Freedom of speech on Twitter is now held hostage by .06%

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What does freedom mean? Today. In 2018. Right now. In America, in the Western World. What does it mean for people to be free? How should a free society act? And what does freedom mean on a personal level? What determines who is free?

Are you free?

Now imagine the First Amendment vanished overnight and suddenly there were limits on what you can and cannot say: How alarmed would you be? How much would you lose? No more freedom of speech and no press to report on it. You can no longer say what you want, no matter how offensive, and whether or not something is offensive would not be up to you. Not unless you're part of any of a small group of activists tirelessly trying to impose "anti-discrimination" and "anti-harassment" policy.

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Nobody wants discrimination or harassment, but activists have a funny definition of what those words mean. By their standards, discrimination and harassment have less to do with insulting or abusive language, and more to do with the general public's proper use of a transgender or LGBTQ-etc person's self-defined gender pronouns and expressions.

We saw it with Bill C-16 in Canada, the pro-transgender bill which punishes "mis-gendering." The bill has also passed in New York City, allowing 31 legal gender identities.

It hasn't spread much farther than New York in America, not quite. But the symptoms are popping up. Twitter recently announced a ban on mis-gendering or dead-naming, which can be reported and lead to a ban from Twitter.

It's a little shocking that science is being discarded in the name of progress.

Fair enough. Twitter is a private company. They can do what they want. But we can still be more than a little concerned by the decision. It's a little shocking that science is being discarded in the name of progress.

The new rule says:

We prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category. We recognize that if people experience abuse on Twitter, it can jeopardize their ability to express themselves.

They add:

Research has shown that some groups of people are disproportionately targeted with abuse online. This includes; women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual individuals, marginalized and historically underrepresented communities. For those who identify with multiple underrepresented groups, abuse may be more common, more severe in nature and have a higher impact on those targeted.

It's unclear what data or evidence Twitter used to determine this information. But we can say for sure that transgender population comprises about 0.6% of the U.S. population. Why are transgender rights constantly a topic? What happens when the "underrepresented" are actually "overrepresented," so much so that it infringes on everyone else's freedom?

After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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