Net neutrality is the idea that the Internet should remain a free and open space for the exchange of ideas free from corporate control. But at least one social conservative has declared that such principles of equality violate fundamental principles of Christianity.
Evangelical David Barton made these comments during a radio show he co-hosts with Rick Green. Barton went so far as to call net neutrality “wicked stuff” and a “redistribution of wealth through the internet” and “socialism on the internet.”
That’s right. Apparently the far-right has reached the point where equality or any kind warrants the ubiquitous smear of “socialism.”
Barton went on to insist that free market principles reign supreme in the Bible and to equate the rule, which prohibits Internet companies from blocking access to certain web content providers, to the Fairness Doctrine, another FCC rule that required broadcasters to give equal time to opposing points of view.
Undoubtedly Barton made the comparison on purpose since the Fairness Doctrine has been a target of the social conservative movement for years. According to Barton “fairness” is a principle antithetical to a Christian understanding of justice and accountability and one that “no Christian should ever use in their vocabulary.”
So by linking net neutrality, which has nothing to do with the Fairness Doctrine, and throwing in a “socialism” charge for good measure, Barton is able to rally social conservatives against a principle they should otherwise support.
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