- In a bold new move to establish federal censorship of
the internet, Pres. Obama has directed FCC chairman Julius Genachowski
to seek legislation that will forbid large internet providers such as Verizon,
Comcast, and AT&T to "favor certain content or applications over
others." In other words, they cannot "discriminate" against
content of which they disapprove or simply do not want to promote.
- On the surface, this initiative seems to protect non-establishment
views in cyberspace. In reality, it updates the devious Civil Rights Act
of 1964 by stating that providers' free enterprise businesses no longer
belong to them to be operated as they see fit. Control will belong to consumers.
Anyone can take advantage of the providers' labor and investment.
- Although one might question whether huge internet providers
are unduly troubled by issues of conscience, nevertheless net neutrality
establishes precedent that the conscience of an internet entrepreneur can
be trampled and has no moral right to reject offensive content. This could
include pornography, homosexuality, or political and religious ideas the
entrepreneur does not want to promote. If denied service, any customer
could scream "Discrimination!" promoting federal investigation
- The Obama administration thus wants to conform the internet
industry into the main federal accountability and control which Title 7
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 imposed on all businesses of more than
- Yet banning discrimination of content or services is
just for starters. The government could next require that providers and
services not allow "hate speech"-prejudiced discriminatory concepts
on the internet. This is the rule in hate law countries where internet
servers are forbidden to provide association with "hate groups."
Thus, deviously, Obama's proposal actually means no right to discriminate
against content, i.e. discriminatory "hateful speech and ideas."
- First forbidding you to discriminate against content
you find objectionable, the government will eventually force you to discriminate
against content it finds objectionable. Net neutrality gives the impression
of safeguarding free expression. Actually, it's a foothold on which the
government can exercise jurisdiction to eventually exclude what government,
media and society already increasingly agree should be excluded from First
Amendment protections: hate speech.
- Increasingly, the new generation of Americans, particularly
on college campuses, believes that while speech in general should be free,
there should be "no tolerance of intolerance." Federal power
to ban "discrimination" by internet providers can lead in only
one direction: the power to ban verbal and intellectual "intolerance"
on the internet in general. What is intolerance, as defined by the hate
crimes agenda of the Obama Democrats? It is primarily judgments which proceed
from the Bible, particularly against homosexuality ("homophobia")
and even Jewish complicity in the crucifixion ("anti-Semitism").
- If net neutrality is combined with passage of the federal
hate crimes bill plus other hate bills now moving forward in the House
and Senate, it will not be long before prejudice, bias and hate crimes
will reflexively be associated with "Biblical hate speech" as
is now the case in Canada and Great Britain.
- If internet providers were sustained with the people's
tax dollars or were a cooperative owned by the people, they might justly
be required not to discriminate. What socialism, however, says is that
your business that you have created out of your vision, toil and present
struggle exists to be enjoyed and dictated to by those who have no part
in its actual ownership. Socialism says it is very, very bad for you to
hire or fire or discriminate among your patrons as you see necessary. What
is really very bad is a government which you support and own which takes
control of your property from you, making you a criminal for the exercise
of your God-given rights.
- Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have
saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and
spearhead attempts to pass the federal hate crimes bill: <http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp>http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
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