Friday, July 11, 2014

Hate-speech laws a 'tool of totalitarianism,' lawyer warns

Free speech, constructive dialogue, stifled
A protest in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2007 against President Hugo Chavez's decision to not renew the licence of Radio Caracas Television. Protesters said the decision was an effort by the government to stifle free speech. CNS photo / Francesco Spotorno, Reuters.
During a recent event discussing the origin and implementation of European hate-speech laws, lawyers argued that the "ill-conceived" laws pose a danger to free speech and often stifle constructive dialogue. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Also newly posted:

Pope responds to invitation from local school
Archbishop Richard Smith, seen here with student Josephine Larocque, tells St. Francis School students Pope Francis is pleased with them. Ramon Gonzalez / Western Catholic Reporter / CCN.
Pope Francis likely won't be visiting Edmonton's St. Francis School, but he is pleased the students invited him. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Numerous players from many teams try it on

It's the 90th minute in a World Cup match. The fans nervously look at the scoreboard: a 1-1 tie. Tension rises as a striker dekes and goes for goal! For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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