the sound and fury of a federal election
important news can sometimes be missed.
So here are a couple of items that may
not have reached your part of the world.
Both involve "human rights,"
or the lack of them.
The first is the Robert Blencoe case,
and the second is a revolt against
"gay rights" days by the Union
of B.C. Municipalities.
Robert Blencoe is the former NDP
cabinet minister who was accused of
"sexual harassment" by two of
his staff. That was five years ago.
whatever he did, he committed no crime,
and has not been charged with one.
Instead, complaints when to the Human
That brought his dismissal from
cabinet. He got a job down East, but the
media followed him and he lost it.
Whereupon he returned to British
Columbia and became a security guard.
His case dragged on and on, and he
went to court claiming that the delay
was denying him natural justice. The
B.C. Supreme Court turned him down. He
appealed, and the Appeal Court upheld
him. Having unlimited taxpayers' dollars
at its disposal, the Human Rights
Commission then took the matter to the
Supreme Court of Canada, whose gurus
found against him. So, five years after
it all started he's back before the
rights fanatics, and Iım not holding my
breath as to what the verdict will be.
What did Blencoe do? Well, let's say
he was stupid. Kissing the staff or
patting their bums is not on. In saner
times, he might have got a slap across
the kisser, and that would have been
that. But he certainly didn't rape
anybody. Today, however, sexual
harassment has become a money maker,
thanks to human rights.
is sexual harassment? In his book , The
End Of Sanity, the American writer
Samuel L. Gross points out that it is a
phony "crime" thought up by
what he calls the New Establishment.
He points out that the Random House
College Dictionary defines it as:
"1) To be troubled by repeated
attacks, incursions, etc., as in war or
hostilities; harry, raid. 2) To disturb
persistently, torment, pester,
Yet it is now often linked with what
is in someone's head or tongue (remember
the professor who was accused of looking
at girls in the swimming pool?) , and
claims that it is related to assault,
even rape. Which, as Gross says,
presents an absolutely false picture to
does the "hate literature"
nonsense, which usually means that some
pressure group doesnıt like someone
The New Establishment,says Gross, is
striving to shape a new society based on
the denial of truth and decency. Thus we
now have Affirmative Action,
Bilingualism, Gender Equity,
Multiculturalism and Diversity, Under-
Representation and of course Sexual
Harassment, all of which are key tenets
of a secular religion.
For the time being, there is little
hope of getting rid of it. and judging
by the way they panic when the
politically incorrect join as members,
even Stockwell Day and the Alliance
Party pay tribute to that religion. But
there is some stirring elsewhere.
At their recent convention, the Union
of B.C. Municipalities came out strongly
against having to declare "gay
pride" days. Some mayors have
refused to do so, and Kelowna Mayor
Walter Gray was bashed by the B.C. Human
Rights Commission for trying to strike
the word "pride" from the
Local politicians should not be
forced to welcome events that they and
their communities don't support, he
said. Therefore, mayors should be
protected from the provisions of the
Human Rights Code. It was, said Gray, an
attempt to restore mayors' rights to
free speech. But it is not only mayors'
rights that are involved here.
On cue, the NDP government declared
that the mayors were
"anti-gay" and that no such
protection would be forthcoming. So
let's hope that that's another nail in
the NDP coffin. (At Vancouverıs Gay
Pride Day, NDP premier Ujjal Dozanjh
pranced along with the queers.)
Some sections of the media are
beginning to understand what is going
on. The Maple Ridge News has come out
with an editorial on the Blencoe issue
in which it told Liberal Opposition
Leader Gordon Campbell that the first
thing he should do on coming to power
should be to get rid of the B.C. Human
There is a certain irony in Blencoe's
case. He was a minister when the human
rights legislation was passed. He has
now been "hoist with his own
petard" as the ancient saying goes.