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Mark Steyn celebrates death of Canada’s hate speech laws, praises me, mocks… other people

EPIC, instant classic piece by Mark Steyn in the new Maclean’s (the same magazine that was sued for printing his “hate speech”):

The line that sums up my objection to the racket was formulated by the Toronto blogger Kathy Shaidle: “You’re too stupid to tell me what to think.” In recent days, the last lonely defenders of the Canadian thought police have all volunteered to demonstrate Miss Shaidle’s proposition.

The Opposition critic for “public safety,” Randall Garrison, bemoaned the demise of the commissars’ “power to educate Canadians.” “We do have a serious problem,” said Garrison. “If you take away the power to take [websites] down, it’s not clear they have any mandate to even talk to people about it and educate them about it.”

Unlike Canada’s government-in-waiting, I don’t want the state to have a “mandate” to “educate” the citizen about his opinions. Generally speaking, re-education camp hasn’t worked out so well in those systems that have adopted the Garrison program. Yet joining him, inevitably, in a final desperate defence of Section 13 is Bernie Farber, former head of the Canadian Jewish Congress and Barbara Hall’s rumoured successor as Ontario’s Chief Censor.

Capt. Farber is determined to go down on the Good Ship Stupid.

As evidence of the need for Section 13, Mr. Farber excitedly tweeted that “when Nazis rejoice we known [sic] something must be very wrong.” Section 13 is all that stands between you and jackboots on the 401!

Just for the record, the last “hate crime” conviction secured under Section 13 was an Internet post read by just eight people, which works out to 0.8 per cent of a Canadian per province, or, if you include territories, 0.6153 per cent of a Canadian—most of whom were undercover civil servants playing dress-up Nazis.

Indeed, at least one of those 0.6153 per cent of a Canadian was Mr. Farber or one of his colleagues, since the CJC was an “interested party” on the suit and presumably, if they were that “interested,” they actually read the thing.

But nobody else did.

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PS: Maclean’s editors have their own outstanding review of “how the battle for free speech was won.”

PPS: I’ve posted this before but just a reminder:

The only thing really standing between us and “jackboots on the 401″ are a bunch of goyim with guns.

The guns Bernie Farber, being a good Jewish liberal, doesn’t believe ordinary people should be allowed to have.

Bad news, Bernie:

Even if I had an attic? You can’t come in!

 


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