So says Canadian journalist and politician Peter Worthington, and he’s right. “Anyone care about free speech?” by Peter Worthington in the Toronto Sun, June 23 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The tragedy of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal’s case against Mark Steyn and Maclean’s magazine over alleged “hate” mongering because of Steyn’s views on Islam, is that most people don’t give a damn.
Oh, many sympathize with Steyn because the issue seems so silly, but most don’t see the destructive effect of hate legislation, or how it threatens our freedom.
Of all the benefits embodied in our county, free speech is — or should be — among the most precious. Without the freedom to express opinions on any matter, we cease being a free society. The implications are as simple as that.
The villains in the Steyn case are not Muslims who complained to the HRC that Steyn’s writings foster “Islamophobia” and hate. Nor is the Human Rights Commission at fault for hearing the allegations.
At fault is the government of Stephen Harper for not rescinding a law that the Liberals introduced and makes a mockery of both justice and freedom.
Harper is PM with the power to right a wrong. Instead, he’s been silent and betrayed his own values….
Indeed he has, and the implications involve more than Canada alone. Read it all.