Call Me an Over-Committed Freedom of Speech Freak

[ ED NOTE: Scary Fundamentalist was kind enough to let me crosspost this item from his blog. You can read the original here.

My response to the Siddiqui/Yelden fantastic two-some here, if you’re interested. ]

I think Haroon Siddiqui hates us. Calling someone a “freak” is usually a tell-tale sign.

Considering that he and his best buddy, former CHRC Commissioner Max Yelden, believe in a fantastical right of “freedom from hate”, I think they are in line for some “remedy”.

Siddiqui has always remained silent while the rest of the media, including the left-wing Star he writes for, make their case for freedom of speech.

Siddiqui and Yelden croon to each other about how the media should be enslaved by another mythical Orwellian concept – the “public interest”. Yelden accuses the media of confusing “public interest” with what “interests the public”. He also assigns to them a “duty to curb hate”. And who better to keep the media in line than a government body, right?

Siddiqui accuses the media of exaggeration and sensationalism, and having little regard for accuracy. Practicing what one preaches does not come naturally to this guy:

The Supreme Court of Canada has repeatedly ruled that restrictions on hate speech “do not compromise the values of free speech.”

That is inaccurate. This is an excerpt from the Supreme Court of Canada judgment in Taylor vs CHRC:

1. Is s. 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act, as amended, consistent with the freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression guaranteed by sec. 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Answer: No

The SCC has ruled, only once to my knowledge, that Section 13 is an acceptable limitation to free speech that can be justified in a free and democratic society.

Any lip service that Siddiqui and the other cheerleaders of censorship give to freedom of expression is just that – lip service.

UPDATE: More on this from Scaramouche, Blazing Cat Fur, Freedom Through Truth

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