Most of the world is watching the circus leading up to the US elections, whether they want to or not, because our media is inundated with it. And, while 0.01% of what they beam at us may actually be interesting, many important things which will impact our daily lives remain barely covered.
OK, OK, so this is happening in Canada….
But, to all you Americans out there, please, pay attention! Why? Because more often than not, Canada serves as USA’s political ‘canary in the mineshaft’… Yet it took months before even the Canadian media raised its sleepy head and, bleary-eyed, began to sip its ‘Timmy’s coffee’ and realize what is actually going on.
So, if you have missed this story so far, here is a quick recap:
Long time ago, when hippies just began to leave outdoor concerts and started applying their activism to setting up bureaucracies, Canada saw the establishment of these so called ‘Human Rights Commissions’: each province got one of its own, but to be sure, one overarching ‘Canadian HRC’ was set up as well. And, as many drug-inspired dreams, while the intent was good … the practice sucked.
And unquestionably, the intent was good. Really good. The HRC was to serve as a kind of a ‘small claims court’ for protecting human rights. People who were not allowed to rent an apartment because they happened to be black, or not served in a restaurant because they were ‘Oriental’ (which had actually happened to my friends in the 1990’s) could go there and get help, without the stress and strain of getting a lawyer and launching an expensive lawsuit. In other words, the HRC’s were to make sure that justice was not denied to anyone.
But, as the saying goes, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’.
These ‘Human Rights Commissions’, however well intentioned, were drafted up in a bit of ‘purple haze’, with predictable results. And while it may or may not have been so intentioned, their constitutions’ ‘Section 13’ actually prohibits communication (even private) or anything else “that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt”. Translation: Section 13 bans ‘thought crime’!!!
These HRC’s are not proper courts: once they receive a complaint, their officers investigate, draft a report with recommendations, and then the HRC announces their ruling. To show how effective this ‘investigator-prosecutor-judge’ system is, to date, the federal Human Rights Commission enjoys 100% conviction rate… Hey, what are all these kangaroos doing in Canada?
Currently, there are two very high profile cases under investigation by the various HRC’s.
The newsmagazine Macleans published an excerpt from Mark Steyn’s book. This included a quote from an Imam in Norway, where the Imam boasted that the birth rate among European Muslims was very high: the IMAM used the phrase that the Muslims were ‘multiplying like mosquitoes’…. Decidedly, this is disrespectful: which is why it is important that we all realize that an Imam would actually say that! I read that article when it first came out, and the quote was duly attributed. Yet, a complaint was laid at the HRC against both Macleans and Mr. Steyn for spreading hate against Muslims for printing that quote.
Two years ago, worldwide violence broke out because a Danish paper published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad AND because some Danish mullahs manufactured some even more offensive cartoons and distributed them in the Middle East, claiming them to be part of the ‘Danish cartoons’. The reactions were vitriolic and violent, people were murdered, churches set on fire, yet very few ‘Western media’ saw it fit to let us know what the subject of this violence was actually about. In Canada, The Western Standard was one newsmagazine that dared to publish them. In no time at all, the magazine and its editor, Ezra Levant, were being dragged in front of one of the HRC’s…..and a $100,000 in legal fees later, the Western Standard is only online and Mr. Levant is still trying to defend himself.
Mr. Levant did a very clever thing: he actually taped his interrogation in the HRC’s modern-day dungeon. Parts of it are now on YouTube…my favourite ones are ‘Attributes of Free Speech’ and ‘I don’t answer to the state’. And, I read his blog, where there are many updates on this, as well as other ‘stuff’ about the HRC’s and the state of freedoms in our Western society.
Which is where I came across a letter, written to Mr. Evant, from a Canadian soldier on the front-line in Afghanistan….a true hero. I must admit, it left me speechless…and touched me in places I thought I had long ago walled off with cynicism. The soldier has some very deep insights, and though he is not rich, he donated $1,000 of his danger pay to help Mr. Levant’s defence fund! Please, take a few moments and read that letter….it puts so much into perspective…