Thursday, June 19, 2008

HRCs and the new canadian fascism

The following is fallout over a letter a Rev. Boissoin wrote to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate in 2002, in which he denounced homosexuality. A local teacher, Darren Lund, not a gay man btw, complained to the Albert Human Rights Commission. Several weeks ago the Alberta HRC ruled on the case.

Lori Andreachuk, the human rights commissioner who issued the order, started off by acknowledging that “there is no specific individual who can be compensated as there is no direct victim who has come forward.”

But since the complainant "did expend considerable time and energy and suffered ridicule and harassment as a result of his complaint" she ordered Boisson to pay him $5000.

[...]Her order continued: “Mr. Boissoin … shall cease publishing in newspapers, by email, on the radio, in public speeches, or on the Internet, in future, disparaging remarks about gays and homosexuals.”

Boissoin can never communicate anything “disparaging” about gays again. It’s a lifetime ban — and it applies to every conceivable medium, including his private e-mails and public sermons.

Nothing “disparaging” means nothing critical. She didn’t order him not to communicate anything “illegal” or even anything “hateful.” She ordered him to say nothing disparaging. For the rest of his life.

Read the whole article: Ezra Levant on the human-rights show trial of Christian pastor Stephen Boissoin.

Complainant Darren Lund's take on the hrc's ruling:
"The spirit of [the remedy] seems to me completely in line with what I was requesting,"

Lund's past muddled thinking on respecting religious views.


From a June 2/08 editorial in the Catholic Insight:

Fascism has come to Canada

The January 2008 article, “Civil rights war in Canada” (pp. 11-16), quoted from REAL Women’s magazine Reality (Mar/April 2007) in saying that “adoptions, social services such as nursing homes, religious-based schools, marriages, employment conduct, etc., carried out by religious organizations will be held to secular standards, not religious ones.” One reason for this development, it was pointed out, is the demand of homosexual activists that everyone conform to their vision of equality rights. So much for the argument that legalizing same-sex “marriage” (SSM) would be of no concern except to homosexual activists.

In September 2008, the Department of Education in British Columbia intends to introduce the mandatory teaching of SSM from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in provincial schools. It is a first for a province in Canada to claim the right to determine moral teaching in schools when the vast majority of its citizens reject it as unscientific and contrary to the common good. So we move from Trudeau’s 1967 slogan “there is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation” – falsely used to destroy traditional morality – to the new slogan that the state will determine people’s moral thinking.

Read entire.


and the plot thickens:

"Human Rights Commissions to review how to best police 'hate' on the internet..."

I don't recognize this Canada. And yet I do. Given the Canadian social climate, the left-wing media and the timidity, apathy, lack of leadership and general limp-wristedness of Christians, these developments are entirely predictable -- and were predicted. We should not be surprised.


Anonymous said...

So I wonder will this serve to galvanize and unify Christians in Canada - in our local churches; in our district groups of churches; in our provincial groups of churches; in our national groups of churches; in our Christian media...I wonder, what will we do? What will we say? What will we teach? How will we lead? How will Christians steward their democratic privileges? Will we continue to remain virtually silent? Afraid?


Blazing Cat Fur said...

Catholic Insight faces attack on yet another front. You will also be interested to know Catholic Insight has been put on a Heritage Canada watch list for communicating Church doctrine it deems denigrating to homosexuals, Catholic Insight may lose it's postal subsidy as a result. Heritage Canada has no difficulty funding a Gay Pornography magazine receiving the same subsidy however.

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