility to govern what they choose to say. Neither I nor does anyone here at Ole Glory News condone any type of threatening comments as were mentioned in the article. However, on the same token, if they can scrub a website just for an opinion, where does the line get drawn. If any anti-Islamic sites or language will be removed, can the same be said about anti-Jewish, or anti-Christians verbiage be given the same treatment?
While I understand this particular ruling by a court was for India, the situation still exists that the internet is accessible on a World Wide Web. With this in mind, please understand that since those who write online, all use the same internet, to be sure, this can and may affect those here in America, as well.
With a ruling like this, we as a nation are heading down a slippery slope. If our beliefs are in a direct opposition to the powers that be, will they automatically find it objectionable, and then, remove the post? Once a Liberty has been removed it is never returned again. We as a nation must require nothing less than our constitutional rights. May God Continue to bless America!!!