Eddie Greenspan rakes in the big bucks as a criminal defense lawyer in Toronto. Recently he gave a speech at the Hebrew University’s Halpert Center for Canadian Studies (what the hell is there to study?), where he spoke out against hate speech laws in democracies. He believes they have the opposite effect, giving unnecessary attention and publicity to hatemongers such as antisemites Ernst Zundel and Jim Keegstra who would otherwise have remained unknown.
In Canada, [Greenspan] said, “the distinction between talk and action has almost disappeared…They wanted to try to make Canada a nicer place in which to live…Somehow, they suggested the idea that liberal means nice, that the liberal, intellectual system fosters sensitivity, toleration, self-esteem, rejection of prejudice and bias.”
He believes this approach is misguided because it suggests that people with opinions that hurt others are criminals.
“This most dangerous principle has now been established as a social right,” he said. “Thou shalt not hurt others with words.” Greenspan said this attitude has been a menace in Canada for the past 10 years, not only to civil liberties but also to everyone’s right to liberal inquiry.
There is a great deal of truth to what he says.