The cornerstone of any free republic is freedom of speech, which just so happens to go hand-in-hand with the free expression of religion. When a nation seeks to place limits on either one of these God-given rights, it’s headed for disaster.
In order for a society to thrive, people have to be free to express their ideas, to challenge the status quo, to innovate, and to share their discoveries with others. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites provide all people with an opportunity to share how they view the world, to spread information, and to dialogue with others from different walks of life.
Or that’s how it’s supposed to work. Unfortunately, progressives are seemingly putting their noses to the grindstone to find ways to do away with free speech and silence anyone who might dare present a worldview different from their own.
The latest nation to jump on the bandwagon is Germany, where they are now enforcing a new hate speech law that is no doubt making liberal fascists across the world extremely happy.
The BBC is reporting:
Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material.
Sites that do not remove “obviously illegal” posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m).
The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material.
Social networks and media sites with more than two million members will fall under the law’s provisions.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be the law’s main focus but it is also likely to be applied to Reddit, Tumblr and Russian social network VK. Other sites such as Vimeo and Flickr could also be caught up in its provisions.
The Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law was passed at the end of June 2017 and came into force in early October.
The social networks were given until the end of 2017 to prepare themselves for the arrival of NetzDG.
What’s so terrifying about all of this is that it’s the government who is laying out the standards for what should be considered “hate speech,” which means that something as simple as challenging someone’s beliefs on same-sex marriage or preaching the gospel of Christ could be deemed hate speech that gets you banned from these platforms.
This is a gross and egregious overstepping of boundaries by the German government, and what’s even scarier is the fact that many liberals currently serving in our own government might just be inspired by this law to try concocting one of their own. If not now, possibly later down the line.
In order to have free speech, a morally upright people have to be willing to accept that there will be evil, sinful individuals who will abuse the gift and will say awful, hurtful things. Rather than demand the government get involved and fix things, the better solution is to use the gift of free speech to denounce such a person’s wicked ideas and worldview.
Focusing on the changing of hearts and minds rather than policing people’s speech is a far more effective means of taking down hateful, sinful ideologies than using the sword of government, which is two-edged and comes back on you in the end.