CAN is the new Canadian Anti-Hate Network. It looks a bit like Southern Poverty Law Center and it is being attacked accordingly.
Everyday for Life Canada has a post up remarkably titled Homophobia: the etymology of justified intolerance. They explain:
There is a new group in Canada that aims tThe Canadian Anti-Hate Network’s (CAN) lurid red-and-black website launched last month vindicates conservative warnings it will march in lockstep with its American counterpart Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in what it labels as “hate.”o [six] identify [sic] “hate” speech and groups that the [sic] claim promote it. On the surface this may sound good, but it’s not. The organization is ironically called, The Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAN), an anti-hate group that permits itself to define those who “hate.” It’s Canada’s version of the American Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
CAN has already labelled Bill Whatcott a “notorious homophobe.” Whatcott is a Canadian Christian who has been charged with an indictable criminal offence for “promoting hatred” of the homosexual community. Toronto police charged Whatcott and issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest. The crime? He marched with five other people in Toronto’s 2016 Pride Parade. This would have been acceptable. However, the group disguised themselves as a “gay zombies” and handed out pamphlets warning about the dangers of homosexuality. Some like CAN want to see such activities made illegal. CAN supports the charge against him. Whatcott isn’t a “homophobe.”
“Dangers of homosexuality?” I do not agree with Canadian law restricting expression but I can say that Mr. Whatcott or Whatnot or Whatever is presumably a bigot. They go on at some length to explain that the word homophobia is designed to silence Christians. Ever the victims.
LifeSiteNews adores victimization as well. Their post by someone named Lianne Laurence is titled: New Canadian anti-hate group labels Christian activist ‘notorious homophobe’ Oh my! Laurence goes on to explain:
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network’s (CAN) lurid red-and-black website launched last month vindicates conservative warnings it will march in lockstep with its American counterpart Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in what it labels as “hate.”
Oh my! Oh shit!
It has been reported that CAN received a start-up grant from SPLC. Canada has a significant problem with white supremacists who target people of color, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people. The Canadian government is concerned with attacks from Muslim extremists. However, according to an official document from the Dept. of Public Safety: “Right-wing extremism is also a growing concern in Canada.”
In Canada, individuals who hold extreme right-wing views are predominantly active online, leveraging chat forums and online networks. Rather than openly promoting outright violence, those holding extreme right-wing views often attempt to create an online culture of fear, hatred and mistrust by exploiting real or imagined concerns when addressing an online audience. In doing so, they attempt to legitimize their beliefs and move from the fringes of society to the mainstream.
CAN has their work cut out for them.