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March 12, 2013 - 11:59 am

Pam Gellar wants to run bus ads in San Francisco quoting jihadists in their own words. The local district attorney has a problem with quoting jihadists accurately.

A controversy has been re-ignited this week as ten new ads go up on San Francisco Muni buses containing quotes used by terrorists.

“Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah,” reads one of the ads, which has people debating the line between free speech and hate speech.

Who is the hate speaker here? CBS’s story puts Gellar in that role. All she is doing is quoting jihadists using their actual words. Doesn’t that make the jihadists the hate speakers?

Several San Francisco city leaders, including District Attorney George Gascon, have condemned the campaign.

“San Francisco won’t tolerate Islamophobic bigotry,” said Gascon. “The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to look the other way and do nothing.”

Gacson’s first and second sentences don’t work together here.

You can’t reason with the likes of DA Gascon. It’s futile to try.

This episode does help point out the danger of so-called hate speech laws. Government functionaries can choose which hates to hate, and leftists have made it pretty clear that they hate speech that is not actually hate speech, and defend speech that is by definition hate speech.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So can you go to jail in lonny land for quoting Hitler's Mein Kampf?
1 year ago
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It's a typical liberal paradigm: if they do it, it's speaking out against injustice, like when the YWCA and U of MN-Duluth lit up white people with a billboard campaign pointing out what racists whites are, though with no quotes or statistics, just words drawn on faces that said to how easy it was to be white.

When a conservative does it, and with quotes, it's disturbing the peace. I could fill a telephone book with examples in the press listing how liberals have abandoned principle and concepts of right and wrong in favor of identity.

Needless to say, today's liberal would be incapable of writing a Bill of Rights. Hell, they can't even make it work with it already written down.
1 year ago
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They could write one - but it couldn't contain any "negative rights". Only the stuff govt could give them, not the stuff that others could get or do to them. It's like building a pyramid with the pointy end on the bottom.
1 year ago
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Based upon Zombie's reporting, there are many in San Francisco who would at least tolerate, if not outright agree with those Jihadists' statements.
1 year ago
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Whatddya wanna bet, DA Gascon wouldn't even bat an eye at someone buying bus ads that quote particularly violent and tribalist lines from the Old Testament?
1 year ago
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Bat an eye? Put up that quote about men laying with men from Leviticus to paint Christians as homophobic and he'd probably try to subsidize it.
1 year ago
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Like what? Most of the various episodes in the OT that people like to cite were given under special circumstances for specific occasions, not as general policy.
1 year ago
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Well, you still can't be openly gay in Alexandria, even today. Ironically, you can in SF but the very people who support that don't want to hear about modern day Alex.
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