Once upon a time, it was simply a pain in the butt.
For the last two years, though, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has become an out-of-control juggernaut, rolling over unsuspecting bystanders in its path.
Fair enough, OHRC has always been a tad controversial in its rulings. But recent changes, and the way they are being implemented by Commissioner Barbara Hall, are pitting human rights protection against our fundamental rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Hall, a former Toronto mayor, appears to have gone completely over the top in her comments on an article by journalist Mark Steyn, “The future belongs to Islam,” that appeared in Maclean’s magazine.
New Democratic critic Peter Kormos says Hall is over-reaching her boundaries.
“Clearly, Ms. Hall believes that she has been given powers that give her a scope above and beyond the areas of discrimination provided for in the Human Rights Code,” Kormos said.
Tory critic Christine Elliott said ruling on the Maclean’s piece without giving the magazine or Steyn an opportunity to respond is wrong.
“In basic legal terms, it’s a denial of natural justice or the right to be heard because you can’t just go out there and say things about people when they have no ability to respond in any forum,” Elliott said.
In another worrying decision, the OHRC ruled Christian Horizons, a religious agency that operates 180 residential care facilities for 1,400 developmentally delayed individuals across the province, could not require an employee, Connie Heintz, to sign a “morality statement.”
This comes perilously close to telling people of faith what they may and may not believe. It reinforces fears expressed when same-sex couples won the right to wed that religious institutions that are morally opposed to same-sex marriage would be forced to perform such ceremonies. It’s a slippery slope.
Attorney General Chris Bentley and Premier Dalton McGuinty should rein Hall in before she tramples every right we hold dear. (Source)
Uh oh. When leftwingers like Blizzard and Kormos start attacking the HRCs, you know the end is very, very near.
“Out-of-control juggernaut” – her words not mine.
The bus is out of control!