In Toronto, a controversy arose when a memorial for Barbara Kulaszka, a lawyer who made a career defending Holocaust deniers, took place at a public library.
Some Holocaust survivors and Jewish activists wanted the event banned, but so did some Toronto city councillors, and that’s troubling — that powerful people in government don't understand the concept of free speech.
None of us respect neo-Nazis, but Toronto City Council gives respect to the racists at Black Lives Matter. Why the double standard?
And for those who hate the thought of a memorial for Kulaszka, keep in mind how necessary her work, and that of those like her, actually is:
When a person is the beneficiary of competent and aggressive legal defence, there is little to no chance a successful claim can be made against the conviction. Her job is vital to our system.
If Neo Nazis are at the library advocating violence against Jews and black people, then arrest them.
If they say or write something slanderous or libellous, sue them.
But if they are just standing around saying stupid stuff to one another, we have to let it go.
NEXT: Toronto Sun Columnist Sue-Ann Levy to talk about this particular controversy, and the broader principles of free speech. She disagrees with me and explains why.
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