The Problem with Hate Speech

My friend Kathy Shaidle has recently posted a no-holds-barred article on the disaster of “hate speech” legislation, focussing on a proposed Liberal bill to punish “anti-transgender speech” by up to two years in prison. She reminds us that such totalitarian interventions into a presumably democratic society are by no means unique to Canada. As she writes, “bear in mind that New York state, for one, already has similar laws on the books, and they carry fines of up to $250,000. And [an] Oregon ‘transmasculine’ teacher got $60,000 because her colleagues wouldn’t refer to ‘it’ as ‘they.’”

The notion of “hate speech” has begun to infect an entire culture quivering under the aegis of political correctness, with the result that multitudes of subjects are increasingly off limits.

But are there not things in this world that are truly hate-worthy?

  • WalterBannon

    In my opinion, anyone who is charged under such an undemocratic law is a victim of a gross and intolerable tyranny and violation of the most basic of all human rights by an unlawful govt and they would be fully justified to instigate an insurrection against the govt in question.

    I am positive that every single US founding father would agree, as would most every philosopher and great thinker from The Enlightenment. Anyone who does not agree with this thinking does not belong in a western nation.

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    Pat would not be allowed on mainstream television in Ontario if this was the case. A crime, a crime! This is true madness, the tyranny of laws like this.

    • She a h8tr!

    • Shebel

      That really was one of the most repulsive characters on TV.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I feel no hate…only mistrust and disgust.

  • Darwin Akbar

    Regarding that case in Oregon, did they ever ask the plaintiff the following simple questions:

    1. When you go the movies, how many movie tickets do you buy?

    2. When you travel, how many airplane tickets do you buy?

    3. How many United Airlines frequent flyer accounts do you have?

    4. How many social security numbers do you have?

    5. How many federal income tax returns do you file each year?

    And, for my final witness, I call Any Five Year Old Child: Bobby, look over at that table there – how many people do you see?

  • Shebel

    I am WHITE and RIGHT and anyone that hates me can kiss my

  • xavier

    My view is that hate is a very flimay base for any argument. Thus the most effective way to descredit it is to use reason. It’seems hard and tiring but frrrdom’so never free

    • Hate is an emotion — immeasurable. It’s abstract. Just about everything the Left uses to advance its fascist agenda is based on abstract and immeasurable things so it’s practically impossible to contract. It’s a deliberate Marxist ploy. Terms such as “Climate Change” are in the same category. There’s a word for this error in logic that I learned in Philosophy but it escapes me at the moment. (Any PhD’s out there?)

      Put simply, nobody can show you 25 milliliters of hate, 50 grams of anger, 85 centimeters of love, or 30 p.s.i. of tolerance.

      The only way to judge people is by their actions.

      • xavier


        Agreed what I’m getting at is that bad ideas and actions need to be refuted,judged and tossed in the garbage can.

        You need to argue and debate aND the really obstinate one need to be overthrown

        • Absolutely. Just trying to shed a little light on the erroneous logic of the Left when dealing with things that are practically impossible to measure objectively such as “hate”.

      • El Martyachi

        And hair. It’s especially OK to judge people, especially political leaders, thusly: ie.80 trudeaus of hair excellence.

        • Hair is at the top of the list. As well as one’s choice of baseball caps.

  • Clausewitz

    Most people who scream “Hate Speech” are usually in a state of projection.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Whatever happened to sticks and stones may break my bones?

    • Shebel

      That is a good question.
      I am fucking lost.
      I just got a whole bunch of lectures , last weekend.
      From my kids.
      Fuck me tender.
      Their Liberalism astounds me—-
      I am so sick and tired about hearing of the plight of Muslims and Fags.

      Maybe – if you fucking Muslims stopped killing us.
      Maybe — if you fucking Fags could leave the children alone.

      We could All get along.

      • J. C.

        Cut them out of your will. 😉

        • Shebel

          It is a good thing they don’t care about money—

          because they aren’t to have any.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Correction: Cut them out of your will, then inform them of same in veiled terms, such as “I really feel that, after I go, I want my legacy to MEAN something. There are so many Foundations I would like to give something to, so many causes I want to support, even after death………”

          • Exile1981

            Give them a list of the most consevative foundatiobs you can think of, that should cause heads to spin.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I got into an argument with my fifteen year old daughter a few months ago.
        I told her that I don’t think gay couples should have children.
        She thought that was awful of me.
        I told her that every kid has a right to a mother and a father no matter how they end up turning out.
        She won’t get it for a while.
        But, for the most part she’s gotten the important things right in her head.

        • Shebel

          Mine are a wee bit past 15.
          I just can’t believe how lefty they all are.
          Anyway–long as they are all healthy–
          Far be it for me to bitch.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            My kids aren’t playing out to plan, either.
            But, I hope there’s still time to right the ship.
            Long story but I never got to that rebellious phase until I had left home.
            I was too busy working when I was a kid to be a punk rocker.
            My twenties were shit, though.
            It’ll be a blessing in the end.
            My friends at work have gone from their Mom’s basement to school to a job and never known any hardship in between.

          • Shebel

            Haha You just described my kids .
            Long as they stayed home they always had a car long as they had a job. Never had to pay rent. This was their savings.
            I could honestly never see charging my kids rent.
            Whenever ,one left home it was usually with 20-30 Grand—
            It was a bitch when they started to pick their more than useless mates.
            That was hard on a Daddy—-

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Mine charged me rent after I turned eighteen.
            They said it was for my future.
            It was one of the reasons I left.
            My dad was making a five figure salary in the mid-eighties.
            Paid off his house in five years after we finally got out of the welfare housing I grew up in.
            Sister and brother never paid rent and stayed at home a decade longer than I did.
            They’re both drug addicts and childless.
            I’m just an alcoholic with a wife and two kids

          • Exile1981

            I got a set of luggage and a one way plane ticket for my 18th birthday.

          • Shebel

            Now that I think about it . I think that we started to charge my oldest daughter rent or at least threatened to. —
            She rented an apartment ,got a dog , and has this useless guy move in with her. He made no money and contributed nothing.
            The really strange thing is— much to my great chagrin – ( long story short) – they eventually married
            -just had Twin baby girls—-
            And there is not a Happier couple in this world.
            They are both the same.
            They will never divorce.

            So I guess in the long run—some stuff works out.

  • Shebel

    How come the Jews hate the Palestinians?

  • Anything one says or does can be considered offensive. That will never stop or end.

    Only the left would embrace a Sisyphean task like banning everything.