Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Free Speech Takes a Dive In Canada- Richard Warman Sues Conservative Bloggers

Major trouble is brewing for our conservative, Canadian brother and sister bloggers to the north. For those of you who might not be aware, one twisted Richard Warman is on the war path. Formerly employed by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), he has turned into a one-man vigilante force bent on depriving people of their rights to free speech. To date he has filed at least 26 complaints against various respondents, utilizing the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) Section 13.

The Commission has a unique role in combatting hate on the Internet. Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act empowers the Commission to deal with complaints regarding the use of the Internet to transmit hate messages.

What was initially a quest to silence the neo-nazi voice in Canada, has turned into an attack on the conservative blogosphere, as a whole, and anyone that Warman (and his CHRC cronies) happen to disagree with. Warman has been instrumental in the demise of many bloggers who did not have the resources to fight back.

Since the introduction of CHRA, Section 13, those critical of Islam have been targeted as well, including conservative Mark Steyn. Publisher Ezra Levant, was also targeted for publishing the Danish Mohammed cartoons. Whether one agrees, or not, with the message that certain individuals put forth in their blogs, (and personally I find the neo-nazi agenda abhorrent) UNLESS it directly encourages violence against others, it is NOT a hate crime. And, frankly, if people choose to consider mere words as hate crimes, should not those calling for death to those who insult Islam be liable, as well?

The conservative blogosphere has been highly critical of Warman and the CHRC's less than ethical behaviour and, as a result, Warman has added another suit to his long list of complaints. This time he filed a mammoth Libel Suit against some of the most prominent Canadian bloggers, plus a Canadian newspaper:

Ezra Levant, Connie & Mark Fournier of Freedominion, Kathy Shaidle of FivefeetofFury, Kate McMillan of Small Dead Animals, and Jonathan Kay and The National Post.

Unlike others, who have fallen prey to Warman's warped, litigious nature and given up, these people intend to fight back, in the name of freedom of speech. They have various defense funds you can donate to via paypal on their various blogs. If you have a few spare dollars, donate to their funds, or blog about this.

The Canuck conservative blogosphere is in a fight for its very existence, battling both Warman and the CHRC's thought police.

Are we headed down that same road if Hillary or Obama are elected? Remember the attempt to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, by the liberal Democrats?

Freedom of speech is worth fighting for, wherever it's threatened.

Also blogging:
Michelle Malkin
The Nose On Your Face

Via Blazing Cat Fur


Renegade Eye said...

Using the law like that is dangerous, because it can be reversed. Laws against abortion protesters, can be used against war protesters etc.

Blazing Cat Fur said...

Thanks for your support Inc! Please invade us ASAP.

danny wright said...

Like the rest of the leftist’s agenda, eradicating hate in the human race is a fool’s errand. If their antics were not so destructive to society, they would be laughable.

Leigh Patrick Sullivan said...

After reading your comment on my blog, I thought I'd check out your site in return.

A huge thank you from one moderate conservative to another for shining a light down there on the problem brewing up here. It is important that Americans understand this threat to be as real to them as it is to us.

Canadian conservatives are a minority in our own country - the support from our American cousins is greatly welcomed!

WomanHonorThyself said...

lets pray the bloggers win! God awful this censorship is becoming Incog!

Anonymous said...

Attempts to repress free speech is everywhere; for another example:

MUD said...

That is another reason I won't be relocating to Canada. I won't give up free speech until they pry that cold pencil from my dead fingers.

Karen said...

It is amazing, isn't it. All the more reason to be on our toes here in the U.S. over the Fairness Doctrine. Liberals don't believe in free speech if it doesn't fit their agenda.

Pat Jenkins said...

i fear we may eventually share more than just a border with conservative canada incog, if a fairness doctrine in this country is enacted!!! the same attempts will be made "down here"!!!

Incognito said...

REN: Very true!

BCF: Any time! Alas, that won't be happening any time soon.

DANNYW: Sadly, you are right.. about eradicating hate.. it's an emotion that too many people relish.

LEIGHPS: Pleasure... we have to look out for each other..and many of us do.... Wishing you much luck up there!

WOMAN: It certainly is. One can understand in places like Egypt and China, but Canada! Not good.

ANON: Thanks so much.. will check it out.

MUD: You and me both, MUD. Way too important, even if I disagree with whatever someone is writing.

KAREN: Amen. Libs don't believe in *anything* if it doesn't fit their agenda.

PATJ: And that's why we have to be ever vigilant.