Hate Speech, and Why I Think It Is Under Fire

I have a Google Alert for the phrase ‘hate speech.’ Any news article with that phrase that Google knows about, is put in my inbox.  I now get links to stories all over the world.

I’ve come to some conclusions.  This hate speech accusation thing is big. 

From South Africa to Indonesia, and the U.S. and UK, people are finding themselves in trouble for words which in another day might have been acceptable.

The Tanjungbalai Police on Thursday announced they had received statements from language experts with North Sumatra University in regards to alleged insults uttered by a Chinese-Indonesian resident named Meliana against a religion. 

That’s from Indonesia, where they had to bring in experts because there was a language issue — and they really were not really sure what Meliana said.Experts had to be brought in to decipher what she said.  How much damage could her words have done?   Apparently she complained about the sounds of the Muslim call to prayer.  

If you’ve never heard the call to prayer, just wait.  You will, in your neighborhood eventually.  It’s like Michael Bolton, but in Arabic.



Chelsea Clinton told the critical thinkers on The View that 2016 brought the normalization of ‘hate speech.’  As usual for a leftist, she has it backwards. 2016 has brought us the criminalization and codification of so-called hate speech. 



Where it is not a crime, it’s a political death-threat.  Donald Trump is being blamed for an uptick in racial and cultural bigotry.  So, he’s responsible for the statements of others, and his campaign has a ‘whiff’ of racism?  I hear those accusations all the time in the press.  

Aren’t political statements supposed to be the most free of all?  Yet Clinton, her mother and her side of the political aisle hope to silence opponents with labels of hate.

In Quebec, Canada, they fined a comedian $35,000 for telling a rude joke.  

In Louisiana, a man has been charged with a hate crime for calling a police officer a n—-.  Mind you, I would never insult anyone because of race, and don’t condone the behavior, but Louisiana has recently added police to the hate speech law already in effect.  

In France, an anti-racism group is taking legal action against a mayor who said that to be French, you must be European. 



Some of this is left wing, some is pro-Islam some of this is just about a lack of emotional strength and intellectual heft.  

Muslims want anti-blasphemy laws, to shield them from any criticism.  My crack about the call to prayer, above in bright blue, would get me charges in France, a fine in Quebec, and a beheading in most of the Middle East. 

Some of it is politics.  The left has few facts on their side when debating immigration, crime, the status of the black family,  the war on poverty and many other issues.  Easier to just call people haters, and then call their followers haters, and if necessary, call those who listen to the facts haters.

Some of this is related to the wussification of the young American mind.  Chalk the nameTrump on a sidewalk, and watch the future leaders of the country curl into the fetal position, while calling for the firing of the Dean of Sidewalks.  They never learned that America is their safe space, and also their free speech zone.  



What to do about this?  We need to stay aware of local situations which dovetail with this issue.  We need to constantly add a voice to the debate.  Always emphasis “I hate what so-and-so said, but this is the country where even stupid and hateful but non-violent words are protected.”

Don’t let anyone call verbal exchanges ‘attacks.’  Pearl Harbor was an attack.

Remind people that there is a fundamental right at stake. Can somebody declare your non-violent statements as hateful, and therefore illegal or forbidden?  Where in the Constitution is that? And what kind of country do you leave to your children if you accept that premise?

When a leftist says “I have a right to…” and the rest of the phrase has to do with their comfort, ignorance or some other fiction, call them on it.  You do not have a right not to be offended.  You do not have a right to never see my religious beliefs in practice.  You do not have a right never to learn a new perspective.

Remember that the left thinks they have made an important point once they’ve declared something is ‘hate.’  So what?  Somebody on your side said what somebody else said is hateful. That’s called a debate.  It’s America.   We do this here.  We’ve survived stupid, evil and hate without the meddling of leftist editors.

People have said hateful, hurtful, disrespectful and stupid things for centuries here, without the heavy hand of a censor. We don’t need them now.

Hate Speech, and Why I Think It Is Under Fire

Churches in Mass. Must Follow Pronoun, Bathroom Guidelines at Secular Events

The left will not stop with schools, sporting events and other so-called public places.  Bathroom rules, multi-gender-based pronouns, so-called offensive speech rules…  These will be enforced everywhere.

Your spaghetti supper is a secular event.  Evangelism might be, too.

The Washington Post’s Eugene Volokh says, Massachusetts: Churches may be covered by transgender discrimination bans, as to ‘secular events’

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This will be illegal.

Now some might think this is fine: Everyone should use the pronouns that the subjects prefer, the argument would go, even if the speaker views such use as endorsement of what the speaker sees as falsehood, or of a wrong-headed ideology. People shouldn’t say derogatory things about transgender people, at least when those people can overhear.

Maybe churches could do something different in sermons, or behind closed doors — but once they open their doors for “secular events,” church leaders have to use the words that the law requires, even when they view them as false or even blasphemous, and have to suppress offensive speech by their congregants. I don’t share this view, but I take it that some do.

But I just think it should be clear that this is where these rules are headed, at least in places like Massachusetts but likely elsewhere as well.



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.



I can’t tell if secular forces are trying to neuter the church for political gains, or if spiritual forces are trying to defeat the faithful in the name of evil.  Either way, this is unlawful, evil and un-American.

Churches in Mass. Must Follow Pronoun, Bathroom Guidelines at Secular Events

Religious Freedom and Freedom to Worship

Kim Davis’ Imprisonment Was Just the Warmup

David Lane in Charisma News: Kim Davis

Greg Baker, my friend and a key leader of The Family Leader in Iowa, wrote the following words about our mutual friend Michael Demastus, the pastor of Fort Des Moines Church of Christ. As you may know, this church has been in the news recently, due to the court battle in which it is engaged, to ensure religious freedom for churches in the Hawkeye State.

“America’s court system is openly disregarding religious freedom in favor of freedom of worship alone. ‘Freedom of worship’ historically means you may practice what you believe within your church setting, but you cannot practice that faith in the public arena. “Freedom of religion” allows you to live out your faith in all aspects. Our courts today still stand for freedom of worship, but they call religious freedom “discrimination.”



Beware the calls of ‘hate speech’ and ‘discrimination’ tossed about.  These words don’t mean what they seem, and are just a way to keep Christian and Jewish religious belief out of the public square.  I will not abandon my Christ or His teaching when I leave the church building.

I don’t expect those who carry different beliefs to bow down to my God, accept my vision, or give up just ’cause God said so.  But neither will I.  We’ve all heard that nature abhors a vacuum.  Eliminate God from American discourse, and you will see something terrible take His place.  In fact, it is already happening.  _  Yours in Christ, Dave Alexander

Religious Freedom and Freedom to Worship

Hobby Lobby CEO: Hillary is Scary for Religious Freedom

Western Journalism:

Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green used to be scared of Donald Trump. However, he’s even more frightened by Hillary Clinton — specifically that if elected, she will completely disregard the deeply held beliefs and religious freedoms of Christians.

“There is no getting around the fact that Jesus offends some people,” Green wrote in his book More than a Hobby. “Nevertheless, he is too important in my life for me to cower in fear of mentioning his name.”

Because of his stance, Green authored a piece for USA Today, throwing his support behind Trump on that basis.



“What I fear she really means is that the beliefs of people of faith across our nation will be discounted, and those people will be forced to violate their conscience under her presidency — a philosophy that would be carried out by anyone she nominates for the Supreme Court,” he wrote, adding that, “Clinton has made no secret she believes government interests supersede the protection of religious liberty.”

Yeah.  A lot of people pick that up from her.  For the left, that’s a feature, not a bug.

 

Hobby Lobby CEO: Hillary is Scary for Religious Freedom

“Hey where’s that picture of the Bible?”

A woman beat her son with a coat hanger, and is using the Indiana Religious Freedom Act to try to avoid punishment.  The Washington Post knows what graphics go with the story:

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I know, this is their excuse for the Bible picture, and her excuse for the beating:

Her Christian beliefs were the “guiding values” that influenced her behavior when she punished her son on Feb. 3, according to the motion to dismiss filed by her attorney, Greg Bowes.

It also cited verses from Proverbs 23:13-14: “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.”


Never mind that Christians across America are appalled at any violence against children, or that we are taught by Jesus to cherish young people.   This is the same media which has a hard time figuring out why Mohammed Ali Mohammed al Shabib Ali from Saudi Arabia shot up a supermarket.  I just made up that name.  

Never mind that her defense will fail.


When was the last time you saw a Koran in a news story?  Ever?

“Hey where’s that picture of the Bible?”

Government in Your Church Bathroom?

NO.  Just not possible.

At stake in the case of Fort Des Moines Church of Christ v. Jackson, argued O’Ban, is whether sexual orientation and gender identity, or SOGI, provisions in state civil rights codes could grant government a “green light to regulate churches.”

The core of the argument is whether or not churches can be considered “public accommodations” and therefore be guilty of “discrimination” if, to borrow language directly from Iowa Code 216.7, they make a person feel “unwelcome” or “not acceptable” because of their gender identity.

In other words, can the state deem a church a “public accommodation” and therefore compel the congregation to open its womens’ bathrooms to biological men who “identify” as female? Or, more liberally applied, could the government charge churches with “discrimination” if their signs, literature, or even sermons make a homosexual person feel “not acceptable”?



If there’s on building in your town which needs to be free of government intervention, it is your church.

I don’t really want homosexuals to feel unwelcome in my church, but isn’t that a decision for the church?

Where will government stop, if not at the church door?

Government in Your Church Bathroom?

Bible on Desk OK, Bible Verses Not OK?

Different Branches of the Military, Different Outcomes, Same Country

Bible approved for AFB desk | IndyBlog | Colorado Springs Independent 

The investigation of a Bible placed at a work station of Air Force Maj. Steve Lewis at Peterson Air Force Base has concluded that the “good book” can stay just where he had it.

At issue are complaints from service members received by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation about the location of the Bible, which sits on a desk in an area where many people work in the Reserve National Security Space Institute.

You can read our coverage of the issue here.

Today, we heard from Lt. Col. David Fruck, chief of public affairs for the 310th Space Wing, who wrote in an email:

As pledged, we have reviewed the situation there. We have concluded that no abuse of liberties has occurred, and Maj Lewis’s behavior and the workplace environment at the RNSSI are well within the provisions of Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, paragraphs 2.11 and 2.12, “Free Exercise of Religion and Religious Accommodation” and “Balance of Free Exercise of Religion and Establishment Clause.”

Fruck, when asked, says he doesn’t know if the Bible has been placed at the work station again, but “the review allows him to have a Bible on his desk.”

No idea how this will affect the continuing case of a former Marine court martialed for Bible verses at her work station:

First Liberty:Sterling

United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling was court-martialed after she refused to take down Bible verses she had posted in her workspace and for reposting the verses after her supervisor threw them in the trash. A trial court ruled against Sterling, giving her a bad conduct discharge and reducing her rank. Sterling appealed to the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, but the appeals court also ruled against her. First Liberty Institute stepped in and appealed Sterling’s case to the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF)— the highest military court. On August 10, 2016, the CAAF ruled against Sterling, denying her constitutional right to religious freedom. First Liberty announced they will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bible on Desk OK, Bible Verses Not OK?

Hillary Clinton and Religious Freedom

 

 

Can we expect religious freedom to be an American foreign policy concern? Ever?


“I’ve been fighting to defend religious freedom for years. As secretary of state, I made it a cornerstone of our foreign policy to protect the rights of religious minorities around the world — from Coptic Christians in Egypt to Buddhists in Tibet,” – Hillary Clinton



Conservative Review:

“Frankly, [Hillary] was AWOL on human rights as a whole and religious freedom in particular,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J told Conservative Review. “She hasn’t even been a player on international religious freedom, much less a leader. It’s troubling that she would make that claim.”

China has long been a major violator of human rights — especially in regard to religious freedom — as it regularly imprisons Christians, harvests the organs of Falun Gong practitioners, and suppresses the activities of charitable religious organizations. The country’s track record was also brought back into public discussion last year when the government engaged in a sweeping cross-removal campaign in one of its heavily Christian regions.

While these and other abuses were going on, “Beijing had no worries about human rights or religious freedom during the seven years of the Obama administration, and during Hillary Clinton’s tenure [as secretary of state] especially,” said Smith, who is co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which produces an annual report outlining the Chinese government’s human rights abuses.



Can we expect better from anyone?  Probably not.  When state sponsored oppression was the only problem, there was a chance.  The United States and the western world could influence others to a small extent.  Now that hoodlums control the Holy Land, Putin has banned preaching the Gospel, and Islamists are killing Christians just for being Christians…   

All we can do is pray, and my prayer is for a civilized world.  

Hillary Clinton and Religious Freedom

Frauds and the tongue Matthew 23:13 James 3:7-10 Mark 13:5-6

 

 

Joel’s not the only one, but he’s one of them. In my opinion, the size of the church isn’t ever the issue: The work and Word are always atop the list.

Just broken

Matthew 23:13-22 (MSG)
13 “I’ve had it with you! You’re hopeless, you religion scholars, you Pharisees! Frauds! Your lives are roadblocks to God’s kingdom. You refuse to enter, and won’t let anyone else in either.

Mark 13:5-6 (NIV)
5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.

James 3:7-10 (MSG)
7-10 This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!

How long have we fought God? Since the beginning. How often do we miss the intention of God and replace it with what we’re all…

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Frauds and the tongue Matthew 23:13 James 3:7-10 Mark 13:5-6

Kim Davis in the Clear

Case Closed – Kim Davis Has Won

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has won the fight for religious freedom after a federal judge issued an order dismissing all three 2015 marriage license lawsuits against her yesterday. U.S. Judge David Bunning dismissed in their entirety, Miller v. Davis, Ermold v. Davis and Yates v. Davis, which brings to an end the trial proceedings against her arising from the 2015 Obergefell decision.

Despite the ACLU’s attempt to continue the case against Kim Davis and assess damages against her, the federal district court dismissed the case, closed the files and ordered all the pending cases to be removed from the docket.

The next case of this sort will have to do with a Wyoming judge who refuses to perform same sex marriages.  Only half of her job has to do with marriages.

Both women have  the same view of gay marriage as all other politicians just a few years ago, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

 

Kim Davis in the Clear