Monday, June 09, 2008

The Death of Free Speech

The results (pdf) of the Alberta Human Rights Commission trial of a Canadian Pastor has the blogosphere in a buzz. Samizdata has comments and QandO has commentary. Novelist John C. Wright chimes in.

The lesson for us is twofold. Firstly, speech must be protected broadly and any exceptions must be defined narrowly. Secondly, we cannot allow entities like the Alberta HRC to come into being. The AHRC takes cases at it's discretion in which it acts as judge, jury, and prosecutor and it's decisions act with the full force of law. Disgusting.

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