Just one last thing before leaving…

Alex Beam of the Boston Globe has compiled a short list of items our disaffected Liberians should consider before heading north.

Item number 4.

    How do you like your free speech -- well chilled? Canada has no First Amendment and adheres to primitive British-style libel laws.

    Here is a hilarious definition of defamation la Canadienne, from the Media Libel website: ''A defamatory statement exists if the publication tends to lower the plaintiff's reputation in the estimation of those who are commonly referred to as 'right thinking' members of society." Allow me to reiterate my widely known position: Celine Dion is the greatest singer who ever lived.

    Just this year, the Canadian Parliament passed what the religious right has branded a "Chill Bill," or "The Bible as Hate Speech Bill," effectively preventing churches from using the Bible to preach against homosexuality. "With the passage of Bill C-250, Canada has now embarked upon a course of criminalization of dissent," according to a statement released this spring by the Catholic Civil Rights League.

    Fine, you say. Enough gay-bashing by Bible-waving Christian loonies. But remember John Ashcroft's motto: Your rights are next.

No I don’t hate Canada or Canadians. Hospitable (thanks birdie)folks, wonderful scenery, terrific national anthem. (Any American hockey fan can sing this). That said, I not ashamed to say I prefer the U.S for living and Canada for visiting.

Comments

Don't you mean

hospitable?

I certainly feel privileged...

…that among all LISNewzies, birdie has graciously offered her editing services exclusively to me, tomeboy. I believe this is her second spelling correction just for me. Rest assured birdie's overture is unsolicited.

There once was an unwritten rule among bloggers, given the nature of posting, that pointing out another’s grammatical, spelling errors was considered tacky. In other words, it’s about getting the point (noun) rather than to point (verb) out typos, misspelling, et al. Sort of a poor man's, or in this case woman's, rebuttal.

So, I say thanks birdie. And may I assume your previous reference to the “Christian Coation� didn't refer to winter wear for Protestants?

Re:I certainly feel privileged...

Gee, I haven't gotten around to "reading" the unwritten rules yet. Not to worry, I shan't be correcting your mistakes henceforth.

Re:I certainly feel privileged...

Actually, that's one thing I do appreciate, if it is in my posting (which I can correct) rather than a comment (which I can't). Birdie and I know it's like going out with your slip showing or spinach on your tooth and nobody telling you. My spelling has become much weaker since I have spell check in wp.

Re:I certainly feel privileged...

...spinach on your tooth and nobody telling you

Funny you should mention this. This morning was "orthodontist day". Since last March I've been able to pull entire heads of lettuce from my mouth. The only good thing, snacking doesn't require a trip to the cupboard.

The green and red (Christmas) bands are a bit more garish than the orange (Halloween). The things we father's do for our five-year old daughter's.

Another straw man

So far as I know the only place in the world with a "First Amendment" is the U.S. In Canada, "Rights and Freedoms" (read legislated privileges), are ensconced in Section Two of the Charter. The Chill Bill is a piece of left-wing extremism, instead of right-wing extremism, unlike the current trend in the U.S. The libel laws are 500 years old or so and in desparate need of updating. We do not currently have nor have we ever had a social movement underway to enshrine free speech or anti-gay discrimination in our constitution.

We have never illegally and unilaterally invaded any defenseless countries.

Oh, and you forgot to mention our knee-jerk reactionary Custom's policies.

Re:Another straw man

enshrine free speech or anti-gay discrimination

"Free speech discrimination". We don't need to enshrine it because free speech is already circumvented by Section Two itself. But that provision applies across the board; not just to flag burning.

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