The following video shows the intervention given at OSCE Warsaw on September 25 by David Petteys, representing the Sea Jay Foundation.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
Below is the prepared text for Mr. Petteys’ intervention.
Sea Jay Foundation
Combatting Hate Crimes
Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Session 14
Warsaw, Poland, Sept 25, 2019
Thank You Mme Chairman:
I’m Dave Petteys, Sea Jay Foundation. The session is on Hate Crime, which is linked to Hate Speech. In many jurisdictions, the speech itself is the “hate crime”!
The key ingredient is the extension of rights to include the right to not be insulted and to not have one’s feelings hurt. This, supposedly, is to make society more harmonious. Proponents say “with free speech, handicapped people might be insulted!”
There may be those who plot to insult the handicapped, but a more likely scenario is the “bait and switch”. Application of the law from the handicapped to government officials will be swift. These laws will be a convenient tool to suppress opposition.
Everyone knows individuals and groups who are “injustice collectors”. They see slights and insult at every turn. To give such persons and groups the force of law is madness. Rather than making society more harmonious, it’s transforming society into a litigious nightmare!
In the name of common sense, the Sea Jay Foundation recommends that these extended rights be rolled back! They are arbitrary and unworkable! The solution for insult and hurt feelings is dialogue, apology and forgiveness, not the courts.
And this says nothing about the necessity to protect our precious tradition of free speech.
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