Freedom: Becoming an Endangered Species

Barb Wire

In trying to shut down free speech on their campuses, college zombies are only imitating older, more powerful world-shapers all over the planet—men and women who mean to have it their way, or else.

What we believe, and our ability to say what we believe, are at the heart of who we are. Libs and progs are working to drive a stake through that heart. We have no right to be who we are. We must be what they think we ought to be. And heaven help us if we aren’t.

In Australia, the usual gang at the “human rights” agency has demanded that Catholic churches all over Australia jettison Catholic teachings on marriage and replace them with teachings approved by the LBGT-whatever community. It seems these teachings, which have remained the same for thousands of years, violate the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Law, which has existed for only a very few years. A man who insists he is a woman, and who aspires to run for Parliament as a candidate for (what else?) the Green Party, has threatened to sue all the Catholic bishops in Australia unless they… well, it sounds like he wants them to declare him Pope.

This is so extreme, so over the top, that even at least one of the “human rights” commissioners, and a few members of the legislature, has said that, really, the law ought to be amended so that loopy stuff like this doesn’t happen anymore. But, as we might expect, a coalition of the Greens and other left-wing lice in Parliament have blocked, so far, any attempts to change the law.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the world, in Merrie Olde England, birthplace of the Magna Carta and the English Common Law, a gaggle of top judges and lawyers from assorted countries met in konklave to see if they could find a way to turn “the consensus on Climate Change” into… a law. Sponsored, of course, by the United Nations, the konklave’s organizers declined to release the names of the participants.

Is it just me, or is there something a bit shady about that?

Mind you, they say they don’t intend to make it actually against the law to disbelieve in Global Warming/Climate Change. Maybe if they could get inside your head, they would do something about your private beliefs. On second thought, delete the “maybe.” But for the time being, since they have no way yet of getting inside your cranium and rearranging the furniture, all they mean to do is to codify the “facts of Climate Change” into law—so that it will be a matter of law that Global Warming is a “fact.”

That’s Science for you, these days. A bunch of judges and lawyers decide what’s a fact and what isn’t. But then Science isn’t science anymore, is it?

It’s difficult to be sure about how this would work. Would it mean that anyone who expresses doubts about “Climate Change” has committed a punishable, criminal offense? Anyone, or just academics, politicians, or celebrities? Would it become illegal to publish remarks skeptical of Global Warming?

One name that did slip out of the konklave, a big-time British lawyer named Sands, said that, although the “facts” of Climate Change were “established” beyond a doubt, there were still “scientifically qualified, knowledgeable and influential individuals” continuing to challenge “the broad emerging consensus”—gee, I thought it had emerged already, like Dracula—and that the world’s courts, starring [trumpet fanfare] the International Court of Justice, could play a role “in finally scotching these claims.”

Does that sound menacing to you? It sounds menacing to me.

Is it any wonder that the bad guys out in Muslim-land look at the Western countries and think they’re ripe and ready to be plucked right off the tree? That, indeed, they’re just about ready to fall from the tree without being picked? “Dude, we can do it! Push ‘em just little harder and they’re goin’ down! Allahu akbar, baby!”

Why shouldn’t they think like that? Our national leaders hate and despise their own people, our ruling classes make war on our most basic institutions—family and church, especially—our teachers and professors addle and confuse whole generations, and anyone who tries to defend her own country’s way of life is called a fascist and a hater: as the American nooze media defame patriot Marine Le Pen of France.

Had enough yet, everybody? Or do we still not know a judgment of God when we see it?

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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