Friday, February 17, 2012

Liberals Suppressing Freedom of Speech Again

Professor Volokh points to another liberal effort to suppress free speech again:

For this, the defendants were convicted of “agitation against a national or ethnic group,” which I take it is a legal term of art in Sweden that also extends to sexual orientation groups, and Swedish courts upheld the convictions. The European Court of Human Rights in turn upheld the convictions, reasoning:
55. The Court notes that the applicants distributed the leaflets with the aim of starting a debate about the lack of objectivity of education in Swedish schools. The Court agrees with the Supreme Court that even if this is an acceptable purpose, regard must be paid to the wording of the leaflets. The Court observes that, according to the leaflets, homosexuality was “a deviant sexual proclivity” that had “a morally destructive effect on the substance of society”. The leaflets also alleged that homosexuality was one of the main reasons why HIV and AIDS had gained a foothold and that the “homosexual lobby” tried to play down paedophilia. In the Court’s opinion, although these statements did not directly recommend individuals to commit hateful acts, they are serious and prejudicial allegations.
56. The Court also takes into consideration that the leaflets were left in the lockers of young people who were at an impressionable and sensitive age and who had no possibility to decline to accept them. Moreover, the distribution of the leaflets took place at a school which none of the applicants attended and to which they did not have free access.
Of course, the gay activists and their liberal allies turned out in force in the comments section to excuse or obfuscate the totalitarian nature of this.  Where is this leading?  If you read George Orwell's 1984, you recall what O'Brien tells Winston while torturing Winston into loving Big Brother:
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever.
A very clever commenter captured the essence of the homofascism that now defines liberalism:
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a rainbow-colored dildo slapping a human face — forever. 
 There is no intrinsic reason that a free society can't tolerate a variety of sexual deviancies.  But in practice, homosexual activists can so little tolerate disapproval that the choice in practice turns into open homosexuality or free speech.  Like Gresham's Law about bad money driving good money out of circulation, homosexuality seems to destroy freedom of speech and thought in societies where it becomes dominant among the pseudo-intellectual classes.

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