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Video: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says free speech must be curtailed to ensure freedom

While speaking to the German Bundestag this week, Chancellor Angela Merkel said free speech must be limited and curtailed in order to preserve freedom.

Seriously.

“For those who claim they can no longer express their opinion, I say this to them: If you express and pronounced opinion, you must live with the fact that you will be contradicted. Expressing an opinion does not come at zero cost,” she said, according to an English translation of her remarks.

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“But freedom of expression has its limits. Those limits begin where hatred is spread. They begin where the dignity of other people is violated. This house will and must oppose extreme speech. Otherwise our society will no longer be the free society that it was,” she added.

Here’s video of her comments as posted by Ezra Levant:

A post at Flag and Cross notes:

Obviously, she’s wrong. She probably knows she’s wrong. Even liberals know they are wrong. But that’s not what matters. What matters is that Merkel and her ilk retain power.

What’s sad is that a lot of American leftists, like Ted Lieu, think just as she does.  Fortunately, we have the First Amendment, but that hasn’t stopped the left from censoring any opinion they don’t like.

“Absolutely frightening. This is stunningly Orwellian,” added a post at IOTWReport.

We tend to agree.

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