The Holocaust started with the reduction of citizens’ rights, including that of Free-speech in the early 1930s. Had there been the right to freedom of speech at that time, there could have been public/open criticism of Nazi propaganda, rendering it mostly ineffective. A good example of this is that of the Westboro Baptist Church’s propaganda which, due to counter protests and criticism, has not been very effective on mass consciousness. To give others the power to censor, silence and detain is to give our power away. “Wars” on issues are not effective at solving said issues; we have seen this with the War on Drugs. The War on Terror is going the same way as the former. Doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result is a definition of insanity. I fear that we are driving ourselves mad and the proof is in the papers.
OTTAWA — Canada’s public safety minister came under fire Tuesday for invoking the Holocaust in an attempt to defend controversial new anti-terrorism measures.
Bill C-51 is needed to protect the public from extremists who hate Canadian values, Steven Blaney told MPs as they began hearing testimony on the federal legislation. The law establishes a new category of crime, making it illegal to promote terrorism, and gives authorities the power to seize “terrorist propaganda.”
The minister said the international jihadi movement has “declared war on Canada” and other countries around the world, and he compared their message to Nazi propaganda.
“The Holocaust did not begin in the gas chamber, it began with words,” he said according to media reports.
Violence starts with words, hatred starts with words
The NDP’s public safety critic said Blaney’s comment trivialized the murder of
six million Jews, according to the CBC.
“There is no equivalence in…
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