Solid Majority of Canadians Back Free Speech Even If It Offends Minorities
For years, Canadians have been regaled by minority apologists and lobbyists insisting that we must curtail or restrict our comments if they offend privileged minorities. In the Whatcott case, the cultural Marxists on our Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Saskatchewan Human Rights Act which forbad speech that might expose “vulnerable minorities” to hatred or contempt.
The not-for-profit institute polled 1,525 people in February, just after al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists killed 11 people inside the newspaper’s Paris offices in January. A police officer was killed just outside.
The satirical magazine is known for its provocative and juvenile humour, often poking the religious and political sensibilities of its audience. Notably, it was known for publishing cartoons that depicted the Muslim prophet, an act that is considered highly offensive to many Muslims.“We may be united by the decision a magazine has take
Although the paper was notoriously controversial, fully 70% of Canadian respondents said that Charlie Hebdo was right to publish the cartoons that eventually led to the massacre. Further, Canadians overwhelmingly believe that freedom of speech is more important than kowtowing to religious sensibilities. By a ratio of five-to-one, respondents said they prioritized freedom of speech — at least to some degree — over respecting religious feeling.
However, respondents diverged markedly when asked whether they would have advised Canadian media outlets to republish the images. Only 56% said they would advise major local news outlets to publish the cartoons; the vast majority of media chose not to do so, with the exception of the Post and several French-Canadian news outlets.” (National Post, February 23, 2015)
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