by: Brent Smith
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Think about it. Is it not the next logical step to a complete shutdown of free and possibly controversial speech?
But that’s ridiculous – right?
No one is even suggesting such an absurd and over-the-top solution to curb offensive speech.
Sure, they’re have been many dozens of conservatives, particularly on College campuses, who have been protested, shouted down and even run off campus by leftist gangs.
But that’s where it ends. No one is even suggesting fining people who offend.
And if you’re thinking that no one in the country has been fined for such a thing, you’d be right. At least not yet.
And we on the right always get accused of being Chicken Littles for suggesting the stale “slippery slope” argument – that things always begin benign enough but left unchecked, invariably devolve into a George Orwell novel.
And we conservatives are right again.
Just north of the border, in friendly and welcoming-of-everyone Canada, a comedian was recently fined $35,000 for telling an offensive joke.
And worse, the decision against comedian Mike Ward, was recently upheld in Quebec, Canada’s Appellate court. Ward’s last hope is to petition Canada’s supreme Court to hear the case.
So what’s this all about?
“A Quebec appeals court upheld the decision by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal. It said Mike Ward exceeded the limits of free speech when he told jokes about a disabled man’s performance singing in front of the Pope,” writes Zero Hedge. “Comedian Mike Ward can’t get away with saying whatever he wants ‘under the guise of comedy,’ the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled.”
“It’s all about the circumstances,” the decision reads, noting how the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal had found Ward’s comments “exceeded the limits of what a reasonable person must tolerate in the name of freedom of expression.”
And like governments around the world wide – they are the arbiters of what is reasonable.
Some would call this a hate speech crime, which, although chilling to the bone, is fine for Canada, if that’s the way they wish operate. But here in America, we have a First Amendment, which prevents such things. So no hate speech laws and thus no hate speech crime.
We often hear that so and so murdered someone and may also be charged with a hate crime. Like that’s worse than the actual murder. Lest there’s any question … it’s not!
To date, 46 States and Washington DC have “hate crime” laws on the books.
Being that hate crime laws are so patently ridiculous, yet on the books in all but four States, how much of a stretch is it to bridge the divide between a “hate” crime and a “hate-speech” crime.
Thus-far our supreme Court has agreed that all speech is protected , but their track record for always making the right decision isn’t exactly stellar.
So that being said, you may someday be forced to make a hard choice and ask yourself a question in this regard.
Can I afford to speak my mind?