The Uniqueness of American Freedom

Don’t take for granted our freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. Some other countries don’t have them–some other “democracies” don’t have them. Even Canada doesn’t have them.

4 thoughts on “The Uniqueness of American Freedom

  1. From the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/1.html#anchorbo-ga:l_I-gb:s_1:

    [quote]

    Fundamental freedoms

    2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

    (a) freedom of conscience and religion;

    (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;

    (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and

    (d) freedom of association.

    [endquote]

    Two points:

    (1) The group that pulled McVety off the air was an industry group, not a Human Rights Commission or other such government organization. Industries have the right to set their own standards. McVety is still free to promote his view through whatever other media are available to him.

    (2) One of the reasons McVety was pulled was that he asserted, contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, that it is a crime in Canada to speak against homosexuality.

    Politics in Canada are such that extremism on the left is tolerated more than extremism on the right. Nonetheless, McVety clearly played fast and loose with the facts, and exposed himself to the valid criticism that he is an alarmist. The television industry is within its rights to remove programs that violate their standards. I just wish they would hold the left to the same standard.

    • If what he said is contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, what about the other Christians who have come under fire from certain Human Rights Commissions for what they say about homosexuality?

      If there is freedom of speech and freedom of press, how can someone be pulled off the air for presenting unpopular–even erroneous ideas? The reality negates the theory.

  2. In the case of Stephen Boisson, the Alberta pastor who was fined for writing a letter to the editor against gay marriage, a proper court later ruled that the Human Rights Commission infringed on his freedom of speech and reversed the previous ruling. He’s the only pastor I know of who was persecuted by a Human Rights Commission, and conservative activists usually fail to point out how his story ended. The real problem with these commissions, is that the liberal activists on them can force a person to spend tens of thousands of dollars fighting a $5,000 fine.

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