Buster Wilson of the American Family Association delivered one of his classic spook stories to convince his ignorant and credulous readers that we evil liberals want to lock up all the Christians. In the process, he lied about a case in Canada that I’ve written about before:
As we think about the basics of Biblical morality, today we will discuss the issue of hate speech and the first amendment’s guarantee of freedom of Speech.
While most Americans refuse to believe anyone could ever be imprisoned simply for something they said, the examples of it actually happening are abundant.
In our neighbor to the north, Canada, a local pastor spent 18 months in jail for a sermon he preached about homosexuality. A member complained to the hate speech council and he was found guilty and jailed.
Now for certain, that’s in Canada. But the hate speecher’s in this country are modeling their efforts on those successful hate speech laws in Canada.
The left wants to control the speech of the right, and if left to themselves, they will find a way to elevate hate speech above the freedoms of our precious first amendment!
Yes, the examples of this happening are so “abundant” that he has to find a single case and wildly exaggerate what happened. There is no such case. The closest thing to it is the Stephen Boissoin case, a Canadian pastor who was fined for writing a letter to a newspaper that was anti-gay. Now that’s a ridiculous case and I’ve written about it many times, and Canada’s hate speech laws should be done away with entirely. But no one ever went to jail and even in the case of this fine, it was overturned on appeal.
And even if that story was true, it has nothing to do with the United States, where we have the First Amendment and decades of court precedent that would clearly rule out any such punishment.