Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott

The implications for the bounds of free speech have not gone unnoticed by opponents of the historic and highly controversial case recently decided by the Canadian Supreme Court, Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott. Here are some snippets:

Courts have recognized a strong connection between sexual orientation and sexual conduct and where the conduct targeted by speech is a crucial aspect of the identity of a vulnerable group, attacks on this conduct stand as proxy for attacks on the group itself.

Truthful statements can be presented in a manner that would meet the definition of hate speech, and not all truthful statements must be free from restriction.