July 7, 2008

SUICIDE CLOWN ATTACK:

Speak easy: Human Rights Commission gets it right with Mark Steyn decision (SALIM MANSUR, 7/05/08, Edmonton Sun)

The problem with the CHRC's use of section 13(1) to put a chill on free speech has been known for some time, and decried mostly by those of conservative persuasion subjected to the farcical hearings of the human rights tribunals.

But it took the clownishness of the CIC complaint to make it amply clear to an increasing number of Canadians why the censorious provision of section 13(1) is a blot on Canadian democracy.

There is irony here that it took Elmasry and his cohorts in the CIC to lodge their complaint of no merit against Maclean's, and in the process put the human rights tribunals in the dock of public opinion as no other previous complainant had done.

Through the ages clowns have served many purposes apart from providing humour.

Shakespeare and Moliere used clowns to illuminate absurd situations, to expose the emperor when he is without clothes or when the law is an ass, and to make clowns utter words others would dare not say out of propriety or fear of reprisal.

This is what the CIC cohorts did as clowns for Canadians, revealing to them the scandalous redundancy of the Human Rights Act section 13(1).


Thus does comedy serve its conservative purposes once again.
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Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2008 7:36 AM

It took clowns because until now, the rulings happened to always be in favor of what too many Canadians wanted to happen. Instead of abolishing them, the people who run Canada will just do a better job this time of making sure that these Commissions only have jurisdictions over people who deserve it.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 7, 2008 12:08 PM

Now the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal is going after a professional clown... a comedian named Guy Earle... for saying "hurtful" things to a couple of lesbians who were swapping spit in the front row during one of his shows. I fear that, with the dismissal of the Macleans case, the public will turn its attention elseewhere and this comic will be railroaded... and free speech (standup comedy) in Canada will be chilled.

Posted by: Brian McKim at July 7, 2008 3:37 PM
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