This week, the Norwegian parliament announced an amendment to their penal codes, threatening jail time for those who make comments deemed “hateful” towards trans or bisexual individuals. According to Reuters, “people found guilty of hate speech face a fine or up to a year in jail for private remarks, and a maximum of three years in jail for public comments.”
Norway isn’t alone in threatening jail time for offensive speech. Far from it. Across the globe, free speech is wilting under the oppressive rule of governments intent on prioritizing political correctness and woke culture over freedom.
In England, a comedian was arrested and convicted after making a “tasteless” joke in videos featuring his dog.
In Germany, dozens of police raids have been conducted against those accused of making “hateful” comments on social media.
In Australia, a pregnant mother was forcibly taken from her home by police after making a Facebook post criticizing COVID-19 lockdowns.
Make no mistake about it, America is next.
It’s tempting to assume that our nation — founded on the idea that humans should be free from the oppressive overreach of government — will forever stand firm as a bastion of free speech and beacon of individual liberty for the world. Take a look at the state of free speech here, and the degree to which the Left despises it, and you’ll see how naive that assumption would be.
We already know what the playbook looks like, and we’ve already seen the groundwork being laid. It starts with convincing Americans free speech is not a freedom to cherish, but a burden to endure.
This part of the plan is already well underway, with leftist-dominated media and academia convincing the country, especially younger generations who often drive social change, that mean words are not just words, but violence. An overwhelming majority (81%) of college students now say words are tantamount to violence. And a perpetrator of violence, even “verbal violence,” must be held accountable, right?
Many young Americans agree. A recent survey found 47% of 18-34 year olds support jail time for those uttering “hate speech” and another 59% say the First Amendment should be altered to include hate speech restrictions and better reflect “the cultural norms of today.”
Next comes the assault (both physical and metaphorical) on anyone who dares to oppose restrictions on speech. The goal of this part of the plan is to scare potential defenders of speech into submission by making an example of those who do speak out…
The final step in the left’s plan is the leap from societal to legal enforcement of speech — though that leap is more of a skip when society is already receptive to the stifling of speech — and it’s coming.
Last year in Massachusetts for example, State Rep. Daniel Hunt (D) proposed a bill which would impose a $200 fine and up to six months in prison for those who used the word “bitch” in a derogatory manner…
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Massachusetts Bill Would Impose $200 Fines, 6 Months in Jail for Using the Word ‘Bitch’
Why America needs a hate speech law