Op-Ed: Our freedoms are under assault by social justice mobs

Op-Ed: Our freedoms are under assault by social justice mobs

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In an op-ed, "Post Millenial" lawyer Lisa Bildy argues that any speaker whose ideological outlook doesn’t conform to the one approved by social justice warriors faces the threat of being deplatformed and harassed.

Free speech. Recently in Vancouver, the University of British Columbia Free Speech Club attempted to bring two “politically incorrect” speakers to campus, but was prevented by the high security fees after the University determined there would likely be damaging protests. The event was moved to the local Hellenic Centre, which then faced online harassment from groups such as the “Revolutionary Student Movement” and the “Revolutionary Communists.”

“Remember, voicing your disdain for the Hellenic Centre hosting fascists via phone or email is not “bullying” but a justified response,” claimed the Revolutionary Communists of Vancouver’s Facebook group.

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Death threats were made to the organizer of the event and a police presence was required to ensure it could proceed safely. Had the organizers not managed to find a last-minute replacement location, bullying would have won out and the speakers would have been silenced. While protesters have the right to stand outside and peacefully demonstrate (even with cardboard guillotines as they did outside the event), violence and threats of violence need to be taken seriously by police. “Violence needs to be met with criminal charges and a firm message from the courts: mess with our liberty at your peril,” Bildy writes.

Anthropology professor Mark Collard, told Bildy, “In 300,000 years, humans have only managed to discover two ways of dealing with political disputes: conversation and democracy, or violence.”

Bildy writes: “It is difficult for any group or individual to find a platform if they dissent from the increasingly narrow range of acceptable speech. Who gets to speak and what they say is being decided by modern-day Brownshirts, some of whom have already demonstrated that they have lost their grip on basic human decency by beating journalists and shouting down little old ladies with walkers.”

Read the whole story here.

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