Some of the most dangerous and oppressive institutions in existence on this side of the Atlantic are the various Canadian “human rights tribunals,” which take PC so far to the left that they impose onerous restrictions on morality, speech, and individual liberties. For example:
A Saskatchewan human rights tribunal has fined Regina marriage commissioner Orville Nichols $2,500 for refusing to “marry” two homosexual men who approached him for the ceremony in 2005.
Mr. Nichols told the two men, identified only as “M.J.” and his partner as “B.R.” in the court documents, he would not marry them because it went against his religious convictions as a devout Baptist, but referred them to another commissioner, Edna McCall, because he was aware that she would perform same sex marriages.
The court documents reveal that the complainant M.J. was 51 years old at the time of the hearing last year, had been married for about seventeen years and had three children, and “did not realize that he was a homosexual until after he was divorced.”
The “marriage” was performed on May 5, 2005, on the dock on the east side of Wascana Lake, as M.J. and B.R. had originally planned.
The tribunal ruling stated that Mr. Nichols had contravened section 31.4(b) of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code and that his refusal based on religious belief conflicted with his duties as a public officer. “The Commission stands by its position that to allow public officials to insert their personal morality when determining who should and who should not receive the benefit of law undermines human rights in Saskatchewan beyond the issue of same-sex marriages.”
Are things headed the same way in the USA? I doubt it, but I will continue to chronicle the abuses of these absurd bodies, of which Canada should be ashamed. Check out some more stories here.
For a similar story about France, click here. It describes how a French actress, Brigette Bardot, was fined about $23,000 for stating an opinion.