AHRC - Defenders of Charter Rights?
For example, Alberta's HRCs ruled that Reverend Stephen Bissoin and Concerned Christians Canada were no longer allowed to share views on homosexuality which in some way could be deemed to place individuals with same sex attraction at risk of being discriminated against. In point of fact that would be like charging someone with rape because they were close enough to another person that they could put that person of risk of being raped. They deemed that there was circumstantial evidence linking a letter that Rev Boissoin wrote and submitted to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate in which he explained his religious views on homosexuality and those who would foist their homosexual doctrines on school aged doctrines.
Whether or not you believe embrace homosexuality is not the point. Rev Boissoin is a citizen of a country where freedom of religion and expression are enshrined in our Charter. Like it or not, Rev Boissoin had the right to voice his opinion and the Red Deer Advocate had the right based again on our Charter of freedom of press and media communication to publish that opinion. There are individuals in North America and around the world that want to silence views they don't like. The truth is that if you "silence" those people, their views go underground and are like a pressure cooker. Let them air their opinions and encourage civility and compassion and you are far better off.
In fact, even EGALE - Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere supported Rev Boissoins right to write the letter and to publicly express his opinion, even if they did not agree with that opinion.
In order to initiate the process, in Canada, of bringing the full force of the government against an individual you don't like, all you have to do is pay for a postage a piece of paper and an envelope. You will incur no other costs. Also, if you file a complaint and are not found to have lodged a valid complaint there is no repercussions for frivolous charges. The person who has had a complaint filed against them must pay for lawyers appear before their tribunal hearings and if found guilty heavy fines can be levied and sensitivity training can be required of you. The complainant can even receive an award for filing the complaint even if they were not directly effected by the discrimination. As was the case with Darren Lund who was awarded $5000 for writing his letter.
Once again, the tribunal determined that there was a circumstantial connection between the letter that Boissoin wrote and the assault of a homosexual teen that occurred a couple of weeks later. Boissoin did not know the teen, and in fact has "nothing but compassion for those who are trapped in the homosexual lifestyle" (he wrote in the letter that the Advocate printed).
The thrust of Boissoins letter was to challenge people to speak out for children who he felt were being used as pawns in the next social experiment (the normalization of homosexuality through educating young school aged children that it is a healthy lifestyle choice). Boissoin considers such a prospect abuse that leads children into what he considers a dangerous lifestyle. He backed his claims up biblically and medically, but apparently it is only right to wage a cultural war if you are recognized by HRCs.
Case in point, last year a ministry in Calgary who has been serving on the street of our city for the last seven years, filed two separate human rights complaints against the city and against individuals that were persecuting them. The HRCs rejected the complaints out of hand even though the ministry has hundreds of hours of footage proving that they have been harassed by police and have had their charter rights denied them. The HRCs explanation? The ministry does not have "enough evidence" and HRCs "do not deal with charter issues".
Excuse me? What on earth are they then dealing with, if not charter issues? Nobody seems to know, but it appears that according to the tribunals, "truth is not a defense", nor does it seem to matter when it comes to determining whether or not a complaint is legitimate. HRCs are a militia for the politically correct.
They need to be disbanded, disassembled and discarded. Or completely overhauled to actually be just.