- It has been eight decades since the last conviction under Section 296, and thirty-five years since the last charge of blasphemous libel was laid;
- Blasphemous libel serves no purpose in Canadian law or modern-day society, and would likely be found to contravene section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects freedom of expression;
- In Canada and elsewhere, blasphemy laws have been abused to suppress minorities and stifle inconvenient speech;
- Authoritarian states point to Canada’s blasphemous libel law to defend their own laws criminalizing blasphemy;
- Repealing Canada’s blasphemy law would demonstrate, at home and abroad, Canada’s commitment to the value of free speech for all; and
- Freedom of expression is the foundational human right in our society. Many others, including freedom of assembly and freedom of conscience, are derived from freedom of expression.We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to repeal Section 296 (Blasphemous Libel) of the Canadian Criminal Code.”
This post was authored by Leslie Walker, project manager, AAA public education initiatives. A cultural anthropology course is the most important class any undergraduate student can take. This state…
Right before I entered the second semester in my freshman year at Cal, I was almost sure I would be busy as fuck and it seems I was right within less than a month; February spells out ‘torture’ for me because:
- I had studied for a quiz for a Gender and Women’s Studies for a degree requirement, and realized reading through notes and the books – thus losing sleep – was pointless;
- My housing application must be submitted by tomorrow and I believe I have a form error that needs a contact with the administration to resolve;
- I have a quiz on Wednesday for my mathematics class on topics barely reviewed;
- And midterms, essays, and much more!
That being said, I was planning to update on the small post I made about Koogi’s Killing Stalking or criticize the cancerous op-eds written by the staff of the Daily Cal on violent protest and hate speech. However, I will be occupied and will try to supply with interesting posts from people whose content I enjoy.
The video below, highlighted on Everyday Feminism, came with a few words on the website:
“Yes, trans women are women, but they’re still biologically male.”
Ever thought or said something like this? You might even have good intentions by stating what you think is a simple fact – after all, gender is a social construct, while sex is biological, right?
Actually, this “simple fact” of trans women being “biologically male” is inaccurate – and this misrepresentation of the truth is being used to justify some pretty hateful things.
So if you really want the facts, and to follow through on your good intentions by being a good ally, check out Riley J. Dennis’ explanation of why trans women are not biologically male.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
Well, I’d like to be a good ally, but not by denying the truth. And, in fact, sex is indeed biological—not a…
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Dangerous, Milo Yiannopoulos’s new book, doesn’t come out until March 14, but it’s already #34 on Amazon, and #1 in 3 categories. On Friday, based on preorders, it had risen briefly to #1. Milo was paid $250,000 as an advance by Simon and Schuster, and stands to earn much more than that given the sales.
What’s in the book? It’s hard to tell, for there’s precious little information on the Amazon site, and even USA Today‘s article “What we know (and don’t know) about Milo Yiannopoulos’s ‘Dangerous’ book” doesn’t tell us what it’s about. I suspect it’s a combination of his views and his experiences on his “Dangerous Faggot” tour.
Those many people who have protested Milo’s appearances will be angered by the Dangerous‘s sales, and Sarah Silverman and Judd Apatow even called for boycotting of the book. What was clear to some of us, however, is that these…
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We must declare Antifa as a domestic terrorist group, the same movement whose darkly clad members raided a peaceful protest in UC Berkeley.
Petitioning the President of the United States and 1 Other
Declare Antifa a Terrorist Organization
Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror or fear, in order…
According to the New York Times and SFGate, Milo Yiannopoulos’s scheduled appearance at the University of California at Berkeley last night, sponsored by the College Republicans, was canceled after initially peaceful protests turned violent. The situation isn’t completely clear, but it looks as if “outside agitators” (i.e., non-students) attacked police barricades, threw paint, and then went on […]