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Hate speech is speech still

June 30, 2013

Canada has repealed its infamous and misguided Section 13, which banned certain kinds of hate speech. The problem with such laws is the subjective nature of deciding who or what deserves protection from the slings and slurs and cartoons of dissenters. Western nations need to stand as an example to barbaric nations like Egypt, where an atheist human rights activist has been sentenced to five years for writing against Islam. Egyptians may be growing weary of the Muslim brotherhood, which is preparing for violent resistance. But not weary enough, until they’re ready to leave their neighbors free to burn the Quran. In Pakistan, that was the charge against a Christian teenager, now living in asylum in Canada. Where she now can post videos of Quran burning to the internet, without fear of Pakistani or Canadian law.

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