It would be more accurate to say that Canada has officially outlawed free speech, secular or religious. Mark Steyn is in trouble because Maclean's Magazine published an excerpt from his book America Alone. Here is an excerpt from the Hugh Hewitt Show today, in which Steyn explains how this Commission works:
MS: Well, the Human Rights Commission up there is, you know, almost the textbook definition of a kangaroo court, in the sense that of the complaints that have been brought under this section, since it was introduced almost thirty years ago now, no defendant has ever won.
MS: So I may buck the odds, but I wouldnt bet on it.
HH: Well, tell people what the process is, what youre accused of, and I assume this is a pain in the neck.
MS: Well, it is a pain in the neck. It also has, you know, serious implications, I think, because the Muslim lobby groups have had quite good luck using courts outside the U.S. to block particular books and other ideas that theyre not partial to. And eventually, that does ripple through to New York publishers and so on who dont want to take a flyer on a book if you wont be able to sell it in Canada, or get an overseas sale. So it does have implications. But what this is, basically, is a special commission thats set up, its like, think of the most politically correct professors at Berkeley, put them on a commission. The plaintiff, the guys who make the complaints, their legal expenses are paid for by the Canadian taxpayer. The defense has to fund his or her own essentially, theres no rules of due process or evidence. And you know, they levy things that would be extraordinary. A woman posted some content on a Christian website in the United States, shes opposed to homosexuality, she quotes some relevant Biblical passages. The Human Rights Commission banned her from ever publishing in any public forum again those Biblical passages for life, even though they were published on a U.S. website. And if she breaches that order, shell go to jail.
So, we can thank our Founders for providing us with a constitutional right to free speech.
Sorry. That's when the guns come out.
And, no, even though the Internet issues everyone a pair of testicles when they log on, I have two of my own thank you.