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Laurentian University Professor: Hate Laws Have no Foundation in Fact

Posted by Anarchore on February 23, 2007

 

This is big. A respected psychology professor destroys the justification for thought crime laws. On behalf of all Canadians who value freedom, thank you Dr Persinger! Original Article here.

In turning down all compensation, Dr. Persinger said: My report is my gift of freedom for Canada.” He said that he was forever grateful to Canada for allowing him to immigrate and escape the draft in what he believes was a “genocidal” war in Vietnam. “I’m alive today because Canada took me in,” he explained.

Written by Paul Fromm.

“My Gift to Canada:” Prof. Persinger Demolishes “Hate Law” Foundation

Mississauga. February 22, 2007. Lawyers for the Canadian Government and the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith sat in ashen silence as Laurentian University Psychology professor Michael Persinger tore to shreds 40-year old studies used to justify Canada’s “anti-hate” legislation in a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal held here today.

Richard Warman victim Freedomsite webmaster Marc Lemire is fighting back against Canada’s Internet censorship law and is challenging the constitutionality of this restrictive legislation. Section 13.1 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, when it was upheld in a milder form in 1990, was deemed an acceptable limitation of free speech because of a theory of minority vulnerability to “hate speech”, going back to the Cohen Report on Hate Propaganda of 1965. This theory held that “hate propaganda” so upset minorities that they became fearful and unable to participate equally in society

“The assertion by the Cohen Committee that ‘individuals subjected to racial or religious hatred may suffer substantial psychological stress, the damaging consequences including a loss of self-esteem, feelings of anger, and outrage’ is confounded by archaic concepts of psychological processes. There is no direct experimental evidence that listening to verbal behaviour that directly or indirectly identifies the experience diminishes to any significant extent the self-esteem of a person. The effect sizes of the differences between ‘verbal settings’ are too small to be considered singularly causative. The term self-esteem is a hypothetical construct that, like phlogiston was to alchemy, has limited validity only within a specific model of human behaviour. Unfortunately the construct of “self esteem” has now been reified,” Dr. Persinger’s report noted.

Marc Lemire’s defence team was unable to offer Dr,. Persinger a hefty fee like the one former B”nai Brith operative Dr. Karen Mock collected from the taxpayer-funded Canadian Human Rights Commission for a cut-and-paste job of some old writing she did. The defence did offer travel expenses and accommodations to Dr. Persinger. In turning down all compensation, Dr. Persinger said: My report is my gift of freedom for Canada.” He said that he was forever grateful to Canada for allowing him to immigrate and escape the draft in what he believes was a “genocidal” war in Vietnam. “I’m alive today because Canada took me in,” he explained.

Doug Christie

Later Thursday night, Douglas H. Christie, general counsel for the Canadian Free Speech League, addressed a meeting of the Alternative Forum.

“Freedom is very quietly being taken away,” he told a packed audience in Toronto. “One of the things I’ve been very proud of in my life are the heroic people I’ve met — people like Marc Lemire and Paul Fromm who have the unenviable task of holding back the powers of repression,”

Referring to Sec. 13.1 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Battling Barrister said: “Freedom is being taken away by government and truth is no defence.

Mr. Christie, a veteran of more than 30 years in the Courts of this land, hailed Dr. Persinger as “a magnificent witness — clear and forthright.”

“We don’t need laws to protect us from bad speech. It’s part of the human psyche to deal with bad speech,:” he explained.

In an emotional address, prior to receiving a plaque of appreciation from Marc Lemire, Mr. Christie told how he’d been fired by the firm he was articling for just two days before completing his requirement for graduation. He’d spent six months unable to find another law firm that would accept him. Eventually,. a lawyer accepted him and gave him a chance. Years later, he visited his benefactor who was dying of cancer. “How can I ever thank you,” Mr. Christie asked the dying man.

With choking breath, the old lawyer answered: “Pass it on.”

That is our challenge Mr. Christie told his audience. “Every new generation has to fight for freedom.

Hailing, Marc Lemire’s constitutional challenge, Mr. Christie said; “This is the first time in history is bringing a full appeal with psychological evidence refuting the victimology” that the courts have used to justify Canadian hate laws. “None of this would be possible with Marc Lemire’s courage, Paul Fromm’s leadership,. Barbara Kulaszka’s careful work and the support of all of you.”

“Don’t ever underestimate the power of your presence,” he said appreciatively to the dozen or so people who have regularly attended Marc Lemire’s Internet Tribunal hearings.

Speaking of so many complacent Canadians, Mr. Christie said: “We legitimize corruption by apathy. We enter and leave the world at a time that is not of our choosing, but what we do while we are here is our choice,” he said quietly. “Make that choice freedom.”

The Tribunal hearings continue in Mississauga tomorrow and all of next week.

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