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Monday, January 26, 2015

Limiting free speech?...it's already begun...

Freedom of Speech on Trial in America: Rapper Facing Life in Prison for Song Lyrics

San Diego, CA — A California prosecutor is trying to put a man in jail for 25 years to life, not for hurting someone, not for robbing a store, not for drugs, but for his choice or words in a song.

Forget it's about gangster rap for a minute....
The way the laws are set up, especially here in Canada, if someone doesn't like what you say, they can hit you with a hate crime, or bring you up on charges to the provincial human rights commission, conveniently controlling free speech...
Now, if someone says something they don't like, even in a song, they can claim it's criminal and go after you, saying you profited from the proceeds of crime?...as they did with the person in the story above...
And if you think this is only limited to that story...you haven't been watching what's going on lately, especially the fear the elitist have about the web freedoms.
How many times has a reporter for instance wanted to write a story but "re-arranged" the truth so not to loose his job out of fear....
Consider this to be slow control of freedom of speech...
Look at what happened in france, western leader claim and embrace free speech on one hand, but limits it with the other in their own country...
What about the magazine itself, making fun of some religions, claiming free speech yet  firing one of it's own for anti semitic cartoons?

It's either free speech or it's not, can't have it both ways....
Of course there will be things that will offend. but any control of free speech is anti democratic and puts all of us on a very dangerous path if we limit it because we are offended...
Thing is about free speech if you don't like it you can stop reading, you have that choice...
We can boycott, ignore it, but controlling it...that is not the way it works...
It always starts small, then one day you wake up and it's something else..
till the freedoms your grandparents enjoyed are all but gone....
But it's OK, at least this way your safe from...terrorism...in other words;
We tried to correct one problem by adopting another....

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