Saturday, February 02, 2008

Does this make him a defender of Nazi Rights?

While guestblogging at Scott's DiaTribes, Martin Rayner, aka Red Tory wrote:

So, returning to the initiative proposed in M-446, the question has to be asked whether subsection 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act is perhaps doing more harm than good. I happen to think it’s a pernicious bit of fluff that can be easily dispensed with so that more egregious examples of truly hateful propaganda can be addressed more effectively, and that if strictures on hate and prejudice in the workplace and other daily interactions of commerce are required, they need to be dealt with in a considerably more specific manner than that of the HRA, ss.13(1).


I’d be a bit remiss in all of this however if I didn’t take final note of the curious, somewhat bizarre enthusiasm with which the Wing-Nut-O-Sphere® has pounced on this story like a fat kid on a Twinkie, and I have to confess that it’s more than a little disturbing to be sharing some intellectual bed-space here with people ranging from the Nazi thugs at Stormfront to Joanne (she, of the addlepated, ever-pointless “Journey” to God-knows-where) but such is politics, I guess. I’ve always believed in working from first principles and if occasionally that happens to land one in the company of some rather unsavoury wayfarers at times, well so be it.

I should put the question to BigCityLib.

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