Skip to comments.Canadian Court Rules Some are More Equal than Others
Posted on 04/22/2011 10:17:51 AM PDT by 6ft2inhighheelshoes
A year or so ago, as I wandered through the National Archives in D.C., a group of what looked like junior high school kids came tumbling in with their teacher in the lead, on the way to view the pitifully faded Declaration of Independence. I know that was what they were headed for, because the entire clutch of kids slammed on the brakes right next to me, as I stood in front of an ornately carved case in the dimly lit corner of the West gallery. 30 kids chattered, "Is this it, is this it?" as they shoved closer.
"No", I said, this is the Magna Carta, which is really interesting because...but they all raced away, dismissing this particular paper as irrelevant.
All except one young man. He leaned in close, and said, "Why?"
Because , I said, it's hundreds of years older than the Declaration (his eyes widened), and it says that absolutely no one is above the law. It means that no one can get special treatment because of who they are. Very young men, being what they are, he chirped, "Cool!" before scampering off.
The story comes to mind because I'm pretty sure that Canada once revered the Magna Carta, but has relegated it to the nothing-to-see-here category of law. Yesterday, a comedian in Vancouver was ordered to pay $15,000 for a "violation of human rights". I suppose in the bad old days, violating one's human rights might have been limited to crimes that deprived someone of their life or liberty, but new, improved human rights, at least in Vancouver, are all about the pursuit of happiness thing, for a select few, that is.
Here are the facts, pared down: Comedian named Earle was mocked by drunken lesbians, who were in turn mocked by the comedian. Then it got physical, and a pair of sunglasses was broken, apparently causing post traumatic stress for one Lorna Pardy. The case ended up in the Orwellian B.C. Human Rights Tribunal which smacked Mr. Earle with a fine of $15,000 for injuries to Ms. Pardy's "dignity, feelings and self-respect". Notice that the lady in question did not suffer physical or monetary damages. But she IS gay, which makes her more equal than others in the eyes of this particular court. Congratulations to Canada for setting jurisprudence back more than 800 years! The kids at the archives made a brief pit-stop of mistaken identity in the dim nook reserved for the Magna Carta, then just forgot about it. A fitting metaphor for how Liberty becomes irrelevant.
Read about Mark Steyn's epic struggle in the teeth of the Canadian Tribunal system here, or just go to SteynOnline.com
King Clinton was above the law. (see King John 1215) Will King Obama also be above the law?
He is of course, already above the law, along with specific groups; 1000 Obama care waivers and counting, Union thugs, Obama’s tax cheating pals. Don’t forget the criminals intimidating voters with threats and batons. It turns out that if you are part of a protected class, you can expect different treatment in a court of law. Rule of Man, here we come.
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