Alright, here we go.
Second, Rebekah Hebbert writes for Mercator.net: The ABCs of fighting for free speech:
It was a motley party from the beginning. A confusing mess of die-hard social conservatives and liberals (not to mention libertarians), Jews and Muslims, gay rights activists and priests and pastors who had dedicated their lives to opposing gay rights activists. They were attacking the inaptly named Canadian Human Rights Commissions and most specifically hate speech laws.
The weapon of choice was mostly blogs. You know, those online diaries where people pontificate around like their opinions are the most important things in the world and usually have a readership of — well — not a lot. This collection of rag-tag fire-breathing radicals was attacking a decades-old law and a nicely established government department. A government department, moreover, that monopolized most of the feel-good words — human rights, anti-hate, reconciliation, arbitration, anti-discrimination — and had a whole host of feel-bad words to toss at their opponents — hate-mongerers (sic), bigots, racists, regressive, anti-human rights, right-wing extremists, unfeeling, marginal, obnoxious…
No bookie would have given this collection, held together with as much duct tape and Tim Horton’s coffee as anything else, better than very long odds on getting the Human Rights Commissions to acknowledge their existence, much less anything more. It looked like another tedious social conservative-type stand-off where a few “radicals” stormed around talking a lot and achieving nothing while the status quo slipped blithely along without registering more than an occasional little ripple.
But this time it was different. This time they got publicity. This time they got the attention of their opponents and had them squealing. This time they gained momentum. This time, although it is far to early to be sure, victory is starting to look rather likely, if not very likely. This time they aren’t withering in obscurity, they are not on the defensive, they are on the offensive and the enemy is retreating and deserting rapidly.
How could this happen and what can we learn from it?
Read the rest here. Also noted by Jay Currie, Blazing Cat Fur, Mark Steyn, and Echurchwebsites.org. Meanwhile, Freedom Through Truth notes a blog post by Rebekah along the same lines: Learning: Lessons for Social Conservatives from the Free Speech Movement in Canada.
Third, from CBC.ca: Cadet discrimination case overturned:
The RCMP have won the latest round in a 10-year battle over a cadet’s complaint of discrimination based on ethnic background.
Ali Tahmourpour says he was unfairly tossed out of the Mounties’ Regina training academy. He says instructors at the facility mocked his religion and were biased against him.
On one occasion, when Tahmourpour signed his signature in Persian script, an instructor asked, “What kind of … language is that, or is it something you made up?”
Tahmourpour, who is Canadian but was born in Iran, was accepted as a cadet in 1999. He was dismissed from the program after about four months, shortly after the halfway point.
His discrimination complaint was initially found to be valid by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The RCMP was ordered to pay substantial compensation and costs of the case, a total estimated at $1 million, as well as offer Tahmourpour another shot at becoming a Mountie.
The force appealed and, in a decision published this week to judicial databases, a Federal Court said the whole case needs to be re-examined.
Fourth, from Blazing Cat Fur: Well Gee B’nai Brith there’s always the CHRC isn’t there?
Jewish Tribune:Imam’s ‘troubling messaging’ called ‘incitement to hate’
Ooops sorry, I forgot; Jennifer Lynch & the CHRC have determined that Muslims calling for the death of Gays, “Homosexuals and lesbians should be “exterminated in this life” and that Jews “spread corruption and chaos on earth”, and of Christians & Infidels that “sending our sons and daughters to the schools of the Infidels has devastating effects on their beliefs, their behavior and their character. For the children of Infidels are the most pervert children. At a very early age, they adopt the behavior of their parents “ is just fine with them.
Well looks like B’nai Brith is outta luck I’d say, since the CHRC decided to give the Islamists a “Get Outta Jail Free Card”. The CHRC has declared Islamist”victimhood” superior to all others and therefore the malicious mullah’s win the use of the CHRC as their enforcer under Section 13 (1). I guess this is an example of that”matrix of rights” stuff Jenny made up in action.
But where can B’nai Brith turn to? What about the Ontario Human Rights Commission? Oops again! Tarek Fatah informs us the OHRC is already co-opted by Islamists: “if you’re scratching your heads, reading the outrageous attacks on Maclean’s magazine by Barbara Hall, … let me share with you the news that the Ontario Human Rights Commission is itself infiltrated by Islamists, and I say that on the record. One of its commissioners … is an admirer of Ayatollah Khomeini and has close links to the Canadian Islamic Congress.”
Geez B’nai Brith are you and the Canadian Jewish Congress sure this whole “hate speech” Section 13 (1) thing is still a good idea?
Say isn’t the Canadian Islamic Congress on side with B’Nai Brith and the Canadian Jewish Congress in their blind support of Section 13 (1)? Why yes they are, will wonders never cease, strange bedfellows indeed, I do hope the CIC are invited to testify before the Justice Committee hearings on Section 13 (1).
Read the rest here.
Finally, a rehash;