Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Bill of Rights Horror in Canada

Louise of Tasmania (aka Purcell's Chicken Voluntary) has highlighted the latest case in Canada's infamous anti-'hate' language legislation, Article 13 of their Human Rights Act.

This is a case we should all be following given the push to have a similar Act here. So far there has been a 100% conviction rate for cases under s.13.

So what does it say? The Act provides that:

"Hate messages
13. (1) It is a discriminatory practice for a person or a group of persons acting in concert to communicate...any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination. "

Prohibited grounds of discrimination are:
  • race,
  • national or ethnic origin,
  • colour,
  • religion,
  • age,
  • sex,
  • sexual orientation,
  • marital status,
  • family status,
  • disability and
  • conviction for which a pardon has been granted.
In practice, it is being used to silence any criticism of groups such as muslims, homosexuals, etc.

The latest case is against Maclean Magazine for having printed an extract from the book 'America Alone' by Mark Steyn.

Read Louise's piece, this is important stuff.

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