Rev. Boissoin Gets Bounced by the Kangaroos

Back in 2005, Rev. Stephen Boissoin, an Alberta Christian Pastor, was hauled before the Alberta Human Rights Commission in response to a complaint filed by Darren Lund, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary. Boissoin made politically incorrect thoughts about homosexual acts and those who advocate for them in our schools, and because he did not conform his sexual views with the Alberta Sex Police in publishing a letter to the editor in the Red Deer Advocate, he was hauled before the province’s Kangaroo Kourt to explain his letter which you can read here. The Catholic Church, of course, has its own very clear views on the subject:


Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357)


Whatever anyone thinks of the letter, the issue at play here is whether the State has a role in censoring a Christian pastor. Last Friday, on behalf of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, Lori Andreachuk, nailed Rev. Boissoin with a $5,000 fine and ordered him to do some very obscene things -things which would be considered cruel and unusual punishment in real courts. As an aside, Ms. Andreachuck is not a real judge or even a constitutional lawyer but rather only a divorce lawyer. I suppose being involved in a “grievance” field like divorce makes her an ideal candidate for the ultimate grievance job going which, of course, is to work for a Human Rights Commission hustling tears and fears of the perpetually aggrieved. She’s the same Andreachuk whom Ezra Levant ripped into during his interrogation. Here’s one of the clips where he offers his opinion to Shirley McGovern, one of the AHRC Queens, about Lori Andreachuck and the latter’s views on free speech:


 
“Pretend” Judge Lori Andreachuk’s ruling was packed with some rather astonishing stuff which I have italicized below and to which I have added some commentary.


In this case, there is no specific individual who can be compensated as there is no direct victim who has come forward…


So, in other words, we’re making up victims in order to compensate people who complain. We don’t need a victim for this pre-crime, speech-crime to get compensated for our non-pain and non-hurt feelings. The Human Rights Act was transgressed! The important thing is that the offender is forced to pay to show the world that Canada is a big champion of a law which supports a victimless crime.


Dr. Lund, although not a direct victim, did expend considerable time and energy and suffered ridicule and harassment as a result of his complaint. The Panel finds therefore that he is entitled to some compensation.


Let me get this straight. The complainant suffers ridicule for his stupid and farcical complaint and that entitles him to “compensation” for “ridicule” and “harassment”? We’ve moved from compensating complainants who purport to be victims to those who make no such claim to being direct victims at all! Just a few tears and the shakedown for cash may commence by invoking the jackboot of the State.


Apparently Dr. Darren Lund cannot win the debate through conventional means of dialogue and argument, but instead he must rely on the State to force a “victory” for his side. It tells you something of a man who believes forcing a sockpuppet apology at the behest of the State is some big win. How strong can his views be if they are so brittle and weak that he must seek the State to silence his opponent? Does Dr. Lund really believe he has accomplished anything, except to infuriate and stir up those whom he opposes by such thuggery? Does he not see that his very actions are a cause of contempt and provide a genesis for the stirring of hatred where no genuine hatred lurked before?


Mr. Boissoin and [his organization] The Concerned Christian Coalition Inc. shall cease publishing in newspapers, by email, on the radio, in public speeches, or on the Internet, in future, disparaging remarks about gays and homosexuals.


What does that mean? I guess it means he can’t complain about the local gay activist who wants to pump his kids’ school with gay sensitivity training. I can see all the parents out there just jumping for joy at that one. Censorship is always a good thing when your kids are being subject to gay education at the hands of homosexual activists. It prevents the news from getting out into the community.


…prohibited from making disparaging remarks in the future about Dr. Lund or Dr. Lund’s witnesses relating to their involvement in this complaint..


More thuggery. Not only can Rev. Boissoin not preach about the problems of homosexuality anymore, he must refrain from disturbing his non-victim, the liberal professor at Calgary U who won’t tolerate criticism.


Mr. Boissoin and The Concerned Christian Coalition Inc. provide Dr. Lund with a written apology for the article in the Red Deer Advocate which was the subject of this complaint.


Ezra Levant’s remarks about this one are right on:


This is like a Third World jail-house confession — where accused criminals are forced to sign false statements of guilt. But the thing about jail-house confessions is that they at least pretend to be real. The forcible nature of them is kept secret. Not here: Andreachuk just comes out and says it: you’re going to say you’re sorry, even if you aren’t. That’s a bizarre “remedy”. It’s meaningless, other than as a thought crime. We don’t even “order” murderers to apologize to their victims’ families. Because we know that a forced apology is meaningless. But not if your point is to degrade Christian pastors.


shall pay to Dr. Lund an award for damages, jointly and severally, in the amount of $5,000.00.


Dr. Lund is the non-victim in this case. He just happened to read something he didn’t like. Instead of duking it out like a man in the local paper, he went running like a “scaredy pants” to the AHRC for “remedy”. And he got it. Next time someone reads something offensive in the paper that you wrote, watch out! The Cash Shakedown can start at anytime.


And like the case against Mark Steyn, we see yet another instance of the State trying to muzzle a religious opinion with which it does not agree. That’s why I call the HRCs, the Canadian Religious Authority because that is what they are. They seek to muzzle dissent and fine people who don’t subscribe to their dogmas of faux tolerance, liberal duplicity, and sexual dictatorship.


Please do your part and sign the petition to gut the HRCs if you have not done so already:




 


Update: Rev. Boissoin has vowed to fight this thing and not pay one red cent.


Boissoin has responded to the ruling, declaring: “I will never apologize regardless of the consequences and I will not pay fines unless failing to do so prevents my ability to appeal…….I stand by what I said and how I said it. I stand by MY context and interpretation of it. I publicly declare that I do not hate homosexuals and further declare that I love God and regardless how I too stumble through this life, I believe that His teachings are true, relevant and worthy of proclamation, again, regardless of the consequences.”


Folks, this is the sort of intestinal fortitude that we need to change things in this country. If there be no pain and sacrifice, there will be no victory. If you think so, you need to get off your socialist meds.


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13 thoughts on “Rev. Boissoin Gets Bounced by the Kangaroos

  1. Do you know who else is the non-victim in this case? It’s the gay/lesbian community! They have never supported Dr. Lund in this case. On the contrary, when Dr. Lund approached the leading gay/lesbian organizations in Canada for help in this case, they publicly told him to take a hike!

    Guess what else? http://WWW.XTRA.CA, which is the website of Pink Triangle Press (the principle newspaper serving the gay/lesbian community) has published the full text of the Boissoin newsletter on its own website and has invited readers to comment on it, share it with friends, etc. So let’s make sure that the good name of the gay/lesbian community in Canada doesn’t get smeared as a result of this farce.

  2. Do you know who else is the non-victim in this case? It’s the gay/lesbian community! They have never supported Dr. Lund in this case. On the contrary, when Dr. Lund approached the leading gay/lesbian organizations in Canada for help in this case, they publicly told him to take a hike!

    Guess what else? http://WWW.XTRA.CA, which is the website of Pink Triangle Press (the principal newspaper serving the gay/lesbian community) has published the full text of the Boissoin newsletter on its own website and has invited readers to comment on it, share it with friends, etc. So let’s make sure that the good name of the gay/lesbian community in Canada doesn’t get smeared as a result of this farce.

  3. Fellow Canadians do you want the morality of Canada to go the same way as it has in Holland where the age of sex consent is twelve , because of its liberal minded media, government, and judiciary?

    Think about what we are allowing here in our home because we don’t think through the consequences of the polices of the liberal minded political Parties we elect.

    Sadly,Canadians seem to be moral fence sitters, for what Canada needs is a good dose of truth. Politically Correct Relativism and Darwinian Humanism has Institutionalized atheism through our education establishments , protected it with blasphemy laws and ruined our Country.

    After all we all go to school and university where we are educated to become hard wired liberal atheists. Just ask yourself in how many ways the following are connected, overtaxing , over regulating governments, failing public schools, bad mannered foul mouthed youth who lack respect for their teachers and elders, violent criminals and solft headed parole boards who let them out to rape and kill again, violent movies, videos, music, television, radical tax funded lobby groups out to liberalize our values, and the radical political homosexual agenda who are out to destroy the family even in spite of the fact that, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada HIV and AIDS Surveillance Report for April 2006. on page 60 we read that eighty-five percent of Aids in Canada is in males who have sex with males. After all, most people who strongly dislike homosexuality do so because of decent, constuctive, family and community building moral principles, and not out of fear at all. It is a pathetic sign of weakness that Canadian society speaks only defensively of its values. What we ought to be doing is joining and supporting by becomming members of the BC Unity Party . After all, the truth is that it is not that we who are homophobic, but rather homosexuals who are heterophobic, moralphobic,healthphobic and familyphobic.

  4. Fellow Canadians do you want the morality of Canada to go the same way as it has in Holland where the age of sex consent is twelve , because of its liberal minded media, government, and judiciary?

    Think about what we are allowing here in our home because we don’t think through the consequences of the polices of the liberal minded political Parties we elect.

    Sadly, Canadians seem to be moral fence sitters, for what Canada needs is a good dose of truth. Politically Correct Relativism and Darwinian Humanism has Institutionalized atheism through our education establishments , protected it with blasphemy laws and ruined our Country.

    After all we all go to school and university where we are educated to become hard wired liberal atheists. Just ask yourself in how many ways the following are connected, overtaxing , over regulating governments, failing public schools, bad mannered foul mouthed youth who lack respect for their teachers and elders, violent criminals and solft headed parole boards who let them out to rape and kill again, violent movies, videos, music, television, radical tax funded lobby groups out to liberalize our values, and the radical political homosexual agenda who are out to destroy the family even in spite of the fact that, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada HIV and AIDS Surveillance Report for April 2006. on page 60 we read that eighty-five percent of Aids in Canada is in males who have sex with males. After all, most people who strongly dislike homosexuality do so because of decent, constuctive, family, health and community building moral principles, and not out of fear at all. It is a pathetic sign of weakness that Canadian society speaks only defensively of its values.

    What we ought to be doing is joining and supporting by becomming members of political Parties that support our values . After all, the truth is that it is not that we who are homophobic, but rather the radical homosexual agenda that is heterophobic, moralphobic, healthphobic and familyphobic.

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  6. I am outraged. I live in California where we have already voted to keep that crap out of our state, but NO! These judges of democracy think they better than gazzillion years of historical precendence, and they overturned our votes. Now we have to vote on it again? Why? Won’t this vote just be overturned? I am so angry I could spit nails! How dare these nitwits! They will have to answer for this on Judgement Day. This is one of my solaces. Thank you for writing about this. God bless you.

  7. Here is the irony: By merely republishing the Boissoin letter, the Pink Triangle Press could be opening themselves up to a hate crime complaint. Imagine that: A complaint against the gay press for publishing a letter critical of gays.

  8. I’m glad Boissoin has got a really big law firm helping him. These guys are the real deal! I’d love to have a ring-side seat when they fire up their legal monster truck and go after these HRC clowns.

  9. I just had a frightening thought: I’m going to send his defence fund a donation, so is the act of helping Rev. Boissoin an HRC Hate Crime? The very act of helping him might be likely to change my opinion of noisy homosexuals. Has the HRC thought this one through?

  10. > “has published the full text of the Boissoin newsletter on its own website”

    And that single act, friends, has caused me to think much more highly of the Canadian gay and lesbian rights movement, than any number of gag order handed out by Mandatory Niceness Commissioners.

    Suggested tactic for Canadian freedom bloggers: monitor Darren Lund’s speech and writings very closely. Set up email alerts to tell you whenever his name comes up on the internet. Go through his published writings. Look for something that can be used to drag him before a human rights tribunal – or, even better, before a real court.

    This same tactic has been remarkably successful here in Australia in persuading some of the more sensible Muslim community leaders that laws purporting to ban “religious vilification” (the local term for “hate speech”) are more trouble than they’re worth. Once some keen-eyed Jews and Christians started monitoring the local mosques’ sermons and found anti-Semitic and pro-terrorism “vilification” to report, the MCLs quickly realised that they may have been too quick off the trigger with their earlier complaints against Christian pastors who blasphemed the Prophet Muhammad.

  11. Boissoin isn’t a reverend.

    The remedy order gave him exactly what he asked for – there are enough things in it to drive a truck through, including the acknowledgement he doesn’t have the finances (which are set as high as possible). Seems to me the orders are bizarre deliberately so he can have what he requested. I think going beyond the AHRC mandate in the remedy was deliberate.

    Now the Court of Queen’s Bench can deal with this which is what he wanted. Since the Court’s standards are different, they’ll have to toss this, and it’s over.

  12. Nope, I am no longer a ‘licensed’ Reverend (via the Alberta Government to solemnize marriages) but I am still an ordained minister and my original credentials that are still in good standing and still do say Reverend. I turned in my license at the latter part of 05 and resigned from full-time ministry. I always felt I didn’t suit the term anyways. Steve was always ok with me.

    I no longer Pastor in a church though at some point may return to fulltime ministry. I do have 15 years of ministrial experience 9 or so of which were fulltime. Does that count for anything?

    Blessings

  13. The irony that kg speaks of has already been demonstrated by the hrc. Ezzra Levant published the famous Islamic cartoons and in so doing opened himself up to an hrc complaint. Why would it be any different for the Pink Triangle in reprinting Rev Boissoin’s letter? We either apply a standard evenly, or guess what….it is no longer a standard. As a Roman Catholic, my faith is routinely the subject of hate speech, Pope Benedict was called a nazi, and my church the whore of Babylon. Truly, I am personally hurt by these comments, maybe even to the point of feeling like a victim. Perhaps my pain and suffering is worth some money? Trust me, if every Catholic took their complaints of publicized hate speech to the hrc for remedy, they would be tied up to the end of time. As for Rev Boissoin, we should all reprint his same words in every 2-bit paper across this country. God bless him for his courage, not so much for the thoughts expressed in his original text, but in his courage to stand up to the unappointed, unelected, unaccountable hrc. What are our principles worth to us? I’d hope that if it came down to it, I would, like Rev Boissoin, be willing/able to sacrifice it all for my faith.

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