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Scotland Rips Free Speech Away from Citizens. Is America Next?

Freedom House ranks UK higher on their freedom index than the US, even though Scotland jails its citizens for exercising free speech.

Scotland’s plunge into a dark new era with its hate crime law marks a troubling turn away from cherished freedoms. In a nation struggling with profound societal issues, from knife crime to dismal life expectancies, one wonders why Scotland’s government is fixating on policing speech to appease a tiny, vocal faction. Their zeal to criminalize the misgendering of individuals online suggests a baffling misplacement of priorities.

J.K. Rowling stands as a direct target under this law. For voicing biological truths, she could face jail time. The legislation’s breadth is staggering, criminalizing “threatening or abusive” behavior with a potential seven-year prison sentence. While it purports to shield victims from hate, the reality is a muzzle on free discourse about the current gender confusion infiltrating society.

This legal shift has not gone without its detractors, Rowling among them, who see it not as protection but as an encroachment on expression. Critics within Scotland’s legal and cultural spheres voice concerns that the law could ensnare anyone from journalists to comedians, stifling debate and creativity. Police assurances do little to assuage fears of overzealous enforcement.

It is clear the law prioritizes the validation of a few over the rights of many. Women’s spaces and rights, once respected, are now battlegrounds for ideological assertions unmoored from biological reality. The insistence on prioritizing transgender affirmation over women’s safety and fairness in public life underscores a disconcerting shift in societal values.

Even more, Scotland is considered a part of the developed West, and liberal organizations like the Freedom House rank Scotland higher on their freedom index than the United States. If this is the benchmark for freedom in the West, then America is standing on the edge of a precipice. The question isn’t if America could follow suit but rather how swiftly we might find ourselves sliding down that very same slippery slope toward outright censorship of our citizens. The radical left policies in place in Scotland shine a light on the clear and present danger to the bedrock of American liberty.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.