Lessons from Canadian “Hate Speech”

Apparently, in Canada one person can make complaints against another person for making remarks that are offensive to them. A story from OneNewsNow details how such complaints against the “Christian Heritage Party” were dropped by the Canadian Human Rights Commission:

Party spokesman Jim Hnatiuk explains what they put on their website. “What happened was an article published by WorldNetDaily, which was a news report from Regent University Law Review, and it was like the pros and cons on same-sex marriage,” he notes.
The article was designed to provide a balanced perspective, but complaints were filed before the Ontario Human Rights Commission by Edmonton homosexual activist Rob Wells, who claimed the piece was offensive to homosexuals. 

 After the Commission examined at what was posted, all three allegations against the party were dropped.

Let this be a lesson for those wanting heightened hate-speech laws in the United States. Criminalizing political or religious speech because others view it to be “offensive” to them is completely contradictory to the purpose of our First Amendment. But, too often, some tend to view the clear wording “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech” as negotiable.

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