Canada is a land that values tolerance so highly that it prosecutes
those it deems intolerant. The historian David Irving was banned from
the country for his views on World War II. A few years ago, the Canadian
Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) set its sights on Dr. Laura Schlessinger,
the conservative radio moralist.
In 2000, the CBSC released a report charging that Dr. Laura’s
views on homosexuality “may well fertilize the ground” for
violence against homosexuals, though it concedes that she disapproves
of murder even more strongly than she disapproves of sodomy.
Nevertheless, her disapproval of sodomy as “abnormal and deviant” is
bad enough: why, it’s “a quarter of century out of date
in the opinion of professional psychiatric [associations].” Not
wrong, mind you: just, in some people’s “opinion,” “out
All Canadians, or visitors to Canada, or broadcasters who beam their
programs to Canada, have a moral obligation to promulgate opinions
that are up to date, according to the current opinions of the psychiatric
Psychiatry isn’t much of a science; it ranks with phrenology
in its analytical cogency and predictive power. But nobody can deny
that it’s trendy. And that’s what counts for the CBSC.
Morality is dictated by the iron law of fashion, and pretty ill-defined
fashion at that.
Dr. Laura takes a different view. She is an Orthodox Jew, and she
upholds a moral code that has existed for thousands of years. That
code has worked very well, sustaining Jewish and Christian communities
through thick and thin.
The same can’t be said for the New Morality, also known as the
Sexual Revolution, which in three decades has amassed an incredibly
destructive record of divorce, illegitimacy, disease, abortion, and
crime. Homosexuality, especially the male kind, has proved an epidemic
health and sanitation problem, just as one might expect from an abuse
of sexual and excretory organs.
How brainy do you have to be to foresee what’s likely to happen
when a life-giving organ is inserted into the poop chute? Whose idea
of love is that? Normal intercourse produces human life (also under
attack); homosexual intercourse spawns only bacterial life.
But I’d better be careful. I don’t want to wind up in
a Canadian prison. As the CBSC report says ominously: “In Canada,
we respect freedom of speech but do not worship it. Whether or not
Americans are so protected in their country is a non-issue for the
Right. Canada has to protect itself against such pernicious, hate-filled
American notions as the Law of Moses. If Dr. Laura wants to spew the
Ten Commandments, let her do it in her own country.
It isn’t just Canada, of course. Organized Sodom in these United
States blocked Dr. Laura from getting a TV show, on grounds that she
stands for “hate” — though for sheer rancid hate,
the “gay” groups themselves are hard to beat. Colleges
and universities across the country are adopting “hate speech” codes
that punish the mildest criticism of homosexuals and other “minorities.” The
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination cracks down on private
businesses that, in its opinion, “ridicule or create a racial
stereotype and make certain people feel unwelcome.” Even Major
League Baseball now condemns errant speakers to “sensitivity
Liberals used to love free speech, waving the First Amendment as their
banner. That was when they felt weak. Now that they hold positions
of power, especially in academia, they’ve decided that some kinds
of speech mustn’t be tolerated. Homosexuals may defile churches
and insult a cardinal with obscenities, but the mildest disapproval
of sodomy itself must be crushed.
Hypocrisy? Yes. Double standards? Only superficially. At bottom, there
is a real single standard at work here: “Absolute free speech
for our side; no freedom at all for the enemy.” What rights you
have, or whether you have any rights at all, depends entirely on whether
you are deemed “progressive” (up to date) or “reactionary” (attached
The “progressive” forces want to destroy freedom, yes,
but their real goal is the destruction of normal life itself. That’s
why they attach a sacramental importance to abortion as well as to
the filthiest couplings imaginable.
This column was originally published by Griffin Internet Syndicate
on May 11, 2000.
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