“Take your meds before reading,” warns Kathy Shaidle about a Times of Israel column by “human rights activist” Dinah Silverstein:Yeah, we know, speech should be free, except any which contradicts liberal goals, which is by their definition hate speech. I'm going to skip over a mass of this stuff to get to the heart of it:
In the world today, it is universally accepted that hate speech is not free speech. International human rights law . . . mandates legal protections against hate speech. . . . Every single human rights group in existence strongly supports hate speech laws and continually works to have them expanded. All countries now have laws against hate speech.
All countries, that is, except for the United States. In the US, all manner of hateful and discriminatory expression is permitted under the guise of “freedom of speech.” . . .
Loughner was simply crazy, and to the extent that politics played any role at all in his attacks, it was a delusional version of common left-wing themes.More recently, racist hate speech against Muslims inspired Anders Behring Breivik to slaughter 77 people in Norway, while hate speech from the likes of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh incited right-wing extremist Jared Lee Loughner to go on a shooting spree in Arizona.STOP RIGHT THERE, YOU DESPICABLE LIAR!
- Loughner was not a “right-wing extremist” and
- His apparent inspiration was a 9/11 Truther conspiracy film.
Read “Jared Loughner’s Zeitgeist Obsession” if you want to learn about the anti-Christian, anti-capitalism paranoid cult “documentary” that evidently “incited” the Tucson massacre:
“I really think that this Zeitgeist documentary had a profound impact upon Jared Loughner’s mindset and how he views the world that he lives in,” Zach Osler, 22, told ABC’s Ashleigh Banfield. Osler’s father confirmed that influence in an interview published Sunday by theArizona Republic. “He wanted to watch [Zeitgeist] all the time,” George Osler told the Phoenix newspaper. “It was cool at first. But then it got weird. It was all he wanted to do.”Please read the whole thing. I spent about three or four days in January 2011 researching the background on Loughner and the Zeitgeist cult. As I complained at the time, once evidence emerged that Loughner was not a “right-wing extremist” — rather quite the opposite — everybody in the major media mysteriously lost interest in his motives. Hey, if they couldn’t promote hatred of Christianity and hatred of capitalism, what would liberal journalists do for a living?
But the media leaped into the Arizona shootings with the assumptions that right-wingers had to be involved, and the facts have had very little to do with their thinking about every since because it contradicts their preferred narrative. No matter that Loughner was a pot smoking, anti-Christian, left-wing nut, it was Sarah Palin's reticles and Rush Limbaughs rants that inspired them, even if he knew nothing about them.
This is going to be one of those "factoids" that liberals repeat until the end of time, and it's incumbent on everyone who knows the facts to refute their allegations every time they try to slip them into the discourse. And there's in no point in trying to be nice about it.