I’m a big free speech advocate. So I’m very happy an Alberta judge has ruled that Canadian pastor Stephen Boissoin’s anti-gay letter is not a hate crime. The judge overruled a 2008 decision by the Alberta Human Rights Commission that the letter (published in the Red Deer Advocate) broke the law.
I’m fine with old-fashioned laws against the direct incitement of violence. But I hate the idea that the best way to deal with loathsome thinking is to silence it with the law. Hell, a good bit of what I write on this blog is loathsome to a significant chunk of America. But screw it, I’ll say what I want.
Cases like this make me proud to live in America with its First Amendment protection, where I can mock and refute the Christian right, where pastors can say that gays are hell-bound sinners, and where we’re free to respond like this: