May 15, 2015

Question of the Day: Was it wrong to fine Khalif Mitchell for Holocaust-denial tweet?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

The CFL and Montreal Alouettes have fined defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell for inappropriate tweets on his personal account.

So we hit the streets to see if you think Mitchell should be able to tweet freely without penalty.

Tell us what you think in the comments!


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commented 2015-05-18 13:08:33 -0400
Holocaust deniers are, by and large, ignorant and foolish. That, in itself, is punishment.
I wonder how many folks in this thread who support disciplinary action on the basis that Mitchell violated his company’s Code of Conduct protested the dismissal of the FHRITP idiot, who also violated his company’s Code of Conduct?
commented 2015-05-17 12:59:20 -0400
I’ll go along with what DENNIS KRUPSKI said. IF this is a clear violation of a code of conduct that dickhead agreed to (and I suspect that is the case or the process would not have been undertaken), then I’m fine with the fine.
commented 2015-05-17 09:33:43 -0400
If fines are going to be levied against this clot for speaking inanities and stupidities, then Le Bebe, who believes that rights and responsibilities should be applied to all Canadians, should fined as well.
commented 2015-05-16 00:01:37 -0400
Everyone has a right to their opinion, including the owners of the Montreal Alouettes . Maybe they don’t want too be linked to Khalif Mitchell’s views, and who could blame them.
commented 2015-05-15 21:57:10 -0400
I do not have a FACEBOOK account. I am not on TWITTER. Some time back …about ten or so years ago Bill Gates promised INTERPOL that he would provide them with software that would make it easy to root out the social networks of pedophiles on the INTERNET. I thought to myself…that’s an interesting concept… is he going to harvest the data to support that functionality…

Then the “social media” appeared.

What you are doing when you participate is you are giving social engineers the tools to study and control you. You are playing into the force of conformity….you are setting yourself up for an peer pressured obligation….to be obtuse and stupid.

Read the fine print in the terms of use.
commented 2015-05-15 21:46:57 -0400
He’s an idiot, but, that’s his right to be one! I though we didn’t live in a country where anyone who doesn’t conform, or agree, or is even completely wrong, is fined and punished? Regardless of how ignorant Khalif is, leveling a fine because he dared to say something that is ignorant, is a place this country should never be allowed to go. What happened to freedom of thought, expression, and speech? Or are those freedoms only afforded to those who do, say, and act, in a conformist manner?
commented 2015-05-15 21:42:38 -0400
Jaroslav…all said and done….I don’t think ANY athlete is obliged to be the poster child of political correctness. We watch them for their prowess in their sport. This notion that they are the representatives of any sort of political agenda is an external imposition and an unreasonable demand for sponsorship. Nobody should be obliged to present a false front in order to participate in sport.

I was once a karate coach…I quit when government sporting bodies imposed on me the obligation that I must never date or court a student…..who I fuck is none of their fucking business.

I was once a trainee to be a Buddhist teacher….I quit when a lesbian feminist lawyer who the province foolishly appointed to the “human rights commission” appointed herself to be my Gauleiter and my chaperone .

What is the point of even having “social media” on the internet if you can only conform to what is “politically correct”? Everybody already knows what is politically correct…what is the point of further discussion?
commented 2015-05-15 19:14:14 -0400
As long as he doesn’t say “let’s kill some Jews” (which could make somebody go and, indeed, kill some Jews) he should be free to say what he wants and not to be charged with a criminal offence. But if CFL considers this kind of behaviour to be bad for business, then they have the right to fine the guy.
commented 2015-05-15 18:01:31 -0400
Historical revisionism is rampant. I have no doubt whatsoever in the account of the Holocaust. I have talked to and read the accounts of enough survivors who bear the same tale. There was lots of physical and document evidence that the Nazis failed to destroy. But there are people who believe all manner of non-sense and punishing them for saying what they believe or disbelieve is not a remedy.

I am astounded how many people believe that 9/11 was a false flag conspiracy…yet no ISLAMIC militant site complains that they were framed…they all brag that they did it.

One of the rocks that Ernst Zundel turned over was that it was more likely Rudolf Hess was assassinated then that he committed suicide….he was weeks away from being released and writing a tell all…I have no doubt there were people who would have rather he didn’t. Other than that I don’t believe Zundel …but I read what he had to say….so why was it so important to silence him? Do we fear the gullibility of the masses that much?
commented 2015-05-15 17:57:03 -0400
The comment about “Role Model” is bang on. There are those that idiolize and emulate sports figures. As this idiot player has a right to express himself, so does the CFL to protect their reputation from bozo eruptions.
commented 2015-05-15 17:46:37 -0400
The CFL and individual teams have a code of conduct, breaking that code will result in some disciplinary action being taken. This is not a free speech issue, it is a code of conduct violation which the players agreed to when they signed their contract. If the players believe that something impares their right of free speech it is up to them to negotiate changes to the code of conduct, otherwise the have to follow the current code.