Here are some worthwhile if rambly reflections on the implications of the recent passage of Bill C-250 in Canada, which would add sexual orientation to the list of things with respect to which you’re not allowed to stir up “hatred.” In principle, the legislation makes any general expression of traditional sexual morality a crime in Canada: if you say there’s something seriously wrong with some kinds of sexual activity, then you’re stirring up hatred against those who define themselves by reference to that activity.
I was wondering with some friends a week or so ago whether American exceptionalism would continue forever, or whether we would go the way of Canada and the rest of the Western world. Our official instructors, authorities and theoreticians—experts, educators, academics, top media people, leaders of mainstream religion—all want us to go the way of managerial PC, no doubt partly because that would mean that official instructors, authorities and theoreticians control everything. On the other hand, there’s still a lot of kowtowing to the idea of free speech, and various innovations of the past 20 years or so (right-wing hate radio, the internet, homeschooling) have made it possible for more and more people with no official status to make use of the idea.
We shall see.