Your Indifference, Their Muzzle
By Harmony Grant
18 Dec 2007
Is the dam breaking? The NY Post published a stellar piece called "Canada 's Thought Police" about a prominent writer yanked before Canadian tribunals on hate speech charges. The piece wonderfully alerts Americans to the nightmare of hate speech prosecution in Canada , and warns that our own freedom of speech faces the same Orwellian horror. "Speech cops in America, too, are forever attempting similar efforts - most visibly, on college campuses."
It's heartening that on Dec 17 this story topped the Post's list of "most emailed" stories. Everyone should know. Another paper, the Washington Times, recently published a biting column by the indicted author, Mark Steyn, himself which leads with hate speech stupidity in Australia, where Santas are told not to say "ho ho ho" at Christmas.
I'm excited that hate speech stories are making it into these papers. But still, that's only two papers, only one in the top ten of U.S. circulation. You'd think the Canadian goons went too far by indicting Steyn, who's hardly a backwoods KKK member. But humans seem willing to allow any evils that don't harm them directly. In a poetic piece for the Ottowa Citizen, columnist David Warren says Steyn's case "should clang alarm bells right across Canada . Yet all we have heard is a couple of modest tinkles."
Steyn, a prolific and widely published conservative, wrote a book on Islam that became a Canadian number one bestseller. Five Muslim law students want him silenced. They claim his thesis--Islamic culture is incompatible with the values of the west--is wrong and exposes Muslims to "hatred and contempt." Two thought police tribunals, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, are going to hear the case. You might want to read Rebecca Walberg's great dissection of the HRC. A Canadian herself, Walberg warns, "Publishing controversial articles and adhering to one's religion can now lead to time-consuming, stressful, and expensive dealings with Human Rights Commissions."
In his Citizen column, David Warren says not even Canadian conservatives have truly opposed hate crime laws. Instead they legitimized the thought police by lodging their own complaints against anti-Christian or -conservative defamation--complaints that were predictably ignored.
Why would Christians or right-wingers expect assistance when defamed with words? As I wrote in my last article, even violent attacks on Christians and conservatives hardly merit a mention. Conservative students at Princeton face death threats if they speak up for traditional values. Last Friday one of them was brutally beaten. You probably haven't even heard of this story! A Princeton senior commented that the student body was "noticeably silent". Imagine the outcry if the beaten student had been a gay rights, Jewish, or black activist instead of a conservative.
But it's still astonishing. Most Canadians sit on their hands while thinkers as mainstream as Mark Steyn are hauled before courts. Warren rewrites a fitting quote: "First they came for the redneck trolls, and I did not speak out because I was not a redneck troll. Then they came for the male chauvinist pigs, and I did not speak out because I was not a male chauvinist pig. Then they came for Mark Steyn, and I did not speak out because I was not Mark Steyn. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me."
Another Ottowa Sun columnist (I'm liking this paper!) named John Robson also wrote against the hate speech case, with bitter sarcasm that still makes you laugh. Robson wonders what he can even get away with saying about the case. "All in all it's much safer to write about daisies. Such pretty flowers. They are members of the Asteraceae family, the second-largest family of flowering plants after Orchidaceae... None of them file hate speech complaints with aggressive paralegal tribunals either. What's not to like?"
But maybe there's hope, maybe the US can hold it for a few decades more. If only there could be more columns like the one in the NY Post. It would be even better if writers went a step further and pointed out the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and the Jewish supremacist activists who wrote up these laws in the first place.
We've already seen hard-core, militant erosion of Christian culture and values in the US since the 1960s. The only question now is whether we'll let our ancestors' values be actually made illegal. The conversation about hate laws has begun. Let's keep it going!
Harmony Grant writes and edits for National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog group.
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