The Tyranny of Nice
Posted by rantingkraut on November 20, 2008
For those who haven’t followed the Ezra Levant / Mark Steyn saga, this short book may be a revelation, to others a useful reference. Pete Vere and Kathy Shaidle have detailed the role of Canada’s Human Rights Commissions in suppressing free speech, covering the case against Ezra Levant, for daring to re-print the Muhammad cartoons in the Western Standard and against MacLeans for printing excerpts of Mark Steyn’s “America Alone”. They also mention the prosecutions (successful in one case) against Christian anti-gay activists for publicly voicing their dislike of homosexuality and a number of less well known cases, such as the one in which a Barkeeper was required to allow patrons to smoke Marijuana on the premises on human rights grounds while simultaneously being barred from doing so under licensing regulations.
The Tyranny of Nice is an interesting read and a useful, concise reference to the negative example of Canada’s Human Rights commissions. That said, it is not perfect and could have benefited substantially from further copy-editing.
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