Friday, April 25, 2008

Please Send More Complaints

by Mark Steyn - April 23rd, 2008 - Macleans (Canada)

Last week's letters page included a missive from Jennifer Lynch, Q.C., chief commissioner of the Canadian "Human Rights" Commission, defending her employees from the accusation of "improper investigative techniques" by yours truly. Steyn, she writes, "provides no substantiation for these claims," and then concludes:
"Why is this all important? Because words are important. Steyn would have us believe that words, however hateful, should be given free rein. History has shown us that hateful words sometimes lead to hurtful actions that undermine freedom and have led to unspeakable crimes. That is why Canada and most other democracies have enacted legislation to place reasonable limits on the expression of hatred."

This article is extremely important, as much as anything because of its timing. As noted by today's posting on my "The Rule of Law" blog, our own Superme Court is narrowing the protection for free speech here in America. That Canada is even worse in its willingness to supress free speech is the point of this articly by Mark Steyn.

America has been a disruption in the history of people living under tyranny and the total power of the state. The abuses of this are well known. The real question is whether America is going to lead the nations of the world toward greater freedom, or whether the seductive power of government handouts will be used to destroy the basis for our freedoms?


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