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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The joke's on us

A lesbian, a Muslim and a dumb blonde walk into a bar. The lesbian orders a .....

Looking forward to a punch line here? Sorry, but according to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, a joke of this sort might constitute an offence under the province's menacing human-rights law.

As stated in this space before, though, don't blame the Tribunal. It's the fault of the legislation, and that means that the responsibility for this fiasco rests at the feet of Premier Gordon Campbell. Tell him what you think about the B.C. Human Rights Act by sending him a message here: [email protected].

And while you're at it, I'm sure he'd love to hear your views about the looming carbon tax.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on June 26, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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"Sorry, but according to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, a joke of this sort might constitute an offence under the province's menacing human-rights law."

As much as I think this is a farce, let's not make one ourselves here Terry. They haven't even set a date yet, much less (as I understand it) decided if there will be one, so far a complaint was launched.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2008-06-26 12:10:39 PM

According to Ezra Levant, who gives the link, the BC HRC has committed it to go to trial.

Posted by: BillBC | 2008-06-26 12:31:13 PM

Ah, in that case it should be interesting to watch.

*Gets popcorn*

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2008-06-26 12:41:50 PM

Its "interesting" only if there is no real consequences. See, this isn't a real court. They don't follow the rule of law. The don't consider real evidence. Thus there should be no real consequence. It should be like a hockey game. One wins the other loses and we all go home. That would be "interesting."

Unfortunately these HRCs are setting precedents with there 100% conviction rate. It means if you are before the HRC you are guilty. It means the average Joe will not be able to exercise their constitutional right to free speech because they don't have the resources to fight government bureaucracy. It means we are silenced as a majority as individuals are targeted.

We have all lived through government corruption and high taxation and broken promises. We also have weathered that storm. This however has the potential to alter the great nation that my father fought on the beaches of Normandy to preserve. To turn it into the very entity that he fought against.

Posted by: Jim | 2008-06-26 1:39:06 PM

Just when you can't possibly think of how this saga can get any better it does. Worth at least another chapter in Ezra's book.

I hope this trial will be liveblogged. But what I really am looking forward to is the whole integration of live on-stage stand-up comedy with real-life stand-up comedy. A synthesis of real, unreal and surreal all packaged up for us by a comedian in live testimony. By far the biggest audience this comedian will ever have. Playing the "Big Room" has just taken on a whole new meaning.


Posted by: Epsilon | 2008-06-26 4:08:30 PM

This on the day the supreme court the kangaroo courts have jurisdiction over the political discourse of politicians.

Posted by: K Stricker | 2008-06-26 4:42:07 PM

I'm missing a 'decided' in the above comment.

Posted by: K Stricker | 2008-06-26 4:43:10 PM

I wonder if the BCHRT will be applying a 'cover charge' to anyone who wants to sit in on the hearing....humor has its price, of course the proceeds would go to the offended lesbians.

Posted by: prairie dog | 2008-06-26 5:47:06 PM

Now take my freedom of speech. Please!

Posted by: henny youngman | 2008-06-27 2:54:08 PM

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