The Post-Free Speech World


A Rugby Australia "disciplinary hearing" has now found Israel Folau, the nation's third-highest try-scorer of all time, guilty of a "high-level breach of code of conduct". Mr Folau will now be prevented from playing rugby ever again because he committed the crime of quoting scripture. Folau's offending Instagram post was splendidly ecumenical in its warning to sinners - drunks, fornicators, thieves, atheists - but Rugby Australia and the media are exclusively obsessed with his "homophobia".

These are very dark times for a meaningful culture of free speech. Its subordination to identity politics and political correctness is now taken for granted by the Institute of Directors, Rugby Australia, the Philadelphia Flyers and on and on.

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