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The text following constitutes my commentary upon signing an online
petition in support of Bernard Klatt's Fairview Technologies:

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 20:01:29 -0500 (EST)

While I am loath to support a political sham created and managed by cynical
supporters of Fascism here in Canada, I cannot but add my voice to those
who do not support government attempts to stifle free expression on the
Internet. I echo Jamie MacCarthy's comments above - I, too, will have to
wash my hands thoroughly after completing this process, so noxious do I
find its authors and primary proponents, but I find the prospect of using
the Criminal Code of Canada to stifle speech even more noxious, so add my
name I must. Let there be no mistake: I do not believe for a minute that
Marc Lemire, Douglas Christie, Paul Fromm and the others using this site
care one iota for free speech or those who support it. As Victoria attorney
Gary Botting has said, Christie's organization is "merely a front for [an]
anti-semitic, pro-Nazi agenda," and the organization is "...authoritarian
and not in the least open to free speech." It is time for the Canadian 
people to realize that the Criminal Code has failed utterly to deal with
the problem of hatred in our communities - just read the antisemitic filth
included in this petition to confirm that - and it is time we dealt with
this issue through education and direct community involvement in our own
affairs and problems. Charging Klatt and Lemire (Lemire, Ernst Zundel's
paid man, has stated that he is the co-admininstrator of Klatt's system,
and thus has more than a little interest in the legal aspects of this
affair) with a violation of section 319 of our criminal code is akin to
openly admitting that we have no desire to address racism and hatred within
our communities, and would thus prefer political repression instead of
education. Weimar Germany, I am told, also had laws banning hate speech,
and, what's more, used them aggressively in an attempt to deal with hatred.
The history of Europe speaks eloquently for the failure of such laws to
deal with such serious community problems. 

Ken McVay, Director The Nizkor Project
Kenneth McVay, OBC 

Toronto, ONT Canada - Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 19:17:37 (EST)

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