Reader re­acts to edi­to­rial car­toon

The Compass - - Editorial - — Tim Hynes writes from Bri­gus

Your car­toon in the Tues­day, Feb. 28 edi­tion of The Com­pass re­veals Greg Perry’s poor un­der­stand­ing of the fragility of free­dom. How ironic the same edi­tion’s front-page ar­ti­cle men­tioned the Sec­ond World War — a cause where mil­lions died fight­ing for the free­doms Greg Perry en­joys to­day. But the same car­toon­ist fails to grasp what many in that war fought for — free­dom, in­clud­ing the free­dom to crit­i­cize.

Those free­doms came with a huge price tag and it is those very free­doms that are be­ing slowly eroded, piece­meal, by groups clam­or­ing for spe­cial pro­tec­tion cloaked in po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, fight­ing so-called pho­bias, etc.

There is one crim­i­nal code in Canada and there are suf­fi­cient laws and le­gal av­enues within that code to fight th­ese so-called pho­bias that tar­get mi­nori­ties. We do not need spe­cial-in­ter­est group pro­tec­tion, or a sec­ond tier le­gal sys­tem for such groups.

Your free­dom of speech is frag­ile. “Non-bind­ing” grad­u­ally be­comes pub­lic ac­cep­tance that soon be­comes bind­ing. Then free­dom of speech is lost. Re­search the his­tory of Nazi Ger­many, or any dic­ta­tor­ship, to un­der­stand the pro­gres­sion of this ne­far­i­ous thought process. Will Canada soon see the thought po­lice crim­i­nal­iz­ing the free­dom to crit­i­cize? Will such a let­ter as this soon war­rant a visit to my door from the po­lice for hate speech? Surely not in Canada, you say. Well, to­day, if you’re in Turkey and you crit­i­cize the PM, you def­i­nitely land in jail. Now Canada isn’t Turkey, but this is ex­actly where it all starts, with mo­tions such as this.

The so-called Is­lam­o­pho­bia mo­tion (what­ever that is) has the dan­ger of soon mor­ph­ing into a law that be­longs in other coun­tries, not Canada, a land where our par­ents and grand­par­ents earned, in blood, the free­dom to speak out against things we don’t like and not be muz­zled by groups de­mand­ing spe­cial treat­ment.

Is is so sad th­ese days to see the me­dia be­have more like cheer­lead­ers than fact-find­ing re­porters.

By the way, in many coun­tries the free­dom to pub­lish such car­toons is ei­ther for­bid­den or could land the car­toon­ish/satirist in jail or worse. Dare I men­tion Char­lie Hebdo and what hap­pened there?

This mo­tion needs to be called out for ex­actly what it is — a dan­ger­ous, slip­pery slope for free­dom of speech. Cheers to the Con­ser­va­tives for do­ing ex­actly that; shame on those who don’t.

There is one crim­i­nal code in Canada and there are suf­fi­cient laws and le­gal av­enues within that code to fight th­ese so-called pho­bias that tar­get mi­nori­ties.

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