The Human Rights Fatwa

In the article that follows, Bishop Fred Henry has taken exception to the “inane stupid and gross miscarriage of justice” against Rev. Stephen Boissoin by the Alberta Human Rights Commission.  It seems that not everyone is thrilled with the Provincial Branch of the Canadian Religious Authority issuing their Gay Fatwas against Christians.  Unlike Gays and Islamicists who enjoy the good favour and admiration of Emperor Eddy, Catholics and other Christians are outside of the protection of the new Human Rights Religion.  For all our smug presumptions as Canadians, you would think that we would be above petty religious wars, but it’s quite evident that we are not.  It just goes to show that we all worship something.

Dear Premier Stelmach:

I have raised the issue of the Alberta Human Rights Commission several times with you in the past 18 months. On each of those occasions, you said that you understood the issues and shared my concerns. However, the situation is continuing to deteriorate across our country and the various levels of governments are seemingly non-responsive.

April 2008: The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered an evangelical Christian charity, Christian Horizons, to rescind its morality code and require employees to undergo anti-discriminatory training. In addition, Christian Horizons has been ordered to pay $23,000 plus lost wages for terminating Connie Heritz’s employment based on a morality code which she freely and knowingly signed as a condition of employment and which she failed to adhere to.

Every religious institution should have the jurisdictional independence to determine its own confessions, doctrines and ordinances, including conditions of employment.

May 2008: A Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal fined a Regina marriage commissioner, Orville Nichols, $2,500 after finding he discriminated against a gay couple when he declined to perform their same-sex ceremony. Nichols, who has performed nearly 2,000 marriages since 1983, had referred the couple to another marriage commissioner because he said his religious beliefs (Baptist) kept him from performing the ceremony.

The conflict between social pressure and the demands of right conscience can lead to the dilemma either of abandoning a profession or of compromising one’s convictions.

Faced with that tension, despite the ruling of the commission, we must remember that there is a middle path that opens up before workers who are faithful to their conscience. It is the path of conscientious objection, which ought to be respected by all, especially legislators.

Every person has the right to have their religious beliefs reasonably accommodated.

Each judgment emanating out of our various human right commissions seems to be more brazen and bizarre than the one that preceded it. However, for inane stupidity and gross miscarriage of justice our own Alberta Human Rights Tribunal deserves to take first prize for its treatment of Stephen Boissoin.

June 2008: The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal fined Stephen Boissoin, $5,000.

Section 30 of the Alberta Human Rights Act states: “Evidence may be given before a human rights panel in any manner that the panel considers appropriate, and the panel is not bound by the rules of law respecting evidence in judicial proceedings.”

Logic ignored

It would also seem that this panel is also not bound by reasonable argument or the elementary rules of logic but is free to skewer anyone not espousing and proclaiming politically correct views.

Darren Lund, the complainant, said that Boissoin’s words in his 2002 letter to the Red Deer Advocate were hateful, and furthermore, an assault on a gay teenager three weeks later could be connected to them. No proof of either was presented.

Lori Andreachuk, the chairperson of the tribunal, agreed that his words were “likely” to expose gays, “a vulnerable” group to hatred due to their sexual orientation. No court in the land would connect the letter and the assault but this silly tribunal did.

Andreachuk acknowledged, “In this case, there is no specific individual who can be compensated as there is no direct victim who has come forward.”

However, she also wrote: “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.” One might ask on what grounds?

Complainant feted

She concluded that Boissoin “shall pay to Dr. Lund an award for damages, jointly and severally, in the amount of $5,000.” Lund wasn’t the victim of any kind of discrimination and yet he is handsomely paid and, subsequently, was feted as Gay Pride Parade marshall in Calgary.

The tribunal effectively stripped Boissoin of his right to freedom of speech. “Mr. Boissoin . . . 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 is meant by “disparaging”? This is tantamount to ruling out honest debate and a plurality of views in the public sphere lest someone be offended by a differing viewpoint.

Public humiliation

The tribunal decided to extract a further pound of flesh by way of public humiliation. “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.” What happens if Lund is not satisfied with the apology?

Mr. Premier, we have talked enough about the inadequate provisions of and appointment to the Alberta Human Rights Tribunals. It is time to repeal Section 3(1)(b) of the Alberta Human Rights Act and to protect the rights of religious freedom. Every person has the right to make public statements and participate in public debate on religious grounds.

(Editor’s Note: Section 3(1)(b) of the Alberta Human Rights Act states, “No person shall publish, issue or display or cause to be published, issued or displayed before the public any statement, publication, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that is likely to expose a person or a class of persons to hatred or contempt because of the race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income or family status of that person or class of persons.”) (Source)

2 thoughts on “The Human Rights Fatwa

  1. Oh, it’s SUNDAY so please indulge me here. My wife and I just had an idea…

    I’ve seen pictures of Ed Stelmach. My wife has seen pictures of Ed Stelmach. Ed Stelmach is not and old man.

    I’ve seen pictures of Lori Andreachuk. My wife has seen pictures of Lori Andreachuk. Lori Andreachuk is not and old woman.

    I’ve heard Ed Stelmach speak his mind. My wife has heard Ed Stelmach speak his mind. Hearing Ed Stelmach speak may be spooky, but is further proof that he is not dead. However, Ed Stelmach is either the victim of a botched lobotomy or has been braindead for a number of years.

    I’ve heard Lori Andreachuk speak her mind. My wife has heard Lori Andreachuk speak her mind. Hearing Lori Andreachuk speak may be spooky, but is further proof that she is not dead. However, Lori Andreachuk is either the victim of a botched lobotomy or has been braindead for a number of years.

    We ALL know about the trail of devastation Ed Stelmach leaves in his wake wherever he goes.

    We ALL know about the trail of devastation Lori Andreachuk leaves in her wake wherever she goes.

    Few people realize how LONELY Ed Stelmach is.

    Few people realize how LONELY Lori Andreachuk is.

    Ed and Lori – two lonely Albertans crying out for the warm touch of another human hand! And other things, too, like…

    Intimate moments in front of a fire studying new methods of repression and suppression.

    Hot times on sandy beaches rolling around in one another’s arms, making babies till dawn.

    Every Canadian certainly has a right to these things, but it has clearly been YEARS since either poor Ed Stelmach and poor Lori Andreachuk have enjoyed these rights.

    But now, due to the inherent weaknesses in Canada’s and Alberta’s human rights legislation, Ed Stelmach and Lori Andreachuk have “found one another”.

    What hateful, contemptuous kind of person would DENY Lori and Ed their chance at a shot at their kind of happiness – years, nay, decades dedicated to repressing Canadians and suppressing Canadian opinion TOGETHER across Alberta!

    Be fair to Ed and Lori. Support the repeal of freedom of speech north of the US border so Ed and Lori can enjoy what other Canadians enjoy.

    Let’s show some tolerance and Christian charity. Let’s give Ed and Lori a chance…

    Perhaps, with Ed and Lori at the helm – the “hate gene” can be identified, isolated, and removed from the DNA of every Albertan embryo before birth. Naturally, Ed and Lori being, such benevolent types, would have the “hate gene” replaced with a “droid gene”.

    Who nows what wonders Lori and Ed could dream up after a hot night of sweaty…DO CANADIANS REALLY WANNA GO THERE?

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