Comment 123029

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 05, 2018 at 11:36:53 in reply to Comment 123021

Freedom of speech is not absolute. Speech that causes injury or harm is rightly prohibited by law. Shouting "FIRE" in a crowded theatre is illegal in Canada, because it has a real, documented risk of causing injury and death. Likewise, publicly inciting hatred, violence and genocide is also illegal in Canada, and for the same reason: it has a real, documented risk of causing injury and death.

There is a huge difference between an activist trying to deplatform a hate-monger by discouraging respectable facilities from hosting their talks, and a statist dragging someone off to prison for expressing a politically unwelcome thought, and I take strong issue with the recent tendency to conflate the two in debates over the role and limits of free speech.

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