Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will soon sign two controversial Bills into law. The first will classify “anti-Semitism” as “hate speech”, and the second will do the same for “anti-Christian” speech.
He will be traveling to Jerusalem to sign the first bill into law next month. His trip will “include a Florida Cabinet meeting”, also in Jerusalem. (Florida venues were presumably unavailable.)
The first law to be signed is House Bill 741, which will classify “anti-Semitism” as “hate speech”.
“Under the bill, the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement is defined as a terrorist group no different than the KKK or ISIS.” This will make a first for Florida, in which legitimate, non-violent political action will be lumped with terrorism.
“Anti-Semitism” will be defined “‘as a perception of the Jewish people, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jewish people,’ through such acts as:
- “Calling for, aiding, or justifying violence against Jews.
- “Alleging myths about a world Jewish conspiracy or that Jews control the media, economy, government, or other institutions.
- “Accusing Jewish people as a whole of being responsible for real or imaginary wrongdoing by a single Jewish person, group, or the state of Israel, or for acts of non-Jews.
- “Accusing the Jewish people of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
- “Accusing Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel of being more loyal to Israel than their own nations.
- “Demonizing, applying a double standard to, or delegitimizing Israel.”
Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, was the only lawmaker to cast a negative ballot against the measure during its committee rounds, objecting to potential freedom of speech challenges — which it is likely to draw — in SB 1272’s one and only committee hearing.
For that, Gibson was vociferously skewered by Republicans and Democrats and, within two days, had issued change-of-heart statements.
It is not yet known whether Gibson will travel with DeSantis to Jerusalem to collect for his change of heart any new shekels, the official currency of Israel.
Asked to define exactly what “Demonizing, applying a double standard to, or delegitimizing Israel” means, an ADL spokesman called our reporter an “anti-Semite.”
Asked if the act of passing this law and signing it in a foreign country could be construed as giving oxygen to the theory that Jews have out-sized control of government, a question which will soon be classified as hate speech, Governor DeSantis called our reporter an “anti-Semite.”
Questioned on if the passage of the law making political speech about Jews and Israel illegal would, because of resentment over their special treatment, cause an increase in dissension, suspicion, a hate against Jews and Israel, a spokesman for AIPAC called our reporter an “anti-Semite.”
Not all Floridians were as dismissive. The Florida House realized that the bill could backfire badly, so they quickly introduced House Bill 742, which would make anti-Christian statements also into hate crimes.
Governor DeSantis will travel to Rome to sign this bill, using a special pen gifted to him by Pope Francis.
Under this bill, the ACLU will be defined as a terrorist group no different than BDS, the KKK, or ISIS.
“Anti-Christian” will be defined as a perception of Christian people, which may be expressed as hatred toward Christian people, through such acts as:
- “Calling for, aiding, or justifying violence against Christians.
- “Alleging myths about a world Catholic-Vatican conspiracy or that Christians control schools, the abortion debate, government, or other institutions.
- “Accusing Christians as a whole of being responsible for real or imaginary wrongdoing by a single Christian person, group, or the Vatican state, or for acts of non-Christians.
- “Accusing Christians of inventing or exaggerating the Resurrection.
- “Accusing Catholics of countries other than the Vatican state of being more loyal to the Vatican than their own nations.
- “Demonizing, applying a double standard to, or delegitimizing the Holy Roman Church.”
Asked by a reporter for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science if signing this bill into law in the Vatican would only fuel conspiracy theories that the government is forcing religion on Americans, Governor DeSantis called him an “anti-Christian.”
A spokesman for the ADL asked the Florida House spokesman whether a denying the Resurrection was not in fact “anti-Semitic”, for all Jews in fact deny the Resurrection. The House spokesman called the ADL spokesman “anti-Christian.”
At the time of this reporting, the Florida House is also considering hate-speech laws against Muslims, furries, vegans, and stamp collectors.
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“At the time of this reporting, the Florida House is also considering hate-speech laws against Muslims, furries, vegans, and stamp collectors.”
Which will happen as soon as those groups figure out how to organize massively funded lobbying/think-tanks to pour funding into Florida’s House election campaigns, and dictate candidates’ positions.
Until then, AIPAC, Adelson, and Steyer rule!
Bring back the Christian anti-blasphemy laws. “Freedom of speech” has been seen to not work, and is, in fact, a tool used against us.
How will pointing out that Jews turned their backs to God 2,000 years ago be litigated?
Seems to be a silver lining in this — those ill-informed, stupid enough to believe, or too lazy and believe the various stereotypes being turned into hate crimes may well stop talking openly about such notions. If that’s even a problem.
Not to mention a whole discipline of scholarship of historical documents, their alterations recorded thru history, and other corroborating evidence leading to what many consider to be near-proof the whole ‘Jesus thing’ is a myth. That sort of scholarship looks like it might become illegal.
Thus while the implications on free speech seem grim, isn’t that this is preserving the “right” kind of speech (and by extension right thinking) overall a good thing?
What seems more likely is a sinister conspiracy at work: The making of every kind of speech “hate speech” if it offends anybody … or could be envisioned to offend anyone. Prosecutions can be made against anyone for nearly any remark. This will no doubt be associated with fines, leading to what amounts to a sneaky tax on speech itself. A huge revenue source.
That, or it just shows our elected hired help (and those doing the voting) are every bit as dimwitted as HL Menchen forecast about a future moron in the White House.
leading to what many consider to be near-proof the whole ‘Jesus thing’ is a myth. That sort of scholarship looks like it might become illegal.
Or else, it will be stupid.
Actually, the response of the course of this bill should be that everyone recognize the evidence that gives great support to the conspiracy.
Fear and loathing from the Fascistic speech police. Big Brother pulls the strings for both puppet parties. Our “servants” sworn to protect our rights can’t resist jamming their boot heels down on our necks. Eff you, Ron, and all your legislative toadie lackies. You are TRAITORS to America and all it stands for. May you reap the whirlwind.