Seems Truth is now "Hate Speech"

Posted by davidmcnab 6 years, 8 months ago to News
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Author Mark Steyn's confronting analysis, "America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It" is now the subject of a British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. Apparently truth is a criminal offence in Canada unless it's watered down to nothing and infused with sweet-smelling perfumes. However, this reaction appears to have backfired, since the author and publisher are revelling in the media storm: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/08/05/10/1...
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    Posted by walkabout 6 years, 8 months ago
    Truth is considered "hate" to those who hate the truth.
    Jason Benham
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    • Posted by $ allosaur 6 years, 8 months ago
      Just ask our sociopath pathological Liar-In-Chief.
      Oops, I take that back.
      Presidebt Opinocchio will only lie about that too.
      Did I just commit a tell the truth PC hate crime?
      Think I'll go draw a coddling Obooboo patting Muhamhead on his turban.
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    Posted by SaltyDog 6 years, 8 months ago
    I rise in defense of 'hate speech' as well as vulgar and offensive speech, not because I like it or even agree with it, but rather for my own protection. What happens, for example, when someone is offended by 'O Canada' or the Star Spangled Banner? is it much of a leap for someone to say nationalistic patriotism is hateful? No, it's not up to the legislature to be making this kind of call. Every right carries a corresponding responsibility, and it must be up to the individual citizen to decide how far is far enough this subject. No yelling "FIRE" in a crowded theater and all that.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 6 years, 8 months ago
    Only America has been so protective of disconcerting statements, even defending proven lies as permissible if they represent the speaker's opinion. While American speakers or writers of offending statements may discover that they can still be held liable for civil offenses of slander or libel, no government body can prosecute them for the offense as criminal. Pushers of "hate speech" laws have so far failed to collapse the edifice of free speech in this country, but they do seem to be getting closer lately.
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  • Posted by jabuttrick 6 years, 8 months ago
    How long before Canada or some other country labels Atlas Shrugged as "hate speech" because it may give offense to collectivists, altruists and religionists?
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  • Posted by Herb7734 6 years, 8 months ago
    "Freedom of speech means freedom from interference, suppression, or punitive action by the government -- and nothing else." -- Ayn Rand. I have heard Mark Steyn expound many times and he must be licking his lips waiting for public challenges. He knows his stuff and I am sure he will melt down any challenger in an interview or debate into a grease stain.
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  • Posted by woodlema 6 years, 8 months ago
    Liberals always called the truth hate speech. But I think the real aspect is they "HATE SPEECH THAT IS TRUTH"

    MSNBC Says Black Cops Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death Are Actually ‘‘White African-Americans’’ This is even a new level of ignorance and race baiting.
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  • Posted by smichael9 6 years, 8 months ago
    I have enjoyed listening to Mark over the years on radio. I don't always agree with him, but accept his right to expose the truth as he see's it and he generally see's it very clearly. When any country, Canada included, clamps a lid on the freedom of speech by establishing parameters as to how, when and where speech can be used, they have started down the slippery slope toward totalitarianism.

    We may not agree with what the guy down the street says, but unless he is threatening to burn my house down, I respect his right to say it. If your opinion of our current political administration is different than mine, I won't threaten to cut off your head or pour gas over you and light a match. I will respect your right to feel they way you do while remaining firm in my own personal convictions. We do not need to argue nor fight in order to disagree. Sometimes, disagreements uncover a greater truth than existed before.

    The problem with Truth is that some people, to paraphrase a line in a famous movie, "can't handle the truth!". As in that movie, the truth is not always as it seems to be. When Truth comes wrapped in ideological bias or intentional distortion, it is no longer pure Truth. When speech is wrapped in anger and distrust, it may seem that it is now "hate speech", but maybe it's the real Truth trying to be heard. We live in the greatest country on the planet, one that ensure us the freedom to express what we see, feel and believe without fear of retribution. I would not have it any other way.
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  • Posted by fosterj717 6 years, 8 months ago
    That's the problem with liberals and Progressives, the believe that because something makes one feel bad, insecure, ashamed, etc. that what caused those feelings must be bad, therefore hateful and that they cannot tolerate!

    Truth be told, Truth when shared can only be an act of love and respect therefore, it is not hate speech or hateful. Grown-ups must learn to deal with the Truth, no matter how ugly or painful it might be. It appears that Liberals, Progressives, Democrats and RINO R's all suffer from the Hatemonger's syndrome.
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  • Posted by rtpetrick 6 years, 8 months ago
    The U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right of people to not be offended. I realize that the statement has a double negative so I suppose we could deduce that, by implication, our Constitution must protect the right to be offended.
    Hate speech laws are about mind control. They will come to the USA....some embryonic forms are already in the Federal Register. What's next, Thought Police?
    Roberto Rossford
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  • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 6 years, 8 months ago
    Truth is, and I quote such luminaries as the leaders of the Democrat party, V.I. Lenin whatever will advance the party at that moment. Apparently the author didn't pay his party dues or correctlysalute the Comrades.
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