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Lets debate this

Posted by miguel on 2004-03-18 10:42:17
 
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2004/03/18/386882.html

OTTAWA -- A "kill bill" campaign is under way to stop controversial hate-speech legislation from sailing through the Senate before a federal election. Opponents of Bill C-250, which would include sexual orientation in Canada's existing hate propaganda law, fear it will muzzle free speech and even outlaw the Bible.

Calling it a "prosecutorial tool," Liberal Senator Anne Cools slammed the bill because it will lead to "criminal witchhunts." She said it's flawed and based on the false premise people are committing hate crimes against gays with impunity.

"This bill in a ... way is attempting to censor -- to cleanse Canadians of their moral opinions about many homosexual practices," she said.

"The other issues like ethnicity or race, there's a real consensus that should be protected, but there's certainly no consensus on sexual orientation," .

I am going to try and play devil's advocate on this issue, in reality I'm still kind of ambivalent towards it.

There never used to be a consensus on ethnicity or race less than a century ago. Derogatory remarks regarding everyone from Irish, to Asian to black ethnictities and races were common. This bill could be seen as progressive protection of homosexuals from the common verbal assaults issued by the christian right. You can still think and feel however you want in the privacy of your own home, but you can't put up posters saying

HOMOS ARE THE SPAWN OF SATAN AND THEIR FEEEELTHY BUGGERY WILL EARN THEM THE WRATH OF JEEEBUS AND THE HOLY APOSTLES.

Some of the descriptions of homosexuals in newspapers, radio call in shows and other such media channels are so offensive to me, a heterosexual, that I can't even imagine what those poor fags must think when they hear it.

So what do you think? does bill C250 go too far? or is the time right for it?