On Fox Business, Lou Dobbs defends Infowars and Alex Jones
Robert Jeffress: "What is deemed as your opinion could be somebody else's definition of hate speech"
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From the July 27 edition of Fox Business' Lou Dobbs Tonight:
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LOU DOBBS (HOST): Freedom of speech under attack by Facebook and YouTube. Radio host Alex Jones banned from Facebook for 30 days and from YouTube for 90. Both platforms taking down four videos. Facebook said Jones' videos, quote, "encourage physical harm," and, quote, "attack someone based on religious affiliation or gender identity."
Let's talk about what's going on, Twitter and Facebook with leaders who think that their politics should be the determinant values of their respective organizations, which are platforms for free speech, public discourse.
ROBERT JEFFRESS: Well, it's very frightening, Lou, and very threatening. You know, the speech that needs the most of protection is probably the speech that seems most hateful and disgusting, to the majority of us. And the fact is, what is deemed as your opinion could be somebody else's definition of hate speech.
JEFFRESS: And I think people of faith like myself ought to definitely be on guard against this, because there is an effort to suppress religious beliefs, religious speech, and I think as somebody said, you know, the most of important freedom is the first freedom, the freedom of speech and of religion.