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A Saskatoon judge rebutted Tom Flanagan's controversial remarks about child pornography while sentencing a man to prison
My experiences as a prisoner give me a perspective that I have not seen in the furor following Tom Flanagan's comments on the subject of pornography. In the circumstances, his apology should be accepted, and he should not have been dismissed by the CBC, the Globe and Mail or from any other affiliations. His critics have made practically no distinction between those who derive pleasure from looking at child pornography privately and passively, and those who sexually assault children. This society's concern about pedophilia should not be taken to such extent that insensitive remarks become an instant race to stone verbal offenders to death before they can utter their abject recantations.
It took only one day for Tom Flanagan's career to unravel last week, but the process began back in 2009. Flanagan's statement
It comes as no real surprise to those who have witnessed Tom Flanagan casually call for state assassinations or defend the very civilizing project that led to the abhorrent Indian Residential School system to learn that he made flippant comments regarding child pornography while giving a talk on the Indian Act. So when Flanagan, a former adviser to Stephen Harper, was summarily dropped as a commentator by the CBC and labelled a persona non grata by the Alberta Wild Rose Party and Conservative Party of Canada, the reaction among many in academia was: What took you so long?
Arguments got heated this week in the wake of a YouTube video showing academic Tom Flanagan saying that the viewing of child pornography does not "harm another person," and that he "has some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures." It's frustrating that the incident has been cast simplistically as Flanagan revealing himself to be "okay with child porn." As inelegantly as he went about it, Flanagan seemed to be trying to get at a legitimate question: Is criminalizing the act of viewing evidence, after the fact, of a disgusting crime a reasonable curtailment of freedom expression?
Tom Flanagan's comments about child porn have landed him in hot water with the university where he was a professor. The University
Tom Flanagan, a former adviser to Stephen Harper, expressed support for the freedom to watch child pornography during a talk
Tom Flanagan, former adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been disowned by the Alberta Wildrose Party after making