Well, it's not as if we didn't know this already.
When the Conservatives voted to remove Sec. 13 from the Human Rights Act, they justified it in part because of the existence of Section 319 of the Criminal Code (in layman's terms, the hate crimes law) which they claimed was more appropriate when dealing withe issue of extremist rhetoric. They even stated they planned on strengthening the existing legislation.
All this might be true, but Paulie has a new target in his sites:
Well we're not sure how a "defence of truth" includes the demonization of Jews and other minorities, but then we're normal, rational, human beings.
But we digress...
After the self-congratulatory ego stroking, Paulie does get to the point in trying to justify why Sec. 319 of the Criminal Code now needs to be abolished, and in doing so... wait, we know this is going to be shocking.... Paulie is more than a bit disingenuous.
We know! We were shocked as well!
Essentially it's the old, "hurt feelings" argument that Paulie and his cohorts have been claiming is the reasoning behind both Sec. 13 of the CHRA and Sec. 319 of the Criminal Code. In essence, he's saying the reason why these statutes were enacted was because the "commie" Canadian government didn't want "protected groups" feeling bad about themselves should they be criticized.
Nice and sterile that word, "criticized" is, eh? It sounds much better than the words and statements that are actually used to attack groups and individuals, such as "the Jews are vermin who should be exterminated" or that Hitler was nicer to the Jews than they deserved.
But back to the point. Although we know our readers don't need to be told why Sec. 319 exists, we decided to discuss it anyways.
The law doesn't exist so that groups and individuals will not have their, "feelings hurt." Sticks and stones, right?
The laws do exist because of those sticks and stones.
Case in point: Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines
For a little over a year, this government-controlled radio station in Rwanda dehumanized the Tutsi minority. They were called cockroaches and accused of being alien entities that didn't belong in the country. Hutus were urged to purchase weapons and ammunition, claiming the Tutsi's were going to start killing them. When the genocide began, Hutus were told to kill their neighbors.
Ultimately, 50,000 deaths could be linked to this hate speech.
And if this seems extreme, we might introduce you to someone a little closer to home.
Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, a member of the Creativity Movement, engaged in a spree killing campaign that left two people dead and several people injured due in large part to the teachings of Matt Hale.
Prior to this, Smith distributed hate propaganda on the campus of the university he was attending which attacked Jews and other minorities.
He had this to say about that hate literature:
People call our literature hate literature, but all it really is is the truth that reflects on the minority as negatively, he said.
Last week, Mr. Tremaine won the limited right to go back on Stormfront where he posted over 3,000 articles in 2004-2005 under the moniker "Mathdoktor99". He can seek material pertinent to about 50 posts which are alleged to promote hate against no fewer than 11 privileged groups. This material would be toward the defence of truth. --- Paul Fromm
Two examples. We could fill this blog with other examples.
The Criminal Code statute isn't there to protect people from feeling bad about themselves.
It's there to protect people from being assaulted by those who are influenced by the hateful rhetoric of those who lead them.
Paulie knows this to, which should give you, our dear reader, a little more insight into the man and his values.