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You would surely be happier if you stay in China.
I'm a Canadian.
Gee, and I've always tended to think of Canadians as intelligent people.
Another sweet dream shattered.
Most of them are, but there always has to be a few at the extreme bottom
of the bell curve. This one appears to be to the far left of zero.
Canada is a wonderful country, but they've gone even further down
the road of criminalizing free speech than the US has.
The attitude to free speech does depend on a country's history and
culture. For instance, I find it entirely understandable and logical
that in Germany, denial of the holocaust should be a criminal offence
and not covered by freedom of speech.
It also depends on whether you are at the receiving end. Think of all
the words and expressions used against homosexuals or black people ...
and then imagine what that would do to you if you were referred to like
that every day.
And at the end of the day, it is, I suspect, an issue that simply cannot
be resolved by legislation. There is over-sensitivity by one side,
underappreciation of the impact by the other side. There are so many
ways in which anyone can identify themselves as part of a "victim"
group. Terms and usage change too rapidly for the law to keep up with:
think of the way in which "nigger" has changed, or "gay".
Most importantly, perhaps, this is an issue where the offence is not an
objective one and thus cannot ever be properly legislated. It is
determined in the victim's mind. Whether an offence is given and "hate"
is detected depends utterly on the context: who said it, who heard it,
what the relationship is between the two, what the given situation is.