The Canadian Supreme Court recently decided, vis-à-vis free speech, that “Truthful statements can be presented in a manner that would meet the definition of hate speech.” And consequently that, “Not all truthful statements must be free from restriction.” If a statement is truthful, how can it be hateful? It can be painful, hard to face, repugnant, but not “hate speech.”
“I don’t love you” is not hate speech. “Not all Black people are great swimmers” is not hate speech.” “All lives matter” is not hate speech. “I don’t want to pay for your birth control” is not hate speech. “Donald Trump exaggerates a lot” is not hate speech. “Sorry to say, but in my opinion that dress does make you look a bit plump” is not hate speech. And, dare I say it, “Men are not women and women are not men” is not hate speech. Facts and truth cannot be hate speech, period.
Always be aware of who wants to censor whom. The why should then be obvious. Censorship always hurts the weak and helps the strong…those in power who make the rules.
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