Category Archives: Freedom of Expression

Mark Steyn’s self-destructive streak

As a longtime fan of Steyn’s writing, I’m disappointed to see him doing pretty much everything you should never do when you’re the defendant in a defamation suit: In 2012—after writers for National Review and a prominent conservative think tank accused him of … Continue reading

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Dieudonné and hate-speech laws

From a Guardian report about a French court decision upholding a ban on performances by anti-Semitic “comedian” Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala: Outside the Zénith hall, near the town of Nantes, where Dieudonné was to kick off his tour on Thursday, fans … Continue reading

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“Cyber Safety” in Nova Scotia

This province’s new Cyber Safety Act, drafted after the horrible Rehteah Parsons case came to light, officially took effect yesterday. The law firm of Stewart McKelvey published this brief summary of the new law: Cyberbullying is defined in the Act as: any … Continue reading

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It’s dirty work (and lawyers get to do it)

Canadian Lawyer‘s Gail Cohen praises the late Doug Christie for representing people many lawyers wouldn’t touch: Christie, often called The Battling Barrister or Counsel for the Damned, became notorious for his defence of some of the most reviled hatemongers in … Continue reading

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Mom of the year

A New York court has ordered a woman to stop posting anything online about her children: There’s not much to “like” about this woman’s Facebook habits. A mean upstate mom who cyber-bullied her emotionally-disturbed 10-year-old son on Facebook by calling … Continue reading

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Sometimes, there really is a fire

Whenever a free-speech controversy bubbles up, you can always count on apologists for censorship to declare that “there’s no right to shout fire in a crowded theatre.” Ken at Popehat, in an absolutely devastating post, explains where that phrase comes from, … Continue reading

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“On this site in 1989, nothing happened”

China, the colossus that’s on the verge of becoming the most powerful country the world has ever known, the industrial powerhouse star-struck useful idiots like Tom Friedman say we must emulate, is terrified of a few digits: Each year, the … Continue reading

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“How About Defending Speech Because It’s Speech, Not Because You Agree With It?”

I want to print this post from Popehat, frame it and mount it on my wall. …Say that someone sues, or threatens, or abuses someone whose ideas you despise, someone whose good faith you doubt, someone working for political or social ends you … Continue reading

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The other “Jesus shirt” case

Nova Scotians who followed the “Life is Wasted Without Jesus” controversy may be interested in this markedly similar case from Ohio, where a student’s T-shirt was banned because of a controversial religious message. The difference? In the Ohio case, the … Continue reading

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Two related stories

Canada: A Nova Scotia teenager who made international headlines for getting suspended from school after wearing a T-shirt with a Christian message didn’t attend classes on Monday and may be leaving the school for good. William Swinimer, a Grade 12 … Continue reading

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