Jun 132009

When the subject of hate-crime legislation comes up, there are always advocates who say, No, it’s not going to outlaw hate speech or hate thought.

If that’s true, then we should expect those people who advocate hate-crime laws to do the following:

  • Condemn the existence of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the legislation under which it operates, which explicitly does try to regulate hate speech, as can be seen in this non-debate debate on CTV. (And by the way, what about those people who criticized George W. Bush for paying no attention to other countries, and those who advocate the use of other country’s legal decisions as precedents for our own? Why aren’t they complaining about the lack of news coverage of this issue in Canada?)
  • Propose legislation that affirms that hate speech is a cherished and protected right under our Constitution.