Target: Chief Justice of Canada Beverely McLachlin
Goal: Commend Canada for ruling against anti-gay hate speech
When William Whatcott, a resident of Saskatchewan, began distributing pamphlets calling for the removal of “gays and lesbians” from public schools, the Canada justice system reaffirmed prior hate speech laws it had passed nearly two decades ago. The Court ruled that hate speech is illegal, and defined hate speech as being a public statement purposely vilifying or defaming a small, vulnerable group.
William Whatcott’s pamphlets, one of which was titled “Sodomites in Our Public Schools,” were vile and extreme enough to be labelled as hate speech, sparking debates over free speech in Canada. This ruling takes a stand against a controversial issue, and makes the world a safer place for minority groups that have been terrorized by propaganda in the past.
Taking such a public and monumental stand against hate speech illustrates Canada’s dedication to equality and happiness for all groups of people, and is highly commendable. This ruling makes Canada a safer country for all groups, and will have an impact on the lives of people across the nation. Congratulate Canada for taking a stand against hateful language and speaking up for those who might not have a voice.
Dear Chief Justice McLachlin,
Canada’s recent ruling against hate speech is one to be commended. By taking a stand against hate speech, Canada has made the world a safer place for all people. This ruling provides important protection for groups and people that truly do need it, and it was imperative that the Canada’s hate speech laws were upheld.
Canada has set an example for the whole world to one day follow, and has shown itself to be an avid proponent of human rights for all people. The equality and fairness that this ruling demonstrates are remarkable and to be applauded. Thank you very much for all of your work for human rights, and may you continue to make the world a fairer place.
[Your Name Here]
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