Jul 17 2015

Canadian faces 6 months in prison for [gasp] disagreeing with a feminist online

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After hearing closing submissions Tuesday from Chris Murphy, who represents 54-year-old Gregory Alan Elliott, Ontario Court Judge Brent Knazan is expected to rule on Oct. 6. Elliott is charged with criminally harassing two Toronto female political activists, Steph Guthrie and Heather Reilly, in 2012.

The graphic artist and father of four lost his job shortly after his arrest, which was well-publicized online, and if convicted, could go to jail for six months. These are astonishing repercussions given that it’s not alleged he ever threatened either woman (or any other, according to the testimony of the Toronto Police officer, Detective Jeff Bangild, who was in charge) or that he ever sexually harassed them.

Elliot and Guthrie initially fell out over his refusal to endorse her plan to “sic the Internet” upon a young man in Northern Ontario who had invented a violent video game, where users could punch an image of a feminist video blogger named Anita Sarkeesian until the screen turned red. Guthrie Tweeted at the time that she wanted the inventor’s “hatred on the Internet to impact his real-life experience” and Tweeted to prospective employers to warn them off the young man and even sent the local newspaper in his town a link to the story about the game. Elliott disagreed with the tactic and Tweeted he thought the shaming “was every bit as vicious as the face-punch game”.

The criminal harassment charge is rooted in the alleged victim’s perception of the offending conduct. The statute says if that conduct caused the alleged victims “reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety”, that’s good enough.

Read more at the Canadian National Post


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Jul 10 2015

Way Back Archives: Why Democrats aren’t Socialists…

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Jul 9 2015

Way Back Archives: More double-standards…

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Jul 9 2015

New Zealand makes internet ‘trolling’ illegal

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Under New Zealand’s Harmful Digital Communications Act in effect from this week, anyone convicted of “causing harm by posting digital communication” faces two years in prison and a $50,000 (NZ) (£6,500) fine, while businesses face fines of up to $200,000 (NZ).

Harmful communications can include truthful as well as false information, and “intimate visual recordings” such as nude or seminude pictures or video shared without permission.

The bill was introduced after a public outcry over the horrific “Roast Busters” scandal, in which a group of teenage boys from Auckland was accused of sexually assaulting drunk, under age girls and boasting about the acts on social media.

But in an editorial, New Zealand’s Dominion Post said while the law’s intentions were good, it went too far and could “pick up in its drift-net the sorts of noise and criticism that make for the talk of a free society”.

Read more at the London Telegraph

Expect US Liberals to jump at this, since they will immediately classify anything they disagree with as “trolling” and therefore illegal.


Jul 8 2015

Way Back Archives: So what belongs in a closet?

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Jul 2 2015

A New Symbol is Born…

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Jun 20 2015

Political Correctness…

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Jun 18 2015

An Apt Metaphor…

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Jun 9 2015

Way Back Archives: At least we saved the hay…

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Jun 8 2015

Way Back Archives: Freedom of Expression…

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Jun 3 2015

Way Back Archives: Forcing Morality…

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Jun 2 2015

The First Amendment…

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May 20 2015

Way Back Archives: Acceptable in public…

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May 15 2015

Way Back Archives: Religious tolerance…

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(When we posted this the first time, we were banned from Facebook for 3 days for violating their “Community Standards”. Which is why we don’t post images to Facebook any more.)


May 14 2015

Way Back Archives: The real v. imaginary US Constitutions…

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May 9 2015

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes…

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May 7 2015

Seriously, they could make a sailor blush…

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Apr 22 2015

Trigger Warning! Trigger Warning!

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Apr 6 2015

Political Correctness…

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Mar 30 2015

Is the First Amendment, “Pro Hate Speech”?

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Mar 18 2015

Way Back Archives: Hate Speech v Free Speech…

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Mar 9 2015

Way Back Archives: Freedom of Expression…

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Feb 19 2015

Way Back Archives: Acceptable in public…

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