July 15, 2017

Do Holocaust deniers deserve free speech?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander Ezra Levant
 

On Friday's show, guest host Jerry Agar offered his opinion on a memorial for Barbara Kulaszka, a lawyer infamous for defending Holocaust deniers, that took place at a Toronto public library.

Even though the views of neo-Nazis are both shameful and discredited, Jerry explained that "free speech isn't free speech unless we tolerate the speech we dislike"

WATCH Jerry's video to see why tolerance doesn't equal acceptance. 

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commented 2017-07-18 19:58:49 -0400
RON JOSEPH..Be thankful we have great neighbors to the south..Real!!.. Home Town Canadian Pride will rise again…
commented 2017-07-16 20:41:58 -0400
James Richardson—I have lived under many Liberal and Conservative Governments, and this is the 2nd time that I have been ashamed to be Canadian; both have been under the Trudeaus.
Your post is a great example of common sense which the left has lost.
commented 2017-07-16 18:22:49 -0400
James Richardson, an excellent post!
commented 2017-07-16 18:18:11 -0400
Janet Sellyeh , excellent post!
commented 2017-07-16 17:08:14 -0400
Janet Sellyeh….Yup..A lot of Canadians have to snap out of the their slumber..But ..what pisses me off more is … Why should I as an average Working Man being forced to deal with what the grandiosity dementia goofball liberals are forcing down our throats! The liberals around the World are racists and bigots and have a mental illness for forcing me and my Family to believe in something I do not want any part of!
commented 2017-07-16 08:18:30 -0400
You can’t pick and choose what speech should be allow and what should not.
Free speech is just that. Free.
To suggest that holocaust deniers might not be “deserve free speech” is as ludicrous as suggesting Man Made Climate Warming deniers might not deserve free speech.
commented 2017-07-16 01:40:06 -0400
Ron Joseph the HRC is not what it claims to be. My fiance has waited 4 years for any real action in her case, if she was not a white woman it would have happened a long time ago.
commented 2017-07-15 21:28:06 -0400
Glenn Craig—- Ezra is White and male and he beat the HR Court, although I think it took him 9 years and many dollars.
commented 2017-07-15 20:51:39 -0400
@Ron Joseph…..the problem is that if you go to the HRC with a complaint and you happen to be white and male but neither gay nor disabled the best you can hope for is a promulgation letter explaining that YOU are the problem and not subject to protection of the HRC.
commented 2017-07-15 20:48:42 -0400
Excellent comments.
In summary:
1. Free speech has to be for everybody.
2. Free speech allows debate.
3. What’s forbidden just draws more attention.
4. Free speech does indeed allow false teachers to hang themselves and therefore their ideas to die.
Ron Joseph-I’ve said the same for years but the problem is that the extent of the left wing bias in our society is so ingrained that those laws and courts only work for them.
commented 2017-07-15 19:27:29 -0400
I think the best idea would be to give them enough rope so that they hang themselves. If you make them forbidden fruit, they will attract the weak minded.
commented 2017-07-15 19:14:06 -0400
Ron Joseph, I agree.
commented 2017-07-15 19:13:04 -0400
Janet Sellyeh, excellent post!
commented 2017-07-15 18:34:08 -0400
Free speech is for EVERYBODY. Now, if the speech is hate speech, or incendiary speech, there are already laws in place to take care of this.

The benefit of listening to speech that we disagree with, then we know what others are thinking, and that is tremendously important. And it gives us the opportunity to refute the ideas you disagree with.

If you shut down somebody else’s free speech (which sadly is happening a lot), then you may find yourself shut down when you have something important to say.

Let them offend me, please. I want to know who my opponent’s are, and I want to know just how dangerous they are.

Once Trudeau’s “Islamaphobia bill” comes into effect, nobody will know wth is happening. With mainstream media seemingly supporting only the left, we’ll be left ignorant of what is truly happening to our great nation until it’s too late. It may already be too late with Trudeau still having a few more years to kick our asses into submission. I fear Europe is WAY too far gone. And what scares me, a lot, is that so many people, even smart people, are not fully cognizant of what is wrong with our current path because they don’t research beyond the main stream newspapers and tv news. SO much is not available there, and that which is NOT there is the most important stuff.

God Bless Us.
commented 2017-07-15 18:30:01 -0400
Stephen E.—-You say it only takes one complaint to get a Conservative event cancelled. When the left has a controversial speaker, why not complain ? If the event is not cancelled, go to the HR Court the next time a Center-right is stopped.
I haven’t been to TO since the Invasion, so I don’t know what the verdict would be, but we on the Right should start taking advantage of these sub-courts that we pay for.
commented 2017-07-15 17:08:12 -0400
Free speech for me, and free speech for thee; though I may disagree with the speech, I can speak out and give argument against thee.
commented 2017-07-15 15:59:35 -0400
Free speech, yes. But would that library allow a meeting for Pamala Geller? Probably, as has happened over and over again in the past, the building cancels the event. The same for other conservative speakers where all it takes is one complaint to stop an event.
commented 2017-07-15 15:10:13 -0400
Heralds and scribes have never recorded history with full spectrum accuracy at any time nor on any subject. There is nothing new about"fake news" , only the technology of rapid fact checking and rebuttal.

In the realm of legality and the courts, evidence and jurisprudence is constantly being refined and what is admissable as proof or plausible reason to doubt . You cannot simply close the subject matter.

How many Jews can accurately recount the events that gave rise to the festival of Purim? Do you think that there are not historians and archeologists who simply deny that these things ever actually took place? There are historians and archeologists who deny evry account of Jewish suffering and persecution in all of their history. How come nobody is breaking their rice bowl over it?
commented 2017-07-15 14:06:35 -0400
“Do Holocaust deniers deserve free speech?”

Yes, they should have free speech. Free speech has to be for all or it is not worth spittle.
commented 2017-07-15 13:25:35 -0400
Yes, They do have that right. (or should) We can not pick and choose. It is for one and all or for none. I do not want to go down this road. I am an avid “NO Islamic Refugees in Canada” person. If we are going to take from the middle east we should be taking the people who need us the most and would fit in better. The Christians.

If we deny one persons speech then all the Libtards will be standing in line condemning me. More then they already do. This is one of those things we can not pick and choose, we are for 100% or against 100% and there can be no middle ground. Of course this is all a mute point. There is no real Free speech laws in Canada. We live in a country that pays terrorist for killing and then go out of our way to protect them. For the first time in my life I feel ashamed to be proudly Canadian.
commented 2017-07-15 12:35:48 -0400
Canadian communists and the hard left have been denying Ukrainian Holodomor (Stalin’s famine genocide) for ever with no attempt to silence them – why is Holocaust denial any different?

In the 1980s the Soviet Communist Party approached the Canadian Communist Party to engage journalist Douglas Tottle to prepare counter-propaganda materials under the title “Fraud, Famine and Ukrainian Fascism”. In 1987, Tottle published his controversial book as Fraud, Famine, and Fascism: the Ukrainian Genocide Myth from Hitler to Harvard, in which he asserts that claims the Holodomor was an intentional genocide are “fraudulent”, and “a creation of Nazi propagandists”. His book, published by Progress Publishers in Toronto, appeared around the same time Ukrainian Communist party leader Volodymyr Shcherbytsky publicly acknowledged the famine, in December 1987.

Why is questioning the claims of Holocaust subject to censorship but denying the Ukrainian genocide is not?