Friday, May 8, 2009

Hate Speech and Secret Agendas

This past week, Britain’s Home Secretary Jacqui Smith published a list of 22 people who have been banned by the government since October due to their “extreme behavior” or speech. While this list did contain the names of a number of actual terrorists, it also included that of Michael Savage, conservative American talk show host who is for his libertarian bent.
Smith explained her decision by saying that "it's important that people understand the sorts of values and sorts of standards that we have here, the fact that it's a privilege to come and the sort of things that mean you won't be welcome in this country."
Having listened to perhaps a half dozen of Savages programs, I have a fairly limited exposure to his “rants”, but enough to be able to comment that, in my experience, I have never heard Savage say anything I would consider qualifies him as an “extremist”. He regularly criticizes liberals, but also vents on Republicans whom he believes are not living up to conservative or libertarian ideals. He vehemently denies having ever called for any violence, and I have never heard him do so either. According to the Huffington Post, Savage has called the Quran a “book of hate”, among other things, and responds to the accusations that he is a dangerous extremist by saying: "She's linking me with mass murderers who are in prison for killing Jewish children on buses? For my speech?”

But perhaps facts are unimportant to liberals in power: what matters is the “feeling” they get when listening to people whose opinions they don’t share. And when they hear these opinions, rather than agreeing that it constitutes part of the individual’s constitutional rights of freedom of speech, they instead seek to shut down the discussion. In this case, Smith continues that Savage is "someone who has fallen into the category of fomenting hatred, of such extreme views and expressing them in such a way that it is actually likely to cause intercommunity tension or even violence if that person were allowed into the country".

What is interesting in this quote is not that Savage is promoting violence, but that rejection of his speech might “cause intercommunity tension or even violence”. Really? Who exactly would be likely to respond violently to his statement that the Quran is a “book of hate”? Oh, that’s right; the same people who murdered Theo van Gogh: the Muslims.

In our country, the First Amendment to the US constitution was written to protect the individual’s right to speech—especially speech considered by some to be “offensive”. Why? Because the founding fathers were reacting the tyranny of a government that prohibited speech that offended the powerful and was perceived to threaten the status quo. Perhaps the queasy English still cannot stomach powerful language, which is why the books of Jonathon Swift were once banned. Fear of a reaction to speech by groups that react violently to criticism has led the UN to consider banning any statements that “offend Islam”. Beware the global thought police knocking down your door someday lest your statements offend someone in another part of the globe.

Given their way, liberals would have this policy of banning speech also apply to a wide range of “protected” groups. Here in the USA, liberals are pushing to expand “hate crime” legislation to cover a wide variety of groups based upon their sexuality. Reacting to the pressures of the pro-gay constituency, House Judiciary Democrats are promoting HR 1913. This bill would specify protections for anyone victimized by a hate crime to include “sexual orientation”, without limitations on the definition of “sexual orientation”. The idea is that homosexuals should be protected from any sort of criminal victimization including negative, insulting or degrading comments about their sexual orientation. But when some conservatives realized that this would also grant protections to folks whose sexual orientation included pedophilia, they tried to amend the act to exclude that and a few other sexual proclivities—and these proposed changes were rejected.

According to an article published in WVW News, “No homosexual, whether he be into sado-masochism, bestiality, transvestism, necrophilia (sex with the dead), or pedophilia, should consider himself outside special protection.” In fact, no person with those orientations and many more would be excluded.

In short, by definition of a “Hate Crime”, a person does not just have to perpetrate a violent act against a protected group, because “Hate Speech” is also a Hate Crime. Therefore, any speech deemed by the elite to constitute Hate Speech would be covered and would be punishable.

A definition of Hate Speech given at Wikipedia includes the following:
“Hate speech is a term for speech intended to degrade a person or group of people based on their race, gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, language ability, ideology, social class, occupation, appearance (height, weight, hair color, etc.), mental capacity, and any other distinction that might be considered by some as a liability. The term covers written as well as oral communication and some forms of behaviors in a public setting. It is also sometimes called antilocution and is the first point on Allport's scale which measures prejudice in a society.”

So what does this mean for you and me? If we were to say, for example, that “pedophiles are monsters”, the champions of diverse sexual orientations could say we were “degrading” pedophiles, our language could be qualified as “hate speech”, and that we had committed a “hate crime”. To say that necrophiliacs—yes, people who find it fulfilling to have intercourse with corpses—were “disgusting creeps”, we again would have committed a crime. What about zoophiles (people who have sex with animals)? They would also be protected.

Mind you, the speech does not have to promote violence or even use insulting language to be considered by some to be Hate Speech. There are cases were individuals who simply stated that they believed homosexuality to be immoral or perverted were accused of a Hate Crime. And in the pro-queer hysteria that is energizing the liberals, even if speech does not pass the threshold of a punishable Hate Crime, it can trigger virulent attacks against the individual, such as in the recent case of Miss California, Carrie Prejean. Responding to a question about her opinion about Gay Marriage posed to her by Miss America judge Perez Hilton, Miss Prejean honestly stated that her religious and personal beliefs led her to believe that marriage should be between a man and woman. For that simple response, Hilton posted a blog video calling her a “dumb bitch”. While on MSNBC with Keith Olbermann, Michael Musto even said that he knew that Miss Prejean was “formerly Harry Prejean, a homophobic man who liked marriage so much he did it three times” and underwent surgery to get her “penis” cut off, while Olbermann insulted her by saying “she is not only just a boob, but a fake boob.”

Last time I checked, women were also protected from misogynist Hate Speech—but apparently not if it comes from a gay, or a popular liberal talk show host. The hatred in their opinions that spurted from their lips was utterly undeniable and was the most offensive Speech from the left since Obama supporters sported t-shirts reading “Sarah Palin is a cunt.”

This stunning example of hypocrisy is just the tip of the iceberg, and hints at a disturbing trend of the injustice and oppression to come.

In recent years, another bastion of traditional values that has come under attack is the Boy Scouts of America organization (BSA). Their offense: they reject homosexuals participating in the organization. The liberal, pro-queer media has portrayed their position as a clear example of homophobia, In his article, “Pedophile Priests and Boy Scouts”, David Kupelian writes:
“In the last year or so, many Americans, organizations and corporations have withdrawn their financial and moral support from the Boy Scouts of America, marginalizing and condemning the organization as bigoted and hateful. Many United Way chapters have ceased to fund the BSA, some local governments have declared it to be discriminatory, and, toward the end of his presidency, Bill Clinton signed an executive order used by a federal agency to try to evict the Boy Scouts from federal lands.

He explains that, while the public in general has correctly chastised the Catholic Church for not taking drastic steps to curtail the sexual exploitation of children by Priests, the liberals have attacked the BSA as “homophobes” because they actually did take steps to protect the boys in the organization. Kupelian explains, “Historically, the BSA has had a serious problem with sexual offenses by male leaders against Scouts – so serious that prevention has become a major preoccupation, with constant leader screening and training, the ‘two-deep leadership’ requirement and programs for Scouts to identify warning signs of inappropriate advances by adults.”

So the BSA is attacked and vilified for taking preventative steps to prevent homosexual exploitation of the young boys in the organization, while the Catholic Church is contradictorily attacked for NOT taking similar preventative steps!

Kupelian then reveals a shocking analysis. The mainstream liberal media has misreported the “Church scandal” in such a way as to hide the disgusting truth that the majority of pedophile cases were homosexual. They did this by incorrectly lumping cases where heterosexual priests engaged in inappropriate activity with women as “pedophilia”, in order to increase the percentage of hetero-pedophilia and disguise the rampant homosexual proclivities of many of the Priests. He writes: “Stephen Rubino, a lawyer who has represented over 300 alleged victims of priest abuse, estimates 85 percent of the victims have been teen-age boys. And Catholic psychiatrist Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, who has treated many victims and offending priests, agrees with that figure, noting that 90 percent of his patients are either abused teen-age males or their priest abusers.”

Other investigations come to the same conclusion. " ‘Overwhelming evidence supports the belief that homosexuality is a sexual deviancy often accompanied by disorders that have dire consequences for our culture,’ wrote Steve Baldwin in, ‘Child Molestation and the Homosexual Movement,’ soon to be published by the Regent University Law Review.” How rampant is the problem?

" ‘The rate of homosexual versus heterosexual child sexual abuse is staggering,’ said Reisman, who was the principal investigator for an $800,000 Justice Department grant studying child pornography and violence. ‘Abel’s data of 150.2 boys abused per male homosexual offender finds no equal (yet) in heterosexual violations of 19.8 girls.’"

Before you come to the conclusion that this is “Hate Speech” promoted by conservative Homophobes, consider the following citations from the article:
• The Journal of Homosexuality recently published a special double-issue entitled, "Male Intergenerational Intimacy," containing many articles portraying sex between men and minor boys as loving relationships. One article said parents should look upon the pedophile who loves their son "not as a rival or competitor, not as a theft of their property, but as a partner in the boy's upbringing, someone to be welcomed into their home."
• In 1995 the homosexual magazine "Guide" said, "We can be proud that the gay movement has been home to the few voices who have had the courage to say out loud that children are naturally sexual" and "deserve the right to sexual expression with whoever they choose. …" The article went on to say: "Instead of fearing being labeled pedophiles, we must proudly proclaim that sex is good, including children's sexuality … we must do it for the children's sake."
• Larry Kramer, the founder of ACT-UP, a noted homosexual activist group, wrote in his book, "Report from the Holocaust: The Making of an AIDS Activist": "In those instances where children do have sex with their homosexual elders, be they teachers or anyone else, I submit that often, very often, the child desires the activity, and perhaps even solicits it."
• In a study of advertisements in the influential homosexual newspaper, The Advocate, Reisman found ads for a "Penetrable Boy Doll … available in three provocative positions. She also found that the number of erotic boy images in each issue of The Advocate averaged 14.
• Homosexual newspapers and travel publications advertise prominently for countries where boy prostitution is heavy, such as Burma, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

We can now understand the motivations for why the pro-gay activists want to include protections in HR 1913 for Pedophiles and other perverts: because, from their perspective, “they are us”, so to speak. And, were they given the power they so desire, they would label the research discussed above as “Hate Speech”, the authors could be prosecuted as criminals. The liberals speak with forked tongues, condemning “pedophile priests” on the one hand, but demanding that anyone who slurs queer pedophiles be prosecutable for having committed Hate Crimes.

Barely two hours after posting this blog, I found the following interesting news:
Facebook urged to remove Holocaust-Denial Sites. "Attorney Brian Cuban, brother of Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban, has been trying since last year to have the pages of groups with such names as "Holocaust: A Series of Lies," and "Holocaust is a Holohoax" removed from Facebook." He continues: "There is no First Amendment right to free speech in the private realm," Cuban said. "This isn't a freedom-of-speech issue. Facebook is free to set the standard that they wish."
Really? As repulsive as Holocaust Denial is, and I find it pretty disgusting, I find it interesting that we are told that there is "no First Amendment right in the private realm". So Facebook is "free to set the standard that they wish"?
Why then was the same standard not applied to the dating service eHarmony, which did not want to create a parralel homosexual dating service? After months of pressure and attacks that the owners were homophobes (there's that word again), eHarmony was sued and finally caved in, after being sued for being exclusive.
The left has exposed its contradictory values yet again.

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