Friday, December 10, 2010

Bigot McVety's big mouth gets his show pulled from CTS...

Ah, the sweet taste of justice! As most readers will already understand, Charles McVety is an outspoken bigot. His words, broadcasted last year on his CTS show, Word TV, have finally gotten him into trouble with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council who have found him in violation of broadcasting codes for statements that implied there was a "malevolent, insidious and conspiratorial purpose" to the activities of homosexuals.

The report said McVety violated sections of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters code of ethics, particularly the clause that calls for "full, fair and proper representation." You can read full details on the report here.

Infamous for his constant, unrelenting, and bigoted attacks on the LGBT community, and his disgusting and frequent access to our Prime Minister's ear and office (not to mention his great power to influence federal Conservative government policy), I'm sure McVety will rail against this decision as unfair and a violation of his freedom of speech. Of course, our free speech laws don't give anyone the right to peddle hatred and lies over the air waves so I'm quite pleased with this decision to shut the bigot McVety down.

I hope Dalton McGuinty grows a spine and stops listening to this bigot when it comes to setting our school curriculum (although sadly I won't be holding my breath). Homosexuality is a natural part of the human condition and our high schools are, undoubtedly, still hotbeds of homophobic bullying today. That we leave our young queer students alone to suffer in these violent conditions is evil, and surely something that brings a smile to McVety's face. Expanding knowledge of the reality of this world (not McVety's hocus pocus version of it) including the existence of gay and lesbian people is long overdue in our school curriculum in Ontario, Mr. McGuinty.

I hope the mainstream Canadian media (including the National Post) thinks twice before quoting McVety ad nauseum again on some social issue in future.

And I truly hope his hate-peddling T.V. show never sees the light of day in this country again.

8 comments:

A Strange Boy said...

Of course McVety and his followers will use this as an example on how they're "persecuted", but I don't see them killing themselves over it like when they persecute us.

ToeJamm said...

You Canadians (gay or not) actually support this decision to silence someone? What ever happened to freedom of speech? It is the most vital liberty a human can have. There can be no boundaries to what a human says. If you make an exception to this right, then you will fall down a slippery slope. Homosexuals especially should be in favor of holding up this right...evidently not though.

Matt Guerin said...

Free speech is one issue. Hate speech is another. Broadcasting standards is yet another. To use the power of broadcasting to promote a hateful agenda like McVety does, without giving those he's attacking any chance to defend themselves, violates the ethics of fair broadcasting.

Free speech is fine. Hate speech or the promotion of violence against a group cannot be allowed anywhere. And broadcasters need to be held to a higher standard over and above what would be allowed in everyday conversation. There is no slippery slope. Free speech is not absolute and never has been. Ever hear of slander? Ever hear of hate speech regulations?

Evidently, you're not worried about increased violence against homosexuals inspired by the hate-filled comments by McVety.

ToeJamm said...

"broadcasters need to be held to a higher standard over and above what would be allowed in everyday conversation"

Who should decide these standards? Who should tell who what not to say? I don't want any human being able to have this type of control over me. Then again, I'm an American.

I read McVety's quotes. I don't see any hate.

Matt Guerin said...

I didn't realize 'balance' and giving the other side a fair chance was so foreign to Americans...then again, now that I think of it...hmmm...

So you don't have slander laws in the U.S.? Anyone can say anything about anyone and there's no one and nothing to stop them. So if I called you a pedophile murderer, that would be okay, TomJamm?

Matt Guerin said...

p.s. you seem willfully blind to the hatred in his comments, or ideologically pre-disposed not to see it.

Were he to take 'homosexuals' out of his words and replace them with 'Americans' or 'Republicans' then I'm sure you'd have no trouble seeing it. I know your type.

ToeJamm said...

"Defamation of character imoposes duty on all persons to refrain from making false staetements of fact about others."(Business Law MHCC) The STATEMENTS OF FACT is a key issue here. Please show me something that McVety has said that isn't, or can't be seen as, fact. Anything a religious person says could be construde as true or false. Its in the nature. He shouldnt be silenced for voicing his opinion to his audience.

I will concede that he should use a better choice of words at times since he does hold a large public audience. But I believe his principles are solid.

Sometimes the truth hurts. I understand. Just because someone says something that is truthfull but hurts, doesnt make it right to silence that person.

Matt Guerin said...

The truth sometimes hurts, but McVety wasn't speaking any truths. Religious opinions are not truths.