Tech Companies’ Concerted Suppression of Disfavored Views Represents a Threat to Our Freedom

Thank you, Instapundit! (here) And to John Hinderaker at the Power Line blog (here).

I have written at length about the Southern Poverty Law Center for City Journal.  SPLC is a demagogic direct-mail racket and leftist smear shop posing as a civil rights organization. SPLC’s mission is especially focused on promoting radical Islam (by falsely labeling any criticism of it as “hate speech” and “extremism”) and the LGBT agenda (again, by erroneously conflating religious and moral objections to same-sex marriage or homosexual conduct with racial bigotry). Accordingly, SPLC demonizes those who defend religious objections to the LGBT agenda as “hate groups” equivalent to the KKK. If you think I am exaggerating, read my article in City Journal (here).  Many others have written about the SPLC, explaining why that group is a fraud.  Yet, because SPLC embraces a radical left political orientation shared by most media outlets and Silicon Valley-based tech companies, it is convenient for them to adopt SPLC’s dubious (and in many cases defamatory) labels, in order to discredit those with whom they disagree.

In a most disturbing turn of events, some tech companies have begun to “de-platform” certain groups from social media, digital payment, and other sites based solely on SPLC’s tendentious characterization of them as a “hate group.” One organization that has falsely been labeled as a “hate group,” Alliance Defending Freedom, is a hugely-successful defender of religious liberties in numerous lawsuits, including notable victories in the U.S. Supreme Court.  On September 27, 2018, Jeremy Tedesco, Senior Counsel and Vice President of ADF, testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice regarding “The State of Intellectual Freedom in America.” His testimony, which just came to my attention,  deserves a wide audience. I am therefore sharing it here.  This is, in my estimation, one of the most serious issues facing our nation today. All those who cherish freedom should be gravely concerned about this threat.

  • “Mark Pulliam is one of the few truly fearless, devastatingly incisive, original and yet deeply learned commentators on the contemporary legal scene.  His new blog is a welcome addition and a splendid and provocative resource.”
    Professor Stephen B. Presser
    Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus, Northwestern University School of Law
  • “Mark Pulliam is the Walt Longmire of legal conservatism. You don't want to be on the wrong end of his pen. His commentary on law, politics, and policy is not to be missed.”
    Richard Reinsch II
    Director of Law and Liberty, Liberty Fund, Inc.
  • “Mark's blistering criticism of the foibles of the lawyering class and crackpot judges is a worthy penance for a recovering attorney. And it is our gain.”
    Michael Thompson
    Shareholder, Wright & Greenhill, P.C.
  • “Maybe this man’s degree is written in crayon."
  • "Mark Pulliam fancies himself a Paul Revere of the right."
    Froma Harrop
    Syndicated columnist
  • “With the flourish of a pen, Mark Pulliam makes bad guys rhetorically bleed and weak guys physically cringe. It's awesome.”
    Michael Quinn Sullivan
    President & CEO, Empower Texans
  • "Mark Pulliam, writer and thinker extraordinaire, has a new blog. Make sure to visit and register. Mark Pulliam's new blog is a thing of wit and intelligence."
    Bradley J. Birzer
    Professor of History, Hillsdale College, President of the American Ideas Institute, and editor at large of The Imaginative Conservative
Featured In

Sign up for updates

Get the latest updates, news, and alerts directly from the source.
We promise, we don't spam.

Featured Tweets