Author and WorldNetDaily opinion writer Vox Day sees what I see in the Great White North:
[T]he Canadian Jewish Congress began lobbying to make hate speech a crime in 1953. The Jewish Congress finally succeeded in 1970, establishing a law which has been upheld in several constitutional challenges before the Supreme Court of Canada. There is no Canadian First Amendment; there are, however, three separate Canadian human rights tribunals before whom the Canadian Islamic Congress has lodged official complaints.
The Islamic Congress is cheesed that op-ed writer Mark Steyn dared to state the obvious: Multiculturalism is killing us.
And yet, as I’ve noted, many Canadians just don’t get it.
For instance, attorney Garry J. Wise, who clearly has a lot more faith in central government than I do:
Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms affords constitutional protection to freedom of expression in Canada:
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
Yeah, but Section 1 qualifies those fundamental freedoms:
1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
You don’t need to be a lawyer to recognize a truck-sized loophole. And it’s that loophole that the Canadian Islamic Congress, with help from the naive liberals who’ll be first against the wall, will use to hang those with whom they disagree.
As Vox rightly observes:
Hate speech is free speech; to eliminate hate you must also eliminate freedom.