Sticks and stones.

When I was a kid there was an old expression:

Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.

It seems as I’ve gotten older everyone seems to have become much more thin-skinnedto the point that names apparently do hurt them. So the Canadian Human Rights Commission, not content with eliminating free speech within Canada, now also wants to protect Canadians from the internet:

Speaking today to the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), CHRC Chief Commissioner Jennifer Lynch, Q.C. said, "The current debate on how to balance freedom of expression with the need to protect Canadians from hate messages in the Internet age is an important one. We are confident that this review will provide insight into the issues and move the discourse one step further."

Growing public interest and continued advances in technology all point to a need to examine issues surrounding hate on the Internet. The Commission is dedicated to ensuring that the Canadian Human Rights Act remains effective. "Legislation must evolve – when necessary – to respond and reflect changes in society," said Lynch.

Canadians once stormed the beaches on D-Day. Canadians once liberated Holland. That was a different Canada apparently. Now it isn’t guns and bombs they’re scared of.

Now they are afraid of words.

As George Carlin says, "they are just words". We are the ones who give them the power.

Tip of the hat to Kathy Shaidle.


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