There IS someone left to speak out
By Paul Schratz
Dare criticize homosexual behaviour? Bang goes the gavel: guilty of hatred.
Object to your church hall being used for a lesbian wedding reception? Bang, you're guilty of hurting people's feelings.
On and on the list has grown over the years, with human rights tribunals ushering in homosexual education in schools, ordering a printer to produce material for an organization he is morally opposed to, and yet interestingly refusing to go to bat for individuals whose consciences are being tested.
First, human rights complaints have been brought against the Christian Heritage Party, one of its electoral district associations, and its leader Ron Gray because of articles on homosexuality that the party posted on its web site.
Two of the complaints are about a story titled "Report: Pedophilia more common among `gays.'" The other is for commentaries by Gray in which he compared the lack of debate on homosexuality in
(The Cone of Silence was a device that was supposed to help individuals talk securely but usually rendered them unable to hear each other.)
The complaints received absolutely no media attention, which was to be expected. Interestingly, however, within days of the news that the party was being taken to the tribunal,
The magazine ran an excerpt from conservative columnist
Complaints have been lodged with the Canadian,
So far the long arm of the tribunals, where allegations don't require the financial investment or the standard of evidence that would be required in a court of law, has been extensive, to the point of ordering a couple to close their B and B because they didn't want unrelated men sleeping together in their home. Frankly, until now the media have been indifferent, even when anti-
However, with the targeting of
Canadian Catholic News reporter Deborah Gyapong interviewed former B.C. lawyer Iain Benson, who now specializes in religious freedom issues. He called such charges "dangerous," saying "a free and democratic society must allow the maximum freedom of speech and the press, particularly on matters such as the nature and extent of Islam in
With the outcry over the