David Warren . The bullying continues
The Ottawa Citizen
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
See also: Freedom Watch from David Warren Online
Perhaps I wrote too soon, last Wednesday, in listing the "human rights" prosecutions against various "politically incorrect" journalists that had been dismissed recently by
Fresh from having one set of charges, filed against him by Islamists, dismissed by an
That the CHRC does not wish, currently, to touch such cases, is clear enough. They are getting tarnished by very bad publicity, very well deserved. An investigator's recommendation that they not proceed appears on the covering page of the latest chargesheet. But a Kafkaesque bureaucracy is a Kafkaesque bureaucracy, and
"Human rights commissions" are, alas, not unique, and the septic idea of policing public opinion has spread rapidly through many Canadian institutions, under tireless pressure from activists of various kinds -- feminist, homosexual, Islamist, and miscellaneous leftist -- who hold the notion of free speech in contempt. Their success depends on the obsequious response of our political class -- Conservatives and Liberals alike -- who tend to wet themselves at the first shrieking note from a radical lunatic.
I've received a personal taste. An
Dean Steacy, a leading apparatchik of the CHRC, was directly asked in an on-record exchange during one kangaroo court hearing, "What value do you give freedom of speech when you investigate one of these complaints?"
He replied: "Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don't give it any value."
Quote this, as it has been frequently quoted, to members of
By chance, the American Political Science Association has an annual convention scheduled for
By rumour, I'm aware that a similar anxiety has been expressed within the American Bar Association, which also sometimes holds conventions up here.
The APSA petition seeks Canadian national and local government assurances that those attending the convention will be secured against "human rights" prosecutions, even when they are discussing controversial topics, for the duration of their time in
So far as I can see, from my reading of the legislation that created our kangaroo court systems, no Canadian government can now answer such a query unambiguously. In theory, we could give assurances against prosecution for "thought crimes" by any foreign national in attendance, but not for the Canadians.
In other words, an American has rights guaranteed to him under the U.S. Constitution, even while abroad, but a Canadian is (to paraphrase
This is an appalling state of affairs.
It’s time to end the censorship of the extremist Canadian Human Rights Commission!
Stop Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act
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