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And the Extremists Can’t Figure it Out…

So not too long ago over on Gab, racist asshole Andrew Anglin had a tasteless post up that the registry of Gab took exception to and ordered taken down or they would take down Gab entirely.  And that started a shitstorm of epic proportions that probably rages on to this day.  Nobody cares that it was a matter of survival that it got removed, companies need to go out of business because “free speech!”

Then, BitChute decided to take down another alt-right racist video called “Kill the Kikes! Race War Now!”  Yeah, let’s think about that for a moment.  And of course, the shitstorm just moved elsewhere with everyone screaming that they have a right to free speech with no consequences!

These people are just idiots.  But worse, they’re idiots that can’t figure out why they have so many problems.  They just think they’re right and everyone else is wrong, which is why I’ve largely stopped engaging with them because, like the religious, they are incapable of holding an intellectual discussion about their fanatical beliefs.  It led me to make a video over on YouTube about free speech needing to be responsible speech, but nobody on the fringes, either left or right, is ever going to agree with me there.  It’s really why I’ve stopped caring all that much what goes on over on Gab, because rational people have pretty much given up the ghost.

Now I am an advocate of free speech, I think people ought to be able to say whatever they want to say, but as they say, actions have consequences and none of these people want any consequences at all for their actions.  They want to run around insulting people and suffer no repercussions because “muh free speech!” And I’m sorry but it doesn’t work that way. There has to be some base expectations below which people are not permitted to go.  You have to expect that people will operate relatively maturely and not sink to just calling each other every name in the book.  Yet that’s where Anglin and his cronies want to go, although I will admit that Anglin himself isn’t often as reprehensible as many others on his side, but they have to understand that actions have consequences and they simply refuse to do that.  And when you’re on someone else’s platform and doing things that could conceivably destroy not only their reputation but their entire livelihood, you have no basis whatsoever for demanding that they put up with your shenanigans.  None at all.  Yet that’s exactly what these idiots want.

I really hate humanity anymore.

Why Do Liberals Fear the Truth?

None of these people exist.

In a recent discussion about millenials, I was surprised to see how many open liberals came out of the woodwork, proclaiming that all of the safe-space demanding, free-speech denying, trigger-warning demanding progressive nonsense that we see on college campuses across the country doesn’t really exist.  Not at all.  It’s just not real.

So I posted a long list of articles on the subject.  I think I gave up at about 30 articles but I could easily have gone further.  Stories from universities across the nation where this liberal bullshit is undeniably happening.  Nope.  It’s just a tiny minority that just doesn’t matter.  None of it is true.  It’s all right-wing rhetoric.

Okay, next I went with pictures.  Hundreds of young adults carrying signs demanding safe spaces and censorship of ideas that they didn’t like.  Photo after photo of crazy leftists doing everything that we’re criticizing in huge numbers.  The right wing can write articles, but I don’t think they’re out there Photoshopping hundreds of pictures.  Nope.  It isn’t real.  The pictures and the videos and everything else, it’s all part of a directed smear campaign against the left and they just won’t believe any of it no matter how much evidence gets presented.  In fact, none of it is even evidence because they’ve got their eyes clenched shut and their fingers in their ears, screaming “I don’t hear you!”

What the hell is wrong with these people?

Whether they like it or not, progressives have invaded college campuses and are making absurdly irrational demands that their feelings be protected and that they be safe from hearing anything that they disagree with.  Universities are supposed to be the place where all of your preconceived notions are challenged, where you learn to follow the evidence to a conclusion, not cook the evidence to support the conclusion you already have.  Yet that is exactly what these special little snowflakes want and a large portion of the liberal left refuse to acknowledge that they even exist.  Maybe they just can’t bring themselves to admit that a sizeable percentage of their side could be so stupid.  Maybe they actually agree with these immature idiots.  Regardless, to deny reality that is right before their eyes because they simply cannot deal with it, that puts them into religious fundamentalist territory.  It’s no different than the evangelicals who ignore all of the evidence for evolution because the Bible says otherwise. And those people are crazy.  How can we consider these self-imposed ignorant liberals any differently?

Millennials Don’t Value Free Speech

I guess we shouldn’t be at all surprised,  especially in light of the recent posts I’ve done on modern college education and the demands that free speech be squelched, but now it’s official, a recent study has shown that 40% of millennials, people aged 18-34, actually support the government censoring things that they think are offensive.  That is a dramatic increase over just the next closest age group at 27%.

And of  course, if you look at the graph on the right, you’ll see that the majority of people who think that are Democrat, so don’t anyone go telling me that it’s all the crazy ultra-right religious morons.  It’s you liberals.  Deal with it.

It’s no wonder this country is going to hell in a handbasket with people rejecting all of the things this nation was founded upon.  Freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, all conservative values are now being thrown out the window by a bunch of idiot liberals who would rather trade freedom for comfort.  Ben Franklin had it right way back when.

But of course, nobody even knows who Benjamin Franklin is anymore.  He was a rich white man and the far left hates those rich white men, especially the ones who founded this country.  All the wisdom they had, well, gets ignored because modern liberal political ideology demands it and that’s just sad.

So let’s look at our graph, shall we?  It’s mostly young people on the left.  It’s more women than men and more minorities than whites.  You know, the liberals.  The feminists.  The very same people that I complain about constantly.  The people who have gone so far to the left that they’ve come out on the extreme right.  And while I’ve been complaining about these people from a conservative perspective, we’re now seeing more and more people on the moderate left that are starting to notice that there are crazy people in their own camp, just as there are crazy people on the conservative side.  We all have to be careful of these crazies in our midst, people who do not have anyone’s best interests at heart but their own, mostly because they’re young, selfish and, let’s be honest, pretty damn stupid.  We all have to band together, Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative, male and female, black and white, rich and poor, to defeat these people because if we don’t, if we just turn a blind eye and let them continue to ruin the country that we’ve worked towards for hundreds of years, we’ll all regret it when it’s gone and it’s an Orwellian nightmare.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.20

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This week, Ted Cruz wants pastors to break the law, ISIS destroys Palmyra temple, professors want to control speech on campus, India orders two women raped, plus we talk about birthright citizenship. If it wasn’t so bizarre, it would make you cry, come join us for the show.

Stop the Illiberal Left

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It’s really funny to listen to a lot of people on the left who pretend to be for freedom and individuality and free speech, yet in practice, they’re anything but.  Lots of people are coming to that conclusion, even people on the left who realize that so many people on the liberal fringe are not in favor of any of those things, in fact, they hate freedom and responsibility and the ability to speak your mind.  They are, what columnist Kirsten Powers calls, “the illiberal left“.

Now I’m not the biggest fan of reading liberal books and Powers does consider herself a lifelong liberal even though she works for FOX, but even she realizes that fundamental liberal values are being attacked by people that she thought were on her side.  These extremists cannot handle free speech that goes against their narrow views.  They want journalists who defy their wishes fired from their jobs and black listed from the industry.  Dissent cannot be allowed and we’ve seen this time and time again in recent years.  Either you drink their Kool Aid or you shut your mouth and they have no problem attacking you, harassing you or trying their level best to harm you, emotionally, financially and maybe even physically, because you refuse to toe their line.

It’s because of this that I find the idea that liberals are for freedom and anti-authoritarianism to be laughably absurd.  It’s clearly not the case anymore.  They want everyone to think like they think, act like they act and if you don’t, they have no problem trying to bring the full force of the law against you.  It’s why schools, once the bastion of free speech and expression, now have speech codes, “free speech areas” and are requiring people to attend sensitivity training because they haven’t had this ultra-liberal indoctrination shoved deep enough into their skulls.

I really recommend that anyone interested in this subject read Powers’ book, it really is a disturbing look at how the political and social left in America has gone batshit insane.  It’s also funny to read the far-left response to the book, where they try to defend their actions by saying that they don’t really have the political power to forcefully take away anyone’s right to free speech, that it happens as a consequence of their actions is beside the point.  It’s a coincidence.  Liberals can’t actually do these things, never mind that they really, really want to, they just lack the power.  Sorry, the desire to forcibly stop someone from speaking their mind is antithetical to the American political system, whether you hold a gun to their head, pass a law, or simply ruin their lives.  Anyone who engages in these behaviors needs a good swift kick in the teeth, it is reprehensible and it’s standard operating procedure for the new illiberal left.  We’ve all seen it.  We all continue to see it.  It’s disgusting.

 

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.13

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An orthodox Jewish group hires Mexican migrant workers to hold signs at a gay pride parade, the religious head for the hills to avoid God’s wrath, a liberal professor tells white people to commit mass suicide over slavery and a teacher is fired while teaching about free speech for exercising his free speech.  Then we look at the Supreme Court decision over gerrymandering and the right of American voters to have control over their representatives.

We can’t make this stuff up!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.10

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After missing a week, we come back with another 90 minutes of religious and political absurdity sure to make any rational person shake their heads.  This week, gays make Christians feel bad.  The Catholic Church is finally being held criminally liable for pedophile priests.  The Supreme Court rules in an online threat case.  A family is charged with disturbing the peace and brings up free speech concerns.  Plus, are the religious really more charitable when their religion uses intimidation and threats to extort money from them?  All this and more on this new episode!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.7

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This week, idiot of the week Sierra McCurdy shows why you shouldn’t  be a moron in your work shirt, we take a look at the latest Pew survey on religion that shows a continual decline in religiosity in America, dinosaur faces on chickens, Texas trying to force women to bear dead fetuses and the recent election in England and what this spells for free speech.  Hate to say we told you so but we told you so.
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No Free Speech in Ohio

Zombie NativityIt’s times like this that I wish I still had time for the podcast, when good time-sensitive stories like this pop up and I’m already working on stories for February.  Ah well, plug it in on an empty day!

Just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jasen Dixon put up a nativity scene outside of his home.  That’s probably like millions of other homes, but this was a bit different.  It was a zombie nativity scene.  Dixon runs a local haunted house and it ought to come as no surprise that he’d be apt to put up that kind of display.  Police came along and ordered him to take it down because, in theory, it violates a local ordnance and it also pissed off some of his neighbors.

Zombie JesusNow I’m not saying he might not  be violating the ordnance, but if he is, then there can be no outdoor nativity scenes in any yard in town.  If he’s been singled out, the police are just asking for a massive lawsuit that they cannot possibly win.  Jasen has the right to free speech on his property, just like everyone else.  If these officers had bothered to discuss this with their legal department, I’m pretty sure they’re lawyers would have beat them over the head with a law book for even suggesting such a thing.  It’s equal treatment for all or none, you don’t get to pick and choose based on the local dominant superstition.

Of course, Christians don’t get this and in much of the rest of the world, neither do Muslims.  They think they get to dictate what everyone sees.  In most of the U.S., at least, that’s simply not the case, although it never stops them from giving it the old college try.

Jasen has until Friday to remove the display, which means it makes it through Christmas, which I’m sure was the whole point in the first place.  That gives him time to take it down, then sue the city for abridging his civil rights.  I’d be out and about the town with a tape measure, making sure that every single other nativity scene and front yard display in the area was exactly the right size.  You can’t censor for content.  I’m willing to bet he’s not alone.  Ka-ching!

 

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #55

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It’s a super-short show with Mike playing on the freeway, Cephus steps up to take on stories about creationist opposition to the new Cosmos series, medical miracles, Rafael Cruz not understanding how nature works and Americans losing their right to free speech, complained about by morons speaking freely.  Oh, and why we ought to be negative and angry at these stories.  Go get mad.  Just do something about it.

Freedom of Speech is not Freedom from Consequences

consequencesI see this all the time, I’m sure you do too.  A lot of people seem to think that their right to free speech somehow overrides anyone’s ability to criticize what they have to say or any possible consequences for the speech they engage in.  Sorry folks, it just isn’t true.

This was once again brought home to me when I received a call from a friend who is a securities broker.  He called to vent over an employee he had to terminate.  Apparently, it was a guy in his early 20s who had recently been “saved”.  Now I’m sure that anyone who has been around one of the newly-indoctrinated can recognize the sort, they’re “on fire for Jesus” and they want to tell anyone and everyone that will listen how great it makes them feel.  Unfortunately, this guy was doing it at work.  He was littering the office with tracts and bothering people on their breaks, trying to pass on the “Good News”.  Now my friend, who runs the office, had to sit this guy down a couple of times and tell him to lighten up because people were complaining that he was harassing them, but when it became clear that he wasn’t limiting his unwanted evangelism to his co-workers, but he was doing it to clients as well,  that was the last  straw and my friend put him through the termination process.  The part he wanted to vent about though is the fact that the religious zealot seemed to think that his guaranteed and “God-given” right to free speech meant that he got to say whatever was on his mind to whoever he could find and could not be abridged, my friend was clearly engaging in religious harassment and he’d sue!

Sure pal, go ahead.  Knock yourself out.

While this is clearly a case of someone who misunderstands the concept of free speech, it’s just not that uncommon, I’m sure most of us have had the experience of disagreeing with a theist and they come back with “you can’t tell me I’m wrong, you’re stifling my freedom!”  No, sorry, pointing out how flawed your arguments are is not limiting your ability to speak, it’s just showing that your speech is invalid.

This is even commonplace in the atheist “community” where people seem to think that they deserve to be given a voice wherever they choose to stop and unload their drivel.  While I’m not a fan of censorship, I am a fan of being reasonable and if you own a website or moderate a forum, you get to decide who can say what there.  I’ve deleted quite a few insulting, demeaning comments here that clearly violate my comment policy and I’ve had people send me nasty e-mail accusing me of denying them their free speech.  Fuck them.  See, nobody is required to provide you a venue for your speech.  They can tell you, assuming they control or own the area, that you are not free to speak.  That’s not taking away your freedom of speech, it’s just requiring you to take it elsewhere.  In the above example, my friend was not telling his former employee that he couldn’t talk about God until he was blue in the face, he was saying that he could not do it at work and certainly, he could not do it to his clients.  Outside of work, outside of the building, he’s free to say whatever he wants to whoever he wants and he’ll only be held accountable if he makes the company look bad.

Actions, any actions, whether you like it or not, come with potential consequences.  A wise person understands those consequences and considers them before taking actions that may incur negative results.  A fool, and let’s be honest, the people we’re talking about fall mostly into that category, never thinks ahead and spends their lives behind the 8-ball.

So Shaun, even though you  don’t read my blog, keep up the good work, you made the right decision and your ex-employee deserves what he got.  Hopefully the next guy you hire will know what being a professional is all about and will understand boundaries.  Far too many theists seem to completely misunderstand that concept.

Unclear on Free Speech

Offensive speech still deserves to be free.

Anthea Butler wrote a piece in USA Today complaining that the producer of the controversial crappy film Innocence of Muslims should be in jail because he made a film that insults Islam.  Butler, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, clearly doesn’t understand the First Amendment to the Constitution which allows Bacile (real name Nakoula Basseley Nakoula) to do just that.  She says:

So why did I tweet that Bacile should be in jail? The “free speech” in Bacile’s film is not about expressing a personal opinion about Islam. It denigrates the religion by depicting the faith’s founder in several ludicrous and historically inaccurate scenes to incite and inflame viewers.

So what?  While I’m not  going to defend this pathetic, cheap and unprofessional film, made by a fundamentalist Christian group specifically for the purpose of defaming Islam, he still has a right, as an American citizen, to do just that if he so chooses.  It doesn’t matter what the consequences of his free speech might be, they are indirect and caused, not by a movie, or even by an opinion, but by the absurd over-reaction of a bunch of fundamentalist Muslims.  If you want to know who to blame, blame them.  It’s no one’s fault but their own that they are so out of control that every time they find even the most minor slight to their religious views, they go out and kill people.

You want to know who should be in prison?  Fundamentalist Muslim rioters.

My tweets reflected my exasperation that as a religion professor, it is difficult to teach the facts when movies such as Bacile’s Innocence of Muslims are taken as both truth and propaganda, and used against innocent Americans.

Alright, I’d have to ask what Butler means here by “teach the facts”, seeing she’s an associate professor of religious studies.  There are facts, such as that these ancient, primitive books of mythology teach certain things for which there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever and there are “facts” such as “Mohammed is sinless and a prophet of Allah” which are just belief, nothing more.  Certainly, I’d expect a professor in an accredited university to lean toward the former but that would, by it’s very nature, piss off the religious, wouldn’t it?  Like it or not, the Qu’ran is taken as both truth and propaganda and used against innocent Americans as well.

I haven’t seen the movie, I haven’t the slightest interest in ever seeing the movie, but isn’t it a “fact” that Mohammed married girls who, by today’s standards at least, would cast him as a pedophile?  Now I recognize the difficulty of trying to apply modern sensibilities to primitive cultures, but you do see this all the time with regard to slavery, etc.  People pretend that because we see slavery as evil today, all of the people who had slaves throughout history must have been evil, even though it was perfectly acceptable at the time.  It’s why I caution people to recognize context.

While the First Amendment right to free expression is important, it is also important to remember that other countries and cultures do not have to understand or respect our right

You’re absolutely right but you’d have to show us where Bacile tried to release his film in any of those other countries.  So far as I know, it has only been seen by a handful of people in it’s entirety, at a single theatrical showing, in a seedy theater in Hollywood, where they could find less than a dozen people willing to sit through it.  So none of the various Libyans or Egyptians could possibly have seen the whole movie, in fact, it’s doubtful that the overwhelming majority of them ever saw any part of it.   They all rioted because they heard, second, third or more-hand, that this movie insulted Mohammed.

Cry me a fucking river.

The problem here isn’t a movie, it’s the fact that you have a bunch of animals in robes who think the planet owes them an absurd amount of respect for their primitive and ridiculous beliefs.  It’s about damn time the entire planet explains to these 6-year olds throwing temper-tantrums to grow the fuck up.  It’s not religious tolerance to allow these assholes to run wild in the streets.  It’s stupidity.

We have more than enough stupidity in the world already.