Quote of the week

Kathy Shaidle, on Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act:

Right now, it is illegal for any Canadian to “communicate … any matter” “likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt.”

In other words, a Canadian can not only be punished for expressing their views (thought crime), they can be charged with possibly harming someone in the near or distant future, merely by uttering or writing forbidden combinations of words (pre-crime).

Now, if I’m gonna have to live in a science fiction novel, I at least want my flying car and robot maid!

And yes, she used “they” and “their” as singular pronouns in the second paragraph quoted. Better to face the mockery of the Grammar Police, which is generally at least somewhat good-natured, than the wrath of the perpetually-aggrieved souls who spend their days whinging to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    1 February 2008 · 3:38 pm

    “Canada: What America would be if the French hadn’t come through for us at Yorktown.”

    Talk about a depressing thought…

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