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Freedom of Speech

The Liberal Blind Spot

CLASSIC liberalism exalted tolerance, reflected in a line often (and probably wrongly) attributed to Voltaire: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

On university campuses, that is sometimes updated to: "I disapprove of what you say, so shut up."

In a column a few weeks ago, I offered "a confession of liberal intolerance," criticizing my fellow progressives for promoting all kinds of diversity on campuses - except ideological. I argued that universities risk becoming liberal echo chambers and hostile environments for conservatives, and especially for evangelical Christians.

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Here's the Punishment Canadians Found Guilty of Anti-Transgender Speech Could Soon Face

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a bill that would criminalize anti-transgender speech, with violators receiving up to two years in prison.

The new bill, introduced May 17 on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, aims to amend the Canadian Criminal Code to expand the country's "hate speech" prohibitions to include any public speech or communication that "promotes hatred" on the basis of "gender identity" or "gender expression." It would also change the Canadian Human Rights Act to cover transgender people.

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British Columbia's top court: University had right to ban pro-life demonstration

In a decision with potentially wide implications for freedom of speech on Canadian campuses, the British Columbia Court of Appeals has upheld the University of Victoria's decision to ban a campus pro-life demonstration.

The case goes back to 2013, when the University of Victoria's student society had denied the pro-life club, Youth Protecting Youth (YPY), club status over its pro-life messaging. As a result, the university denied YPY the use of a well-frequented public space and implicitly threatened YPY members with expulsion if they did it again.

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Pro-life students take University of Alberta to court over $17,500 fee to protect free speech

The University of Alberta's pro-life club is seeking a judicial review to overturn the university's decision earlier this year to charge the club $17,500 for security before permitting it to stage a pro-life event in the school's central quadrangle.

The club is also seeking a review of a 2015 university decision to take no action against dozens of pro-abortion counter-demonstrators who obstructed and threatened a similar pro-life event that was permitted without a security fee the year before.

"The university wants to have their cake and eat it too," the club's treasurer Cameron Wilson told LifeSiteNews. "They had plenty of security at the event in 2015 who stood around and did nothing to protect us, and then did nothing to investigate those who obstructed us. Now they want to charge us $17,500 for the same non-protection."

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Planned Parenthood Exec Slams Hillary Clinton For Calling A 'Fetus' An 'Unborn Child'

A Planned Parenthood political advocacy executive changed her identification on Twitter after she slammed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for referring to a "fetus" as an "unborn child" and saying she is open to restrictions on abortion later in pregnancy.

Diana Arellano, manager of community engagement for Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, tweeted Sunday that Clinton "calls a fetus an 'unborn child' & calls for later term restrictions," a statement Arellano says "further stigmatizes #abortion."

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