Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Happy talk, keep talkin' happy talk

An unusually good editorial on incoherent government attitudes from The Globe and Mail: In a free country, even the most horrendous views should be tolerated unless they contain direct appeals to violence against clearly identified individuals or groups. Whether a society tolerates unpopular, even ghastly, opinions is the only real test of its belief in freedom of expression. Unfortunately, in practically every part of Canada, the tradition of civil liberties has disappeared in favour of a "human rights" approach that rests on a different philosophy. At the heart of the problem is the Canadian inability to measure the worth of freedoms over rights - and where either stop.

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