Friday, May 23, 2008

When Free Speech Is Truly Under Assault

If we aren't vigilant about protecting the 1st Amendment, we'll end up like Canada.

If you need some background information about what's going on up there, I think it was back in the 1970's when Human Rights Commissions were created--and their purpose was to root out discrimination in areas like housing. Today they're being used as politically-correct drumhead trials, rooting out so-called hate speech--and they have a 100% conviction rate.

Currently the HRC's are being used by Islamists to go after anyone who says anything negative about Islam and its followers. Fortunately, some are fighting back, but a 0% success rate is quite a bit of inertia to overcome.

I'm not an absolutist about too many things, but I am about the American Bill of Rights. The Canadians have their Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but it seems to lack the vigor of our 1st Amendment. I'm rooting for the underdogs in this fight.

8 comments:

Ronnie said...

You want to see an attack on free speech in another democracy check out this http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/may/20/1

At least the police changed their mind before a trial actually started, but still it's sad it was even a thought, and the law behind it is appalling.

Darren said...

Put it on the calendar, boys and girls, Ronnie and I agree!

DADvocate said...

I'm an absolutist in free speech and our Bill of Rights also.

When it comes to Human "Rights" Commissions they can...

Wait someone's knocking at the door....

Ellen K said...

Isn't that what the DNC is striving for?

Darren said...

Yes.

It's also why I oppose the idea of "hate crimes" or "hate speech".

Donalbain said...

You aren't even an absolitist about the Bill of Rights. You think it is OK for the government to punish someone for their choice to peacably assemble if they assemble with communists.

Darren said...

Not only are you wrong, you're an idiot. Either that, or you just like stirring mud to see what kind of reaction you can get.

It's no longer welcome here. Either participate like a decent adult, or don't participate.

David said...

Absolutely true that the dominant forces in the Democratic Party would like to do something similar now. In academia, which is largely controlled by "progressives," similar things are common.

People who plan to sit the election out because they are irritated at McCain, for whatever reason, should think about this long and hard.