Wednesday, May 14, 2008

TTU Faculty Member Commits Canadian Human Rights Violation

Canadian Human Rights Act, Section 13. (1) It is a discriminatory practice for a person or a group of persons acting in concert to communicate telephonically or to cause to be so communicated, repeatedly, in whole or in part by means of the facilities of a telecommunication undertaking within the legislative authority of Parliament, any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.  R.S., 1985, c. H-6, s. 13; 2001, c. 41, s. 88.

Notice that the Canadian government's own online posting of this statute is self-violating.

Update: Here is an interesting NYT article about the relevant case in Canada, and how the US differs from much of the western world with regard to hate speech protection. So do *we* have it wrong?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This post raises interesting questions and ideas. Is there a provable correlation or cause/effect relationship between speech and violence? Speech might be very protected now in many european countries, but was it always so in the past?

I have no idea. But I like interesting questions. I'll bet that if more people on the internet spent more time debating such questions intelligently, the world would be a lot better for most people.