July 14, 2017

Yes, even neo-Nazis have free speech rights (Guest host: Jerry Agar)

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

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.

THEN: Julie Kwiecinski, Director of Provincial Affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, says the group has been shut out of the Ontario government’s committee on raising the minimum wage.

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commented 2017-07-16 23:08:54 -0400
All speech is free speech, and I agree should be not be shut down. We already have laws, as Jerry pointed out, which address the issue of advocating violence or death against anyone, but these laws are not implemented evenly across the board. If they were, Imams would not be preaching death to Jews in Mosques every Friday across our country and getting away with it. They would be shut down deported or in jail.
commented 2017-07-15 11:25:51 -0400
Drew Wakariuk, Yes! It was a big surprise to find private health care in Quebec, and at a reasonable cost.
commented 2017-07-15 02:39:31 -0400
If you hate free speech or want to control it then you should have no right to speak freely.
commented 2017-07-15 02:38:43 -0400
Janice Kay that was one of the things Ralph Klein used to silence Chretin when Chretin said he could not have private companies deliver diagnostic services in Alberta, Chretin said no private providers allowed , then Ralph reminded him of private providers in Quebec.
commented 2017-07-15 02:16:17 -0400
That min wage is going to screw Ontario over so badly.
commented 2017-07-14 23:25:43 -0400
I must say that I am sad to hear of the passing of Barbara Kulaska. She did a lot to defend the freedom of speach of ALL of us. Wether or not you despise her clients notwithstanding. She was the last stand against the section of the Human Rights Act that Ezra fought so hard to get struck down. Even after it was struck down the last client with an outstanding case was tormented up to the very last day that the wind down was in force.
commented 2017-07-14 22:01:54 -0400
My son has had a private doctor, plus a private medical plan for his family in Quebec for several years.
commented 2017-07-14 21:53:31 -0400
@Edward Jobin…you have it in a nutshell.

I must say that theREBEL is indeed lucky to have Jerry Agar as a backup when Ezra is off doing other things.
commented 2017-07-14 21:51:45 -0400
I’ll be looking for indications that show Toronto’s fascist mayor and councillors will hold Khadr’s lawyer Dennis Edney in the same contempt as they hold for lawyers such as Barbara Kulaszka who were champions of free speech.
commented 2017-07-14 21:50:38 -0400
Great report Jerry!
Good posts Rebels!
commented 2017-07-14 21:33:04 -0400
- Free speech covers all speech. Otherwise it’s not free speech. People that can’t debate are the ones that call for censorship. For example, I want to see the end of all government funding to the CBC but if they can get crowd sourcing or get their act together & turn an actual profit, so be it. There’s a saying – Liberals want Conservatives to shut up, Conservatives want Liberals to keep talking.

- I understand Sue Levy’s point but it’s the price we pay for free speech. As long as it’s not a call to action (the old yelling fire in a crowded building when there is no fire) they’re free to spout off any crap they want. Possible solution – schedule the neo-Nazis & BLM to speak at the same venue at the same time & have the police there in force to arrest any troublemakers. Just a thought.

- The Ontario government wants input from some of the people until the election next year. That’s just pathetic. The Liberal party doesn’t just need to be defeated in the next election, they need to be eliminated as a party.
commented 2017-07-14 20:57:46 -0400
Sue-Ann. What constitutes hate?
Right, so you disagreed with blm, but were bullied into silence?
And politicians are spineless disgusting creatures that will favour some over others.

See any flaws in your position? See how Jerry’s position works, but yours wreaks havoc?
commented 2017-07-14 20:57:31 -0400
Right on, Mr. Netterville!
commented 2017-07-14 20:51:36 -0400
If Muslims can have free speech then surely Nazis can….islam and Muslims are even more anti-Semitic than Nazis…….throughout the entire Middle East and in many Western mosques there are the most vile caricatures and cartoons coming out ( Every Day ) that depict Jews in the most vile and subhuman way……and “surprise surprise” it’s never picked up by the CBC or the Lame Stream News Media….go figure ? But if a white guy accidentally buys a king sized “white” bed sheet at Sears for his wife he is vilified by every “victim” group and the university professor on the planet. It’s ridiculous
commented 2017-07-14 20:44:46 -0400
I believe the holocaust happened and I don’t believe in Nazism or race superiority but what these people fail to understand is that the Nazis relied on such free speech restricting laws to hide their transgressions against Jews and other minorities. There is no reason to think that can’t happen again.
commented 2017-07-14 20:43:27 -0400
Free speech can tolerate no exception. If the speech is wrong, it will be exposed through…you guessed it…free speech. Currently, it is the regressive left that is hateful in its speech, but they pretty much shut down free speech so their hate cannot be challenged and exposed. They are coming for Rebel, Sun and right wing writers of the National/Financial Post for so challenging and exposing.
commented 2017-07-14 20:31:40 -0400
Stop playing these cultural Marxist negative dialectis. Hate speech is virtually everything that comes out of these seditious Alinskyite’s mouths – muticulturalism is racist in intent, all identity politics are bigoted and unjust in intent and practice and this mis named social justice is a neo Maxist way of redistributing injustice not eliminating it.

Every time you deem some social group to be disadvantaged just by their natural attributes you are engaged in bigotry, when you act to elevate one race/group over another you are a racist – and this is what social justice/diversity does – seeking radical egalitarianism with discrimination and racism.

The cultural Marxist real of inverted logic and duality is the embodiment of social malevolence.
commented 2017-07-14 20:13:39 -0400
Jerry, all you needed to ask Sue-Ann Levy is this:

“Who defines what is hate speech?”