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March 16, 2005

Maybe it's the water

In Canada, reading the Bible out loud is a hate crime, since the Bible, in no uncertain terms says homosexuality is sin. Now, in Canada, calling for the deaths of innocent Israeli citizens is not a hate crime.

Police have decided not to charge a controversial Muslim leader under Canada's hate-crime laws for suggesting on a television talk show last fall that all adult Israelis are "legitimate targets" for Palestinian terrorists.

Investigators with Halton Region police said that while the comments by Dr. Mohamed Elmasry "were described by many as [a] hate crime," they did not meet the legal definition.

"Although the comments would be considered distasteful to many, in this context they do not constitute a criminal offence," police said in a news release. "The comments were made during a free-flowing discussion between subject-matter experts who were encouraged to express their opinions openly on a topic of significant public interest."

Is it the cold weather? I hear that people go a little crazy when they're cooped up for long periods of time. Could that be it? Because whatever's going on up there, those Canadians are getting loonier and loonier every day.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 16, 2005 10:36 AM

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