Fighting back against the censors

Jun 10, 2021 by

by Dan Hitchens, The Critic: The groups who are taking the battle for free speech forward by speaking truth to power. Over the last decade, Britain’s free speech advocates have faced a frustrating puzzle. They seem to have the public on their side: a ComRes poll earlier this year found that half the population agrees with the statement “Free speech is under threat”, and less than a quarter disagrees. The government, too, seems sympathetic. “Freedom of speech is at the core of our democracy,”...

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Could Nick Clegg and Big Tech team up to censor marriage beliefs?

Jun 3, 2021 by

by Colin Hart, Coalition for Marriage: The Government is to introduce an Online Safety Bill requiring social media companies to restrict “legal but harmful” content. Even before the Bill’s publication, commercial organisations like Facebook, Google/YouTube and Twitter are being accused of censoring opinions they don’t agree with. No more so than over transgender ideology, where so often only one opinion is permitted to be heard. We don’t want beliefs in favour of real marriage to be banned by...

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A Review of ‘Cancel Culture’ Edited by Kevin Donnelly

Apr 28, 2021 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: Wilkinson Publishing, 2021. This new volume on cancerous cancel culture is essential reading: Just as I started writing this review, I happened upon a news item about enraged parents who discovered that their boys at a Melbourne secondary school had been labelled as “oppressors” for being, male, white and Christian. Their crime was simply to exist and to fall afoul of the leftist lynch mob. As Rowan Atkinson recently said: The problem we have online is that...

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Big Tech censors Christians ‘at least once a week’

Apr 6, 2021 by

By Jerry Bowyer, Christian Post: A new report from the Napa Legal Institute has revealed the full extent of big-tech censorship of Christians. It details the growing attitude of hostility towards faith-based views and organizations in large tech companies, and urges “decisive” actions by faith leaders to confront this new culture. The report, compiled by the Napa Legal Institute and published last week, alleges that since the beginning of the year, religious organizations and individuals have...

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Book Banning in an Age of Amazon

Mar 9, 2021 by

by Abigail Shrier, The Truth Fairy: The “World’s Largest Bookstore” Begins Quietly Deleting Books. If you wanted to eliminate disfavored ideas from a society, you’d begin by aggregating most of the world’s books onto a single platform. You’d hope to create a global network of gargantuan warehouses, automated to allow next-day fulfillment of customer desires. If you were wildly successful, your company might one day control five sixths of U.S. book sales and generate a market...

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Responding to Transgender Ideology—and censorship

Feb 24, 2021 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: I previously posted this review of Ryan Anderson’s When Harry Became Sally three years ago, not long after it was first published. I am republishing it again now, because three days ago it appeared that Amazon had delisted it on all its sites around the world. At first I wondered whether there had been a problem with the publisher, or the book had gone out of stock—but in those cases the book page remains with a note ‘Currently unavailable’. In fact, the Amazon page that...

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