Canada's Hate Speech Laws
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The paper discusses the American ideal of universally protecting constitutional rights to free speech and contrasts this to Canada's support of hate speech and hate crime laws. The paper focuses on "R. v. Keegstra", the famous Canadian hate speech case, and shows how the Canadian stand on hate speech is supported by the constitution and promotes the uniquely Canadian vision of a free and democratic society. The paper asserts that resistance in the US to take such a stand is reflective of the continual desire to retain ideology that does not reflect a real need for change.
From the Paper:"It is a clear that the issue of hate crimes and hate speech is an essential and important issue that must be debated in nearly every nation, as all nations have and live discrimination to one degree or another. Discrimination invades the standards and actions of some against others and whether covertly or overtly affects the advantage or opportunity of others and can also create circumstances of depravity of needs or even overt physical and mental abuse. Discrimination, usually against minorities, but most often against any population that does not serve as the central authority to decisions making is an insidious aspect of civilization and must be addressed fundamentally by all. Hate speech is a particularly insidious aspect of overt discrimination that falls only just short of being physical abuse. This type of discrimination is based entirely upon circumstances of one's life over which one has absolutely no control over, often race, gender or even sexual preference. It then goes without saying that hate speech, in written or spoken form is something that needs to be addressed when and where it occurs and in many cases this attempt is made at the core with social mores and taboos, often beginning when individuals are very young."
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