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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A mutating human-rights monster

CAIR-Can, the radical Islamic group whose full name is the Council on American-Islamic Relations CANADA, has just issued a news release in which it congratulates "the Ontario Human Rights Commission statement on the Maclean's magazine complaint filed by four Osgoode Hall Law School students."

The release continues: The Commission today stated it had "serious concerns about the content of a number of articles concerning Muslims that have been published by Maclean's magazine and other media outlets." The Commission also viewed the media coverage as "contributing to Islamophobia and promoting societal intolerance towards Muslims, Arabs and South Asian Canadians."

Here's the link to the full text of the statement issued by the Commission, which--significantly--has rightly decided it does not have the jurisdiction to deal with the complaint. Nevertheless, even while admitting it doesn't have jurisdiction, the commission still felt compelled to criticize Maclean's.

Ominously, the Commission declares that this isn't its last kick at the Maclean's can: "The Commission intends to further consider these issues in the coming months as it embarks on its new mandate [emphasis added], which places a renewed emphasis on addressing human rights tension and conflict through inquiries, consultation, public education, policy development and constructive debate and dialogue." Ahh yes, the debate and dialogue must always be "constructive," mustn't it?

Meantime, April 9 is shaping up as a real red-letter day in the human-wrongs industry, as Ezra Levant has revealed he and other are being sued by Richard Warman.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on April 9, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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The OHRC wrote: "...the Ontario Human Rights Code ... does not give the Commission the jurisdiction to deal with the content of magazine articles through the complaints process."

This should be obvious to anyone who has read the Ontario Human Rights Code. Only the Candian, Saskatchewan, Albertan, and British Columbian HR Acts have provisions that regulate hate speech. It is a mystery to me that the fact that Maclean's could not possibly have violated the OHRC has not been reported already. I guess no one in the media bothers to read the relevent legislation.

Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-04-09 3:59:28 PM


I guess no one in the media bothers to read the relevent legislation.

Posted by: Fact Check | 9-Apr-08 3:59:28 PM

Facts don't sell ads, well, boring fact don't. Hyperbole does though.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2008-04-09 4:01:20 PM


FactCheck and Snowrunner:
Actually, I have read the relevant legislation and did, indeed, report the fact that Ontario did not have the power to prosecute. It's in my National Post op-ed of Jan. 23, "Fire the Censors." http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/Story.html?id=256925. To quote: "...Ontario['s law], contains no provisions similar to B.C. and Alberta's limitations of speech rights."

Posted by: Terry O'Neill | 2008-04-09 4:36:32 PM


"The release continues: The Commission today stated it had "serious concerns about the content of a number of articles concerning Muslims that have been published by Maclean's magazine and other media outlets." The Commission also viewed the media coverage as "contributing to Islamophobia and promoting societal intolerance towards Muslims, Arabs and South Asian Canadians."

In answer to those "concerns" and the growing phobias that Canadians are expressing ...

Radical Muslims around the world and in our own country (at least the ones who are speaking up loudly) are continually threatening western culture. They are continually attacking everyone and anyone around the world who disagrees with them. They are absolutely intolerant to the tolerant societies that they are immigrating to and in large numbers. In short, they scare the shit out of a lot of the more peaceful, freedom loving citizens of the world.

When people are continually being threatened and attacked, they get a bit phobic after awhile. Human nature and all.

My question is: What part of that don't they understand?

Posted by: John West | 2008-04-09 4:41:29 PM


Terry,

Thanks for the correction. But sadly you are only the rare exception to the rule. BTW, your link came up dead. This one worked for me, however:

http://www.nationalpost.com/most_popular/Story.html?id=256925

Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-04-09 5:32:22 PM


Want to be outraged? Read this:

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=60990

"A group of concerned citizens has been raising alarms about the Islamic elements planned for the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., for years. And a member of Congress has demanded the National Park Service make changes in its plans."

Posted by: Epsilon | 2008-04-09 5:41:35 PM


Want to be outraged? Read this:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=60990
Posted by: Epsilon | 9-Apr-08 5:41:35 PM

Th street I live ( built in the 1950's)on happens to be a crescent. Should I assume that the street is a subliminal islamic design?

What would be of more interest to me is a full accounting of what happened to Flight 93.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-04-09 5:59:58 PM


Stig, you are a pathetic, vile, stinking, putrid and evil nutcase.

You obviously have no empathy whatsoever for the people who fought and died on this flight and worse, you would appear to even deny their sacrifice with a statement like that.

You disgust me to the core. Go deny the holocaust too while your at it.

With all the hatred I can muster,

Epsi

Posted by: Epsilon | 2008-04-09 6:36:55 PM


Actually, Epsi, the promulgator of this loony conspiracy theory, a man named Alec Rawls, is a "pathetic, vile, stinking, putrid and evil nutcase". He has managed to persuade a single relative of one of the passengers, along with Rep. Tom Tancredo to sign on to this idiocy. The other families have written to Tancredo objecting to his stand.
Nice to see you standing with the nutbars. Consistency is a good thing.

Posted by: truewest | 2008-04-09 7:05:52 PM


Mr. O'Neill,

How can Warman suing Levant and others for defamation be a human "wrong"?

According to Mr. Levant, the whole problem with Warman heretofore has been his use of kangaroo instead of "real" courts.

Mr. Levant would be a more sympathetic martyr were it not for the fact he sues promiscuously in the very court he now finds himself called to for freely expressing HIS opinions -- something he is not too crazy about others doing. Ezra Levant believes in ME speech.

Mr. Levant has been bang on in his battles with the HRCs. However, to complain that this serial litigator is now a victim of a human wrong because he is being sued via the very defamation law he lauds is ludicrous.

Please think before signing off your posts with what amount to hero-worshipping throw away remarks.

Posted by: Jeremy | 2008-04-09 9:16:01 PM


LOL! What is the difference between Ernst Zundel, David Irving and Mark Steyn?

Posted by: ROGER | 2008-04-09 9:57:02 PM


LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! ad nauseam. Get over it.

Posted by: Nothing New Under the Sun | 2008-04-09 11:10:39 PM


Drivel on Truwest. Goof.

Posted by: epsilon | 2008-04-09 11:39:58 PM


Nice comeback, Epsi. btw, the tinfoil hat really brings out the highlights in your hair.

Posted by: truewest | 2008-04-10 12:15:14 AM


Stig, you are a pathetic, vile, stinking, putrid and evil nutcase.
Posted by: Epsilon | 9-Apr-08 6:36:55 PM

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume your response is the result of:

(1)You forgot to take your Valium
(2)Your flugenhiemer ran out of gas
(3)It's that time of the month

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-04-10 7:36:17 AM


Well said Jeremy and this comes from someone being sued by the afor mentioned i.e ME.
Its all the same BS to me

Posted by: Merle | 2008-04-10 11:09:10 AM


The Canadian Muslim Council should be getting the press coverage instead of CAIR. The difference is night and day. The CMC supports freedom of expression, equality of the sexes and living in peace with their neighbours.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-04-10 11:41:29 AM


Everytime I come back to this blog I shake my head as to what it has become.

911 deniers.

Morons screaming for drug legalization while me and the neighbourhood moms are fighting like hell to keep our kids off drugs and keep pushers out of our neighbourhoods and schools.

Nitwits battling over irrelevant philosophical nuances rather than addressing real conservative issues.

And all my favourite posters have left: Lady, OBC, Liz J, WL Mackenzie Redux and Conrad.

This blog has just gone downhill since you have abandoned your core conservative audience and are pursuing libertarian nonsense.

Epsi

Posted by: Epsilon | 2008-04-10 5:54:57 PM


Eliminate these silly commissions. They are simply attack dogs for dumbass liberals

Posted by: Adam | 2008-04-11 4:30:26 PM



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