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Monday, November 26, 2018
The First Amendment to the US Constitution reads
: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This is the case for the government. What happens, however, when non-governmental open-speech platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., ban selective free speech in disagreement with corporate political or religious points of view? Is not freedom of speech and of religion then compromised because millions depend on these open platforms to express their views?
These privately-owned entities with very public platforms are banning those speaking out about vaccinations, the flawed science of global warming, citing the Koran as the reason Islamists kill Christians and Jews, illegal immigration, homosexuality, and abortion. These platforms are open to free speech so long as you don't disagree with anything the news media, leftists, leftist politicians or certain political parties say. If you do, you are labeled a racist, bigot, homophobe, xenophobe, Islamophobe, misogynist, or some such other slur-especially if you respond with facts. It's their legal right as private companies to allow free speech to insult you, as well as to ban your speech in the public exchange of ideas.
As early as 1722, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech." In the midst of the Revolutionary war, General George Washington addressed his troops on March 15, 1783, "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, "Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery." Is this not what techno-billionaires are doing when they ban certain speech on their so-called "open platforms"?
When these entities ban selective speech and religious expression, they are practicing an insidious brand of corporate tyranny because millions depend on their open platforms to express themselves. This is how freedom of speech and religion can be usurped without the government doing it. The Founders knew that if government suppressed freedoms of religion and speech that liberty would be no longer, but they may not have considered how multinational companies in agreement, could subject Americans to tyranny. We must vigilant to protect our freedoms of speech and religion. Otherwise our ability
to be an
Ephesians 6:19 people, "that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel."