The Canadian author told The Washington Times in a telephone interview that the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) agreeing to investigate a Muslim complaint against him opens a new front on threats to Canadians’ press and religious freedom: speech that originates in the United States….
Mr. Steyn told The Times that the complaint endangers freedom of the press on both sides of the border, and that both he and Maclean’s are prepared to fight this case all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary.
“Basically, everything is fair game if it was to become accepted that the commission has the right to weight the merits of individual articles and the media,” Mr. Steyn said. “The [Canadian and provincial] commissions are a threat to free speech, which is why people on various parts of the spectrum have identified them as the easiest way to shut down an opponent’s speech that one does not like.”
Left unchecked, Mr. Steyn said the CHRC could bring about a relationship between the state and the press similar to that of the former Soviet Union, in which “basically the state regulates the bounds of public expression.”
John Pacheco, a Catholic activist in Ottawa who during the same-sex “marriage” debate organized a 15,000-20,000 person protest on Parliament Hill, said the Steyn case shows the potential scope of Canada’s hate-speech laws and human rights tribunals.
“The human rights tribunals in Canada, both at the federal and provincial levels, were originally established to provide some relief for employment and housing injustices,” he said.
But “if they can bring down popular international commentators like Mark Steyn, what is to become of the rest of us?” said Mr. Pacheco, who is organizing an online petition in support of Mr. Steyn, called Free Mark Steyn. (Source)
Indeed, if they can go after Steyn, then it’s open season on any media outlet. That might sound just peachy for the leftist retards out there who are rubbing their hands with glee, but it doesn’t take long for the leftards to start picking one another apart for not being sufficiently gutteral. In fact, I have it on good authority that some of them don’t think inside the cage and they might not like some pencil Dick at the CHRC telling them what they can or cannot say.
And, then, of course, there are the cases where one of the leftoids actually sees the light and understands that Sharia is not all it’s cracked up to be for women and wishes to complain publicly. Well, sorry, you’re too late, foo’. You were too busy making excuses for why you shouldn’t, couldn’t, and wouldn’t get involved when you should have.
And there you are.