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Canada: Not a Free Country
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, June 08, 2008

In the province of Alberta, Rev. Stephen Boission, a local pastor, wrote a letter to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate. In this letter, which the paper published, he made a number of statements about homosexuality, which included the following statements:
My banner has now been raised and war has been declared so as to defend the precious sanctity of our innocent children and youth, that you so eagerly toil, day and night, to consume.
With me stand the greatest weapons that you have encountered to date - God and the “moral majority.” “Know this, we will defeat you, then heal the damage you have caused.

Come on people, wake up! It is time to stand together and take whatever steps are necessary to reverse the wickedness that our lethargy has authorized to spawn. Where homosexuality flourishes, all manner of wickedness abounds.

[The masses] Failure to stand against the horrendous atrocities such as the aggressive propagation of homo and bisexuality”
A local activist took offense at these remarks, and made a complaint to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. The commision has already ruled that the remarks were a violation of hate speech laws, and now the commission has rendered judgement.

As Ezra Levant encapsulates the judgement:
A Christian pastor has been given a lifetime ban against uttering anything "disparaging" about gays. Not against anything "hateful", let alone something legally defined as "hate speech". Just anything negative.

So a pastor cannot give a sermon.

But he must give a false sermon; he is positively ordered to renounce his deeply held religious beliefs, and apologize to his tormentor for having those views.

And then that pastor is ordered to declare to his entire city that he has renounced his religious views, even though he has not.

That's Alberta's human rights commission.
That is the death of free speech.

You cannot have free speech and "hate speech" laws. It is a logical and practical impossibility. Any restriction on political or religious speech is a prohibition of free speech. Such a law intentionally limits expression. Such laws will always and inevitably result in government scrutiny of speech, and punishment for inappropriate speech.

Once you have a hate speech law, every public utterance is subject to punishment at the pleasure of officials.

That's the state of the law now in Canada. And that's why Canada is no longer a free country.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Time to get off that fence. Letters to my MP and MPP are typed and ready for the mail.

The Human Rights apparatus was cute and cuddly when they were satisfied hearing employment and housing cases (for which they were originally intended...), but...

.. as readers of this blog know, government everywhere has a voracious appetite for power. Free speech is now on the menu and we must stand up and shout "Hell No".

Written By: JasperPants
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And we can eagerly await an Obama administration doing the same if anyone speaks ill of Islam.

This is one more reason why liberals should not be in charge of things. Anywhere.
Written By: James Marsden
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It is time for a Canadian pastor with Martin Luther’s courage when he said something to this effect when ordered by a Catholic Court to take back his condemnation of the practice of selling indulgences:

I will not recant, God help me. I can not do anything else.

A reformation ensued.
Written By: vnjagvet
Yeah my question is what if the Rev.’s response is ’No’...
This would have to go to actual court, correct?
One that might care about little things like the rule of law. Because as a minister he can’t recant his beliefs and maintain his role as a church leader.

It’s an either or; either he sticks to his guns and stays a minister - even if jailed or forced to leave the country... Or he recants and he surrenders his church since he obviously didn’t believe what he was saying. Let’s face it he’s made clear by going to court that this wasn’t misinterpreted, that excuse left with the start of the trial, so any apology would not only be empty but would leave him unable to lead his parrish.

You know I thought by 2nd grade most kids know you can’t force a real apology... OK maybe only some of us realized that, but then again it’s not meant to be an apology or even sound like one - it’s meant to humiliate and punish.
Written By: BIllS
A little investigation and I did find the good reverend’s response... it’s a photo and should be safe for work, but let’s just say the gnome is pictured offering the appropriate body part for kissing...
So I guess we now get to find out what happens when he say’s ’no’...
Written By: BIllS
Utopia requires sacrifices.
Written By: jpm100
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You cannot have free speech and "hate speech" laws. It is a logical and practical impossibility.
Absolutely agree, Dale. Every time I hear the phrase "hate speech" in the news I cringe. I don’t agree with a lot of people, but, darn, they have a right to free speech.
Written By: Rohan
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Dale, any chance you can link to the article or the complete letter written by the Pastor?
Written By: Joel C.
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So I guess we now get to find out what happens when he say’s ’no’...
nothing good off course. The HRC’s in Canada have more power and fewer restrictions than courts of law. They also have a 100% conviction rate. They can take everything he owns and throw him in prison and the partisan media will cheer on.

This is what happens when you give unrestrained, unchecked power to ideologues. As Lord Acton once said, "Power corrupts,..."
Written By: capt joe
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There are such fools in Canada.

The government is pathetic.

We in the US are laughing at you all.
Written By: Neo
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Scratch that, Dale. It took a while, but I found it.
Written By: Joel C.
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Is this surprising? Some fool on that human rights panel was asked about free speech and responded by saying, since free speech is an American construct, he disregards it.

The rest is history. Just a matter of how long.
Written By: rob
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We in the US are laughing at you all.
I dunno about that... I suspect at least some on the left are looking at that and wondering how they can get a peice of that action...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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There was (and maybe still is) a blog by an US ex-pat who had moved to Canada and become a farmer there because, he felt, Canada was a "freer" country. I wrote him and asked him if he could provide some specifics: Were you free to keep more of the money you earned? If you had your own business, were you freer from government regulations? Could you own a firearm without registering it? His reply was a weaselly, "Well, I don’t want to go into specifics. . . ." and it soon became clear that the "freedom" was was looking for was the freedom to have his and his family’s medical expenses paid by the Canadian taxpayer. But, he said, in Canada we have much more freedom of speech than under the BusHitler regime! I was dubious about that because I knew from working in publishing that Canada had heavier censorship than the US. But I wonder if Farmer McTrotsky is extolling the virtues of Canadian freedom of speech now.
Written By: Bilwick
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That is the death of free speech.
The death of free speech was accomplished when we allowed the government to define hate speech, period.

Written By: Bithead

Don’t laugh too hard....because the multi-culties are hard at work to make sure we get the same result here.
Written By: shark
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It’s not ’hate speech’, it’s ’hate free speech’.
Written By: timactual
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Shark: we’re already well down the road, with Human Rights Commissions of our very own hard on the job.
Written By: Megaera
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A Commission in New Mexico has told a wedding photographer, a private contractor, who declined a contract to photograph a some version of LGBT "wedding" ceremony, that she could not do so and must in fact undertake the job regardless of her convictions, adding the usual fines and penalties to her learning experience of government of the people and by the people.
Written By: Megaera
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