Another story about the Orwellian “human rights commissions” in Canada.
A monthly Canadian Catholic magazine of news, analysis and opinion has been burdened by $20,000 in legal costs in the process of defending itself against a campaign of harassment – including a human rights complaint – launched by homosexualist activists.
The magazine is Catholic Insight. The magazine printed articles dealing with the ongoing push within the public sphere to normalize homosexuality and, in particular, to legalize homosexual “marriage.” In what has become typical of Canadian “justice,” the magazine has racked up $20,000 in legal fees, but the man who filed the complaint has had all his legal fees covered by the state. Nice.
In related matter, the IHT website has an article that is something of an overview on the abusive practices going on now in Canada (and elsewhere) over free speech, notable the Mark Steyn case in BC.
The article reminds us that “Canada, Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and India all have laws or have signed international conventions banning hate speech. Israel and France forbid the sale of Nazi items like swastikas and flags. It is a crime to deny the Holocaust in Canada, Germany and France.” In the USA, however, “newspapers and magazines can say what they like about minority groups and religions – even false, provocative or hateful things – without legal consequence.”
However, fear not! The leftists of this country, who brought us campus speech codes and the whole bullshit of PC, are trying to chip away at the constitutional freedoms we enjoy here. “It is not clear to me that the Europeans are mistaken,” Jeremy Waldron, a legal philosopher, wrote in The New York Review of Books last month, “when they say that a liberal democracy must take affirmative responsibility for protecting the atmosphere of mutual respect against certain forms of vicious attack.” One man’s “atmosphere of mutual respect” is another’s trial. Just ask Mark Steyn…