Sunday, October 28, 2012
Canadian censorship overturned
After many years of battling by a Canadian pastor. It takes time but if you get a case into one of the higher Canadian courts you are much more likely to get free speech protection
A Canadian man has won the latest round in court battles to obtain free speech. His crime was saying something that offended a longtime liberal advocate.
Pastor Stephen Boisson wrote letters to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate, expressing his Christian views on homosexual behavior. But University of Calgary professor Dr. Darren Lund reported Boissoin to the Alberta Human Rights Commission, accusing him of violating the law because jos letters were published.
The Commission then ordered the pastor to stop expressing his views on the subject "for the rest of his life," according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, that he pay Lund $5,000, and that he provide a written apology to the offended professor, even though Boisson and Lund did not know each other, and even though the pastor's writings did not target Lund.
The case worked its way through the system, with Alberta's highest court ruling in favor of Boisson, saying the letters constituted an expression of opinion not likely to expose homosexuals to hatred or contempt within the meaning of the law. So he was cleared of a charge of supposed "hate speech."
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Benjamin Bull adds the court was critical of the law, and he believes that ought to be the end of the matter.
"Because the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the lower court's decision, it's going to be extremely difficult for religious or political debate to be found in breach of Alberta's human rights laws," the attorney asserts.