John C. Wright (johncwright) wrote,
John C. Wright

The Liberals wonder why those who love Liberty oppose them

This ruling issued just last week by Alberta's human rights commission, against a Christian pastor named Rev. Stephen Boission, was a ruling that forbids him from saying anything "disparaging" about homosexuals ever again, in any communication.

Mr. Boissoin and [his organization] The Concerned Christian Coalition Inc. shall cease publishing in newspapers, by email, on the radio, in public speeches, or on the Internet, in future, disparaging remarks about gays and homosexuals.

He also is ordered by the court to provide a written apology. The resemblance to a Soviet-style self-criticism is not accidental. There was no allegation made of damages to the court; no one was hurt, no one lost business or reputation.

The ruling did not enjoin speech that was hateful, or harmful, or illegal, or speech that might encourage violence or despite. The word "disparage" means criticize.

ADDENDUM: Meanwhile, Brigit Bardot has been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted in France for "hate speech." See here. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine the political ideology involved in this case.
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