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Intellectual freedom: Because it is real, it has enemies

Here, commentator Mark Steyn explains the difficulties for traditional intellectual freedom in the Western world:

To be honest, I didn’t really think much about “freedom of speech” until I found myself the subject of three “hate speech” complaints in Canada in 2007. I mean I was philosophically in favor of it, and I’d been consistently opposed to the Dominion’s ghastly “human rights” commissions and their equivalents elsewhere my entire adult life, and from time to time when an especially choice example of politically correct enforcement came up I’d whack it around for a column or two.

There is an enemy occupation, but there is still a free world. Years ago (2009), UD News staff formed part of a confab of bloggers and hacks in a provincial legislature in an unknown country, who watched in wonder, as Steyn ripped a piece off the local deadwood, who were trying to create their private, publicly funded, utopia off other people’s lives. Then the hacks/bloggers went out and continued to chew up pieces of the deadwood who attempt to prevent citizens from saying what they think, in the interests of Greater Utopia.

UD News staff sacrificed the option of fun with Steyn and raced back to their trusty public librarymobile and blogged about it here. To prevent anyone falling asleep, we did not mention that Steyn is, as it happens, a compatriot, and could blog in the same trailer.

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One Response to Intellectual freedom: Because it is real, it has enemies

  1. Of related interest; I thought this fact that Casey Luskin pointed out yesterday was very interesting:

    On the Fundamental Difference Between Darwin-Inspired and Intelligent Design-Inspired Lawsuits – September 2011
    Excerpt: Darwin lobby litigation: In every Darwin-inspired case listed above, the Darwin lobby sought to shut down free speech, stopping people from talking about non-evolutionary views, and seeking to restrict freedom of intellectual inquiry.

    ID movement litigation: Seeks to expand intellectual inquiry and free speech rights to talk about non-evolutionary views.

    Needless to say, if Darwinists try to prevent their ‘scientific theory’ from even being questioned in the school classroom, by Expelling, intimidating, and suing, those who just question the validity of Darwinism, what does that really say about the scientific strength of their theory?,,, I don’t think any physics professors will ever get EXPELLED or intimidated just because they question the existence of the Higgs Boson, or the existence of the Multiverse.

    Molecular Biology Animations – Demo Reel

    Michael Behe – Life Reeks Of Design – video

    Ben Stein – EXPELLED – The Staggering Complexity Of The Cell – video

    “Although the tiniest living things known to science, bacterial cells, are incredibly small (10^-12 grams), each is a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of elegantly designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machine built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world”. Michael Denton PhD

    Nothing In Molecular Biology Is Gradual – Doug Axe PhD. – video

    “Charles Darwin said (paraphrase), ‘If anyone could find anything that could not be had through a number of slight, successive, modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.’ Well that condition has been met time and time again. Basically every gene, every protein fold. There is nothing of significance that we can show that can be had in a gradualist way. It’s a mirage. None of it happens that way. – Doug Axe PhD.

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