Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Absolutely chilling - the Canadian law and its advocacy. Not the free speech rights in the U.S>

American Exception - Out of Step With Allies, U.S. Defends Freedom to Offend - Series - NYTimes.com:

"Mr. Steyn, the author of the Maclean’s article, said the proceeding here illustrated some important distinctions. “The problem with so-called hate speech laws is that they’re not about facts,” he said in a telephone interview. “They’re about feelings.”

“What we’re learning here is really the bedrock difference between the United States and the countries that are in a broad sense its legal cousins,” Mr. Steyn added. “Western governments are becoming increasingly comfortable with the regulation of opinion. The First Amendment really does distinguish the U.S., not just from Canada but from the rest of the Western world.”"

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