MRC VP Joins Letter Calling on Elon Musk to Stand Against State-Sponsored Censorship

October 30th, 2023 10:22 AM

MRC Free Speech America Vice President Dan Schneider joined other free speech advocates in signing an open letter to X (formerly Twitter) owner Elon Musk, calling on him to stand against government censorship. 

The letter, led by the Alliance Defending Freedom and signed by over 50 pro-free speech advocates, called on Musk to expand his promise to protect the First Amendment on X by allocating legal funds to protect individuals affected by state-sponsored censorship. Specifically, the letter cited growing concerns about laws aimed to prosecute individuals who go against the government-approved narrative on numerous fronts.

“Free speech is broadly protected by every major human rights treaty; however, in the West, speech increasingly is targeted by ‘hate speech’ laws,” read the letter. “In other regions, blasphemy laws target minority groups, sometimes with the sentence of death. These repressive laws are two sides of the same coin—both punish those who speak out against state-approved views.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, The Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon, Fox News Contributor & Host Sara Carter, Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec and prominent Spanish-language political scientist Agustín Laje also signed the letter.

Citing concerns about these laws, the signatories called on Musk to follow through with his promise to fund potential lawsuits of users who were “unfairly treated” by their employers for content they posted on X. Specifically, the letter remarked, “Given your commitment to free speech and unrivaled capacity to effect change, we ask that you harness X to make clear that no one should be punished under the law for peaceful expression on X or any platform.” 

In a now-viral post that amassed over 140 million impressions, Musk threw down the gauntlet against woke businesses punishing employees for expressing opinions on his platform: “If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill. No limit. Please let us know.”

ADF issued a guideline on what next steps Musk should take in the next battle for the First Amendment. Among the suggested actions, the group called for the designation of funds to back legal action against state-sponsored censorship of views on the platform. The group also recommended the launch of an “intake mechanism” where individuals affected by potential censorship could apply for support.

To view the entire list of signees, click here.

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