Reader reacts to editorial cartoon
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.