Category Archives: Hate Speech

Google Issues Ultimatum to Conservative Website: Remove ‘Hateful’ Article or Lose Ad Revenue

On Tuesday evening, Google sent a conservative website an ultimatum: remove one of your articles, or lose the ability to make ad revenue on your website. The website was strong-armed into removing the content, and then warned that the page was “just an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of this website.”

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Jews urge attorney general to ‘stand up to hate’

A new petition calls on Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi to respond to the Jewish community’s complaints and concerns about hate crime and hate speech.

The petition, launched Friday by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWC), says no charges were laid in relation to Al Quds Day held outside Queen’s Park on June 24 where speakers expressed anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, as well as spoke in favour of the annihilation of the Jewish people and Israel.

Pssstt… Someone is not the ascendant voting block

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OCLA petition says hate charge against Kevin Johnston ‘systemically political’

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) is asking the Attorney General of Ontario to reverse his decision to charge a Mississauga resident with a hate crime.

The organization has launched an online petition intended for Yasir Naqvi regarding the charge against Kevin Johnston of wilful promotion of hatred.

“The Ontario Civil Liberties Association believes that the proceedings against Mr. Johnston are systemically political in nature and should not be consuming public, police, and judicial resources,” says the petition, which was launched last week.

“We believe that the proceedings are harmful to Canadian society, in addition to being unacceptably unjust towards a citizen.”

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Canada’s Free-Speech Phobia

Islam-critic charged with “willful promotion of hatred.”

Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi is charging blogger Kevin J. Johnston with one count of “willful promotion of hatred.” According to a Globe and Mail report, Johnston’s arrest followed a lengthy investigation of his online activism but news reports played up a recent story by the blogger, who operates the FreedomReport.ca website.

In late April, after a head-on crash on Highway 3 near Windsor, police searched the Lexus in which Tariq Elamin and Satvir Singh were riding and found a sawed-off shotgun and .22 rifles. Police arrested the pair, now facing firearms charges, including possession of an illegal weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Johnston claimed the pair were Muslim “maniacs” and “on their way to kill people — shoot up St. Clair College,” in Windsor. Johnston cited “city staff” as his source but police and college officials deny any threat. A lawyer for Singh said Johnston’s video was “entirely fabricated” and “obviously racist.”

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Video: Kevin Johnston arrested for “hate crime” under Section 319 (2)

He is unable, by court order, to relate specifics of the charge or to name his accuser. Nice country we live in huh?

Based on the following explanation of 319(2) I suspect the charges relate to Johnston’s “Reward Offer” to anyone filming a Muslim student spewing Koranic hate in a Mississauga school.

Section 319 (2)

Public incitement of hatred

319 (1) Every one who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or

(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Marginal note:Wilful promotion of hatred

(2) Every one who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or

(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Marginal note:Defences

(3) No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (2)

(a) if he establishes that the statements communicated were true;

(b) if, in good faith, the person expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text;

(c) if the statements were relevant to any subject of public interest, the discussion of which was for the public benefit, and if on reasonable grounds he believed them to be true; or

(d) if, in good faith, he intended to point out, for the purpose of removal, matters producing or tending to produce feelings of hatred toward an identifiable group in Canada.

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The Left’s Next Step: Redefining ‘Hate Speech’ as Violence

An article in the Sunday Review section of the July 16 New York Times posed a question which, once upon a more innocent time, would have been considered nonsensical: “When Is Speech Violence?” The response of any person who cares about the clarity of language would properly be “Never,” but Lisa Feldman Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, asserts in the Times piece that the science is settled: “speech that bullies and torments” is “literally a form of violence.”

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Arrest Warrant Issued in Montreal for Hate-Preaching Imam

A Quebec judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of Palestinian-Jordanian Imam Sheikh Muhammad ibn Musa Al Nasr following a B’nai Brith complaint. During a sermon, Al Nasr called Jews “the worst of mankind” and expressed his hope that Muslims would slaughter them on Judgment Day.

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Germans Pass Law Imposing Fines On Facebook, Twitter Etc. If They Don’t Delete ‘Hate Speech’

I think we forget sometimes as Americans* that the First Amendment doesn’t cover the whole world. The American left may be attacking free speech in this country, but they don’t have much hope of succeeding at the moment, at least, given that we still have a slight conservative majority on the Supreme Court that’s willing to defend the Constitution (most of the time).

The rest of the world is an entirely different story, and that could present a problem for social media companies who understandably wish to operate on a global basis. And the problem is no longer just theoretical. Germany has just made it very real.

*I  think that American blog writers forget sometimes that people in other countries can read, too.

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