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April 11, 2008

Quote Of The Day

by Doug Mataconis

There’s a reason we have a Bill of Rights:

Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don’t give it any value.– Dean Steacy, Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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4 Comments

  1. Freedom of Speech might be an American value, but Americans don’t particularly value the practice in this era. Americans might engage in the practice unthinkingly when neccessary, however if asked to evaluate its worth or its necessity as part of the American society, most citizens would fail to connect the practice with the vitality of the Constitutional republic. furthermore, if asked, many citizens would agree that Freedom of Speech needs to be curtailed or regulated in certain cases.

    so bottom line, Americans’ declining and oblivious attitudes towards Freedom of Speech is only one aspect of why *our citizens are in fact becoming socialists through and through.* and it’s no wonder that foreigners don’t value our concepts. all they have to do is regard our own attitudes towards the concepts.

    Comment by oilnwater — April 11, 2008 @ 8:43 am
  2. So has anyone else noticed that the phrase “Human Rights Commission” is now almost exactly the same thing as “Ministry of Love” or “Ministry of Truth.” And not just in Canada but also here in the US.
    Oddly, I always thought human rights were something you had vis a vis the state rather than a right to not be offended by someone you’ve never met.

    Comment by Mark — April 11, 2008 @ 9:28 am
  3. [...] (h/t The Liberty Papers) [...]

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  4. [...] (source: Jonathan Kay: “A disaster for Canada’s Human Rights Commission”) (hat tip: The Liberty Papers) [...]

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