When no one will be allowed to hear your views?
If you are a Christian this will be sooner rather than later. If you’re in the UK it’s coming – the government wants to crack down on ‘extremism.’ Yet so far it has declined to define extremism – which makes it very easy to become a target.
Firstly I will say that free speech is a benefit to all. If you cannot HEAR a view which is repellant, how can you educate the young to be repelled by it? If such views are deemed ‘unacceptable’ where other views are deemed to be sacrosanct, we’ve entered an Orwellian nightmare.
If extremism is undefined, the government has free reign to move the goalposts until even speaking the Law of God will become an offense – how can it not be? God’s Law says that homosexuality is wrong – what could be more offensive than that, these days?
Extremism is a moving target – and an oppressive regime such as the one we appear to have elected, can use it how it likes, when it likes, to stop any action or mode of speech – it’s a race to totalitarianism.
Let’s look at extremism:
I’m not joking – that’s extreme ironing (source).
I’m not trying to be flippant here – my point is serious. Extremism is too broad a term to use. Where does it end – that’s my point. The UK is already falling down the rankings of ‘free countries’ for journalism:
“‘Freedom of Press’ is published by the US-based Freedom House, an NGO established in 1941 that has been ranking countries worldwide since 1980 in relation to democracy, human rights and press freedom. In May 2014 it reported that Britain has slipped down the global rankings for freedom of the press to 36th place.
The organisation said press freedom and therefore free speech, had fallen to its lowest level for over a decade. It partly blames regressive steps in countries such as Libya, Turkey and Ukraine, as well as the actions taken against journalists reporting on national security issues in both the US and UK.
Karin Karlekar, the report’s project director, said: “We see declines in media freedom on a global level, driven by governments’ efforts to control the message and punish the messenger.”” (source)
My views may differ from yours, but if I cannot hear your views, because you are censored, how can I learn what is right and wrong? How can I hold my views, if opposing views are not allowed? My views then become ‘unnecessary’? We would all become ‘drones’ of one viewpoint. Thought might be banned altogether.
God Bless you