Maya Forstater appeals for the legal right to say: ‘male and female he created them’

Apr 19, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: Maya Forstater is a researcher. She was employed as a Visiting Fellow with a consultancy contract at the Centre for Global Development (working on international tax). In March 2019 she lost her job after having written and tweeted about about gender self-identification and the conflation of sex and gender in response to the Government’s proposal for gender self-identification. She took her case to an Employment Tribunal, where a judge determined that the belief that sex...

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A Theology of Free Speech

Apr 16, 2021 by

by Brad Littlejohn, The Gospel Coalition: During the past few years, a steady litany of complaints about cancel culture on college campuses and Big Tech censorship has droned discordantly in the backdrop of our collective consciousness. The wretched and wrenching events of January 6 proved an unnerving crescendo. First came the deplatforming of individuals and groups associated with the violence at the Capitol. Soon after Amazon unceremoniously scuttled a bestselling book from Ryan T....

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The Online Safety Bill is an assault on free speech

Apr 13, 2021 by

by Radomir Tylecote, spiked: The government has no place policing ‘legal but harmful’ online content. The government plans to put its Online Safety Bill before parliament in the Queen’s Speech later this spring. The bill describes some genuine harms, like distributing sexual images of children and information on how to make a suicide bomb. But it also seeks to prohibit a wide range of ‘harms’ which would otherwise be legal. The Free Speech Union has been monitoring the progress of the bill...

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The ‘Wrong Man’ to accuse of a hate incident

Apr 9, 2021 by

from Christian Concern: Former police officer Harry Miller writes about his important legal case against the police for recording non-crime hate incidents. Harry explains why the police picked ‘the wrong man’ when they found him guilty without trial of a non-crime hate incident. There was a short exchange at my recent Court of Appeal hearing in which Lady Justice Simler, her eyes wide with dawning, put it to opposing Queens Counsel that under the current hate crime guidance she would be better...

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How the Left gave up on freedom

Apr 8, 2021 by

by Giles Fraser, UnHerd: It’s been clear for months that Covid has shifted our political perspectives. But who, honestly, could have guessed 12 months ago that among the pandemic’s various casualties would be that foremost expression of political liberties, Magna Carta? It wasn’t very long ago that the Left regarded it as totemic. Yet today, it is increasingly seen as almost Trumpian, a piece of populist authority-denying rhetoric. Clearly, something very odd has happened. Consider, for...

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Academic Freedom: The Case of Gender Biology

Apr 7, 2021 by

by Constantin Polychronakos, Quillette: Our university recently circulated an email message, the contents of which I found somewhat strange. Or rather, I might have found it strange had I spent the past decade or two in a coma. The message was a carefully worded reflection on how academic freedom can be reconciled with the university’s updated and strengthened policies of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Although it strategically avoided specifics, one might justifiably infer that...

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