Category Archives: Free Speech

November 20, 2017

Extended: Excerpts from secretly recorded meeting between Wilfrid Laurier University grad student and faculty (Video)

Lindsay Shepherd, a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student and teaching assistant, landed in hot water with the university over a video clip, featuring controversial University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, she used in a critical thinking course. After receiving complaints, the university claimed she created a toxic environment. Shepherd had a meeting with faculty and administration, here are excerpts from the secretly recorded conversation.

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Apple Diversity Chief ‘Steps Down’ After Saying White People Can Be Diverse

Denise Young Smith, who was named Apple’s vice president of diversity and inclusion in May, is “stepping down” after saying white people can be diverse last month.

During a summit in Colombia, Young Smith, a black woman, claimed she likes to focus “on everyone” and that “diversity goes beyond race, gender, and sexual orientation.”

“There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation,” Young Smith declared, sparking controversy. “Diversity is the human experience… I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT.”

Young Smith later apologized, claiming her comments “were not representative of how I think about diversity or how Apple sees it.”

“For that, I’m sorry,” she proclaimed following the incident. “More importantly, I want to assure you Apple’s view and our dedication to diversity has not changed.”

Young Smith will reportedly leave the company by the end of the year, with Deloitte’s Christie Smith, a white woman, taking over her position.

“We deeply believe that diversity drives innovation,” said an Apple spokesman in a statement. “We’re thrilled to welcome an accomplished leader like Christie Smith to help us continue the progress we’ve made toward a more diverse workplace.”

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November 14, 2017

Terror survivor’s call for open speech on extremism

Bjorn Ihler read Anders Breivik’s book only a week after jumping into lake Tyrifjorden in Norway to escape the terrorist’s bullets.

Bjorn was one of the survivors on Utoya island where Breivik killed 77 people in July 2011.

What Bjorn found in the far-right “manifesto” surprised him.

“His worldview was not purely driven by hatred,” he says. “It was much more about fear of what was happening to his society.

“This was a guy who grew up in the same city as me, we had similar backgrounds, we went to similar schools, but he saw the world in a completely different way.”

Since this experience, 26-year-old Bjorn devoted his life to trying to keep other young people from following a similar path to Breivik.

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November 11, 2017

Christie Blatchford: Thought police strike again as Wilfrid Laurier grad student is chastised for showing Jordan Peterson video

Her supervising professor told her that by showing the video to her ‘Canadian Communication in Context’ class, ‘it basically was like … neutrally playing a speech by Hitler …’

A Wilfrid Laurier University teaching assistant has been identified as “transphobic” and sanctioned for last week showing her class an excerpt of a video debate involving the controversial University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson.

In fact, her supervising professor, Nathan Rambukkana, told her that by showing the video to her “Canadian Communication in Context” class, “it basically was like … neutrally playing a speech by Hitler …”

Lindsay Shepherd, a 22-year-old graduate student at the school in Waterloo, Ont., was informed that merely by showing the clip, taken from a televised debate between Peterson and Nicholas Matte, a lecturer at the U of T’s Sexual Diversity Studies program, she was “legitimizing” Peterson’s views about genderless pronouns.

She has been told that she must now submit her lesson plans to her supervisor in advance, that he may sit in on her next few classes and she must “not show any more controversial videos of this kind.”

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November 4, 2017

Breathtaking Thought Policing at the University of Chicago – The Saad Truth (Video)

Must watch video.

November 3, 2017

Update: Law Society of Ontario Compelled Speech – Jordan Peterson (Video)

On October 10, Professor Bruce Pardy, Lawyer Jared Brown and I uploaded the video A Call to Rebellion for Ontario Legal Professionals: (http://bit.ly/2yo4Jpe) in the wake of the Law Society’s new requirement for a mandatory “statement of principles” that appears primarily political in nature. We believe that this sets an ominous precedent, and that such demands, if accepted unchallenged by Canadian lawyers, will quickly spread to the other professional colleges and organizations in Canada and beyond.

November 2, 2017

Poll: 6 In 10 Americans Too Scared To Share Political Views

What’s more, a whopping 71% of those polled “believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have,” the survey found.

With the holiday season fast approaching (Halloween has passed so look for Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations to go up any day now), Americans across the country are no doubt beginning to dread the dining room table talk that comes along with the festivities.

But in 2017, it’s even worse.

Nearly 6 in 10 (58%) of those surveyed for a new poll agreed that the “political climate prevents them from sharing their political beliefs.”

The survey by the Cato Institute found that 73% of Republicans said “they keep some of their political beliefs to themselves.” Fifty-eight percent of independents also keep views to themselves, while 53% of Democrats did so, the poll found.

What’s more, a whopping 71% of those polled “believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have,” the survey found.

Americans also don’t agree on what speech can be defined as hateful as opposed to a political opinion, Cato found.

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October 31, 2017

Roger Stone Says He Will Sue Twitter Over Account Suspension

“I have retained one of the best telecommunications lawyers in the country and will be bringing a legal action against Twitter over the suspension of my account,” Stone tells TheWrap

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone Jr. said he will sue Twitter in response to the company banning him from the platform.

“I have retained one of the best telecommunications lawyers in the country and will be bringing a legal action against Twitter over the suspension of my account,” he told TheWrap. “The battle for free speech has just begun.”

Stone would not publicly name the attorney until he signed a retainer agreement, which he said he expected to do Monday.

“I have been inundated on Twitter with bloggers threatening to kill me, my wife my kids and even my dogs yet Twitter seems unconcerned about that,” he said “This is just part and parcel of the tech lefts effort to silence conservative voices.”

Stone, always a provocative presence on the platform, was finally kicked off for good Saturday after launching a series of profanity-laced tweets towards CNN anchor Don Lemon and other network personalities.

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October 27, 2017

Students’ union is accused of creating ‘police state’ as it pays ‘safe space marshals’ to go to speaker meeting to check no one voices ‘offensive’ views

Marshals attend events thought to threaten a ‘safe space breach’. Paid for by King’s College Students’ Union but required under university rules. Marshals expected to take ‘immediate action’ if speaker voices offensive views. Total of three marshals watched speech by Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. Marshals enjoy a variety of perks including free weekly yoga and spin classes.

A students’ union pays for £12-per-hour ‘safe space marshals’ to police external speakers to make sure they do not voice views that are offensive to the audience.

King’s College Students’ Union requires marshals to attend events with a phone so they can take ‘immediate action’ if anyone expresses opinions thought to discriminate against ethnic or sexual minorities.

They monitor any speaker thought likely to perpetrate a ‘safe space breach’, which included Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg – who was watched by a total of three marshals at a talk last Wednesday.

The officials are also required to put up posters saying, ‘This is a Safe Space’ and record any instances of offensive behaviour reported to them by members of the audience.

The students’ union is required to provide marshals for events where speakers are judged to have a ‘medium or high’ risk of breaking its safe space policies under central university rules.

University staff reserve the right to cancel a speaker if the society does not allow one to attend.

Mr Rees-Mogg spoke at King’s College Conservative Association, where audience members mocked the marshals by holding up safe space posters before the talk.

The marshals are told to look out for discrimination based on ‘any distinction’, including ‘age, race and gender identity’.

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Trump Jr: Universities are ‘captive to political hatreds’

Donald Trump Jr. blasted America’s universities for condemning conservative viewpoints as “hate speech” while failing to “teach civility or intellectual openness” during a speech in Texas on Tuesday, remarking that colleges are happy to “train your children to hate our country” for $200,000.

Donald Trump, Jr. blasted America’s universities for condemning “hate speech” while failing to “teach civility or intellectual openness” during a speech in Texas on Tuesday.

“A lot of other universities don’t teach civility or intellectual openness anymore,” Trump said during a speech at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas that was sponsored by the University of North Texas, as reported by The Star-Telegram. “They’ve become captive to political hatreds. That’s how innocent questions become verbal assaults.”

Trump argued that those who oppose “hate speech” actually seek to stifle conservative viewpoints by portraying them as hateful and extremist.

“Hate speech is anything that says America is a good country and our founders were great people, that we need borders,” Trump said. “Hate speech is anything faithful to the moral teaching of the Bible.”

Echoing Republican concerns about the value of higher education, President Trump’s son further berated universities for straying from their educational mission, stressing that parents often get a bad deal when spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a college diploma.

“We’ll take $200,000 of your money; in exchange we’ll train your children to hate our country,” Trump said, speaking from what he considers the perspective of a typical American university.

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