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February 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The patriotic American Right has long said that the United States is a force for freedom and democracy in the world. Even when acting as the world’s policeman (a status badly damaged both at home and abroad in the aftermath of the Iraq war started in 2003), it was generally understood that America’s mistakes were a result of naivete rather than sinister motive. The United States of America was a shining city on a hill, and anyone who insinuated — as Ron Paul and his counterparts on the Left frequently did — that anyone might see her differently was met with offended aggression.
But the reality is that America has, over the past-half century, been the primary exporter of cultural poison. Beyond Hollywood films and TV and American music and the collective coarsening and globalizing effect on culture, there is the Sexual Revolution itself — not to mention the tsunami of digital pornography.
Much of progressive thought metastasized first in America. Under Obama and again under Biden, abortion and the LGBT agenda are relentlessly pushed on more conservative nations with peoples who still hold to the values America has abandoned. The West is post-Christian. America leads the West.
Interestingly, the Daily Mail and the New York Times are reporting that prominent politicians, intellectuals and academics in France are now expressing concern that as America plunges towards progressive radicalism, other unwilling nations are being dragged along for the ride as their own young people follow the progressive Pied Piper.
According to the Mail, they “are arguing that American ideas on race, gender, post-colonialism — especially those coming from U.S. universities — are undermining French society and are an attack on French heritage.”
What makes this particularly significant is that French President Emmanuel Macron has indicated that he shares these concerns, noting in a speech last October that the French should not leave “the intellectual debate to others,” noting specifically that there were dangers in “certain social science theories entirely imported from the United States.” Macron’s education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer added that in France, there is a “battle to wage against an intellectual matrix from American universities.”
European academics are increasingly concerned as critical race theory as well as questions concerning race more generally have come front and center in the wake of the George Floyd killing, after which hundreds of thousands protested across Europe, swept up in a uniquely American moment. European nations, it goes without saying, have many of their own issues to address — the murder of an American man in a city most had never previously heard of was an odd flashpoint, unless you take into account the obsession many activists have with American progressivism.
Right-wing politicians such as Marine Le Pen have long warned of the importation of American leftism (I interviewed her niece Marion Maréchal, who shares many of her concerns, last year), and social scientists Stéphane Beaud and Gérard Noiriel observed in a recent book that American race politics are becoming a “bulldozer.” This has become evident as European university students have attempted to employ cancel culture tactics on prominent speakers who run afoul of progressive dogmas in the wake of the George Floyd killing and seek to apply American standards to European campuses.
According to the Mail:
Some French intellects have also argued that American universities are to blame for giving justification to acts of terrorism carried out by Muslims. After three Islamist terror attacks last fall, Education [M]inister Blanquer accused the universities of being complicit. He was supported in an open letter from 100 prominent scholars that blasted social theories “transferred from North American campuses.”
One of the signatories, Gilles Kepel, argued that American influence led to “a sort of prohibition in universities to think about the phenomenon of political Islam in the name of a leftist ideology that considers it the religion of the underprivileged.” Historian Pierre-André Taguieff argued in the same way that the “American-style black question” was a “totally artificial importation” to France.
He said that it was all driven by “hatred of the West, as a white civilization.” “The common agenda of these enemies of European civilization can be summed up in three words: decolonize, demasculate, de-Europeanize,” Taguieff said. “Straight white male — that’s the culprit to condemn and the enemy to eliminate.”
Macron has tactfully ignored these issues before now — while his government’s stance towards the idea of systemic racism in France being characterized as “dismissive,” he has increasingly addressed these concerns, perhaps in an attempt to court the Right prior to the election next year. It is interesting to note that politicians considered left-wing in Europe are free to make statements that would get a conservative crucified in Canada or the United States.
As the American Left embraces critical race theory, radical gender ideology, cancel culture, and neo-Marxism — and exports these ideas around the world via platforms largely run by Americans — a new strain of anti-Americanism is developing. Not one that is simply jealous of America’s success (long a prominent feature of European and Canadian resentments) or contemptuous of her newer, more dynamic culture.
Instead, this new strain is borne of the fact that America’s primary global export is poisonous progressivism that breeds anger, division, and self-hatred wherever it take root.
PETITION UPDATE (2/23/21) -
LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have monopolized the industry, and are using their influence to collect user data, suppress content, and silence those who voice ideas and beliefs counter to their own.
As we urged prior, action must be taken to combat these efforts, and that is why we’ve joined the MRC in this fight.
Please take a couple of minutes to READ this LifeSiteNews article about MRC's initiative: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lifesite-joins-effort-asking-state-attorneys-general-to-investigate-big-tech-for-deceptive-trade-practices
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PETITION UPDATE (2/9/21) -
YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.
This is the latest and appalling affront to free speech which is happening to many conservative and Christian organizations.
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PETITION UPDATE (1/26/20) -
Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.
For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.
This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.
At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.
And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.
Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.
Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.” We are also in the middle of appealing this ban.
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Twitter just deplatformed President Trump premanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily deplatformed.
Conservatives, Christians and freedom-loving Americans of all political persuasions must now take a decision to preserve their free speech AND their ability to peaceably assemble by dumping Twitter and Big Tech, and by finding other good alternatives to communicate with each other and share their opinions.
Please SIGN our petition-pledge to Dump Twitter and Big Tech, and take back your freedom of speech and privacy. [CLICK HERE for our "Goodbye Google" resources page to find good alternatives to Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Google!]
When you use Twitter or Facebook to communicate, and, or, Google and Amazon to search for something online, these companies can stifle your ability to share your thoughts and opinions and manipulate your search results, threatening your privacy, your freedom of speech, and even our democracy.
Evidence suggests that Twitter and Facebook's 'community guidelines' are selectively enforced against conservatives and Christians, while Google rigs their search algorithms to direct traffic away from conservative and Christian websites, effectively choking traffic to those sites.
Simply put, Twitter, Facebook, Google (who owns YouTube) and Amazon appear to be actively suppressing access to pro-freedom, pro-family and pro-life news and opinion.
Don't contribute to this assault on democracy: Stop using Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon as your default social media platforms and search engine! [CLICK HERE to find a good alternative to Google.]
To repeat: a few liberal and completely unaccountable computer programmers in Silicon Valley are dictating what we do and do not see in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and in our Google searches.
We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over "misgendering" a man who claims to be a woman.
LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.
And, since the November election, Twitter and Big Tech appear to have dramatically INCREASED their censorship of conservatives and Christians as the President Trump disputed the results of the election and when evidence of election fraud began to mount.
Now, it seems likely that they are trying to cut-off conservative leaders (like President Trump) from conservatives on the ground, and effectively exclude us from the national conversation.
But, this tactic will not work. Because Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon are not the only game in town! There are a good number of excellent alternatives which we list in our 'Goodbye Google' Resources page.
The great irony is that, while Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon executives talk a lot about maintaining freedom of speech and diversity, in fact, these hypocrites are ATTACKING free speech point-blank!
This kind of manipulation poses a lethal threat to our democracy, but as we see so clearly now, Twitter and Big Tech have shown no hesitation in excluding conservatives and Christians from the public square.
So, at this point, the only way to stop Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon is to quit using their platform.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to pledge to stop using Twitter and Big Tech. Then, please CLICK HERE to find alternative search engines and social media platforms. Thank you!
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