April 30, 2015

Cotler's "Orwellian, unCanadian" bill should be called "the Charlie Hebdo Act"

Rebel Staff
 

Irwin Cotler, the long time Liberal MP from Montreal, is about to retire. But before he goes, he's launched one final missile at Canada: The private member's bill C-671.

I call it "the Charlie Hebdo Act" because it would make the publication of satirical magazines and blogs illegal.

I'll walk you through the bill word for word and explain why.

If you remember my battles with the Human Rights Commission and Section 13 -- which was finally repealed two years ago -- then you may recognize some of the language in Cotler's bill.

Except, believe it or not, his bill is worse in some ways than Section 13.

For instance, he doesn't just want to make words and thoughts illegal.

He wants to outlaw certain emotions, too.

Tell me what you think after we go through the entire bill together.

 

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commented 2015-05-03 21:38:01 -0400
Joan, I really don’t need a vocabulary lesson nor do I need a lesson is what is defined as “hate speech” criteria 12 of the 25 criteria is using animal comparatives…yet somehow “men are pigs” is exempt.

Other common vernacular descriptors of men include PRICK. JERK, WANKER generally used in the same context as the ultra taboo “C” word that means " lower east side of an asshole"..

One of the MRA court cases I followed with interest went all the way to the US Supreme Court. Briefly… a man was distributing right to life pamphlets outside an abortion clinic. A female rent-a-cop was enforcing the exclusion zone around the clinic and saw an opportunity to slap him with a j-walking ticket. He called her an asshole and then he called her the lower east side of an asshole. She charged him with criminal harassment and insulting an officer. He pleaded freedom of speech.

The court ruled that in the context of expressing grievance and making an outcry against perceived injustice on balance of inconvenience the charges were not valid. This is the only sane ruling the court could make because if you make expression of grievance and outcry against perceived injustice subject to legal sanction the courts themselves could be closed down by virtue of reaction to insult and hurt feelings.

When I use the language and strident vocabulary that I use it is in the context of expressing grievance and making an outcry against perceived injustice and I will take that all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Joan, I stopped caring wether or not feminists accused me of misogyny before you were born and I have a daughter who is older than you.

Now here are some insights on misogyny that I have been told by others…these are not my insights:

“A misogynist is a man who thinks with the big head instead of the little one”

“A misogynist is a man who despises women nearly as much as they seem to despise each other”

“Essentially there are two kinds of men…there are misogynists and then there are those who just haven’t given the matter very much serious thought” ……George Bernard Shaw

This insight IS my own….you could go to the most remote place on earth…the Khampa Plateau in Tibet….sit at a camp fire beside a yurt with a Khampa tribesman who has never read a book, been a viewer of TV, never listened to a radio, is truly unblemished of any indoctrination regarding the subject…and once he was alone among men…after the women have all gone to bed…once you got past the language barrier…if you asked him what gets on his nerves about women the response is universal.

And feminists actually think that silencing it is an achievable goal……not around a campfire of men when there are no women present…not even the legal machine that people like Irwin Cotler wields reaches that far into the Khampa Plateau….nor anywhere else under the starry night sky…….:-)

Keep them coming Joan…you are my muse….I couldn’t do this without you…….:-)
commented 2015-05-02 23:16:30 -0400
Glenn Craig – you must realize the word “cunt” is only regionally taboo, that in Scotland and especially in Ireland, it is interchangeable with the word colleen, which means “girl”.

The slur just means “female” and the vitriol with which it is associated just shows you how much some bigots hate women.
commented 2015-05-01 22:10:05 -0400
Here is a paraphrased synopsis of something that happened to me that is VERY germane to what Irwin Cotler is asking for and illustrates why it should not be granted…….Judy Rebick when crying to the CJC saying (about me and my colleagues )

They despise me because I am an overbearing feminist (rhymes with grunt)….protect me I am Jewish.

Bernie Fine chimes in…….If they despise overbearing feminist (rhymes with grunts) …they are obviously anti Semites because every Jewish woman I am acquainted with …including my dear wife…is an overbearing feminist (rhymes with grunt).

I raise the objection….WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FEMINISM AND JUDAISM? IS IT THAT MEN ARE PIGS AND THAT’S NOT KOSHER?

(Backgrounder…I was recently involved in a protest regarding t-shirts being marketed to tweens with the slogan "BOYS ARE STUPID THROW ROCKS AT THEM " the shirts were created by Todd Goldman…who is Jewish…and the counter campaign was led by Glenn Sacks who is also Jewish…during the campaign I posted on Glenn Sacks site the comment “STUPID JEW BOYS LIKE TODD GOLDMAN WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES AUGHT TO KNOW BETTER THAN TO ADVOCATE THROWING ROCKS AS AN EXPRESSION OF CONTEMPT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF KRISTALNACHT” This brought the formidable radar on me)

During the back and forth on the subject of the Judaism/Feminism coalition as an issue of “anti-Semitism” I listed the following names:
Gloria Steinem, Andrea Dworkin, Betty Friedan, Rosalie Abella, etc, etc.

Irwin Cotler….Are you suggesting that feminism is a conspiracy of the Elders of Zion?

My reply….No sir what I am suggesting is that on the subject of feminism and the culture of misandry that they promote ….the Elders of Zion seem to be just as pussy whipped as everybody else……;-)

This discussion got carried forward all the way to the Knesset….no I’m not kidding
commented 2015-05-01 19:35:24 -0400
In Prague during the Nazi occupation, when friends met on the street, they ignored each other because to smile, even to smile, might result in being shot by the occupiers. It was assumed that by a smile the Czech would be making fun of the occupiers. A drastic reaction to interpreting a thought, but even an appearance before a Commission can be a shattering experience, and certainly an expensive one.
commented 2015-05-01 14:17:18 -0400
It’s time for this delusional Cotler to go off to the home to drool in his porridge.
commented 2015-05-01 11:03:59 -0400
Why can’t these old SOB’s just crawl away and die like any decent vermin. It is his ilk that have destroyed this country for our kids.
commented 2015-05-01 07:23:24 -0400
Irwin Cotler is not retiring because he is ga-ga but because of the growing anti-semitism in the Liberal Party of Canada. He is loyal so he will retire rather than challenge and possibly harm the party that has given him a good living.

Irwin Cotler famously defended Andrei Sakharov against a charge of schizophrenia lodged by the Soviet Union that so misdiagnosed him for challenging the USSR’s intentions for misuse of nuclear arms. They claimed he suffered from schizophrenia “of the social reforming type”, detained him in psychiatric custody with no visitors, and would have destroyed his dissent and intelligence with anti-psychotic drugs had Cotler and his international legal team not intervened.

That tactic used by the Soviets, the misuse of psychiatrists to discredit, control, disempower and destroy intellectual ideas that challenge government corruption was also used by the Nazis and has never stopped being used in the west to suppress dissent.

Times have changed. Cotler is moving on. Good for him. His bill won’t pass.
commented 2015-05-01 07:22:29 -0400
Wasn’t Cotler on the committee that drafted Section 13 in the first place?
commented 2015-05-01 02:20:51 -0400
Colter has left me speechless.
commented 2015-05-01 00:49:34 -0400
It is scary that a person who puts 2 and 2 together the way he does, can rise to influence.
commented 2015-04-30 20:51:24 -0400
Freedom of speech but? This is not surprising. Liberals = Tyrants. Pierrre Trudeau was actively planning “polictical prisons” in Northern Ontario until it was discovered. Liberals only play to their elitetist base and will deceive everyone else to give them the power to rule.
commented 2015-04-30 20:46:10 -0400
Never thought I would agree with Anjem Choudary.
commented 2015-04-30 20:05:04 -0400
It’s interesting how liberals started out as champions of free speech. And now, to elect a liberal is to elect a censor of unknown powers and tendencies. It all depends. Whatever is bayed and brayed in the legacy media becomes the standard to which all must conform – whether it is based on evidence or makes any sense or not. But will the crushing defeat that these people need, for all of our sakes, arrive in time?
commented 2015-04-30 19:30:41 -0400
‘scuse me, Irwin. Laws similar to this HAVE been enacted in the recent past.
Adolf Hitler, whom you cited, and Josef Stalin both brought in the muzzling of free speech and thought and relied heavily on secret testimonies to convict their actual and perceived enemies of state.
I’m already doomed if a law like this ever sees the light of day since I don’t recognize and routinely mock the Kangaroo Court of Human Rights.
commented 2015-04-30 19:23:36 -0400
This bill won’t pass. Cotler has served Canada well. But times have changed.
commented 2015-04-30 19:14:34 -0400
This is Section 13…which has already been struck down…..how is this different from section 13? Cotler…do I dare mention his name least I hurt his feelings…just wants one more reprise of the arguments that have already been made and heard in Parliament to see if anyone other than him actually misses Section 13.
commented 2015-04-30 18:48:02 -0400
Liberals don’t control the media anymore. Irwin Cotler is just another communist/socialist pig. See you never Cotler.
commented 2015-04-30 18:10:36 -0400
This bill is a dangerous nose of wax that can be turned any which way depending on the subjective whims of the illiberal powers that exercise the power of the gavel. It is the severest form of censorship, defining its terms in vague and ambiguous language that can be manipulated by any privileged class or group.
commented 2015-04-30 17:41:21 -0400
cotler is regarded as a great supporter of human rights….when he was liberal minister of justice he wasnt interested in hearing about a canadian whose rights were being violated right here in toronto….it didnt suit the narrative
commented 2015-04-30 17:35:39 -0400
Outrageous!
If this was law I would have to pursue Irwin Cotler’s prosecution, because his thoughts, words and writings are stirring up emotions of rage, anger and hatred within me. Rage at his audacity, anger at his intention and hatred of people, like him, that would inflict this nonesense on others.
Of course, then I would have to turn myself in for being guilty of having feelings of rage, anger and hatred towards him.
Reductio ad absurdum.
Putting this one out to pasture can’t come soon enough.
commented 2015-04-30 17:07:20 -0400
Cotler. He’d bring a rope to his own hanging. Stupid little twerp.
commented 2015-04-30 17:01:07 -0400
There has never been real free speech in this country during my lifetime. This character would make sure that this trend continues.
commented 2015-04-30 16:40:29 -0400
The bill will go nowhere but in the trash where it belongs , enjoy your retirement you senile old fart
commented 2015-04-30 16:30:34 -0400
Cromwell said it second best when it comes to Cotlerism.
commented 2015-04-30 16:00:40 -0400
Cotler has always had a dyslexic view of civil rights and justice – to him it translates to civil wrongs and Just us.