June 12, 2008

Canadian Justice

I've written a bit about the Canadian Human Rights Commission putting Mark Steyn and Macleans magazine on trial for writing things critical of Islam/Muslims.  I've written, too, about the French convicting Brigitte Bardot on a similar offense.  There has also been another recent trial in Canada involving the Human Rights Commission, only this time a Christian paster in Alberta, Stephen Boissoin, was convicted of a hate crime against gays for commenting on what his faith says about homosexuality.  The Commission found him guilty (the Canadian Human Rights Commission has a 100% success rate of convicting everyone they bring in front of them) and ordered him to pay $7,000 in court costs and to apologize publically for his beliefs... for his faith.  As you can read for yourself at the link above, the Canadian Attorney General took part in the case against the reverend and said this:

If people were allowed to simply hide behind the rubric of political and religious opinion, they would defeat the entire purpose of the human rights legislation.  It is the Attorney General's position that there is no such thing as "disciminatory political and religious expression," speech is either legitimate or it is disciminatory.

So if you take a political or religious stand against the behavior of anyone, you are violating their Human Rights.  But if the Human Rights Commision takes a stand against your behavior -- well, that's OK... it's a one way street, paved with the best of intentions.

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