Politicians, not courts, at fault for assault on free speech
John Carpay, Calgary Herald – September 27, 2008
Should Bill Whatcott be required to pay $17,500 to four individuals who were offended by the flyers he distributed? In 2001 and 2002, Whatcott distributed flyers articulating his opposition to teaching homosexuality in Saskatoon’s public schools. In making his case that this would harm children, he said “Sodomites” were trying to spread their “filth” and “perversion.” The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal must rule on whether the contents of Whatcott’s flyers are “extreme” enough to justify this $17,500 human rights tribunal ruling. The court’s job is not easy because extremism, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder and the meaning of “extremism” changes with time. Keep reading this article here.