Posts Tagged hate speech
W. James Antle, III, at the American Spectator, has a look at the left’s tactic of decrying conservative speech as “hateful” in order to suppress political distension and debate.
Protest against a Republican-run federal government, no matter how intemperate, is patriotic. Protest against Democratic-controlled government leads inexorably Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing. No matter how anfractuous the logic, the fact that such protest is now widespread is what has Clinton seriously disturbed.
Such splendid demagoguery worked wonders for Clinton back in 1995, when he shamelessly exploited McVeigh’s atrocities to turn back rising conservative and populist opposition to his agenda. But this latest rendition also serves to remind those who cannot tell the difference between a Tea Party protest and a Klan rally that things weren’t much different the last time a liberal president tried to govern, even though that president was Southern and white.
Michelle Malkin graces us with her latest article, on her website and on Townhall, in which she outlines how the left-wing manufactures and trumps up incidents of hate and violence to further their own agenda.
I’m still on semi-vacation, but the Left never takes a break from falsely accusing the Right of fomenting hatred and violence through political speech. The MSM never takes a break from whitewashing leftist intolerance, death threats, and extremism — and engaging in selective reporting (or rather, non-reporting) of the long history of leftists’ manufacturing of hatred for political gain. My syndicated column fills in the missing context. In related developments, Glenn Reynolds takes a look at a new dubious report of rock-throwing. Erick Erickson shreds Josh Marshall’s specious incitement accusations. Patterico reports on the latest Twitter death threats against the Palin family. (Here’s a reminder about the one a Toronto Star columnist posted about me, which was laughed off by her editor and ignored by her colleagues). Here’s Mary Katharine Ham’s reminder that 7 of the 10 violent incidents during the summer town hall protests were brought to you by Obama-bots and union thugs. And in case you need a quick refresher on the routine liberal ugliness that will never be decried by the civility police, see here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here. Read the rest of this entry »
Robert Stacy McCain, writing for the American Spectator, discloses a report (pdf) by the Center of Immigration Studies that documents the bias of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC has set its sights on the immigration reform group FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) by — you guessed — classifying it as a hate group.
Oddly enough, this condemnation came at the behest of the National Council of La Raza, a far-left Hispanic group which often employs racist rhetoric and supports hate speech legislation and amnesty for illegal aliens. The president of NCLR was personally involved in the SPLC’s campaign.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been involved in other efforts to portray any conservative group as hateful and racist, and ties such groups with extremist militia and racist groups despite all evidence to the contrary. The SPLC has a history of trumping up claims of racism and “hate speech” among right-wing groups while ignoring racially motivated rhetoric, terrorism, and violence on the left. That this group is often cited as an authority of “hate groups” is an affront to serious journalism.
British scientists have developed a technique to use functional magnetic resonance imaging scans to determine a person’s thought patterns. Yes, Virginia, that means they can scan you and tell what you’re thinking. From Yahoo news: Read the rest of this entry »
Jason Kuznicki at the Cato Institute recently penned an analysis that argued that hate speech laws encourage outrage over increasingly petty offenses. (I can see it as a valid argument — now all you have to do to be a racist is diagree with the President’s spending proposals.) Kunznicki has found more evidence for his argument: in the UK, grade schools have established “hate registers” which record alleged hate crimes on students’ records. Read the rest of this entry »