Received by e-mail:
March 15, 2013
The Canadian Human Rights Commission
344 Slater Str (8th flr)
Ottawa, Canada (K1A 1E1)
Attention: Complaints Section
Subject: CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, insensitive communion skit
Please accept this letter as my formal complaint against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in regard to its above-noted skit which aired this past February 19th, 2013.
I converted to Roman Catholicism several years ago and was greatly offended by the skit which mocked my Church’s Holy Communion by replacing the wine and bread with Tim Horton’s Coffee and Donuts.
The skit was even more offensive for Catholics like me since we believe that the wine and bread are literally transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ at the time it is taken (i.e. Transubstantiation). To mock this most sacred of sacraments, by employing Tim Horton’s coffee and timbits, is to attack the very core of our Religion.
Let me be clear at the outset; I did not personally see this skit since I seldom watch CBC and most certainly do not waste my time watching its vacuous This Hour Has 22 Minutes, but I did read several media accounts of what the skit entailed and I was sickened by what I read.
In particular, I truly believe that this CBC show has exposed me to both hatred and contempt since Christianity and especially Roman Catholicism has been under attack throughout the world and as such we can be considered vulnerable group within the meaning of the Human Rights law. Indeed, in many parts of the world, Catholics are being murdered solely for their beliefs. Shows like the one at issue, expose people like me to even more mockery and abuse.
Below you will find a segment from your own Web Site which sets out the various components of what a successful complaint must include and you will notice my response to each component, in bold type.
What must a complaint include?
The complaint form is a legal document that sets out the allegation of discrimination. It gives, in three pages or less, the complainant’s version of events in sufficient detail for the respondent to understand what discrimination is being alleged. The Commission requires that you provide the following information:
· the complainant’s name; K.B.
· the name and address of the respondent; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; 181 Queen Street, P.O. Box 3220 Station C, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1K9
· the name of the victim or victims, if the complaint is filed by a third person; NA
· a description of the events, including dates and locations; February 19, 2013 edition of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s Show ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ which mocks the Roman Catholic Holy Communion by using Tim Horton’s Coffee and Donuts in place of the Church’s Wine and Bread.
· the prohibited grounds of discrimination; Religion and
· the alleged discriminatory practice. Exposing a Roman Catholic like me to hatred and contempt due solely to my Religion.
I trust you will find the above in order and I look forward to hearing from you further in regard to next steps. I have included my full address and telephone number below.