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Columnist Uses Libel in ‘Hate Speech’ Attack on First Amendment Rights

Posted on | March 8, 2015 | 81 Comments

“Take your meds before reading,” warns Kathy Shaidle about a Times of Israel column by “human rights activist” Dinah Silverstein:

In the world today, it is universally accepted that hate speech is not free speech. International human rights law . . . mandates legal protections against hate speech. . . . Every single human rights group in existence strongly supports hate speech laws and continually works to have them expanded. All countries now have laws against hate speech.
All countries, that is, except for the United States. In the US, all manner of hateful and discriminatory expression is permitted under the guise of “freedom of speech.” . . .

(Permit me to interrupt here to exercise my First Amendment freedom to say damn “the world today” and damn “human rights.”)

[T]he US steadfastly refuses to protect vulnerable minorities from even the most extreme forms of hate speech. In the landmark case of Brandenburg v. Ohio, the United States Supreme Court even ruled that KKK members have the right to advocate violence against minorities as “free speech.” . . .

(Violence is illegal. However, proving that Hateful Statement A led to Violent Felony B can be problematic, which is what Brandenburg was really about. Please continue, Ms. Silverstein.)

Human rights groups have complained for decades about America’s failure to enact laws against hate speech and the UN Human Rights Council has repeatedly expressed deep concern about America’s refusal to protect vulnerable minorities from hate speech, but nothing has ever been done to remedy the problem. . . .

(Even “human rights” whiners are protected by the First Amendment.)

What many Americans don’t seem to understand is that failing to pass laws against hate speech not only violates fundamental human rights, but also explicitly violates international law.

(And while we’re at it, damn “international law.”)

More recently, racist hate speech against Muslims inspired Anders Behring Breivik to slaughter 77 people in Norway, while hate speech from the likes of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh incited right-wing extremist Jared Lee Loughner to go on a shooting spree in Arizona.


  1. Loughner was not a “right-wing extremist”;
  2. His apparent inspiration was a 9/11 Truther conspiracy film.

Read “Jared Loughner’s Zeitgeist Obsession” if you want to learn about the anti-Christian, anti-capitalism paranoid cult “documentary” that evidently “incited” the Tucson massacre:

“I really think that this Zeitgeist documentary had a profound impact upon Jared Loughner’s mindset and how he views the world that he lives in,” Zach Osler, 22, told ABC’s Ashleigh Banfield. Osler’s father confirmed that influence in an interview published Sunday by the Arizona Republic. “He wanted to watch [Zeitgeist] all the time,” George Osler told the Phoenix newspaper. “It was cool at first. But then it got weird. It was all he wanted to do.”

Please read the whole thing. I spent about three or four days in January 2011 researching the background on Loughner and the Zeitgeist cult. As I complained at the time, once evidence emerged that Loughner was not a “right-wing extremist” — rather quite the opposite — everybody in the major media mysteriously lost interest in his motives. Hey, if they couldn’t promote hatred of Christianity and hatred of capitalism, what would liberal journalists do for a living?

The world if full of “international law” and “human rights” and every other species of dishonest evil, and if America alone stands against this dangerous tide of tyranny, so be it.

“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself . . . she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”
Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, 1786

If any lying “human rights activist” thinks they can stop me from telling the truth, they’d better bring a damned army.




  • Steve Skubinna

    Seriously, my first thought was this is old news, that article came out months ago… and then I find, no, this is recent. But it’s the same arguemnt, point for point and nearly word for word, with a few added libelous details.

    So you’re likely right, this is part of an orchestrated campaign. Interesting point about a possible false flag operation, given that the left constantly accuses the right of conducting them (which datum alone strongly suggests that it’s a part of their own toolbox).

  • Steve Skubinna

    Odd how all those examples are 180 degrees out from truth…

  • Steve Skubinna

    See also, George Orwell.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Maybe you should send her a copy of “Confessions of a Failed Slut” with the chapter on the Hitachi Magic Wand highlighted.

    BTW, do you get promotional consideration? Asking for a friend.

  • Steve Skubinna

    The most disgusting irony? Of the two assassinated officers, one was Hispanic, the other Asian-American.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Don’t forget the brown liquor!

  • Trazymarch

    But it gives so many room for interpretations! Like: “Anders Breivik punished political class kids for oppresing minorities” and so on..

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  • Dana

    Undefeated regular season. There is still the SEC Tournament, with three games that UK has to win, before we even get to the NCAAs!

  • Isa

    oh my goodness, they removed the article.

    now this is comedy.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Wonder if the Times of Israel finally looked into the putative contributor and discovered that a) her photo is apparently of somebody else and b) the article itself is a near copy of a previously published anti-free speech screed. Plus, they may have looked at her examples and realized that they were false and libelous.

    Comedy, yes, and also very intriguing. What is going on here? I think maybe the paper got played, but by who? And to what end?

  • Steve Skubinna

    Maybe he was checking their privilege.

  • ericjg623

    “We can see it here, now, with all sorts of idiotic campus “speech codes” and the like”

    Please don’t call this stuff “Idiotic”, as if it were merely the product of stupidity. “Evil” would be a much better word, since the obvious goal is to force people to shut up.

  • ericjg623

    It would seem that Miss Silverstein isn’t much of a journalist: it doesn’t take much checking over that internet thingy Al Gore invented to have discovered what Mr Hicks’ motives probably were, but it apparently took more checking than Miss Silverstein did.”

    Again, you give the enemy more credit than they deserve. I very much doubt it was laziness that motivated this Silverstein creature, but rather malice.

  • Dana

    I assume, given her position, that Miss Silverstein is at least pretending to be a journalist, and thus should be held to journalistic standards. Regrettably, she is not the only journalist who could be characterized as lazy in researching stories.

  • Squid Hunt

    This is standard liberal operating procedure. You use the law as a cover and justification for your behaviour. In role playing games this is known as lawful evil. The end point of such a ploy is power and control.

  • Squid Hunt

    That is a relief. The masks are coming off.

  • Squid Hunt
  • joated

    ” a Times of Israel column by “human rights activist” Dinah Silverstein:”
    Clicked on the link to read the original twaddle and…”Article Has Been Removed.”
    Surprise, surprise!

  • Fail Burton

    They Zimmerized them.

  • Fail Burton

    And only retweets.

  • Dana

    Clearly, you are just a deluded tool of the cisheteronormative patriarchy!

  • ericjg623

    Except, as already mentioned, I don’t think “Lazy” has anything to do with it. She was driven to push an **agenda**, not do honest reporting. And hers was a particularly virulent agenda, namely, labeling all disagreement with her ideology as “Hate speech”. In short, she and her kind are the self-designated Thought Police” of the new era. This is malice, not laziness!

  • Sort-Of-Mad Max

    When I hear the phrase ‘hate speech’ I reach for my revolver.

  • Fail Burton

    The built-in stupid there is that’s exactly what radical feminists assert – and without a hint of irony.

  • Fail Burton

    Dinah won’t you blow, Dinah won’t you blow, Dinah won’t you blow Nancy Goldstein and Jessica Valenti?

    Or not.

  • Zeb Quinn

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  • Squid Hunt

    I would literally register just so I could vote for Hillary over Jeb and feel justified doing it. I’m done with Bush, et al.

  • Zeb Quinn

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  • Squid Hunt

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  • Zeb Quinn

    Well then, enjoy the decline, sucker, if that’s how you’re going to vote.