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DocReits February 14, 2017 at 1:02 am

Very timely subject Pastor Jack,

I have been doing some research on “free speech” in America this past week. I especially have been reviewing the legal rulings regarding speech in the US and how the current laws govern which speech is legal and illegal.

I am not a lawyer and am willing to stand corrected if any who are reading my words find any errors. The last major law I can find defining what is acceptable as free speech was in 1969, known as the Brandenburg vs Ohio ruling. Brandenburg was unfortunately a KKK leader and advocated terrible things in our country. He was sentenced to jail for his speech but was later released based on the court challenge overturning his sentence.

Under this decision by the Supreme Court, it ruled that speech is unacceptable which was, “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action”. It also added the “intent” of the speaker. That is, if the speaker was talking passively about violence towards others but his intent was not to imminently cause violence, IOW, without malicious intent, it did not qualify as being illegal.

Anyway, that’s the law. The reason I was reading up on this was because of the recent shutting down of speakers in our country by the radical left political party. Not allowing opposing views is becoming quite the phenomenon that is racing across our country since the election. Whether one is a Democrat or a Republican or neither should not be the basis by which we allow public discourse. Some of my best friends are atheistic liberals, myself a conservative Christian, and we have great discussions in a friendly manner about politics and religion.

This new(er) phenomenon where the radical left shouts down, burns cars, breaks windows, etc., silencing through violence any opposing views is exactly what those individuals decry…fascism. They call me a fascist for being a Christian conservative while defining fascism through their actions. From Websters, “Fascism: a…movement…that stands for…severe…social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” Yet none of these “protesters” were arrested during the inauguration or at the University of Berkeley as they destroyed property and attacked any in opposition.

We are losing our ability as Christians or non-Christians to voice our opinions in a public forum without intense malice and threat of violence. I am reading with increasing alarm the ideas of the far left. The leaders of these movements I have witnessed personally have voiced their views that any who would oppose their beliefs are to be shut down, wherever they are found(subways, street corners, office spaces, schools, etc.). If they cannot be removed through verbal attempts then they believe they should be removed forcibly, including with violence. I am not making this up.

I have been around many years and I have not witnessed anything like this even during the Vietnam protest years. Someone might cite the Watts riots during the mid 1960’s but those folks broke the law with their violence and they knew it. These “protesters” that I mention today actually believe they have a “right” protected by the Law to silence those with opposing views through violence, stating that we are the haters…the fascists, and that we must be stopped. “…and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God”(Jn 16:2).

We are quickly devolving into a new “group think” that resembles 1984 in an alarming fashion.

“Even so…come Lord Jesus”!(Rev 22:20″)


Jack Wellman February 14, 2017 at 7:49 am

Thanks Doc. Yes, you are spot on about the 1984 fashion in our culture. Amazing that the home of free speech, Berkley, now explodes into protest and violence if anyone wants to speak and differs from their own point of view. The days are getting more evil bro. Come quickly Lord, as we’re see wicked spirits work in the children of disobedience and escalating violence.

Ichabod America February 17, 2017 at 8:43 am

I am sorry but I must disagree.
First of all, we either have freedom of speech, or we do not.
So-called “Hate speech” labeling is a direct assault on freedom of speech!
So, if someone says homosexuality is a sin, that labels the person a “homophobic, bigot” and using “hate speech”. That is called silencing dissent!
Funny how calling a Christian a bigot and a ______phobe for preaching the gospel isn’t hate speech, but someone quoting scripture IS.
I guess that part of the First Amendment that states that “CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” means nothing as by silencing Christians it is “establishing” the religion of Humanism and that part about “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” can just be ignored if that exercise might hurt someone’s feelings.

And where does this infringement on free speech stop?
I agree that Christians need to be very careful and wise in which words they choose to use, and scripture tells us this also, however, where does it stop?
You can’t speak negatively about islam even if it is the truth because someone might be “offended” and label it “hate speech” which makes one subject to legal actions.
And yet it is perfectly fine to curse at, insult, lie about and even physically attack Christians with impunity!

Rickey Young August 18, 2019 at 3:21 am

Linda Rika YouTube testimony. Three preachers out of five million people were eligible for heaven on the day she saw The Lord Jesus The Christ. Matthew 22:11-13 and verse 8. Clothing keeps a man from heaven. Ask God if it is true? Are you eligible for heaven? In the dream, ask, Lord is it you? The devil will give you a dream also. Many are called but few are chosen. Now we know what it means. Someone must speak out.

Jack Wellman August 18, 2019 at 9:22 am

Hello Mr. Young. Please distance yourself from this woman, who is a false profit. It is from Satan not God that she does her work. I pray you see the error in this woman’s teaching and the Spirit of God reveals her for who she really is.

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