Freedom of Speech

Our Vision is to see truth, replace lies and deception and to have truth cherished and protected and available to all.

We believe in freedom of speaking our truth and allowing people to share their feelings, concerns and opinions without prejudice or bullying,

Chatting with many teenagers and young adults, their decision to take the jab is due to the pressure experienced in a “phenomenon” called Cancel Culture. Cancel culture — the spectacle of promoting the “cancelling” of brands, shows and movies and even human beings – due to what some consider to be offensive or problematic remarks or ideologies — isn’t all that new.

Dr. Jill McCorkel, a professor of sociology and criminology at Villanova University, told The Post that the roots of cancel culture have been present throughout human history. Societies have punished people for behaving outside of perceived social norms for centuries, she said, and this is just another variation.

McCorkel said: “Cancel culture is an extension of or a contemporary evolution of a much bolder set of social processes that we can see in the form of banishment,”

They are designed to reinforce the set of norms that society decides on at any particular time, even if they differ from one month to another (or one day to another).

Over the last few years, the social-media trend has gained momentum under the trendy new name — placing celebrities, politicians, companies and media under a microscope of “political correctness”.

Novak Djokovic is among the latest of the cancellable celebrities. The 20-time Grand Slam winner was deported from Australia last month after the government cancelled his visa due to his vaccine status. Djokovic said he should not be associated with the anti-vax movement, but supported an individual’s right to choose. He had obtained a medical exemption to enter the country to play in the Australian Open as he had recently recovered from Covid-19. So scientifically and morally speaking he had not said anything that should/could have offended anyone – yet it evoked strong criticism and lashing out from fellow tennis players, politicians and fans.

In July 2020, Harper’s Magazine published an open letter calling to do away with cancel culture altogether, denouncing the movement as “censorious” and “an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.”

 It takes away people’s freedom of speech, freedom to express their beliefs or what they choose for themselves or their lives, not only in relation to this pandemic but for life and humanity across the world going forward.

Freedom Alliance holds this view too: Freedom to choose for yourself, not based on mass bullying or fear propaganda – but based on what you choose as an individual based on the facts and truths available to you.