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Freedom to Read Week Feb 23-Mar 1

Tue, February 25, 2014   |   Author: Elaine Taylor   |   Volume 21    Issue 9   

For the 30th year, the primarily tax-funded Canada Council for the Arts’ Freedom of Expression Committee has declared “Freedom to Read Week/Semaine de la Liberté d’expression.”

They remind us that censorship is not dead and unlike those nasty “repressive” regimes, we Canadians will not tolerate it! Pravda (aka CBC) declares itself the Voice of Truth; David Suzuki declares himself the Voice of Science, and vox populi, vox dei declares, “might makes right.” And so, the Freedom of Expression Committee declares that we have rights! No public institution had better be caught depriving us of any instruction in or expression of depravity. They will even protect us from anyone who tries to tell us some rights are not right, or from anyone who claims the right to not have some rights foisted upon them.

“Narrow-minded Religious Bigots” are usually blamed for any attempted censorship. In fact, it is Narrow-minded Secularist Bigots—misguided educators, reviewers, and librarians—who, under the guise of intellectual freedom, censor by evading, omitting, discarding or vilifying significant literature that hints at an intelligently-designed world or its obvious implications. They censor because that world view is incompatible with their intolerant, socialist agenda. Meanwhile, they allow almost unhindered access to material which many sensible folks deem harmful or inappropriate. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness into light and light into darkness, who turn bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” Isaiah 5:1-2.

Freedom to Read Week is just 1 of 52 that should give you pause to wonder why political correctness should be allowed to silence not only unpopular opinions, but also hard facts and experiences. Listen to the silent scream of 3.3 million Canadians victimized by the desperate choices of women from whom the truth was hidden by censorship.

This relentless censorship means a generation of youth has been lied to and misinformed about so much. I expect once they see it they will be angry: at parents who didn't protect them; at the system and unions that used and bullied well-meaning teachers; at those teachers who capitulated to the bullies.

True intellectual freedom is an inherent right. It is disingenuous, even Orwellian, to use censorship to promote any lie. Let’s not pretend that there is only one side to the story. Freedom must always be tempered with self-restraint (for, as it has been said, not all things that could be done, should be done). As long as civil disagreement with prevailing political correctness, in print or in person, can be considered hate, Canadians' freedom to read and express ourselves is a myth. The monologue flatters a naked emperor.

OK. You have one week. So read to your bunny! Read to your honey! But most of all, read between the lines!

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