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Response to Our dear "Constitutional Scholar" and wedding cakes! This time Muslim bakers! [96 words]

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Submitted by Constitutional Scholar (United States), Jun 4, 2020 at 17:02

If Dr Pipes is merely saying that he doesn't like de-platforming, but defends these private companies to do what they wish as an expression of their values, he's consistent. If he wants them regulated towards what he consider "neutrality" who makes that decision? The Deep State? If the regulation is based on some statistical measure of posts that define discrimination as disproportional representation of particular point of views, who decides what constitutes distributions that cross the line? If you argue that's easy to do, then where are you on charges of racial discrimination in tech companies based on statistical measures of identity?

By the way, you've clearly make assumptions about me which you'd find surprising to be untrue. I'm more than familiar with Dr Pipes having sat with him at for a meal when he was a graduate student many years ago, hearing what were then his heterodox views about the Soviet State -- of which which I agreed to the displeasure of my classmates. I generally find him thoughtful if combative -- but to ignore that his critique is logically extendable to all sorts of communications (including wedding cakes!) is worth recognition and discussion with your dismissal. Here's another de-platformming: all the gun stores in your county are owned by Muslims; you walk in wearing a IDF uniform (as as kid, I bought one while in Israel, and wore it for comfort and in solidarity). The proprietor says "sorry, selling guns to a Jew is against my religion." OK with you?

How about printers? You got to one with your pamphlet Defending Israel. The proprietor says: I don't like what you've written. I'm not publishing it.

Different from a biased version of Facebook. De-platformed? Don't like it start your own social network.
But you can't realistically do that. Facebook has 3.6 Billion users, and has, effectively become the communications system for the world. Nazi comes in and recruits anti-semitic followers? OK with you?

My questions were to hear what other posters think about those nuances. Not to be dismissed as a producer of "world salad." I gather you goal was to insult me. You've succeed, educating me on the value of responding to posts on this board. I'm genuinely sorry to learn that this isn't a place for real conversation.

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