Return of the Censors

Freedom of the press is

on trial in Canada.

The trial is

before a court
with the Orwellian title of the

British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal.
The accused
are Maclean`s magazine and author

Mark Steyn.
The crime: In mocking and biting tones,
they wrote that Islam threatens Western values.

Had Steyn written that, given the

Crusades
, colonial atrocities in

Africa
and the

slave trade
, Christianity had

been on balance a curse
, he would not be in the
dock. In the United States, these charges would have
been tossed out by any federal judge, who would have
admonished the plaintiffs that, here in America,

we have a First Amendment.

The United States, however, is an isolated exception,
as

Western nations
seek to impose wider restrictions on
what has come to be called "hate speech."

Questioning the Holocaust is a crime in

Canada and Europe
, as British historian

David Irving
discovered when he was sentenced to
prison in Austria. To say the

Armenian massacres
of 1915-1924 were an attempt at
genocide is a crime in Turkey.

In France, animal rights champion

Brigitte Bardot has been fined $23,000
for provoking
discrimination and racial hatred by denouncing Muslims
who slaughtered a sheep in a religious ceremony. Bardot
had been punished

five previous times
for her statements.

Censorship is making a comeback.
Outside the United States
, it is considered an
acceptable price to pay for the

new diversity
Western Man seems now to value more
than the

old liberty
.

In 1990, writes Adam Liptak of The New York Times,
[Unlike
Others, U.S. Defends Freedom to Offend in Speech
,
June 12, 2008] Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme
Court Brian Dickson wrote, in upholding the conviction
of one James Keegstra for anti-Semitic slurs:

"(T)he international
commitment to eradicate hate propaganda and, most
importantly, the special role given equality and
multiculturalism in the Canadian Constitution
necessitate a departure from the view … that the
suppression of hate propaganda is incompatible with the
guarantee of free expression."
[R.
v Keegstra
]

There you have it. Canada`s commitment to
multiculturalism and the equality of all religions,
races and cultures requires the

silencing
of those who do

not believe
all races, creeds and cultures are

equal.

The dogmas of the Diverse Society dictate that the
cherished rights of the Free Society be sacrificed on
the

altar of social tranquility.

What has caused this reversal of the advance of
freedom?

Western Man has come to believe there

are more important values than freedom
, if men use
their freedom in ways our new Lords Temporal find
unacceptable.

Nor is this anything new. Censorship has always had
powerful patrons and not always benighted backers.

In the Middle Ages, pious men

sought to silence heretics
because they believed the
Faith led to Paradise, while its loss led to Hell for
all eternity. The Christian censorship we mock today was
born of men`s deepest convictions about the most
important thing in life: salvation.

Devout Muslims believe heretics and apostates

should be put to death
. Islam is the most important
thing in their lives, and its truths are valued more

than any freedom to mock them
.

And, indeed, most men accept some form of censorship.

Most of us believe that published or spoken lies that
ruin good names should be punished by

libel and slander laws.
Most of us believe there are

military secrets
that must be protected. Not a few
Americans believe that the moral codes imposed on
Hollywood by the

Legion of Decency
helped protect society from the

toxic pollution
that poisons our children. Most of
us support

FCC sanctions
against filthy language or racist
slurs on the airwaves.

Nor is government censorship unknown to America.

President John Adams signed the

Sedition Acts,
which called for the incarceration of
journalists who wrote insultingly of him. Abraham
Lincoln

suppressed newspapers
that denounced his war.

Woodrow Wilson imprisoned the Socialist Eugene Debs

for denouncing

his war.

A new censorship is now arising. We read of speech
codes on campuses,

sensitivity training
for freshman, and tribunals
before which students are made to

grovel and recant
for joking references that
offended some minority or other.

"The best test of truth," said

Justice Holmes,
"is the power of thought to get
itself accepted in the marketplace."

Nonsense. Editor
Elijah Lovejoy
was lynched in Alton, Ill., in 1837
for advocating abolition—against the view of the
marketplace. Truth is truth, whether the majority agrees
or not.

Yet, one`s money ought to be on the new censors, for
men who believe deeply in something, even when wrong,
usually triumph over men who believe in nothing.

Today, the true believers in Islam and the true
believers in diversity über alles are making
common cause against those who believe in freedom of
speech and the press. As the former have the convictions
and increasingly the power, they may prevail, and not
only in Canada and Europe.

A new orthodoxy is arising. Freedom`s finest hour may
be behind us.

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CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC
.



Patrick J. Buchanan

needs

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to VDARE.COM readers;
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State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, can be ordered from Amazon.com. His latest book
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Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How Britain Lost Its
Empire and the West Lost the World,

reviewed

here
by

Paul Craig Roberts.