Today a news report came across my feed about a former MP who launched a class action lawsuit against a religious man who passed out pamphlets at the gay pride parade in Toronto.
The pamphlets being ultra religious, stated inflammatory information, like all gay people are aids carriers etc. Much of it was disgusting, according to those who attended the parade.
However, when I asked the person who launched the Lawsuit, if the pamphlets contained calls for people to beat up gay people or to kill gay people? He avoided answering. Trying to deflect the question by stating that he wasn’t about to post anything what was in the pamphlets because he found it distasteful and disgusting.
I took that evasion to mean, that no, the preacher man didn’t have anything that called for the extermination of gay people or the harming of gay people.
Freedom of speech does not mean you only get to hear or read things that you like. If that was the case, I would not be able to write my articles. No news reporters would be able to actively report the truth. People could be arrested for having the wrong views or opinions. Books would be banned. Movies, Television would be heavily censored.
Now while in Canada, we tend to be a more socialist nation than one of democracy. In fact I have written on this numerous times. I have also written how we don’t have free speech in this country. And we really don’t. We have limits here on what we can say.
Only now I believe it’s time for everyone, in Canada , to wake up and put a stop to people trying to silence you because you might hurt their feelings, or because they are offended, or find whatever you saying distasteful. You have every single right to voice your opinion, to speak your mind and to say what you want. As long as you don’t call for violence against anyone.
We need to fight people who try to attack free speech. We do this by using logic, reasoning and not be shamed or silenced by those who would silence our speech.
I sincerely hope the court system does the right thing and throws this case out with the trash, otherwise there could be serious repercussions for everyone, including those who would silence us.