Here is a piece from American Thinker that will startle anyone who remembers what “free speech” used to mean.
The best rendering of the underlying principle was articulated in her book Life of Voltaire, by Evelyn Hall (d.1956). This was exactly what Voltaire believed (as do I) but the words are hers:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Well, there are of course, reasonable limits to free speech, such as to shouting “Fire” in a crowded theater.
The gentleman in this piece, Bill Whatcott, never shouted “Fire” anywhere. He has just voiced reasonable, and largely fact-based objections to the radical nature of contemporary social and moral policies, and has argued that they offend traditional moral principles
I have done so, too. All my writing life. I don’t know why I have not ever been charged. A Canadian newspaper once tried to have some my statements against the normalization of homosexuality, abortion, and euthanasia (and a few other things) in The War Against The Family (1993) sent to a so-called Human Rights Tribunal.
I wrote to the newspaper that they might have a more interesting time suing prestigious professional journals such as Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine, and JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Society) from which all the facts I quoted were taken.
They went silent, and I never heard back from them.
Read on, and weep for the death of free speech in the West.