Two Cheers for Trump! Religion IS Essential, Social Media MUST BE Content Neutral (UPDATED with text of executive order announcement)

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by Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

As the token “radical Muslim” here at VT I have a certain license to express a point of view that is not 100% kosher certified by the editorial board. So I’m going to join the minority-of-one here, Robert David Steele, and say something nice about Donald Trump.

After mercilessly mocking and deriding Trump for almost four years, I am now shocked to find myself cheering for him. Well, not for him personally, but for two of his recent outrages: reopening houses of worship, and ordering an investigation (and hopefully a revocation) of the law granting social media companies immunity from lawsuits.

Trump is right: Houses of worship are essential, far more essential than liquor stores and abortion services, as every one of the Founding Fathers would surely agree if they could be with us today. What’s more, religious institutions ought to have vastly more power and autonomy than they currently enjoy. They should be a “check and balance” against the government, as they are in Iran. Check out the arguments expressed in my radio interviews:

Peter Simpson on Why Theocracy Is Better than Secular Liberalism

Peter Simpson and Blake Archer Williams on Theocracy & Iran

A government, any government, ordering all houses of worship shut down, is an abomination. Better the other way around.

Trump is even more right about the big social media companies.

This is a very simple issue. Internet companies were granted immunity from content-based lawsuits for one reason and one reason only: They promised to be 100% neutral platforms, NOT publishers.

An example of a neutral platform is the phone system. The phone company isn’t responsible for what people say on the phone, since the phone is just a platform for everyone to exercise their right of free speech. The internet is just a fancier telephone connecting everybody to everybody. The phone company, and the internet companies, MUST NOT DISCRIMINATE IN ANY WAY FOR OR AGAINST PEOPLE WHO SPEAK THROUGH THEIR TECHNOLOGIES/PLATFORMS. THE COMPANIES MUST BE 100% CONTENT NEUTRAL. EVERYONE HAS EXACTLY THE SAME RIGHT TO BE HEARD AS LONG AS THEY DO NOT VIOLATE THE LAW.

As soon as an internet company favors one speaker over another in any way, shape, or form, whether by promotion or censorship or rigging an algorithm, that company has become a publisher. From that moment on, that company is just as responsible for everything it publishes as every other publisher. So the next time some lunatic commits an atrocious crime and live-streams it on Facebook, Zuckerberg and the malefactor share responsibility for the crime, and Zuck gets sued and loses everything he has. (Good riddance!)

If Trump succeeds in redefining FB, Twitter, etc. as publishers, they will face thousands of lawsuits and go out of business immediately. They will then quickly be replaced by social media companies that offer content-neutral platforms, giving everyone exactly the same right of free speech and promoting all messages equally based on content-neutral algorithms. (That’s how the internet operated until about 2016, and it worked fine…the only people who didn’t like it were the Zionists, oligarchs, and 9/11 perps—not mutually exclusive categories—whose crimes were being exposed.)

It would be better to burn down the whole damn country than tolerate the current level of internet censorship. The only thing that makes this hideously flawed place tolerable is what is left — rather, what WAS left until 2016 — of freedom of expression. Going back to a content-neutral internet is not just a good idea; like establishing houses of worship as co-equals with the government, it is an idea and a project that would, if necessary, be worth fighting and dying for.

Update: Text of Trump’s announcement of executive order to fight online censorship

———- Forwarded message ———
От: The White House <[email protected]>
Date: пт, 29 мая 2020 г. в 01:56
Subject: BREAKING: President Trump signs order to fight online censorship
To: <…>

 

1600 Daily
The White House • May 28, 2020

BREAKING: President Trump signs order to fight online censorship

Moments ago in the Oval Office, President Trump signed an Executive Order to fight online censorship by technology corporations, including social media platforms.

Tech bias is a major issue facing our democracy. It challenges the free exchange of ideas and public debate that protects our civil liberties. Every citizen—liberal, conservative, or otherwise—has a right to be heard and treated fairly online.

🎬 WATCH: President Trump announces executive action to fight online censorship

In the next few hours, you may hear a lot about this Executive Order. Leftwing media will claim it addresses a fake problem because tech bias doesn’t exist. Democrats in Congress will say the President is exceeding his authority. Some in the Beltway establishment will say the order doesn’t do that much in the first place.

All of these are lies. Here are a few of the key actions in President Trump’s order:

  • Makes it U.S. policy that platforms who selectively edit, censor, or are not acting in “good faith” with regards to content will not receive the liability protection included in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
  • Directs the Commerce Department to petition the FCC to make clarifying rules on Section 230 in line with U.S. policy
  • Helps stop millions of taxpayer dollars from being wasted by federal agencies on advertising with biased social media platforms
  • Ensures the Justice Department will review more than 16,000 complaints about politically motivated censorship that were collected by the White House in advance of a Social Media Summit held last year
  • Mobilizes State Attorneys General—who have massive subpoena and consumer protection authorities—to ensure social media platforms are not engaging in unfair or deceptive acts or practices
  • Acts as federal law and lists the many ways in which tech platforms act with bias against viewpoints they disagree with

Massive corporations that treat millions of American citizens unfairly shouldn’t expect special privileges and protections under the law. With President Trump’s Executive Order today, our country is one step closer to having an honest, fair public debate.

Read President Trump’s Executive Order on censorship here.

MORE33 Examples of Twitter’s Anti-Conservative Bias

 

Biography
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly radio show funded by listener donations at Patreon.com and FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN); a audio-video show produced by Tony Hall, Allan Reese, and Kevin himself. FFWN is funded through FundRazr.

He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.
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19 COMMENTS

  1. I am surprised that anyone who reads VT doesn’t understand the fact that internet censorship has utterly and completely destroyed this country. Through at least 2010 9/11 truth YouTubes like Loose Change could rack up 100 million views. The truth movement was winning, and would have long since won and saved America if the traitors, who do deserve immediate summary execution, revoked content neutrality and started shadowbanning the truth and promoting big lies.

    There has never been a worse group of traitors to America than the people who rolled back content neutrality. Every single one of them, from the top CEO and deep state operative to the lowliest engineer who implemented shadowbanning and other forms of unconstitutional censorship, needs to be tried, convicted, and executed ASAP.

    • I’m surprised anyone, period, would fall for your drama.

      Conflating all that with a damn asterisk… FINALLY… on Trump’s incitement.

    • Passenger: “BOMB!!!”

      Captain: “No bomb, folks. Here, we’ve provided to see for yourselves. As we’re forced to fly with this serial provocateur.”

      Barrett: “1st Amendment Treason!!!”

      … (But what do you do when the CAPTAIN IS THE PROVOCATEUR?)

  2. … And nevermind being the posterboy for #WhiteFragility.

    “THE most racist thing ever, would be [potential gripes] about a hypothetical TV show called Whitish.”

    – DramaQueenDon Trump.

  3. Who in history has a better claim than DramaQueenDon Trump to AllTime Snowflake?

    Whining. Every. Single. Day. About being mistreated worst, ever. Worse than centuries of lynching etc…

    Nevermind the privileged life daddy’s franchise casino brat has had.

  4. But snowflakes #MadeAmericaGreat!

    Like the #OpenBorders Euro snowflakes who called Ellis “Heartbreak Island” for the low acceptance rate of… 98%!
    And long processing times of… 4 hours!

    WHILE Asians were banned for most of the 20th century, and Hispanic US Citizens were terrorized and illegally deported.

    The Euro snowflake noncitizens were encouraged to vote and could hold office #WhenAmericaWasGreat.

  5. A snowflake is also someone who thinks it’s either your example or mine.

    Like you.
    Not that you gave one; just a vague rant.
    But especially whiny because both examples are so similar.

    Reminds of Jordan Peterson on Real Time with Maher; lectured ad nauseam about [Liberals] “Feeling, not thinking”, then literally minutes later saying Trumptards* feelings – not truth or law – was paramount in an impeachment/indictment scenario, and in general.

    * Pronounced “turd” like dotard.

  6. What would be PRICELESS is if Twitter linked to Trump’s own commission on voting! 😄😅😂🤣

  7. * Twitter didn’t block or erase DramaQueenDon, obviously. Just an “asterisk” link to facts about mail voting.

    Mail voting that DramaQueenDon does himself; and only decries in Blue States.

    … Stay tuned for claims of:

    “20 Million Illegal Votes!”

    “DeepState Coup!”

    Where’s my “2nd Amendment People!?”

  8. A snowflake is someone who cries censorship when their dangerous bluster & crying wolf* is merely fact checked… FINALLY.

    After thousands of times.

    * What Barrett is cheering for.

    ** Asterisk is so apropos, because Twitter didn’t even directly fact-check DramaQueenDon’s content; just an asterisk.

  9. Theatres should also be neutral when I yell “FIRE” in them.

    Airlines should be neutral when I yell “BOMB”!

    • Incitement (like libel and pornography) is not protected speech. Theaters, airlines, and social media companies should report crimes to law enforcement agencies, and libel to civil attorneys. But legal speech—anything that a court would presumably rule protected speech, like 99.9999999999% of what the internet oligarchs are censoring—must be respected in all public fora under the 1st Amendment (and simple common sense).

    • Trump doesn’t incite?
      Here, DramaQueenDon is crying censorship over a fact check.
      (Of course with the obligatory hypocrisy, as he votes by mail, and it’s fine in Red States.)

      Theatres & airlines don’t have the right to fact check/censor claims of “FIRE” & “BOMB”?

    • Don’t act surprised at the escalated TrumperTantrums & incitement if/when coddled brat DramaQueenDon loses the election.

      “10 – 30 million illegal votes”.

      “Deep State coup”

      Where’s my “2nd Amendment People”…

    • … A brat so insecure & paranoid, he looked over his wife’s shoulder while she voted!

      Slick Jr too.

    • And how many strikes do you get?

      Of yelling “FIRE” & “BOMB”, before you’re suspended?

    • Actually I agree that Trump is arguably liable for prosecution for incitement in a long list of cases. And I agree that his offending vote fraud tweet was insane even by his insane standards. But the problem—our leader is a lunatic—is not going to be solved by letting the internet oligarchs commit even more treason against the First Amendment. That is actually counterproductive. It invites Trump to play the victim. If a president is a repeat criminal offender, impeach him. Wait, we already tried that. So let’s vote him out. Wait, he’s laying the groundwork for nullifying the election. So…let’s give social media even more power to shred everybody’s First Amendment rights! What a perfect solution, it will make Trump magically go away, should have thought of it myself.

    • An asterisk link to mail-in voting facts is “1st Amendment treason”?

      Sounds like DRAMA QUEEN Don.

    • Twitter posts link to Trump’s own voting commission:

      Kevin Barrett: “1st Amendment Treason!”

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