Duane Lester writes:
These outspoken members of the participation ribbon generation feel they’ve been spoken to in a hurtful manner or someone said something hateful, who is to judge?
A Human Rights Commission?
Don’t scoff. That’s exactly what Canada put in place to silence speech people found offensive.
Kathy Shaidle is the co-author of “The Tyranny of Nice: How Canada Crushes Freedom in the Name of Human Rights (And Why It Matters to Americans).” The book looks at Canada’s Human Rights Commissions and how they censored the citizens.
“It does sound amazingly similar,” she said, commenting on the MUPD’s request for students to call them about hurtful comments. While she says Canada did away with their Section 13 of the Hate Crime laws, but only because of the high profile fight against it waged by people like Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant.
“The problem is this attitude that somehow you have a right not to be offended, that your hurt feelings are the equivalent to physical assault or rape has unfortunately permeated the culture,” Shaidle explained, saying that while the First Amendment might put America a step ahead of Canada in the free speech race, it was just a small step.
“We all know that most of these social justice warriors don’t recognize the Constitution. They say that it’s a piece of paper written by a bunch of old white slave owners,” she said.