Canadian Holocaust denier Keegstra dead

Do the proponents of these ridiculous ideas have to all die out to be forgotten? Maybe, at least I hope this diminishes Holocaust denial.

Jim Keegstra, notorious Canadian Holocaust denier, dead at 80 – Yahoo News Canada.

James ‘Jim’ Keegstra, a prominent Canadian holocaust denier and former high school teacher in Eckville, Alta., is dead at the age of 80, CBC News learned late Thursday night.

Keegstra made international headlines in 1983 when he was accused of teaching students that the history of the Holocaust was fraudulent, and that a Jewish conspiracy was responsible for many of the world’s problems.

It was alleged that Keegstra had been teaching his anti-Semitic views to his social studies class for 14 years before a parent complained to the local school board about his lessons.

Keegstra was convicted at his original trial and fined $5,000. His lawyers appealed the decision, arguing that the law was unconstitutional and that it violated provisions on freedom of expression in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

After multiple trials and appeals the case eventually reached the Supreme Court of Canada, who in 1990 and again in 1996 upheld Keegstra’s conviction in a landmark ruling that found that the Criminal Code section on public incitement of hatred did infringe on Charter rights, but that infringement was justified.

He lost his teaching certificate in 1984 and after his 1996 conviction he got a one-year suspended sentence, one year of probation, and community service.

He died June 2 this year.

The Nizkor project: Jim Keegstra

Some people get bent out of shape because they think we “speak ill” of the dead. No. Ideas can be poisonous, just like those of Sylvia Brown or faith healers or any other purveyors of nonsense. I do not revel in the death of a person but I am relieved that their ideas lose some of their power.

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  8 comments for “Canadian Holocaust denier Keegstra dead

  1. Bob Blaskiewicz (@rjblaskiewicz)
    June 13, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    He’s faking it.

  2. Bob M
    June 14, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    “They say you should always speak good of the dead. Keegstra is dead – good.” Not original but apt. This man hasn’t had the publicity say, of David Irving but was just as dangerous, as he was dealing with young impressionable schoolchildren.

  3. kompani101
    June 14, 2014 at 4:46 AM

    I deny the fact that he is dead.

  4. Kevin
    June 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    The man never truly existed.

  5. busterggi
    June 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Not dead, just denying life – and I’ll bet he can do so forever.

  6. James G
    June 15, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    I was always bothered that it took 14 years to expose him. 14 years of spreading deceit to kids who trusted him as a teacher. It would be interesting to track down those kids and find out if his views had managed to persist among them.

    The silver lining is that the case upheld that hate propaganda was not protected speech. Thank goodness we don’t have to put up with the likes of Fred Phelps.

  7. Ward McCreery
    June 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    I don’t know about Canada but in America freedom of speech only protects people from the government and not other people, there are still repercussions!!

  8. ZombyWoof
    June 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    He’s no loss. Good riddance. Perhaps we should deny that he ever lived.

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