I accuse Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach of anti-Christian bigotry


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I think I was unfair to Lori Andreachuk, the thug on the Alberta "human rights" commission who recently ordered a pastor to publicly renounce his religious faith. Yes, Andreachuk is a bully. Yes, she is a destroyer of freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and an underminer of justice. Yes, she is positively un-Canadian in her values. Everything I said about her was true. But I think I left the implication that her fascist decision was hers alone. It wasn't.
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I think I was unfair to Lori Andreachuk, the thug on the Alberta "human rights" commission who recently ordered a pastor to publicly renounce his religious faith. Yes, Andreachuk is a bully. Yes, she is a destroyer of freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and an underminer of justice. Yes, she is positively un-Canadian in her values. Everything I said about her was true. But I think I left the implication that her fascist decision was hers alone. It wasn't.

It was a direct result of her boss and political patron, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. Let me explain.

Like other Canadian human rights commissions, the Alberta HRC usually beavers away on its own, without direct political interference. The permanent bureaucrats are a mix of lazy civil servants and radical activists. And the "judges" who sit on the kangaroo courts are political appointees, like Andreachuk. She was a small-time Progressive Conservative riding association organizer some years ago who got a political plum. She was not talented enough to become a real judge -- the spelling errors in her human rights rulings alone are a riot -- but she was just fine to be appointed to a second-rate kangaroo court.

Andreachuk usually does her own thing. But something unusual happened in the case of Darren Lund v. Stephen Boissoin, the anti-Christian activist versus the Christian pastor: the Alberta government, Ed Stelmach's government, sent a lawyer to the HRC to argue against Rev. Boissoin.

I have read pretty much every ruling issued by the Alberta HRC since the year 2000, and I can't recall seeing another case in which the Government of Alberta intervened. There have been some cases in which the government was the respondent; but never has the government deliberately chosen to join someone else's fight, to try to condemn a man. (If you can spot another such case, let me know in the comments.)

The Government of Alberta sent in their lawyer, David Kamal, to argue their point of view. Lund, the anti-Christian activist, was already in there, making his case; Kamal was sent to bring the Progressive Conservative government's views. To be clear: Kamal wasn't a lawyer at the HRC. He was sent by the Department of Justice; he was sent by the Attorney General; he was sent to express the political views of the Province of Alberta.

You can imagine how excited Andreachuk must have been. She never had such a fancy visitor in her kangaroo court before. The Progressive Conservatives had appointed her to this cushy gig; and now they cared enough about convicting Rev. Boissoin that they sent in a lawyer to gently let her know which way the government wanted this case to go.

Unlike real judges, kangaroo court judges can be re-appointed, or not. It's not a job for life. So when the Progressive Conservative government that appointed her came in and told her their view, you can be damned sure Andreachuk paid very close attention.

She did, of course. She convicted Rev. Boissoin -- and then went on to humiliate him, as I described earlier.

I blame Darren Lund, the for-profit persecutor of Christians. I blame Andreachuk, government censor. But the lion's share of the responsibility for this Christophobia must rest with Premier Ed Stelmach and his Progressive Conservatives.

Dear reader, If you doubt me, if you think that I exaggerate, if you think that I am being immoderate, if you think that I am being unfair, then simply read the following lines from Andreachuk's ruling convicting Rev. Boissoin which you can read in full here.

222. The Attorney General argues that freedom of expression is subject to a limitation. Further, that 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.

Stop for a moment to take that in. Political and religious opinion is just a cover; just a "rubric" -- and one that stands in the way of "the entire purpose" of human rights legislation. Well, we can't have that. The Progressive Conservative government of Alberta, through their lawyer David Kamal, says we have a choice: political and religious opinion or human rights legislation. Premier Ed Stelmach chooses human rights legislation.

240. It is the Attorney General’s position that there is no such thing as “discriminatory political and religious expression”, speech is either legitimate or it is discriminatory.

Did you catch that? "Speech is either legitimate or it is discriminatory". But how could religious speech be anything but discriminatory? Discriminatory means to discriminate, to choose between things. We discriminate every day; it is a compliment to be told you have discriminating taste. Discrimination is in fact the basis for religion, because religions are a code of laws that tell us what is proper and what isn't, what is permitted and what isn't, what is a sin and what isn't. There is nothing so discriminatory as the Ten Commandments. Yet the deep theological scholars at the Government of Alberta's Justice Department believe that "speech is either legitimate or it is discriminatory". To them, all discrimination is illegal -- even spiritual or theological discrimination

Such a childish, shallow logic, such an ahistorical, illiterate view, such an anti-intellectual "philosophy" is a perfect fit for Ed Stelmach's Progressive Conservative government. It suits him, and his drifting, policy-free Tammany Hall.

I only have the ruling to go by -- that's where I've found these simple-minded, anti-religious quotes. But I'm sure that Stelmach's lawyer submitted a full brief -- probably as asinine as the federal Justice Department's 50-page attack on free speech. If I get my hands on the government's full filings, I'll let you know.

Why do I mention this? Because Alberta claims to be the freest province in Canada. But it can no longer make that claim, not when Christian pastors are ordered to commit a Maoist self-renunciation. Oh -- and then there's the small matter of my own prosecution for publishing the Danish cartoons. Alberta is the only jurisdiction in the free world to prosecute someone for publishing those cartoons. How proud Imam Ed's mom would be if she could see him now, to know that her son is carrying out an Islamic fatwa.

Seventy years ago, Alberta was slapped down by the Supreme Court of Canada for censoring newspapers. That totalitarian streak, which we thought was gone, is back in spades with Ed Stelmach. Who knew that it would also come with a dollop of anti-Christian persecution?

Stelmach was asked about HRCs during the last election. Here is the audio of his utterly incoherent answer. There's almost no point in asking such a man for his views on the case of Rev. Boissoin. But he is the premier of the province, and his government did appoint Andreachuk, and they did send in Kamal to press for his conviction, and this abomination of a law was, in fact, their first piece of legislation when they took over from the Social Credit government 37 years ago.

So write Stelmach a note. Here's his e-mail address. Ask him how he feels about his new title: Ed Stelmach, anti-Christian bigot.

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Jim Blake

All glory goes to the living God, maker of the heavens and the earth, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I consider the sufferings of this age not worthy to be compared to what is to come for those who place their faith in the King of kings and persevere in faith, day by day, until the end.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:11-18


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