[Update: She’s at it again. Tanya Cohen has a right to say things this stupid, but she would deny this right to you.
The picture accompanying the article is of Phil Robertson, whose thoughtcrime was to express a Biblical view of sexuality.]
That link takes you to the January 2015 of Tanya Cohen, who sincerely thinks that limiting expression will lead to a better world. Poor dear.
As quoted by Michael Walsh of PJ Media:
:… under international human rights law, anything which offends or insults ethnic minorities is illegal, even if it is not intended to be. What this means it that the KKK display at the University of Iowa constitutes illegal racial discrimination under international human rights law which the United States has ratified.”
The KKK display was an art project which offended some folks. Actual KKK members didn’t do the work, if I recall the story correctly.
Tanya Cohen is a self styled “human rights activist.” She believes anything that offends her should be called “hate speech.” As such, we should be banned from writing such things, and punished if we do.
For those confused about why she’s on the absolute wrong track, let’s consider the idea that if writing offends or insults ethnic minorities, then it should be illegal. I see no decent justification anywhere for the so-called “Right Not to be Offended.” I’m offended all the time by writings, public statements and pictures. I deal with it with maturity and patience. I’ll assume you do to.
The killings at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo were carried out by the perpetually offended radical Islamists. I’m sure I’m supposed to add that a majority of Muslims are peaceful and that Islam is a religion of peace. I don’t actually know this to be true, although the actual violence has been carried out by a remarkably small minority of the billion or so Muslims. So, they’ve got that going for them.
Back to American fascist Tanya Cohen. She doesn’t call herself that, but she is. She wishes to limit my ability to write things which will offend ethnic minorities. Here’s a question for you Ms. Cohen: Why should we be able to offend the ethnic majority but not the minority? I’m a white guy. In some places I’m in the theoretical majority because of my skin color. So offending me is fine, but offending an ethnic minority is not?
What tender youth like Cohen forget is that you really do not, in America have the right to action because you have been offended. Libeled? Sure. Hurt financially by lies? Of course. Offended? No, grow up.
Oh, you have the right to be offended, as long as that’s as far as it goes. I understand the current crop of young adults assume that their feelings are most important. My point is, the world really doesn’t have to change just to avoid hurting your feelings.
More from Cohen:
“Censorship in all of its forms is something that must always be fiercely opposed. But we must never confuse hate speech with freedom of speech. Speech that offends, insults, demeans, threatens, disrespects, incites hatred or violence, and/or violates basic human rights and freedoms has absolutely no place in even the freest society.”
I can agree that speech that threatens or incites violence is wrong, and perhaps even illegal. Most of the rest of her list is just silly. Apparently when Ms. Cohen arrives as our newly appointed Speech Czarina we will no longer be able to write freely. Until then honey, you should think before you write. By the way, delete your writings, Ms. Cohen, I was offended and disrespected by them. I’ll wait.
Which reminds me of the case of Brett Kimberlin, the convicted bomber, serial litigant and all around creepy guy.
Sometimes he gets testy about pictures of him being posted online, but I’m sure he does not own the copyright to his mugshot. It’s a really old picture.
Aaron Walker/Aaron Worthing and Patrick Frey tell the story better than I can:
Kimberlin should be still in prison for his serial bombings, as well as his plot to kill a prosecutor. John Hoge of hogewash.com has been in Kimberlin’s sights for a while. Between state lawsuits, a federal RICO lawsuit, a few Peace Orders and thousands of posts on various websites on thing is clear: Brett Kimberlin does not want you reading about him.
Sadly for him, Brett Kimberlin and some of his known associates are public people by nature of their activities. In Brett’s case, he is the notorious Speedway Bomber. He set off several bombs in his hometown decades ago, and the police believed that those crimes were to distract from the murder investigation into a woman who wanted to keep Kimberlin away from her underage granddaughter. I told the story kinda backwards: Aaron Walker tells it better. One other associate of Kimberlin is a character who writes books and terribly bad comedy. Members of “Team Kimberlin” have sued Hoge, Walker, Stacey McCain the Ace of Spades blog, Pat Frey of the Paterico Pontifications blog and others just to shut them up. That’s Shuttupery.
It hasn’t totally worked, but some who are being sued have stopped talking about Kimberlin. I guess between lawyers and bombers, the truth gets trampled. The website hogewash.com is a place to visit for daily updates on the various court cases, and free-spirited discussion of Team Kimberlin.
Kudos also to https://thinkingmanszombie.wordpress.com/ Paul Krendler has been offending the Kimberlin associates for a while, while he’s not munching on brains. I have questioned why a brain-eater would be so interested in some of the Kimberlin crew, since they seem to trail the general population in this area, but that’s just me being offensive.
Tanya Cohen would want us to limit speech to prevent offending others. Kimberlin’s crew would have us limit our speech to things which would not offend them. Really not too far apart. Be aware: More bombers, more lawyers and more addle-brained censors are coming our way.