'''Free speech''' is the right to express your opinions in public or private, in print, by mail, or online. It is essential to [[democracy]], and along with the [[Second Amendment|right to keep and bear arms]] is the greatest deterrent to [[tyranny]]. The [[United States]] is unique in protecting a full right of free political speech under the [[First Amendment]].
[[Leftists]] are the biggest opponents of free speech,<ref name="Flip-flopped">Williams, Thomas D. (July 1, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/01/williams-why-liberals-have-flip-flopped-on-free-speech/ Williams: Why Liberals Have Flip-Flopped on Free Speech]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 1, 2018.<br>See also:
*Duke, Selwyn (July 7, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/29471-the-democrats-dropping-mask-now-they-aim-to-end-free-speech The Democrats’ Dropping Mask: Now They Aim to End Free Speech]. ''The New American''. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
*Marcus, Lloyd (May 25, 2018). [https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/slowly-patiently-the-left-is-killing-freedom-of-speech-in-the-usa Slowly, patiently, the left is killing freedom of speech in the USA]. ''LifeSiteNews'' (from the ''American Thinker''). Retrieved August 5, 2018.
*Rogan, Tom (November 16, 2018). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/steve-bannon-oxford-university-and-the-intellectual-fallacy-of-the-lefts-no-platform-agenda Steve Bannon, Oxford University, and the intellectual fallacy of the Left's no-platform agenda]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved November 27, 2018.</ref> as they demand [[liberal censorship]] of views they do not like, especially [[Christian]], [[patriot]], [[conservative]], or [[libertarian]] ones. Such views are often demonized in the [[liberal media]] with its [[media bias]]. Ironically, however, Leftists used free speech to orchestrate the French Revolution by publishing damaging lies against King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette,<ref>''Demonic'' by Ann Coulter</ref> as well as ensure the promotion and domination of destructive ideologies such as [[Communism]] and [[Socialism]] during the Free Speech Movement of 1964, along with promoting leftist ideology in general through free speech.<ref name="Flip-flopped"/> Generally, the Left only favors free speech when it is convenient for them, but they are quick to demand that anyone who simply disagrees with their views and opinions be stripped of the right to free speech and, in violation of the [[First Amendment]] (or similar laws guaranteeing free speech in other countries, such as Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms), illegally try to do so through corrupt liberal public officials and leftist activists with the use of deceit (including false claims of "[[hate speech]]"<ref>[https://thefederalist.com/2017/04/20/sorry-college-kids-theres-no-thing-hate-speech/ Sorry, College Kids, There’s No Such Thing As Hate Speech] at the Federalist</ref><ref name="Bill Whatcott">[http://massresistance.org/docs/gen3/18b/Bill-Whatcott-arrest-warrant/index.html Pro-family activist in Canada under bizarre nationwide arrest warrant -- for passing out ‘anti-LGBT’ flyers] at [[MassResistance]]</ref>), threats, intimidation and criminal tactics.<ref name="Whatcott false charge">[http://massresistance.org/docs/gen3/18b/Bill-Whatcott-arrest-warrant/in-custody.html Outrageous: Canadian activist Bill Whatcott endured abuse in jail because of his pro-family stand] at MassResistance</ref><ref>[https://aclj.org/free-speech-2/bloggers-free-speech-rights-under-attack Bloggers’ Free Speech Rights Under Attack] at ACLJ.org</ref><ref>[https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/05/10/the_lefts_crusade_against_free_speech_126535.html The Left's Crusade Against Free Speech] at Real Clear Politics</ref><ref>[https://thefederalist.com/2015/05/20/lgbt-activists-arm-for-further-war-on-free-speech/ LGBT Activists Arm For Further War On Free Speech] at the Federalist</ref><ref name="free speech">[https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/04/11/attorney-generals-conspire-free-speech-schneiderman-harris-exxon-cei-column/82878218/ Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime: Glenn Reynolds] at USA Today</ref> In fact, federal law makes it illegal for anyone to conspire to suppress free speech or any other freedoms enjoyed by the public under the Constitution or federal law,<ref name="free speech"/> although leftists in the public sphere have gone out of their way to ignore such laws as not being convenient to their goals.
Free speech is threatened by "hate speech" codes favored by the Left which define certain types of statements as "[[hate crime]]s" (as defined by liberal politicians). While supposedly protecting vulnerable groups (such as "questioning gay teens") from verbal abuse, rules and laws provide no clear distinction between "hurtful" speech and simply expressing one's opinion. Religious people, accordingly, worry that "hate crimes" legislation in America will be used to stop preachers and others from saying out loud or in print that homosexuality is evil, dangerous and basically anti-life.
== Examples of restrictions and/or censorship of free speech in the West ==
While many Westerners, particularly on the globalist Left, hold up their countries as bastions of freedom, many Western countries, particularly in Western Europe, are limiting free speech.<ref name="Turley2018"/> The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples of the erosion of free speech rights in the West:
*In 2014, [[Houston]] mayor Annise Parker, a [[far left]]ist and the first openly-homosexual mayor of the city, briefly issued subpoenas on pastors, [[illegal]]ly ordering them to turn over sermons concerning homosexuality.<ref>Starnes, Todd (October 14, 2014). [
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/14/city-houston-demands-pastors-turn-over-sermons.html City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved January 9, 2017.</ref><ref>Starnes, Todd (October 29, 2014). [ http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/29/houston-mayor-drops-bid-to-subpoena-pastors-sermons.html Houston mayor drops bid to subpoena pastors' sermons]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved January 9, 2017.</ref><ref>Hallowell, Billy (August 3, 2015). [ http://www.theblaze.com/news/2015/08/03/houston-pastors-hit-back-against-mayor-with-lawsuit-alleging-their-religious-freedoms-were-trampled/ Houston Gov’t Subpoenaed Pastors’ Sermons. Now, They’re Fighting Back.] ''The Blaze''. Retrieved January 9, 2017.</ref>*Free speech is under attack on American public university campuses.<ref>Murphy, James (March 20, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/28542-despite-claims-to-the-contrary-free-speech-at-universities-is-in-crisis Despite Claims to the Contrary, Free Speech at Universities Is in Crisis]. ''The New American''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.</ref>
*A [[NASCAR]] driver was suspended ''indefinitely'' for what liberals claimed was considered to be an "intolerable and insensitive remark" - and they wouldn't say what the remark was!<ref>https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1547765-nascar-nationwide-series-driver-jeremy-clements-suspended-for-using-racial-slur</ref> ''But the driver said his remark was "in no way meant to be disrespectful or insensitive to anyone."
*An event featuring [[Donald Trump]], the leading contender for the [[Republican Party|Republican]] nomination for president, was disrupted to the point of requiring its cancellation at the [[University of Illinois]], Chicago campus, on March 11, 2016.<ref>http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Trump-faces-questions-about-rally-violence-at-GOP-6883854.php</ref>
*In August 2018, multiple social media giants, with the support of the Left, mainstream media and Democrats,<ref>Multiple references:
*Bokhari, Allum (August 6, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/08/06/infowars-ban-cnn-democrats-successfully-lobby-big-tech-to-censor-their-critics/ InfoWars Ban: CNN, Democrats Successfully Lobby Big Tech to Censor Their Critics]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
*Hudson, Jerome (August 6, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/08/06/hollywood-celebrates-masters-of-the-universe-banning-alex-jones-its-about-damn-time/ Hollywood Celebrates Masters of the Universe Banning Alex Jones: ‘It’s About Damn Time’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
*[https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/computers/item/29739-top-headline-jordan-belanger-deep-state-censoring-voices Top Headline - The Deep State is Censoring Voices That Do Not Agree With Them]. ''The New American''. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
*Caplan, Joshua (August 6, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/08/06/alex-jones-tech-giants-running-circles-around-incredibly-stupid-republican-lawmakers/ Alex Jones: Tech Giants Running Circles Around ‘Incredibly Stupid’ Republican Lawmakers]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
*Newman, Alex (September 7, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/print-magazine/item/29973-big-tech-censors-alex-jones-whos-next Big Tech Censors Alex Jones — Who’s Next?] ''The New American''. Retrieved September 7, 2018.</ref> In response to public criticism of the conspiring social media platforms' actions, leftists made dismissive excuses for those companies on social media and in the liberal media, claiming that they are "free to do what they want" because of their status as privately-owned companies, not realizing that the collusion of those platforms to censor and ban InfoWars and other conservative companies and individuals for their political views potentially violate antitrust laws.<ref>[
http://www.conservativenewsandviews.com/2018/09/04/constitution/open-market-economy-ideas/ The Open-Market Economy of Ideas] at Conservative News and Views</ref>
*In 2018, the [[European Court of Human Rights]] ruled against a [[pro-life]] German activist, stating that it was legal and "necessary in a democratic society" to censor his view that abortion is murder, even though the court admitted that his rights were being violated in the process.<ref>Tomlinson, Chris (September 22, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/09/22/european-court-ruling-censorship-comparing-abortion-murder/ European Court Ruling Opens Up Censorship of Comparing Abortion to Murder]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 22, 2018.</ref>
*European Union officials have called for banning speech they don't like through media regulations, inaccurately labeling it "hate speech" and opposing what they describe as "dangerous nationalism."<ref>Duke, Selwyn (September 26, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/30182-1984-now-eu-thought-police-say-hate-must-be-regulated-out-of-media 1984 Now: EU Thought Police Say “Hate” Must be Regulated Out of Media]. ''The New American''. Retrieved September 26, 2018.</ref><ref>Montgomery, Jack (September 27, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/09/27/eu-commission-regulate-press-stop-bad-nationalism-curb-pro-brexit-narratives/ EU Accused of Threatening Press Controls to Curb ‘Bad Nationalism’ and Anti-Soros, Pro-Brexit Narratives]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 27, 2018.</ref>
*In 2018, the [[European Court of Human Rights]] upheld the prosecution and fining of a woman simply for calling [[Muhammad]] a pedophile because he had an arranged marriage to a six-year-old when he was in his 50s
*Murphy, James (October 29, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/30487-european-court-rules-against-free-speech-in-favor-of-islam European Court Rules Against Free Speech; in Favor of Islam]. ''The New American''. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
*Risdon, James (October 29, 2018). [https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/muslims-right-to-not-be-offended-trumps-free-speech-in-austria-says-eu Muslims’ right to not be offended trumps free speech in Austria, says European Court of Human Rights]. ''LifeSiteNews''. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
*Turley, Jonathan (October 26, 2018). [https://jonathanturley.org/2018/10/26/european-court-upholds-prosecution-of-woman-for-comparing-muhammads-marriage-to-a-six-year-old-girl-to-pedophilia/ European Court Upholds Prosecution Of Woman For Comparing Muhammad’s Marriage To A Six-Year-Old Girl To Pedophilia]. ''Jonathan Turley''. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
*Adams, Becket (October 26, 2018). [https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/european-court-of-human-rights-sorry-charlie-hebdo-but-you-had-it-coming European Court of Human Rights: Sorry, Charlie Hebdo, but you had it coming]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
*Montgomery, Jack (October 26, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/10/26/ukip-leader-blasphemy-law-back-door-european-court-womans-conviction-mohammed/ UKIP Leader Slams ‘Blasphemy Law by the Back Door’ as Euro Court Upholds Conviction for Disparaging Mohammed]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved October 26, 2018.</ref>
*An EU resolution passed on October 25, 2018, called for censoring organizations and prosecuting people for holding and advocating for certain views.<ref>Newman, Alex (November 9, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/30600-eu-resolution-demands-critics-of-lgbt-and-islam-be-prosecuted EU Resolution Demands Critics of LGBT and Islam Be Prosecuted]. ''The New American''. Retrieved November 9, 2018.</ref>
*In 2010, a Christian street preacher was arrested for causing "harassment, alarm or distress" by calling homosexuality a sinful practice according to biblical teachings.<ref>Blake, Heidi (May 2, 2010). [
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/7668448/Christian-preacher-arrested-for-saying-homosexuality-is-a-sin.html Christian preacher arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin]. ''The Telegraph''. Retrieved August 10, 2017.</ref> In 2015, another street preacher was fined for calling homosexuality an abomination.<ref>Tufft, Ben (March 29, 2015). [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/street-preacher-quoting-from-the-bible-fined-for-calling-homosexuality-an-abomination-10141768.html Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination']. ''The Independent''. Retrieved August 10, 2017.</ref>
*A pastor in [[Northern Ireland]] was charged and tried for making comments (in 2014) in one of his sermons against Islam that were considered "grossly offensive." Although he was found not guilty (in 2016), he should have never been tried in the first place, as Christians should be able to freely express and advocate their biblically-based theological positions.<ref>Turpin, Simon (January 8, 2016). [https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/simon-turpin/2016/01/08/northern-ireland-pastor-not-guilty-criticising-islam/ Northern Ireland Pastor Not Guilty of Criticising Islam]. ''Answers in Genesis''. Retrieved January 9, 2017.</ref><ref>Weatherbe, Steve (March 2, 2017). [https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/christian-evangelists-found-guilty-of-disorderly-conduct-for-preaching-gods Christian street preachers arrested, fined for ‘challenging Muslims,’ ‘homophobia’]. ''LifeSite News''. Retrieved August 10, 2017.</ref><ref>Berrien, Hank (August 3, 2017). [http://www.dailywire.com/news/14075/these-british-pastors-were-just-arrested-hank-berrien# These British Pastors Were Just Arrested For ‘Challenging Muslims’]. ''The Daily Wire''. Retrieved August 10, 2017.</ref>
*In early 2017, two Christian street preachers in [[Bristol]] were convicted for quoting the [[King James Bible]] in public because they supposedly used "threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person . . . and the offence was religiously aggravated."<ref>Turpin, Simon (March 6, 2017). [https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/simon-turpin/2017/03/06/loss-free-speech-uk-and-how-we-should-react-christians/ The Loss of Free Speech in the UK and How We Should React as Christians]. ''Answers in Genesis''. Retrieved March 9, 2017.</ref>
*Kassam, Raheem (March 14, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/03/14/britain-outlawed-right-wing/ KASSAM: The Week In Which Britain Locked Up Journalists for Being Right Wing]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
For specific examples:
*Shaw, Adam (March 12, 2018). [
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/12/right-wing-journalist-lauren-southern-denied-entry-to-uk-purportedly-over-criticism-islam.html Right-wing journalist Lauren Southern denied entry to UK, purportedly over criticism of Islam]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
*Hale, Virginia (March 12, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/03/12/lauren-southern-banned-uk-terror/ Conservative Activist, Journalist Lauren Southern Detained at Calais, Banned From Entering UK]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
*Montgomery, Jack (March 18, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/03/18/pegida-founder-lutz-bachmann-prevented-entering-britain-speakers-corner-speech/ PEGIDA Founder Lutz Bachmann Banned from UK After Officials Find Speakers’ Corner Speech in Baggage]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
*Goebel, Nicole (March 19, 2018). [http://p.dw.com/p/2uaI6 Far-right German PEGIDA founder Lutz Bachmann refused entry into UK]. ''Deutsche Welle''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
*Kassam, Raheem (March 19, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/03/19/kassam-southern-sellner-and-pettibone-but-have-you-heard-of-polish-right-winger-rafal-ziemkiewicz/ KASSAM: Southern, Sellner, and Pettibone… But Have You Heard of Polish Right-Winger Rafał Ziemkiewicz?] ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.</ref>
*Conservative journalist and activist [[Tommy Robinson]] was illegally arrested on May 26, 2018 for filming members of an alleged [[Islam]]ic child grooming gang as they entered a court for trial, and the judge presiding over his case, Geoffrey Marson,<ref>[https://twitter.com/robbarras1/status/1000187689101156352 Rob Barras: "This is the Judge, Geoffrey Marson, responsible for the travesty of Justice today in the #UK namely the arrest and imprisonment of #TommyRobinson on Politically motivated trumped up charges"] at Twitter</ref> illegally ordered all details related to his arrest and trial, including his identity, to be banned from being published by the country's media.<ref>Multiple references:*[
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/26/right-wing-activist-tommy-robinson-reportedly-jailed-after-filming-outside-child-grooming-trial.html Right-wing activist Tommy Robinson reportedly jailed after filming outside child grooming trial]. ''Fox News''. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
*Tomlinson, Chris (May 26, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/05/26/redacted-arrested-for-redacted-outside-redacted-leeds-crown-court-issues-media-ban/ [Redacted] Arrested for [Redacted] Outside [Redacted]: Leeds Crown Court Issues Media Ban]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
*Newman, ALex (May 28, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/29152-secret-u-k-proceedings-send-activist-to-prison-gag-media Secret U.K. Proceedings Send Activist to Prison, Gag Media]. ''The New American''. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
*Delingpole, James (August 1, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/08/01/delingpole-tommy-robinson-is-free/ Delingpole: Tommy Robinson Is Free]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
*Montgomery, Jack (August 2, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/08/02/tommy-robinson-solitary-confinement-23-5-hours-excrement-window/ Tommy Robinson: I Was Kept in Solitary Confinement 23.5 Hours a Day, Excrement Pushed Through Windows]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5817330682001/?playlist_id=5198073478001 UK activist Tommy Robinson speaks out after prison release]. ''Fox News Video''. August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
*Montgomery, Jack (August 3, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/08/03/tommy-robinson-reveals-ptsd-diagnosis-to-tucker-carlson-was-put-in-cell-opposite-prison-mosque/ Tommy Robinson Reveals PTSD Diagnosis to Tucker Carlson, Was Put in Cell Opposite Prison Mosque]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 3, 2018.</ref>
*Byas, Steve (February 21, 2017). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/25430-france-criminalizes-pro-life-speech France Criminalizes Pro-life Speech]. ''The New American''. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
*Camp, Frank (February 19, 2017). [https://www.dailywire.com/news/13626/france-passes-speech-law-could-cripple-pro-life-frank-camp France Passes Speech Law That Could Cripple the Pro-Life Movement]. ''The Daily Wire''. Retrieved February 11, 2018.</ref> As of March 2017, the bill was being reviewed by France's Constitutional Council.<ref>Hurd, Dale (March 11, 2017). [https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/march/new-law-could-strangle-french-pro-life-movement Strangling the Pro-Life Movement: What in the World Is Going on in France?]. ''CBN News''. Retrieved February 11, 2018.</ref> Regardless, this law would effectively criminalize the freedom of speech (at least on the internet) of those who support the true human right to life for unborn human beings,<ref name="ProLifeBan"/> and it illustrates the opposition to equal rights in the country.<ref>Morrison, Robert (April 4, 2017). [https://thefederalist.com/2017/04/04/france-reneges-equal-rights-banning-pro-life-websites/ France Reneges On Equal Rights For All By Banning Pro-Life Websites]. ''The Federalist''. Retrieved February 11, 2018.</ref>
*Marine Le Pen, [[right-wing populist]] French political figure, was likely to face prison time simply for sharing an image of ISIS on Twitter.<ref>Onyanga-Omara, Jane (March 2, 2018). [https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/03/02/marine-le-pen-isis-tweets/388643002/ French far-right leader Marine Le Pen could face prison for tweeting ISIS images]. ''USA Today''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.</ref>
*In 2018, conservative French politician Nicholas Dupont-Aignan was given a fine of 5,000 euros for speaking about a "migrant invasion" a year prior.<ref>Tomlinson, Chris (April 6, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/04/06/french-conservative-suspended-5000-euro-fine-migrant-invasion/ French Conservative Given Suspended 5,000 Euro Fine for Mentioning ‘Migrant Invasion’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 6, 2018.</ref>
*In November 2017, liberal French President [[Emmanuel Macron]] proposed making "gender-based insults" illegal in France, a [[politically correct]] move that would lead to the further reduction of [[free speech]] rights in the country.<ref>Thomsen, Jacqueline (November 27, 2017). [https://thehill.com/policy/international/europe/362053-macron-to-introduce-fines-for-gender-based-insults-in-france Macron to introduce fines for 'gender-based insults' in France]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved November 27, 2017.</ref> In an April 2018 speech in front of the U.S. Congress, Macron called for media [[censorship]] in order to combat what he called "[[fake news]]."<ref name="Turley2018">Turley, Jonathan (April 26, 2018). [https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/385009-embracing-macrons-war-against-fake-news-could-kill-free-speech Embracing Macron's war against 'fake news' could kill free speech]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved April 26, 2018.</ref>
*Nash, Charlie (December 15, 2015). [https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2015/12/15/facebook-twitter-google-collude-with-german-government-to-censor-discussion-on-immigration/ Facebook, Twitter, Google Collude With German Government To Censor Discussion On Immigration]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
*Hayward, John (February 5, 2016). [https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/02/05/facebook-censorship-and-the-war-on-free-speech/ Facebook Censorship and the War on Free Speech]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 11, 2018.</ref> In 2017, the German government passed an even stricter anti-free speech law.<ref>Multiple references:
*Evans, Patrick (September 18, 2017). [
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-41042266 Will Germany's new law kill free speech online?] ''BBC News''. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
*[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-hatecrime/german-hate-speech-law-tested-as-twitter-blocks-satire-account-idUSKBN1ES1AT German hate speech law tested as Twitter blocks satire account]. ''Reuters''. January 3, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.</ref> The German police have raided the homes of people accused of making comments on the internet that the German government deemed "hateful."<ref>Yasmeh, Joshua (June 21, 2017). [https://www.dailywire.com/news/17801/thought-crime-german-police-raid-homes-people-who-joshua-yasmeh Thought Crime: German Police Raid Homes Of People Who Made ‘Hateful Postings’ On The Internet]. ''The Daily Wire''. Retrieved April 11, 2018.</ref>
*In 2018, the [[Austria]]n government brought charges – under a law intended for use against the [[mafia]] – against an anti-mass migration and Identitarian movement for voicing politically incorrect views on issues such as Islam.<ref>Tomlinson, Chris (May 15, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/05/15/17-austrian-identitarians-prosecuted-mafia-law-accused-criminal-organisation/ 17 Austrian Identitarians to Be Prosecuted Under ‘Mafia Law’ Accused of Being Criminal Organisation]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 20, 2018.<br>See also:
*Tomlinson, Chris (May 20, 2018). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/05/20/populist-austrian-vice-chancellor-slammed-prosecution-identitarian-movement/ Austria’s New Vice-Chancellor Shares Video Slamming Prosecution of Generation Identity]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 20, 2018.</ref>
*In 2017, a [[Sweden|Swedish]] local government unit forced a Christian preschool to ban prayer to God under the country's Education Act, but the preschoolers were subsequently instructed to thank the sun and the rain before meals.<ref>Chretien, Claire (June 28, 2017). [https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/christian-preschool-switches-to-thanking-the-sun-and-rain-before-meals-afte Gov’t bans prayer to God; Christian preschool forced to thank ‘sun and rain’ for meals instead]. ''LifeSite News''. Retrieved August 6, 2017.</ref><ref>Hale, Virginia (June 26, 2017). [https://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/06/26/christian-preschool-banned-saying-amen/ Christian Preschoolers Banned from Saying ‘Amen’, Talking About the Bible]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 6, 2017.</ref><ref>[
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/june/preschoolers-in-sweden-banned-from-saying-amen-mentioning-the-bible Preschoolers in Sweden Banned from Saying 'Amen,' Mentioning the Bible]. ''CBN News''. June 29, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2017.</ref>
*In 2017, a local [[Canada|Canadian]] school district, the Battle River School Division, ordered a Christian school to stop teaching "offensive" passages from the Bible, something that would alter the Christian message and omit key portions of the Bible from being taught.<ref>[
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/june/canadian-district-bans-christian-school-from-teaching-offensive-parts-of-bible-nbsp Canadian District Bans Christian School from Teaching 'Offensive' Parts of Bible]. ''CBN News''. June 22, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2017.</ref><ref>Haskins, Justin (June 24, 2017). [ http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/24/canadian-officials-threaten-christian-school-demand-end-to-offensive-bible-verses/ Canadian Christian school under attack for teaching ‘offensive’ Bible verses]. ''The Blaze''. Retrieved August 6, 2017.</ref><ref>Foley, Avery (August 6, 2017). [https://answersingenesis.org/religious-freedom/canada-forces-government-speech-and-bans-bible-verses/ Canada Forces Government Speech and Bans Bible Verses]. ''Answers in Genesis''. Retrieved August 6, 2017.</ref>
*In January 2018, Canadian prime minister [[Justin Trudeau]] claimed that [[pro-life]] speech is not protected speech. When asked on where the Canadian government limits free speech, Trudeau mentioned abortion, stating that "an organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women’s rights by removing rights to abortion, the right for women to control their own bodies, is not in line with where we are as a government and quite frankly where we are as a society."<ref>Richardson, Bradford (January 13, 2018). [https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/13/justin-trudeau-canadian-prime-minister-scolds-pro-/ Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau scolds pro-lifers as ‘not in line’ with society]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved January 13, 2018.</ref><ref>Laurence, Lianne (January 13, 2018). [https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/trudeau-believe-what-you-want-but-we-draw-the-line-if-you-try-to-restrict-a Trudeau: Believe what you want, but ‘we draw the line’ if you try to restrict abortion]. ''LifeSiteNews''. Retrieved January 13, 2018.</ref> Similarly, while Trudeau funded a left-wing group protesting a pipeline because of "free speech", he refused to fund any organizations opposed to abortion and the [[homosexual agenda]].<ref>Tennant, Michael (April 26, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/north-america/item/28927-trudeau-free-speech-demands-funding-pipeline-protesters-but-not-pro-lifers Trudeau: “Free Speech” Demands Funding Pipeline Protesters but Not Pro-Lifers]. ''The New American''. Retrieved April 26, 2018.</ref>
*The Canadian province of [[Ontario]], under the Ontario Liberal government of premier [[Kathleen Wynne]], illegally enacted a bill in 2017, in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, that banned pro-life speech around abortion clinics.<ref>Laurence, Lianne (February 21, 2018). [https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/70-year-old-man-becomes-first-arrest-under-ontarios-new-ban-on-pro-life-spe 70-year-old man first to be arrested under Ontario’s new ban on pro-life speech]. ''LifeSiteNews''. Retrieved March 4, 2018.</ref>
*Canadian pro-family activist
[[Bill Whatcott ]], who opposes the homosexual agenda and has spoken out in public and online against [[Homosexuality and health|the dangers of homosexual behavior to the health of its practitioners]], was hit with a frivolous $104 million lawsuit by homosexual activists for handing out flyers speaking the truth about homosexuality at a Toronto "gay pride" parade in 2016,<ref name="Bill Whatcott"/> and was also served with a false arrest warrant against him on the same charge by the Ontario Attorney General's office. After surrendering to police in Calgary on June 22, 2018 (amid a protest by Christian activists against his illegal arrest outside the police station<ref>[http://massresistance.org/docs/gen3/18b/Bill-Whatcott-arrest-warrant/police-station-protest.html Fiery Christian protest outside Canada police station as pro-family activist Bill Whatcott was taken into custody on national “hate speech” charge] at MassResistance</ref>) with the intent of challenging the false charge, Whatcott was subjected to illegal persecution and criminal mistreatment on the false charge by the Calgary police, as well as by Toronto police when he was later transferred to that city (which included being falsely branded a "hate criminal" and being denied food and needed medication and otherwise criminally abused by a corrupt Calgary Police Service officer, being locked up with dangerous, drug-addicted and mentally ill criminals and denied personal care items in jails in both Calgary and Toronto, being criminally harassed by corrupt homosexual Toronto Police Service officer Sgt. Henry Dyck, and unjustly losing his job as an Alberta oil fields bus driver due to coercion against his employer by homosexual activists<ref name="Whatcott false charge"/>), all in attempts to illegally deny Whatcott his right to free speech to spread the truth about the dangers of homosexuality. Whatcott unjustly faces up to two years in prison for what his persecutors speciously claim is "Wilful [sic] Promotion of Hatred against an identifiable group" for passing out the pamphlets at the "gay pride" parade – even though the pamphlets also talked about God's love and "the free gift of eternal life" that comes through repenting of all [[sin]].<ref>Multiple references:
*Duke, Selwyn (July 3, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/north-america/item/29447-canadian-man-criticizes-homosexuality-now-he-faces-two-years-in-prison Canadian Man Criticizes Homosexuality — Now He Faces Two Years in Prison]. ''The New American''. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
*Kumar, Anugrah (June 30, 2018). [https://www.christianpost.com/news/canadian-man-faces-2-years-prison-passing-out-jesus-saves-pamphlets-gay-pride-parade-225577/ Canadian Man Faces 2 Years in Prison for Passing Out Jesus Saves Pamphlets at Gay Pride Parade]. ''The Christian Post''. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
*Prestigiacomo, Amanda (June 29, 2018). [https://www.dailywire.com/news/32478/canada-man-faces-two-years-prison-criticizing-amanda-prestigiacomo HATE CRIME: Canadian Man Facing 2 Years In Prison For Passing Out 'Safe Sex' Pamphlets At Gay Pride Parade]. ''The Daily Wire''. Retrieved July 3, 2018.</ref>
*[[Pro-life]] advocates have been censored and intimidated on Canadian university campuses.<ref>Risdon, James (September 14, 2018). [https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/i-was-spat-upon-student-speaks-out-against-pro-abortion-dictatorships-on-ca ‘I was spat upon’: Student speaks out against pro-abortion ‘dictatorships’ on Canadian campuses]. ''LifeSiteNews''. Retrieved September 17, 2018.</ref>
*[[Belgium]] has banned "sexism" in public places.<ref>Schlee, Maxime (March 6, 2018). [https://www.politico.eu/article/harassment-belgium-convicts-first-man-under-anti-sexism-law/ Belgium convicts first man under anti-sexism law]. ''Politico''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.</ref>
*In 2018, the [[United Nations Human Rights Council]] effectively called for making [[nationalist]]-[[populism]] illegal and cracking down on those who voice conservative and Christian beliefs.<ref>Newman, Alex (November 12, 2018). [https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/30614-un-demands-ban-on-trump-style-nationalist-populism UN Demands Ban on Trump-style “Nationalist Populism”]. ''The New American''. Retrieved November 12, 2018.</ref>