Purewal, who ran and lost in the last federal election, uses the handle @shinderpurewal. The full tweet said: “Vancouver’s so-called ‘Pride Parade’ should be banned. It is vulgar…to say the least! #cdnpoli.”So, disagreeing with vulgar display of one's sexual preferences is "hate speech"? Not really, since the law has specific exemptions for the cases when the controversial speech actually states the truth. So hate speech laws won't apply here. Even if they file a "human rights" complaint against the professor to one of those freedom-snatching commissions (where it's not the truth that matters, but one's hurt feelings) and get the him convicted - that conviction will be overturned by the court.
He later tried to clarify online with another tweet: “My concern is obscene sexuality at display in the parade.”
Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, who has fought against homophobia in schools, called the comments “upsetting.”
“Why does he think it’s vulgar to celebrate human rights? Is that what he teaches in his political science classes? What if someone in his class was coming out,” said Herbert.
“It’s a free country. People can say what they think but I don’t think he has freedom to promote hatred.”
Meanwhile, it turns out that some of those staunch opponents of "hate speech" (by which they mean any criticism of their lifestyle choice, including reiterating known facts,) don't mind resorting to real hate speech themselves:
(Newsbusters.org) – Dan Savage hates bullying. Make that some bullying. Admirably, Savage hates it when gay teens get bullied. Less admirably, Savage doesn’t hesitate to bully, smear and malign those who disagree with him.But apparently, it's only "hate speech" when it's used to criticize them. When they wish their opponents were dead - it's merely a backlash for the years of implied "discrimination". And then, we all know, whose "rights" should prevail, don't we?
Savage, a gay sex columnist, has never been shy about expressing his hatred for social conservatives. In his latest attack, appearing on HBO’s “Real Time” with Bill Maher July 15, Savage wished Republicans were “all f**king dead” and admitted that he has contemplated how he’d like to “f**k the s**t out of [conservative presidential candidate] Rick Santorum.”