By Marica Micallef
We all know the story of Fr. David Muscat and how his statement was labelled as “hate speech” when it was it. In my humble opinion, considering what is going on abroad, I think that Fr. Muscat is a pawn at the hands of our government to bring about another global agenda which is that of the legislation on hate speech. When one digs deep, one can truly realise how baseless the origin of such legislation can be.
Hate speech has now become a topic on government minds that no one can define. The European Commission is proposing legislation that draws upon a proposed initiative citing a “sharp rise in hate speech and hate crime in Europe”. The new measures would target hate directed to “individuals and groups of people sharing or perceived as sharing a common characteristic,’ such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, nationality, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics or any other fundamental characteristic, or a combination of such characteristics.”
In Ireland, it is anticipated that legislation on hate crimes and hate speech will be presented to the Oireachtas or the Irish Parlament. According to a lengthy statement provided to The Irish Times by the Department of Justice, a person would need to intentionally encourage hatred toward a person or group in order to be in violation of the new law, which would make prosecutions more challenging. But, Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless, who chairs the justice committee, said that “While there is a strong rationale for deterring hateful assaults and protecting minorities that way, hate speech is far more problematic. Freedom of expression remains a core constitutional value and a subjective assessment could prove both very unfair and impossible to police. At a minimum, artistic exceptions would have to exist and the right to robustly debate the issues of the day cannot be criminalised either.” Woke minister for justice Helen McEntee commented that “Hate Crime and Hate Speech undermine the very foundations of a democratic and inclusive society, and the common values enshrined in the EU treaties.” She continued, “A collective response at the European level is needed to effectively address the challenges raised by hate speech and hate crime”.
But is it truly hate speech they are after? Or is it about empowering giant tech corporations to shut down free speech and anyone who speaks the truth?
Francisco José Contreras, a Spanish politician, was suspended from his Twitter account for 12 hours after saying “a man cannot get pregnant” because they have “no uterus or eggs.” Doesn’t this show that this social media giant has a strong left-wing bias, routinely censors conservatives, and is extremely far left? Are we witnessing a steady shift of the political left as supposed defenders of free speech to enemies of free speech?
Of course, it is obvious to anyone with even a modicum of common sense how this will turn up. Any criticism of the new plantation that is currently taking place in the world will be deemed “hate speech,” just as would any advocacy of traditional values and any patriotic overturns. In the meantime, far-left extremists will be allowed to continue spewing their hate at Catholics and other Christians.
The former Finnish Interior Minister, Paivi Rasanen, a member of parliament for the Christian Democrats, is on trial for hate speech over a bible verse. Her comments, according to the prosecution, are unlawful since they “affront the equality and dignity of homosexuals.” She criticized the Finnish Lutheran Church in online comments for its support of LGBT activist causes. She accused the church of “elevating shame and immorality to a point of pride”. A Helsinki court is debating whether to label biblical passages as hate speech, and the case is being considered as a test of whether or not personal religious views may justify provocative language, according to the BBC. Räsänen told reporters she was “honoured to be defending the freedom of speech and religion.” “I hope that today it can become clear that I have no wish to offend any group of people, but this is a question of saving people for eternal life,” said the MP.
In a related event, YouTube tagged and removed a video that was posted by Christian pastor John MacArthur and presented the biblical perspective on gender and sexuality as “hate speech” when he said that God made us male and female?
Also, a Christian pastor in the UK was arrested by police on the streets of London after a member of the public reported him for the “homophobic” comment of saying that marriage was between a man and a woman.
Doesn’t all the above mirror what happened to Fr. David Muscat and that our politicians, are using him as a pawn to follow this international agenda?