LA Times Op-Ed: Free Speech Under Fire?


Jonathan Turley is a professor of public interest law at George Washington University, writing in the Los Angeles Times:

... To put it simply, Western nations appear to have fallen out of love with free speech and are criminalizing more and more kinds of speech through the passage of laws banning hate speech, blasphemy and discriminatory language. Ironically, these laws are defended as fighting for tolerance and pluralism.

After the lethal riots over Dutch cartoons in 2005 satirizing Muhammad, various Western countries have joined Middle Eastern countries in charging people with insulting religion. And prosecutions are now moving beyond anti-religious speech to anti-homosexual or even anti-historical statements. In Canada last year, comedian Guy Earle was found to have violated the human rights of a lesbian couple by making insulting comments at a nightclub. In Britain, Dale Mcalpine was charged in 2010 with causing "harassment, alarm or distress" after a gay community police officer overheard him stating that he viewed homosexuality as a sin. The charges were later dropped.


  1. Randy E King
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    As previously noted:

    Marriage corruption supporters have declared war on the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution.

  2. Peter Thames
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    What part of the government is stopping you from speaking out, Randy?

    Can you site an example?

  3. Publius
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    @Randy, indeed.

    See for the assault on the right to petition for the redress of grievances.

    See the case of Vanderbilt student organizations for the assault on the freedom of association.

  4. Randy E King
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Thank you Publius,

    The part about freedom of non-association really needs to be discussed more. The Bible clearly directs that the way to handle the Godless is to disassociate yourselves from them; to deny them service within your society.

    This truth was made clear after Cain killed Able and God purportedly directed the people not to punish Cain; he commanded them to dissociate themselves from him in all matters of public and private life.

    So, in effect, what these miscreants are attempting to do is codify into law the disassociation of your faith from the public conversation.

  5. Fedele Razio
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Do we need any more evidence that gay ideology is totalitarian?

    Gay is not a sexual identity, it's an ideology. An illiberal ideology, in fact.

  6. Posted March 15, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Gay rights activists = walking contradictions. Enough said.

    --Victor Golf Charles

  7. Posted March 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    What does this have to do with Marriage?

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