The Lynch List, 30-Sep-2011

First: Xtra reports that gay activists are asking the CHRC to investigate the National Post over an advertisement that asks Ontario lawmakers to stop confusing little children over their sexuality.

In an open letter to the National Post, Cliks lead singer Lucas Silveira writes that he is asking the Ontario Human Rights Commission to pursue a hate propaganda investigation against the Post and the Institute for Canadian Values over the ad. Current interpretations of Canadian human rights legislation tend to exclude consideration of advertisements in the media, according to Silveira’s lawyer.

Make up your own mind as to whether the ad is fair comment or not, but either way there should be no state interference in the debate. Activist Chase Joynt has the right idea:

Trans activist Chase Joynt was quick to respond to the ad by creating a spoof of it with his own face in place of the little girl’s.

…but is highly hypocritical on another point…

“I thought it was manipulative to use the face of a small child,” he says.

…as if it isn’t incredibly manipulative to be using the school system to inculcate values in small children that are contrary to their parents’ values.

Second: The Calgary Herald editorial board says scrap the Tribunal, but keep the Commission. Give yer head a shake.

It’s not the commission that needs to scrapped, it’s the human rights tribunal system that is flawed, and there is a difference. The commission does valuable work.

Third: The National Post editorial board on Storseth’s private member’s bill that will (hopefully) spell the demise of Section 13:

As Mr. Storseth’s private member’s bill makes its way through the House of Commons, there will be those who insist vociferously that the fight against hate speech is too important to permit the deep-sixing of Sec. 13. But in fact, the censorship provisions in human-rights legislation actually handicap the fight against truly dangerous bigotry, because they make the whole exercise seem like a politically correct sham, and thereby weaken public support.

Fourth: Ontario mental health organizations provide the latest in a long line of indications that the OHRC is making its own Charter (emphasis mine):

Housing is a fundamental right that all persons are entitled to and that is protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code (Ontario Human Rights Commission, 2010).

Silly me. Here I thought the only fundamental rights in our constitution were negative ones, not positive ones.

Fifth: New BCHRT head Berndt Walter is at least injecting a modicum of sanity into the Tribunal that has been the butt of all speechie jokes for years running. In brief, an employee of Kamloops Correctional Centre already has an opportunity to file a grievance through her union, and yet she filed a parallel complaint with the BCHRT. Mr. Walter told her to stop double-dipping.

Sixth: Imagine this. A university newspaper actually allowed an opinion piece that, in addition to opposing abortion and supporting parental rights in education, calls for the abolition of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Here I thought universities, their student unions, and their newspapers were the bastion of left-wing groupthink, censorship, and agitprop. Will wonders never cease!

Human rights commissions are very anti-democratic institutions, and anyone that wishes to preserve the rights possessed by individuals in a liberal democracy should seek to elect candidates who do not support its agenda.

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