“NET NEUTRALITY" WILL END NET FREEDOM
By Rev. Ted Pike
28 Sep 09
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
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 and indictment.
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 15
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.
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