25 February 2006

Muzzling bizarre viewpoints

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, of Toward Tradition, would not approve of section 181 of Canada's Criminal Code, which somewhat vaguely prohibits spreading false news: What's Next — Jailing Flat Earth Fans? Much of his argument draws on John Stuart Mill's reasoning in his classic On Liberty. Indeed, it is unlikely that the Crown would ever lay charges against someone denying God's existence, even if large numbers of Canadians believe such a denial to be false.

Incidentally, whatever the virtues of Lapin's Thou Shall Prosper, the book is evidently not a guide to proper Elizabethan English verb conjugation.

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