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A small victory in the war against violent hate or a slippery slope to censorship?

By Phil Gurski      

I do not have answers to, what is at its core, a very complicated question. I wish I did.

Anti-racism protesters, pictured Aug. 23, 2017, outside the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. Is hate in the eye/ear of the beholder? Should we just follow the U.S. lead where that nation’s first amendment protects pretty much everything? I am not so sure Canadians would be okay with that. We do not have a lot of time to ponder this challenge. We will see more acts of terrorist violence that grew out of hateful views, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

OTTAWA—We all believe that hate is on the rise. Whether it is statements made (and later denied) by presidents who shall remain nameless or an apparent increase in marches and public displays of anger by groups of (largely) white men who seem to be against just about anything (immigration, LGBTQ, Justin Trudeau) it is hard to avoid seeing and hearing intolerance everywhere. Not very Canadian, eh?

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