Let me state clearly and plainly for the record, all crime is hate crime. All crime is an act against society. Period. There are laws for crimes, enforce them. "Hate speech" laws are nothing more than a restriction of freedom of speech. Who decides what is "hate" speech? The Congress? Obama? The Organization of the Islamic Conference? The UN?
In a typically underhanded Democrat maneuver, the hate crimes provision was attached to part of the fiscal year 2010 defense authorization bill.
Watch the unintended consequences (though intended by some) of these laws.
MONTREAL — The federal anti-hate law that “official Jews” lobbied for and got passed has, 32 years later, backfired, sowing the seeds for political correctness, media chill and censorship that have undermined the values that define the Jewish People, says Alberta lawyer, author and activist Ezra Levant.
Levant, who is Jewish, made the assertion in an Oct. 21 talk to a small
audience at Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation about his 900-day saga of being
prosecuted by the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission for reprinting
controversial Danish cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in his now defunct
magazine, the Western Standard, in February 2006.
“It is what I call the ‘soft jihad,’” said Levant, describing the actions of Muslims who file complaints with human rights commissions against those they perceive to have aggrieved them. “I was a Jewish publisher of a Zionist newspaper charged for publishing the news.”
Levant has spent the last 3-1/2 years railing against human rights commissions, which he says have fostered a climate of censorship, media chill and political correctness that’s now being exploited by those he calls enemies of the West, Israel and the Jewish People.
“The Jews should have known better,” Levant said. “We know about the ‘hard jihad,’ but the ‘soft jihad’ is far more effective and clever – it says to find the weakness in the law.”
It’s ironic, Levant suggested, that organizations such as Canadian Jewish Congress helped create a law that has come back to haunt them.
Levant, a free-speech libertarian and former activist in the Reform party, said that the anti-hate law – which since it passed in 1977, has had a “100 per cent” conviction rate and was upheld in 1990 in a narrow decision by Canada’s Supreme Court – is very dangerous.
That’s because its “malleable and vague” wording allows authorities to charge anyone for actions, words or pictures that are “likely to expose a person to hatred and contempt.”
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