This is the Way Freedom Dies
Canada no longer has freedom of speech. The Supreme Court of Canada killed it:
In Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott, the Supreme Court decided that born-again Christian William Whatcott was guilty of hate-speech for distributing flyers to neighborhoods in Saskatoon and Regina in 2001 and 2002. While the flyers used vehement language against homosexual practices and the homosexual agenda, they did not however directly attack homosexual persons. (The flyers are appended to the end of the decision linked above)
The Court focused on Whatcott’s main argument, namely that he loves homosexuals with a brotherly Christian love, and it is only their sexual activity that he denounces.
The Supreme Court found however that with regards to hate-speech, the distinction between ‘sin and sinner’ no longer applies. No longer can Christians give the defense before courts that one ‘loves the sinner, but hates the sin’.
“I agree that sexual orientation and sexual behaviour can be differentiated for certain purposes,” the Court stated. “However, in instances where hate speech is directed toward behaviour in an effort to mask the true target, the vulnerable group, this distinction should not serve to avoid s. 14(1)(b) [the hate-crime clause of the Code].”
“Courts have recognized a strong connection between sexual orientation and sexual conduct and where the conduct targeted by speech is a crucial aspect of the identity of a vulnerable group, attacks on this conduct stand as proxy for attacks on the group itself,” the Court stated.
The Court ordered Whatcott to pay the Human Rights Commission’s legal fees and to pay $7,500 in compensation to two homosexuals who were offended by his flyers.
Go here to Lifesite News to read the rest of the story. So let me see now, the most precious freedom in any Democracy next to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, can be taken away purely by the Canadian government labeling something as hate speech. The following quote is taken from the decision:
The statutory prohibition against hate speech at s. 14(1)(b) of the Code infringes the freedom of expression guaranteed under s. 2(b) of theCharter. The activity described in s. 14(1)(b) has expressive content and falls within the scope of s. 2(b) protection. The purpose of s. 14(1)(b) is to prevent discrimination by curtailing certain types of public expression.
The limitation imposed on freedom of expression by the prohibition in s. 14(1)(b) of the Code is a limitation prescribed by law within the meaning of s. 1 of the Charter and is demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. It appropriately balances the fundamental values underlying freedom of expression with competing Charter rights and other values essential to a free and democratic society, in this case a commitment to equality and respect for group identity and the inherent dignity owed to all human beings.
The Orwellian language in the second paragraph is truly chilling. Taking away free speech is truly free and democratic by a “commitment to equality and respect for group identity and the inherent dignity owed to all human beings.” Translated into English: ” Yeah those Christers get on our nerves too, and we applaud the government for shutting them up”. The words of George Washington tell us what this means: If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.