I guess it’s not just the Islamic terrorists who hate free speech. Apparently, it’s also the governments of free Western nations.
Eric Brazau has long been an opponent of Islam – but he has never committed any physical act of violence against anyone. In fact, he hasn’t ever even suggested that violence be done to anyone else… ever. But the Canadian government recently arrested Brazau for a “hate crime.”
What crime did he commit?
He was arrested and then denied bail for saying that he hated Islam.
Things got even worse when Brazau went before a judge…
The judge told him, “You had a ticket to ride, not a pass to harass.”
Judge Lapkin sentenced Brazau to 18 months in prison, and an additional 2 years probation when he’s released. He even added a weapons ban to these 2 years probation, because in Lapkin’s point of view “…words are weapons too.”
This is actually Brazau’s second arrest for this “crime”… (honestly, it pains me to even pretend that it’s reasonable to call this kind of speech a “crime”.) Mr. Brazau was arrested earlier in 2014 for handing out flyers that denounced Islam.
I just don’t understand how Western nations like Canada, France and Britain could pretend to rally around Charlie Hebdo… and in the same breath prosecute their own citizens for saying things that may offend other people. It’s completely absurd.
The right to free speech and free expression is inalienable… not just in American culture, but in Western culture in general.
If the government will not allow us to express the things we believe because other people may be offended, then we are not truly free. It is not the government’s job to protect our feelings and it is not the government’s job to dictate our beliefs. Folks, if we wish to be free and we wish to be able to speak freely, it means that we must protect all speech. Even speech we don’t like, maybe especially speech we don’t like.