Ezra on Stelmach's Anti-Christian Bigotry
Reprinted from ezralevant.com: http://ezralevant.com/2008/06/albertas-antichristian-bigotry.html
Alberta's anti-Christian bigotry condemned... in the Huffington Post!
The Huffington Post is the largest, and arguably most influential, left-of-center website in the United States. Here is an Op-Ed, by constitutional scholar Eugene Volokh, that expresses appropriate revulsion at the Alberta human rights commission's anti-Christian order in the Rev. Stephen Boissoin case. Like everyone else, Volokh is disgusted. But his last points are the most important:
Recall that the Supreme Court of Canada originally upheld the Canadian "hate speech" bans precisely because
[T]he phrase 'hatred or contempt', are sufficiently precise and narrow to limit its impact to those expressive activities which are repugnant to Parliament's objective. The phrase 'hatred or contempt' in the context of s. 13(1) refers only to unusually strong and deep?felt emotions of detestation, calumny and vilification and, as long as human rights tribunals continue to be well aware of the purpose of s. 13(1) and pay heed to the ardent and extreme nature of feeling described in that phrase, there is little danger that subjective opinion as to offensiveness will supplant the proper meaning of the section.
Well, it looks like the Alberta Human Rights Commission is no longer "pay[ing] heed" to the limits imposed by the law. Unfortunate — but not surprising.
The bigots in Canada's human rights industry justify their censorship by referring to that very Supreme Court decision, claiming that it empowers them to ban websites and issue lifetime gag orders -- our 21st century version of a good old-fashioned Nazi book-burning.
As Volokh points out, they're lying -- the SCC did not give them that power. Canada's HRCs are issuing baldly unconstitutional orders. They're bullies. They're counterfeit courts. They are bringing the law into disrepute.
But that suits Alberta's premier, Ed "Ed" Stelmach, just fine. As I mentioned before, he even sent in a special lawyer from the Department of Justice to intervene against Rev. Boissoin.
Why not let the premier know what you think of his unconstitutional, anti-Christian bigotry? E-mail him here.
But be careful -- if you hurt his feelings, he might give you a lifetime gag order, too.