Sunday, December 06, 2009



Canada: Boissoin exonerated at last

In the Canadian system, a Court of Queen's Bench is the top court of the Province:
"A Court of Queen's Bench judge has ruled an anti-gay letter written by a former Alberta pastor in 2002 was not a hate crime and is allowed under freedom of speech.

Justice E.C. Wilson overturned a 2008 ruling by the Alberta Human Rights Commission that the letter by Stephen Boissoin that was published in the Red Deer Advocate broke provincial law. At the time, the commission said it may even have played a role in the beating of a gay teenager two weeks after it was published. The commission had ordered Boissoin to refrain from making disparaging remarks about homosexuals and to pay the complainant, former Red Deer high school teacher Darren Lund, $5,000 in damages.

Neither order can now be enforced, as Wilson declared them "unlawful or unconstitutional."

The letter carried the headline "Homosexual agenda wicked" and suggested gays were as immoral as pedophiles, drug dealers and pimps. Boissoin had argued he was simply commenting on government policy by criticizing homosexuality being portrayed positively in the public school curriculum....

The Canadian Constitution Foundation, a free-speech advocacy group, issued a news release saying it was pleased with Thursday's ruling. "Unfortunately, the law that was used against Reverend Boissoin to subject him to a expensive and stressful legal proceedings for more than seven years is still on the books," said executive director John Carpay.

That law, the Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act, says no one shall publish a statement that is likely "to expose a person or a class of persons to hatred or contempt" because of their sexual orientation.

"In spite of today's court ruling, Albertans need to continue to exercise extreme caution when speaking about public policy issues, lest they offend someone who then files a human rights complaint," said Carpay. "No citizen is safe from being subjected to a taxpayer-funded prosecution for having spoken or written something that a fellow citizen finds offensive."

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Finally, a definite win for sanity, freedom, and common sense. But the basic problem still exists, since the Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act is still on the books, and is itself, a clear impediment to free speech, and the freedom to live by ones religious beliefs.

Anonymous said...

and the freedom to live by ones religious beliefs.

Correction:
replace "religious" with "delusional"

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:36 - if you don't agree with something you certainly can speak your mind, but to resort to grade-school ethics like that is petty. More people in the world believe in a religion than not. You don't have to believe in a religion, but you really don't have to degrade others for their beliefs, either.

Please, grow up and come back when you have something to contribute.

Anonymous said...

"Please, grow up and come back when you have something to contribute."

I suggest that you grow up and put away those childish beliefs of yours. There is no god; there is only reason.

joey said...

Anon 6:36 - Men are by nature religious. If he does not know a god then he will create one. It seems that you have had to create your god - that which you call reason.

Anonymous said...

so 'god' is a meaningless word

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:36 is proof that leftists and atheists are Satans children.

Anonymous said...

Anon454, you post is proof that you are a complete asshole. Get cancer and die.

Anonymous said...

so 'god' is a meaningless word

You betcha!

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:16 - please quote where anon 12:10 said they were religious or believed in a god.

Anonymous said...

So if the law has been deemed unconstituional how is it still enforceable against anyone else?

Anonymous said...

The law wasn't declared unconstitutional, only the orders enforcing it in this particular case.

That's why the law is still "out there".

Anonymous said...

Get cancer and die...........Wow! You realy got on top of that exchance. Stormewaters