Well, the neocon war-mongers with their fantasies about the Moslem menace always seem to be getting the dirt end of the stick when it comes to restrictions on their free speech, so maybe they will pay more attention to the issue of free speech when it applies to everyone in general – or maybe not.
Other right-wingers always call on libertarians like me to support their free speech rights which they failed to protect for decades with their “Conservative Party”. Absolutely, I support their rights to their stupid imperialistic views just like I also support the rights of far-right extremists to express their ignorant hateful views also. When I say “rights” of course, I mean natural rights, because legal rights are being stripped away.
I hate to pander, and my own message about liberty gets interrupted while I dwell on these poor guys getting trampled on by the establishment they flirt with – and I have to take time out to give some kind of “support” to Mark Steyn and Maclean’s magazine while ignoring any of their war propaganda against God- knows-whatever-country-this-week or their condoning of Guantanamo.
I support the right of a free press and the right of free expression. For everybody. And we should all defend this principle.
It is troubling to hear about the “conservative” groups coming under attack from other enemies of free speech who use the establishment Canadian Human Rights Commission to suppress opinions that offend them.
The Canadian Islamic Congress seems to be shooting itself in the foot and shows its ignorance of the Canadian culture of respect for the principle of free speech that has been suppressed by the Canadian establishment in recent decades. The CIC is absolutely adopting the wrong strategy if it wants to win over the hearts of peacefully inclined tolerant freedom-loving Canadians. Canadians are not their government and the government does not represent their best interests. This is a hard truth for everyone.
The CIC should be challenging neocon propaganda and delusions through peaceful means that respect the values of freedom that are being destroyed by all sides of the establishment in Canada. Using human rights tribunals as a weapon is not peaceful. It is threatening.
By the way, on a related subject, the Criminal Code “hate speech” amendment that was made by the Canadian Establishment long ago was criticized harshly by a genuine pro-liberty conservative hero, Supreme Court Justice Beverly McLaughlin:
In the dissenting judgment, McLachlin J. was particularly concerned by what she saw as the breadth, vagueness and subjectivity inherent in section 319(2). According to McLachlin J.
… [T]he broad criminalization of virtually all expression which might be construed as promoting hatred effected by s. 319(2) of the Criminal Code is not, in my view, a proportionate and appropriate means of achieving the end to which the legislation is directed. The breadth of the category of speech it catches, the absolute nature of the prohibition it applies to such speech, the draconian criminal consequences it imposes coupled with the availability of preferable remedies, and finally, the counterproductive nature of its actual effects — all these features of s. 319(2) of the Criminal Code combine to make it an inappropriate means of protecting our society against the evils of hate propaganda.
Anyway, neocons will just be neocons as long as they continue to ignore the growing international suppression of free speech and American government suppression of free speech, and the Conservative Party of Canada’s acceptance of the suppression of free speech. They are more concerned with perpetuating war against imaginary enemies than governments stripping us of our God-given freedoms.
December 27th, 2007
2 comments to Continued Assault on Freedom of Speech – Nothing Personal
I am one of several Canadian victims I have come accross that is being constantly harassed 24/7 by directed energy weapons, surveillance and so on. This sounds crazy, but there is lots of proof that is out there.
and many many more………………….
Everyone refuses to help the victims and they try to say that the victims are paranoid or delusional so we continue to suffer in great pain and isoaltion. Many of the victims end up committing suicide within 6 months because they just can’t take anymore. We need to do something and we need help in stopping this horrible crime. Our rights and freedom are totally disappearing it seems !
The important thing is what is happening to you as an individual. To draw conclusions about what the cause is requires presenting specific details about who, what, why, how and where. That’s what it should take to convince anybody of what is specifically happening to you.
I don’t think the brain is well understood. I know there is a lot of external noise and technology around anyway. Yes, there is research into advanced technology and weaponry and advertising techniques even, unethical experimentation and I don’t have any trouble believing that exists *out there* and it’s documented that some terrible things have been done.
And it’s also possible there is technology indirectly affecting peoples’ brains – chemical pollution and EF radiation.
***Sep, 2012: I deleted the rest of my answer, because it was [even more] patronizing and naive.***