Another Canadian example of the encroachment on individual liberties in the name of eliminating “hate speech.” The subject is a change to the Canadian Human Rights Act to “add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.”* Link
Like lots of my international examples here, the specifics are not important unless you live in Canada…but the author clearly “gets” this:
The main fear that is instilled in me is that the list of what is labeled as ‘hate speech’ will not end here. You simply cannot ban the use or refusal of words that may offend people. This is partly the reason why our generation of snowflakes does not know how to engage in a proper debate; because they do not think that you should be able to say anything that may remotely offend them.
This is where this turns from comical to worrying. I fear that these ‘hate speech’ laws will continue to add new classifications of what is hateful depending on the party in power. This means that, in theory, a few decades in the future if you have an opinion that directly disagrees with the party in power, that opinion could be labeled as hateful and potentially be censored.
I added a paragraph break because I’m an elementary teacher, and I like doing that sort of stuff. — Dave
The point isn’t that conservatives like to be hateful, and progressives want to stop people from hating. I don’t know too many people who like hate.
I just like freedom more.
*Odd thought. Do Canadian laws typically have the word Canadian in them? Can you be any more insecure?