Americans have every reason to be apprehensive about the plans of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Regime's plans resurrect the FAIRNESS DOCTRINE which would penalize conservative talk radio and in general cast a cloud over free speech in our society. We have already witnessed examples of the gay lobby accusing anyone who oppposes their agenda of using hate speech. Added to the tendency of the left liberals to hold up the socialized medicine of Britain and Canada as models for our own medical care reform, the zeal with which the Canadian Human Rights Commissions have pursued the punishment of 'hate speech' has been cause for alarm.
The good news is that earlier this year Mark Steyn and the Canadian journal McCLEANS
managed to shame the British Columbia Human Rights Commission that had indicted them for 'hate speech' against the Muslim Council of Canada into dropping those charges.
Now comes the added good news that Canada is dropping that section of the Human Rights Code under which Steyn and McCleans were prosecuted.
Here is Mark Steyn commenting on this wonderful development in Nationanl Review's THE CORNER earlier today.
Let's hope that Obama-Reid-Pelosi is listening.
"On Friday I had the honor of addressing the Federalist Society in Washington on the matter of my free-speech travails up north. And, in response to a question on whether the Canadian "Human Rights" Commission were surprised that I'd pushed back against them, I quoted that great line from the Kevin Bacon film Tremors when the giant mutated killer worms attack Michael Gross and Reba McEntire's well-armed basement and wind up blasted to smithereens: "Looks like they picked the wrong rec room to break into."
The giant killer worms of the Canadian "Human Rights" Commission picked the wrong rec room to break into. Ezra Levant and I and a few others went nuclear on the Dominion's thought police and gave them the worst year of publicity in their three-decade existence. The result is that, earlier this month, over 99 per cent of delegates to the Conservative Party convention voted to abolish Section 13 (the "hate speech" provision) of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and a brave principled Liberal, Keith Martin, renewed his private member's motion in the House of Commons to do the same.
This morning, the CHRC issued the so-called Moon Report on free-speech issues. Most of us expected it to be a whitewash. Instead, Professor Moon says:
1. The first recommendation is that section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) be repealed so that the CHRC and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) would no longer deal with hate speech, in particular hate speech on the Internet.
This is a great tribute to what Ezra calls his campaign of "denormalization" of Canada's Orwellian "human rights" racket. They're not yet ready to throw in the towel completely, but it's fluttering limply on the edge of the ring. Canada may be preparing to rejoin the ranks of free nations.
I'm especially grateful to the support I've received from Stanley Kurtz and other NR colleagues, and from many readers, who recognize that America's chances of remaining a beacon of liberty are greatly diminished if the lights go out over the rest of the western world."