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Facts Are the New Hate

Posted on | February 7, 2015 | 65 Comments

In Canada, a group called “Emerging Leaders” proclaims its mission to create “a more vibrant, inclusive, and dynamic . . . community for the future” in London, Ontario. If you suspect “vibrant, inclusive, and dynamic” are just a roundabout way of saying flamboyantly gay, you’ve probably heard about the survey these Emerging Leaders conducted “to examine attitudes in London’s queer community and understand its demographics.” Their theory is that “a key to shifting from London’s declining manufacturing economy into a diverse, innovative, knowledge sector economy” is to make their town as queer-friendly as the Castro district of San Francisco during the annual Gay Pride Parade.

Alas, the Emerging Leaders survey of the local “LGBTQ community” found that “only 16.1% of respondents fully agree that they feel safe and able to express their sexuality while walking in public in London.” This allegedly hostile climate of homophobia, said the Emerging Leaders, is “troubling,” and they urged “improving tolerance of London’s queer community . . . through increasing the opportunities for LGBTQ community members to meet in public spaces.”

Whether or not turning Ontario into the Queer Capital of Canada actually would be good for the economy, you can understand why some skeptics might object to this idea, especially as it involved depicting the area’s non-queer residents as dangerously violent bigots. In response to the Emerging Leaders survey, local conservative radio talk show host Andrew Lawton posted this information to his Facebook page:

Number of sexual-orientation motivated
hate crimes in Canada per year: 185
Number of HIV/AIDS infections from
men having sex with men in Canada per year: 1450
Who is the real enemy?

Apparently, these are Facts You’re Not Allowed to Mention in Canada, and Lawton was forced to issue an online apology.

Alas, the local Diversity Fascists were not sufficiently appeased, and station manager Nathan Smith suspended Lawton’s program:

Perhaps, in the politest, most civil way possible, it would be a good idea to remind AM980’s Nathan Smith that until Andrew is reinstated, listeners will stop buying products and services advertised on the station. It might also be a good idea to remind some of the station’s advertisers of that.
You can email Nathan Smith at:

Canada: Where Queer Freedom Is the Only Freedom That Matters.



  • theoldsargesays

    It was sneaky, it was conniving, it was … BRILLIANT!

  • Hanzo

    Talk about indecipherable. What the hell do you mean, “correctivism”? Do you mean ‘collectivism’, or ‘correctness’?
    Sheesh. When trolling please keep a thesaurus nearby. Derp.

  • Hanzo

    Are you the defense or plaintiff? You never made a case either way, jackazz.

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  • Jim R

    It seems to me that tolereance has to be a two-way street. Otherwise, it’s just bullying with a pleasant face.

    It’s troubling that so many gays allegedly feel unsafe in that city. Though I suggest that “feel unsafe” probably means “people don’t trip over themselves to join in my behavior”, citizens should be able to walk the streets and engage in lawful behavior without fear.

    And they should be able to express opinions without the anti-tolerance goon squad getting them fired.

  • Jim R

    Um… did his show lose ratings? Is that why he was suspended? Did sponsors leave? No? Then it’s not the “consequences of capitalism”: it’s plain ol’ bullying and censorship.

  • CountryGeorge

    Funny how a purely Libertarian opinion on this affair has me libeled as a Liberal.

  • andycanuck

    And the great irony of all of this is that London, Ontario is home to several pro-terror, extremist mosques. Maybe they’ll be invited to join the Leaders too for multi-culti sakes?

  • Hanzo

    Just a turd. There … better?

  • theoldsargesays

    Hah! He can’t even spell in American!

  • CountryGeorge

    Your village is missing you.

  • nicholasstix

    You’re responding to the wrong person. I merely quoted the person to whom you are responding.

  • RS

    Sorry. Meant to respond to “Country George.” These long threads of replies flummox some of us old farts.

    : )

  • Hanzo

    I believe “country bumpkin” would be a more fitting moniker for yourself, perfesser.

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