August 21, 2017

New York Times tells ACLU: Stop defending free speech

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

The American Civil Liberties Union is best known for its defence of free speech, and throughout its history, it has taken on the hardest cases.

To cite just one example:

In 1993, the ACLU defended the grand dragon of the Texas KKK — and appointed an African-American lawyer named Anthony Griffin to the case.

Lawyers know that even accused murderers and rapists deserve a fair trial. The left always claimed to support that principle.

But then came Donald Trump.

True, he has a lot of government power, but the left still has more, in culture, business and technology. So if you say the "wrong" thing, your Internet can be cut off. And not by the government.

The New York Times just printed a piece by "K-Sue Park, […] a housing attorney and the Critical Race Studies fellow at the U.C.L.A. School of Law.” She writes:

"I volunteered with the A.C.L.U. as a law student in 2011, and I respect much of its work. But it should rethink how it understands free speech. By insisting on a narrow reading of the First Amendment, the organization provides free legal support to hate-based causes. More troubling, the legal gains on which the A.C.L.U. rests its colorblind logic have never secured real freedom or even safety for all.”

I think Anthony Griffin might object. He was a black man who loved freedom so much he knew he had to give it to his enemies if he wanted it for himself.

But he was a man of a different era, wasn’t he?

And so was the New York Times that once praised him, instead of publishing Millennial racial studies hucksters…

Tonight's guests: Our B.C. Bureau Chief Christopher Wilson joins me to talk about his recent report on who the "conservatives" really are behind the new group "A Strong Canada."

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commented 2017-08-22 21:41:25 -0400
It looks as if the African Slave Trade is back. Or perhaps it never left Sub Saharan Africa. Here are some excerpts from the Times of London today. One wonders how these people will act in Europe.

London Times Aug 23/17: From slavery to street battles, a migrant crisis swamps Europe and Africa

This year more than 97,850 migrants have made the sea crossing from Libya to Italy, just shy of the number that landed in the same period last year, which had a record number. The UN estimates there are at least 700,000 migrants in Libya.

In April the International Organisation for Migration warned of “slave markets” developing in Sabha, a trafficking hub about 500 miles south of the capital. The UN agency said that as many as 100 migrants were being held in warehouses as hostages and beaten until their families paid up.

Months later the slave trade appears to have spread across the country. More than a dozen migrants interviewed by The Times described being purchased multiple times by opportunist thugs, trafficking kingpins and many figures in between. They told of a haphazard world where migrants would be sold in small groups or moved around in packs of several hundred, either to be tortured for ransom to their families, or to work as labourers or sex slaves.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/migrant-crisis-from-slavery-to-street-battles-a-crisis-swamps-europe-and-africa-xkfxvvdv8
commented 2017-08-22 20:18:43 -0400
“@<a class=“tweet-url username” href=“http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=Ayan”>Ayan Ray, Regarding your recent comments on Kevin J Johnston,

July 28: The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) is asking the Attorney General of Ontario to reverse his decision to charge a Mississauga resident with a hate crime.

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association believes that the proceedings against Mr. Johnston are systemically political in nature and should not be consuming public, police, and judicial resources," the petition.

https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/7476560-ocla-petition-says-hate-charge-against-kevin-johnston-systemically-political-/"

The OCLA is an advocacy organization. It seems you don’t understand what that means. Go back to school.
commented 2017-08-22 20:14:28 -0400
“Ayan Ray: The Americans take free speech very seriously. Even more seriously than Canada. People are allowed to say pretty much anything as long as they are not promoting violence of or death towards an identifiable group.”

Example of free speech?

Ezra Levant and the like won’t tell you what Kevin Johnston said in one of his Freedom Report videos:

“It is time for us to take our masculinity back and beat the living hell out of these [Muslims]. Pin them down on the ground, and beat them until they pass out. And when they’re passed out, you beat them further; and when they’re on the ground passed out, kick them, break a kneecap, break an elbow, press their hands backwards turn their wrists sideways, start breaking these guys down.”

Johnston was recently charged under Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code because he is promoting hatred and advocating violence, NOT because he is criticizing Islam.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/08/hate-laws-put-reasonable-limits-on-freedom-of-speech.html

Assuming you have basic reading comprehension, there are numerous comments here that resort to generalization and stereotyping. For example, all Muslims are terrorists and Muslims should not be allowed to come to Canada.

Ezra Levant and the like are responsible for promoting violence and hatred towards others through websites such as these.
commented 2017-08-22 20:13:13 -0400
@Ayan Ray, Regarding your recent comments on Kevin J Johnston,

July 28: The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) is asking the Attorney General of Ontario to reverse his decision to charge a Mississauga resident with a hate crime.

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association believes that the proceedings against Mr. Johnston are systemically political in nature and should not be consuming public, police, and judicial resources," the petition.

https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/7476560-ocla-petition-says-hate-charge-against-kevin-johnston-systemically-political-/
commented 2017-08-22 20:06:40 -0400
“Ayan Ray said , “So as per you, in Canada people are free to promote terrorist ideologies?” No Abbu Taqiyyah, as per they weren’t arrested.”

Any link to substantiate your claim like I have done below?

Larger Muslim community wants apology from mosque and wonders why controversial imam was invited to preach

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/imam-sermon-montreal-mosque-1.4037397

Thanks for confirming that racism, conservatism, and low IQ go hand in hand.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/millennial-media/201304/do-racism-conservatism-and-low-iq-go-hand-in-hand.
commented 2017-08-22 16:41:12 -0400
Michael Petch, that’s what I suspected, and what you read is all that I found on their web page as well.
commented 2017-08-22 16:31:48 -0400
Michael Petch: There are people in the media and government who call anyone they want to dismiss alt right. Breitbart has been mislabelled alt right and defended by studies from Harvard and MIT showing they are not alt right. When I recently heard Richard Spencer was alt right I thought they were mistaking and meant Robert Spencer whose name I am familiar with. That is how much I have heard of Richard Spencer.
commented 2017-08-22 15:43:31 -0400
Janice, the OCLA hasn’t ruled that a specific right of Goldy’s was actually violated. The OCLA isn’t a court they are an organization with an opinion. What they did do is list Goldy as an individual among half dozen others that they believe may have come under the unobjective scrutiny of the government and media created by the frenzy of “cooperative outrage” that they see as a threat to civil rights and could be civil rights violations. Until a civil rights case is brought before the courts (and ruled on by the courts) there is no ruling, just an opinion by the OCLA.
commented 2017-08-22 15:40:49 -0400
As a true stubble jumper raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan (yes, home to former Premier Brad Wall of the Saskatchewan Party) I strongly object to hearing that Andrew Scheer is from Saskatchewan! He was born and educated in Ottawa. Andrew married Jill Ryan from Saskatchewan and followed her home to God’s Country (apologies to Alberta and Manitoba). One of Jill’s brothers, Steve Ryan, ran for the Saskatchewan NDP in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections. Yes, yes Jill is from a good prairie “conservative” family!

My wife and I did not vote for Scheer in the Conservative Party leadership election and were disappointed he won. However, we were ready to accept him as CP leader but a recent interview regarding The Rebel on CBC indicated he was truly spineless, unlike President Donald J. Trump as night and day.

The Rebel and Ezra surely must keep on truckin’ as we are in real trouble in North America. At least in the USA they have President Trump to hold off the Antifas but here it almost appears that Canada is governed by, if not Antifas, most likely supporters of them. Woe is us!
commented 2017-08-22 15:10:14 -0400
Janice, do you have a link for that OCLA ruling? I am having trouble finding it.
commented 2017-08-22 13:40:18 -0400
How many Rebel supporters have a Twitter account? Its free and you can send a message to anyone who has one.

Using Twitter is the way @AndrewScheer, @DeronBilous, @joececiyyc, @MIchaelChongMP, @RachelNotley, @doug_schweitzer, @MarieFrRenaud, ThibaultBen, @Brucesask, @NathanCooperAB, @BrianJeanAB, @MichelleRempel, @Jkenney, stayed in touch with each other/put pressure on their opponents to damage The Rebel.

Incidentally the Ontario Civil Liberties Association has ruled that Faith had her civil liberties violated by politicians and the “media- reported high profile expressions of outrage.” They’re all being incredibly silent now. Is it possible for the OCLA to launch a lawsuit against some of them on her behalf?

Wouldn’t that be cool?

My apologies if I made a mistake on any of the Twitter handles. You can also add videos, screen shots, and even polls to your Tweet. It’s much more effective than complaining here in an echo chamber, except for our friends Ayan and Sarah, of course.
commented 2017-08-22 13:19:26 -0400
Edward Jobin, thanks for your message.
commented 2017-08-22 13:05:51 -0400
Richard Spencer a well known paleoconservative and white nationalist coined (in 2010) and defined the alternative right we see today. He started the website alternativeright.com (now altright.com) in 2010. In 2010 while in Turkey he gave a speech in a Property and Freedom Society (PFS) gathering. The speech was about American conservatism and discussed the emerging alternative right movement. https://vimeo.com/12598049 . The first 20 minutes are about conservatism in general. The last 15 minutes focus more on the alternative right movement. At about the 22 minute mark he brings up race and IQ and mentions white consciousness and eventually the racial question. the PFS conferences are often seen as a racist event.

The last US election was not where the alternative right came from, it was where it came to prominence.

My interest in Spencer and the alt-right in 2010 had more to do with his connections to libertarians and libertarian movement in the US.
commented 2017-08-22 12:43:10 -0400
Janice: Stephan is pretty awesome and welcome back Tammie
commented 2017-08-22 12:41:45 -0400
I honestly don’t think Faith is a racist either. She is Catholic and everyone knows the KKK is no fan of Catholics as well as anti Jewish and white supremacist. I assure you she is none of those things.
commented 2017-08-22 12:32:48 -0400
Janice Kay: There are allot of terms that get thrown around in the media which can be used like chameleons. Another such term is antifa which means anti fascist but they are communist in origin. I didn’t know that much about them either a year back and sometimes media go back and call them anti racists. I remember anti racists fighting the white heritage front a number of years back and thinking hey if they were stopping people being beaten by neo Nazis and if you are simply defending someone I am not opposed to that. But antifa are weapon carrying thugs who aren’t interested in anyone’s particular cause other than to promote their own communist organization and many in the public know very little about this group and their communist leaning largely because very few in the media have even mentioned the name antifa until it became an issue within a few days after the Charlottesville protest/killing. I have written news organizations repeatedly ad getting them to even acknowledge antifa was like pulling teeth. All this is now in the open and needs to be exposed. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/19/cnn-normalizes-antifa-leftists-seek-peace-through-violence/
commented 2017-08-22 12:19:36 -0400
I’m just back from a twelve day, no tech vacation….returned to quite a few bombshells!
I have read the e-mails from Ezra and watched a few segments. It will take me a few days to catch up on everything.
I am hoping some fences can be mended where Faith is concerned; and, I will miss Brian Lilley’s excellent contributions to Rebel Media & his thorough approach to his reports.
commented 2017-08-22 12:10:42 -0400
Michael Petch commented 1 hour ago, “Edward Jobin the term alt-right was used for the first time almost a decade ago. Richard Spencer ended up coining the term in 2010. You watch too much Rebel Media and assume what Ezra tells you is the truth when often it isn’t.”

People on the Alt-Right say that the word has been thrown around/used by people like Milo Yiannopoulos and others to make themselves look cool or edgy. And since the term Alt-Right has been used in publications to describe Liberals like Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin and even the Rebel Cruise, I’m not surprised that Ezra was confused as to it’s true meaning. It’s used as much as possible by those on the Left to discredit the validity of any ideas from the Right. It’s a replacement for the word, “racist”.

If anyone wants to hear what the Alt-Right is, from the horse’s mouth, here’s a video interview of someone from the Alt-Right by Stefan Molyneux
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Wn0J0eC6I&amp;t=3982s
commented 2017-08-22 11:43:24 -0400
Correction I want to hear not here. Damn it I need to proofread before posting and not be on 5 different sites at the same time. My bad. Excuse my spelling error
commented 2017-08-22 11:41:19 -0400
Mitch Petch: I watch CNN as well. I didn’t hear them start using that term until Trump and I thought they were just using it as another term for the tea party. By the way I admire Ezra but I don’t put anyone on a pedestal. There are a few issues I don’t agree just as I don’t agree with anybody on every single issue. That is neither here nor there. I don’t hate anyone or write them off because I don’t agree on every single issue. I also keep my mind open to many issues. On global warming. I want to here all the arguments and am open to any new evidence but I will say he does present good arguments as he does on many issues. You cannot honestly believe that Ezra being Jewish would openly endorse Nazis or have black members on staff if he was a white supremacist. Of all the criticisms he has received those are the most bogus of all and are being made either because people completely ignorant as to who he is or are willfully ignorant (evil) because the just don’t care. The most logical reason I didn’t know alt right means white supremacists because I don’t listen to those guys or keep up on their latest terminology. But if you choose to believe differently I respect your freedom to be wrong.
commented 2017-08-22 10:49:09 -0400
Edward Jobin the term alt-right was used for the first time almost a decade ago. Richard Spencer ended up coining the term in 2010. You watch too much Rebel Media and assume what Ezra tells you is the truth when often it isn’t.
commented 2017-08-22 10:44:57 -0400
You will all fall in line and vote for Scheer when the time comes – who do you think you are kidding.
commented 2017-08-22 10:26:34 -0400
Jane Yourkevich: I don’t believe for a moment that Faith Goldy is a racist however it was a mistake taking that interview which almost makes her look like she is supportive of this group. Part of the problem is there has been ambiguity over the term alt right. It has only been around for a year or slightly longer (as far as I am aware) but it has been used to mean different things. When I first heard it I had no idea people were saying alt right meant white supremacist but it is a term that white supremacist s and neo Nazis have gladly embraced. Ezra was wise to warn her not to go as in this politically charged environment there are those who are eager to look for any misstep to try and undermine you. You also run the risk of making bad judgement and getting swept up in something you never planned on happening. All fodder for your critics. Part of me thinks there is nothing wrong with covering controversial events if you are willing to take the risk of getting a beating or even being killed (journalists do it all the time. If Ezra was to cover a liberal convention it does not mean he is a supporter. Some of Faith’s statements come off as though she is offering support to these people and they greet it with great appreciation. If people are chasing you through the streets or coming at you with baseball bats or other weapons it is easy to fid yourself in the arms of those you perceive as defending you. This was a huge mistake. These racists although entitled to their free speech are every bit as evil as the Antifa communists are. I also recognize there was people on both sides of the monument issue that had no ties to extremist or hateful groups. In that cocktail of competing ideologies misunderstanding and confusion have an increased possibility of occurring. There are those wanting to deliberately smear us already we certainly needed to avoid giving them any fodder.
commented 2017-08-22 10:24:43 -0400
Free speech is considered by Alt-Left/Marxists and Postmodernists to grant power to the oppressors who are white males of European background. Notice that whenever free speech is shut down, it’s free speech primarily by white men. Eg, Ryerson University recently cancelled a panel discussion that included Dr Jordan Peterson. Middlesbury College in Vermont cancelled a speech by Dr Charles Murray. Ben Shapiro, a white conservative writer was prevented from speaking at California State University. Free speech is now considered “white speech” which makes it a tool of the white oppression. That’s one of the reasons that many small right-wing groups tried to voice their objections in Charlottesville. There was a tiny minority of Neo-Nazis in attendance and some locals from there, think some of these were government plants. Most of the groups there were headed by well educated peaceful white men who want to hang on to their ability to carry on with their lives like they did ten years ago, be able to speak, for one. So, this whole shut down of free speech is really a continuation of the attack on white men. And the Canadian MSM that’s full of white men appears to be behind the Marxists one hundred percent.
commented 2017-08-22 10:06:30 -0400
There are a few other restrictions on free speech that you really should familiarize yourself with so you can better understand why people need free speech and what restrictions apply. Defending free speech does not mean agreeing with whatever idea they are promoting in that free speech.