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Free Speech Is Dead in Canada: The Persecution of Christian Activist Bill Whatcott

Posted by M. C. on January 15, 2019

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/01/free_speech_is_dead_in_canada_the_persecution_of_christian_activist_bill_whatcott.html

By Amy Contrada

In the past year, I witnessed two frightening assaults on free speech by a kangaroo “justice” system.  This wasn’t in some banana republic, North Korea, or China; it was in Canada.  These were gut-wrenching experiences for me.

These stories from Canada are potent warnings to the U.S.

If Congress and more states pass anti-discrimination “equality” laws giving special protection to LGBTQ identities, “hate speech” prosecutions and compelled speech will surely follow.

There can be no doubt of that, given the LGBT-driven lawsuits we have already seen against florists, bakers, and wedding photographers.  The Civil Rights Commission of Colorado has tried to compel speech from Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop.  We’re seeing numerous battles over bathroom use and forced use of silly pronouns in our mediacolleges, and public schools.  The EEOC already interprets Title VII (employment) to protect employees from “sexual orientation” discrimination.

So, we’re already on that totalitarian road; Canada is just farther along.

An Enemy of the Canadian State

The victim of Canada’s repressive “injustice” system is Bill Whatcott, a pro-family born-again Christian activist.  He is about to have his life ruined by the courts in Canada (with fines, possible jail time, ruined employment prospects, social ostracism).  But he will not bend to tyranny and is standing for free speech.

Whatcott’s two ongoing cases are discussed below.

  • December 2018:  His “hate speech” hearing before the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (with further court action pending).  Hundreds of thousands in fines may be assessed.
  • 2019: His ongoing $104-million lawsuit in Toronto for a “hate crime” (preceded by his June 2018 arrest on a national criminal warrant).

What terrible “hate crimes” did Whatcott commit?  The Orwellian tyrants in Canada deem it criminal to speak the truth about transgender ideology and the health hazards of homosexuality.  Furthermore, he speaks from the unwanted Christian viewpoint.  Then he adds a dash of humor.  And so he has become an Enemy of the State in Canada.

Canada at First Prohibited Speech, Now Is Compelling Speech

While there’s no First Amendment in Canada, there is the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  But the charter includes a huge loophole that LGBT proponents are exploiting in their battles against “discrimination.”  The “guaranteed” freedoms of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion, expression, press, assembly, and association are “subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrablyjustified in a free and democratic society.”

As long as one is not advocating genocide or violence, the defenses spelled out in the law should protect someone like Whatcott who simply has an unpopular view on P.C. subjects.  But “reasonable limits” on the enumerated freedoms have been enacted to protect “identifiable groups” – including persons described by their “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” – from discrimination.  This is where “hate” crimes come in.

Canada has enforced prohibitions on speech for some time.  Since 2003, one dared not speak critically of “sexual orientation.”  In 2013, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that earlier flyers by Whatcott (warning of homosexual health risks) amounted to prohibited “hate speech” – especially his use of the word sodomite.

George Orwell had something to say about such prohibited speech:

Quite apart from the suppression of definitely heretical words, reduction of vocabulary was regarded as an end in itself, and no word that could be dispensed with was allowed to survive.  Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.
1984, Appendix, “The Principles of Newspeak”

Even scarier, in the last two years, Canada has moved beyond prohibitions on speech.  Compelled speech has now become law regarding “gender identity or expression,” adding “transgender” protections to federal law in 2017 and British Columbia law in 2016.  Pronouns and new names chosen by a trans person must be used, or one might face discrimination charges for “misgendering” and “deadnaming.”  (Professor Jordan Peterson famously warned against this outcome.)…

Be seeing you

offended

Citizen: “What are you protesting against” Johnny: “What have you got?” The Wild One

 

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