Police in England interrogated a stay-at-home mom for tweeting her disapproval of sex reassignment surgery for a minor, a move some say indicates alarming governmental censorship of free speech, especially speech related to transgenderism.
Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, a self-described feminist and mother of four, was contacted by police in early February because Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids, a U.K.-based charity that supports transgender persons, had reported her to them in July. Twitter supplied Keen-Minshull’s details to the police and the officer told her she was a “test case” in a new “human rights” fight they were undertaking.
This “test case” came as a result of comments Keen-Minshull made on social media. Specifically at issue were tweets critical of transgenderism, postings where she referenced how Green had taken her son to Thailand to have his genitals removed when he was 16. He was reportedly the youngest person in the world to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Green’s son is said to have been prescribed puberty blockers by a doctor in Boston at age 12, and Jackie Green — who was born Jack — told the Daily Mail in 2012 that he has always been and never doubted he was a girl.
“It’s just that my body didn’t match because, as far as I’m concerned, I had a birth defect,” he said. . . .
Keen-Minshull was summarily forwarded a disclosure containing eight of her tweets spanning from October 2016 to August 2017, six of which mentioned the Mermaids charity. Susie Green’s major complaint was that Keen-Mishull had referred to “castration”in tweets about her son, something that occurs in sex reassignment surgery.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen — it is now a “human rights” violation to call things by their right names. Facts are “hate.”
ADDENDUM: Here is an interesting discussion:
Type 1 Propaganda is the “Big Lie” of the Soviet Union or Orwell’s 1984. The nature of the “Big Lie” is that the lie should be so big and so obvious that no sane person could believe it. . . .
As a loyalty test, the “Big Lie” is meant to distinguish those who will lie from those who will not lie for the authorities. As a form of propaganda, the loyalties of the targets are already known: they are enemies. Instead, the lie is a form of psychological torture meant to degrade and demean members of the opposition.
(Hat-tip: @est1608 on Twitter.) We have to think about motives when we encounter propaganda in service of totalitarian ideologies. What purpose is served? What is the long-term goal? Who benefits? It doesn’t necessarily matter how you answer such questions. Much of this is mysterious and confusing, and honest people can disagree. What is important is a skeptical posture toward these allegedly unquestionable truths. The very fact that the cultural elite is intent on forcing you to accept certain beliefs should be sufficient to inspire you to question whatever it is they wish to make you believe. People who employ such dishonest propaganda tactics, and who resort to terroristic methods to silence their critics, are never to be trusted.