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We Do Have An Interesting Definition Of Free Speech These Days, Don’t We?



One of the penalties of writing stuff is that one’s email makes it into PR address books. Which results in missives from the likes of Open Democracy:

Dear friend of openDemocracy,

The British government thinks free speech is under attack in universities. This week it has published proposals aimed at tackling this supposed crisis.

There’s just one problem: part of its evidence comes from an American anti-LGBT ‘hate group’.

We have revealed that the proposals cite Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International, the global wing of a US Christian Right group that opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage equality, and had close links to the Trump administration.

Human rights campaigners and anti-extremism groups said it was “shocking” that the government has given credibility to an organisation with “extremist and intolerant views” and raised questions over its diligence.

Apparently free speech doesn’t extend to those who oppose abortion. Or same sex marriage rights.

Rather missing the point that the free speech idea is that people do get to say things you don’t like.

But you know, logic and internet activism, they never had been best buddies now, have they?



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