The Right to Speak Freely

Never, it seems, has the freedom to speak been under more attack than in these days following the tragic murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. “President Francois Hollande said there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack “of exceptional barbarity”.  Twelve people slaughtered in the name of terrorism, and their blood was not cool when people began the outcry against them. Attempts to shame the victims, to blame them for their own deaths, began while the world was still shuddering with the impact of their deaths.

In the wake of the initial event, someone said to me “Free speech… isn’t.”

No, it isn’t. It has been paid for in blood so many times. Over and over, the right to say what one thinks has been enforced with death, with cruelty, with shaming publicly.

A Saudi Blogger who supported the actions of the Charlie staff is being flogged 1000 times as a punishment for his free speech.

A German newspaper that reprinted some of the Muhammed cartoons was firebombed. “The paper had splashed three Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the Paris massacre, running the headline “This much freedom must be possible!”

The real war on women: ignored by this female 'journalist'

The real war on women: ignored by this female ‘journalist’

A few outspoken journalists, pampered and protected beyond belief, are advocating that our nation’s fundamental rights be torn away from us, and replaced with this: “In some countries, people are automatically declared guilty of hate speech and other hate crimes unless they can absolutely prove their innocence beyond any reasonable doubt.” In fact, this person advocates strongly for re-education camps. “Merely sending bigots to ordinary prisons is not good enough – they need to be sent to special prisons for bigots, which will re-educate them.” (italics not mine).

I can only look at this, shake my head in pity, and wonder if this poor child has any idea what she is talking about. Sadly, until more of us speak up, refuse to be silenced by her ilk, and cry out for our freedom, it will continue to be eroded.

I offer Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s words to her, if she has ears to hear.


This is surely the main problem of the twentieth century: is it permissible merely to carry out orders and commit one’s conscience to someone else’s keeping? Can a man do without ideas of his own about good and evil, and merely derive them from the printed instructions and verbal orders of his superiors? Oaths! Those solemn pledges pronounced with a tremor in the voice and intended to defend the people against evildoers: see how easily they can be misdirected to the service of evildoers and against the people!

Part V, Katorga, Ch. 9 The Kids with Tommy Guns

What makes her think she would be special? That she would not end with her head rolling in the dust? She refuses to contemplate that in fighting for freedom, we speak for her, as well.

In the wake of the killings, the movement has been to make this about Charlie: about how evil they were, in how they mocked, and taunted, and teased, so they asked for their deaths. But if we cannot stand the words, the lines drawn on paper, then who next? Who next is labeled ‘extremist’and ‘hater’ and who will stand with a gun in their face, because they spoke?

I will not be silenced. You cannot make me afraid.



7 thoughts on “The Right to Speak Freely

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  2. More and more I find myself reminded of the line from the Ape in “The Last Battle” by C. S. Lewis (paraphrased because it’s been a very long time):

    “You think freedom is doing what you want? You’re wrong. I’ll tell you what true freedom is. True freedom is doing what I tell you.”

    The SJWs keep looking at dystopias, or the bad guys in books, and taking them as policy advice.

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  3. They don’t know any better, because this is what they are being taught in school. When your two girls were here, the first time they went to my church here, the pastor made a comment about homosexuality being a sin. On the way home I asked the girls what they thought of our little ‘cowboy’ church, and your oldest DD responded with concern about the pastor’s ‘hate speech’ against homosexuals. Your kids have at least some teaching from the Bible, and yet they are still picking this stuff up — consider the children who have zero Biblical teaching. They have nothing whatsoever to counter the left-wing garbage being taught at school. I hope your children are following these blog posts — it may be that it will help them to see that what they are being taught at school is only one side of the argument, and a specious one at that.

    (I did respond to oldest DD’s concern — explained that the Bible, which is God’s Word, says that homosexuality is sin, and that it isn’t hate speech to point this out. I don’t know what she thought of that, hope it sunk in.)

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      • I think this is very key.

        Saying that I may not disapprove of acts others perform seems very close to saying that I may not disagree to being involved in acts.

        I have lived my life refusing to be coerced in such matters.


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