Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist activist and Western separatist wannabe politician from British Columbia – died on March 11, 2013 at the age of 66 from liver disease.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Historical revisionists – and others who may be well-intended but misguided — are (sieg) heiling the Nazi sympathizer as a underdog champion of free speech in Canada, but that empathy is misplaced.
Regardless of one’s stance on hate speech laws and censorship, one should never forget that Christie’s defence of free speech was extremely selective. He defended white supremacists, homophobes and Jew-haters not out of some noble devotion to freedom for all; he defended his racist clients because he shared their worldview. Not all of his cases in defence of far-right bigots were about speech issues anyway; he defended them against all kinds of charges because he was their go-to guy.
Self-important, self-proclaimed free speech activists such as Christie, Tom Flanagan, Ernst Zundel, Ezra Levant and Mark Lemire are no heroes for the cause of civil liberty. They couldn’t give a flying fuck about the free expression rights of anti-fascists, anti-capitalists, gays, union members, First Nations activists and the like. Whenever the authorities stomp on the constitutionally protected rights of leftists, the phony free speech mouthpieces go silent. If a bona fide fascist government comes to power in Canada or elsewhere, volks like them will be cheering on as the new brownshirts grind their boot-heels into the necks of those who are branded “undesirable” by the freshly installed fuehrer.
Anti-fascists and anti-racists don’t need to support hate speech laws (and many don’t), but they also shouldn`t shed any tears for neo-Nazis and their fellow travellers when they get in trouble. The brutal right-wing extremists never show mercy when the shoe is on the other foot.