Hate Speech Clauses Repeal Gives White Supremacists Rare Moment Of Glee

Hate Speech Clauses Repeal Gives White Supremacists Rare Moment Of Glee

A Conservative private members bill that repeals part of Canadas hate speech laws has passed the House of Commons with scant media attention, and even less commentary. But its being cheered by many Canadian conservatives as a victory for freedom of speech. And its being cheered most vocally by another group: White supremacists.

Bill C304, introduced by Conservative backbencher Brian Storseth, repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which bans hate speech transmitted over the Internet or by telephone. It passed third reading in the House of Commons on Thursday and is now headed to the Senate.

This is a huge victory for freedom in Canada, a poster calling him or herself CanadaFirst posted on the website of StormFront, a notorious white supremacist group. However, we still have other unjust Zionist hate laws that need to go.

Way to go, Harper. I know we cant get everything we want, but I stand a little taller today as a Canuck, wrote OneMan.

The new law doesnt make hate speech legal on the web or by phone hate speech remains illegal under the Criminal Code.

That has alarmed the Canadian Bar Association, which said in a recent report its concerned that the law may be the start of a campaign by the Conservatives to weaken Canadas human rights laws.

The debate surrounding the expediency of section 13 has become the proxy for an open assault on the very existence of an administrative framework to protect human rights in this country, the CBA stated.

Over the years, human rights commissions have remained at the vanguard of eliminating discrimination based on race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other grounds, and advancing equality, the CBA added.

But human rights commissions have become bogeymen to many Canadian conservatives, and some others, who have campaigned for years to eliminate them altogether, painting them as bureaucratic tools of censorship.

In one famous case, conservative media icon Ezra Levant was hauled in front of an Alberta tribunal to explain his decision to run controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed in the magazine he ran at the time, the Western Standard.

Levant became a cause celebre for opponents of the commissions, and his decision to republish the cartoons online on the day of his human rights hearing was hailed as heroic by many conservatives.

But all the opposition parties voted against the private members bill in Parliament Thursday, with NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison arguing that it would now be much harder to prevent hate speech online.

We do have a serious problem, Garrison told the National Post. If you take away the power to take websites down, its not clear they have any mandate to even to talk to people about it and educate them about it.

Garrison argued that the Tories are being dishonest by having these laws be introduced as private members bills, rather than government bills, noting that the Conservative Party of Canada made repealing human rights commissions ability to regulate hate speech a part of their platform.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews defended the bill, tweeting on Thursday that the new law will end arbitrary censorship powers of human rights commissions.

Public opinion on human rights commissions is split. An unscientific poll on the CBC website shows a bare majority of people supporting the Tories move.

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If you lose your freedom of speech you lose everything! You wont even be able to stand up to the tyranny that oppresses you! I was reading a blog from the UK and people there seem very oppressed these days. In my youth England was Pink Floyd, John Lennon,the Kinks,the Pretenders, people who spoke their mind and changed society! Now they seem like a bunch of Orwelians oppressed and afraid to say the wrong thing! Freedom of Speech is to die for and the world must take a stand for it and not allow cowardly communist to take it away!

Equality does not even enter into when you put out this BS.

However the Charter is very clear on that matter. b if, in good faith, the person expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text; then its not hate speech. Name me any pastors,ministers/clergy who have ever been charged for quoting the bible?

Another example: the Old Testament prohibits homosexuality; the lesson is told of Sodom and Gomorrah. The question ought to be asked WHY was it prohibited? Was it discrimination, or in the days before antibiotics, perhaps the mingling of your private body parts with fecal matter was considered unhygienic. specially when you come home to your bride after doing so.

Why is pork not kosher? In the Biblical desert, your nomadic tribe could be wiped out by a killer parasite because pork goes bad rapidly; we now have stoves and refrigerators, but the prohibition against pork continues, because it was established centuries ago as religious probably as a lifepreserving tactic.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it attributed to voltaire Franois Marie Arouet: 16941778. A quote that has stuck with me since I first heard it in elementary school, and I have lived by it ever since. Freedom of speech is a liberty that all canadians should cherish and stand up for regardless of what is being said. People can and always will say something crude and hurtful to others, but to squelch and prosecute a person for expressing themselves with something as harmless as words, a mere sound, is bigger injustice than whatever can be spoken, I for one support this bill as its one more step in regaining my liberties which come with freedom, Its one of the few things I agree with the conservatives on.