DEFENDING FREEDOM’S FRONTIER: David Kurten At Speakers Corner
Speakers Corner really is a treasure. I arrived an hour early and was treated to a truly extravagant show that included evangelical Christians, devout Muslims preaching and the delights of ‘Environment Corner’. This space seemed to be solely occupied by American students who were either a permanent fixture or passing through on a day-trip. One lady spoiled her ardent support from second-hand ‘sustainable’ clothing by wearing, by her own admission, designer ‘pants’.
We were reliably informed that since Tommy Robinson’s speech, Speakers Corner has changed and for the better. Beforehand it had been 80% Islamic but now it was returning to its originally intended diversity, Christians were returning emboldened and other groups are pulling up a soapbox.
It was into this melting pot that David Kurten entered determined to make his own pitch for free speech. It is, as was visible, a great place to be to “reclaim the right to freedom of speech which is being eroded” in this country and across the world. Mr Kurten talked about the now infamous cases of Lauren Southern, Brittany Pettibone and Martin Sellner. He rightly pointed out that it is deemed beyond the pale to offend Allah but it is perfectly acceptable to offend Christ. A clear double standard.
Our freedom of speech is being eroded through laws which allow people to report someone on the basis that you don’t like what they say. We are so close to losing our freedom, said Mr Kurten, that we don’t know what we can say anymore. Codes of conduct, supplementary to the law, are another way that freedom of speech is being eroded. If you choose to enter certain professions then you must sign up to a code of conduct and if you are a student you must sign up for safe spaces. Numerous examples of these codes being used to stop visiting speakers who may be controversial also exist.
It is impossible to oppose the “mad, radical agenda being pushed onto our primary school children” and if you do, Mr Kurten said you are called a bigot. He himself was branded a “transphobic coconut”. Conservative opinions are being undermined by those who want to undermine the nation, the family and the notion of gender. Censorship is rife. Countries such as Germany and Sweden are threatening to fine social media companies who allow their users to express certain views.
The culture of political correctness and the insidious climate of fear of speaking out it has created has “stopped people speaking out” over the abuse of 1000s of girls. Mr Kurten was the first in series of speeches planned by pro-free-speech patriots. Speakers Corner certainly appears to have been reclaimed and it is now the focus of a historic movement to reclaim our basic freedoms.
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