"The world has grown so bad that
wrens make prey where eagles dare not
perch." - Richard III.
Dick the King had it right. But
things are worse now, seeing that speech
can be trimmed when it is
"demonstrably justifiable" to
do so, which is to say at the whim of
politicians and pressure groups. It is
enough to make any decent eagle apply
for refugee status in the U.S.
Nevertheless, it is possible that
here in the Sikh-led Republic of British
Columbia the eagles are about to rebel.
For, wonder of wonders, the human rights
critic in the Opposition Liberal Party
has just denounced the rights maniacs
for their "goofy decisions".
"There is," says Geoff
Plant, who is likely to become attorney
general when the NDP wrens get their
deserts in the coming election, "a
long string of human rights [tribunal]
decisions that diminishes the idea of
human rights rather than elevates
The goofiest of all was made recently
by tribunalist Tom Patch, who awarded a
guy $30,000 because the poor chap said
that putting poinsettias in the front of
the store at Christmas was against his
religion, and that in being told to do
so he was being discriminated against.
I am not making this up. The
complainant was a Jehovah's Witness and
the Witnesses do not observe Christmas.
He left his job, and Patch gave him the
thirty grand for "hurt
feelings" and lost wages. In
un-British Columbia there is no appeal
against such decisions. So the store
owner has to pay up.
Accustomed though I am to the frolics
of the human rights gang and their
kangaroo courts, this one made even me
blink. But blinking in this neck of the
woods is as common as colds.
In another case, a professor was
fined $13,000 for creating a
"sexual environment". His sin
was to put on a dinner complete with
candles, etc. for a multicult student
who came to his house to discuss her
course work. Her credibility was not
exactly great and he was not accused of
sticking his tongue in her mouth or
anything juicy like that.
Then there was the guy who weighed
300 pounds, was hired by phone, but was
then told he was too big for the job. He
was awarded $3,500 for those hurt
feelings and $7,750 for lost wages and
Not to mention the transsexual who
got compensation for being denied access
to the ladies' loo!
There are myriad similar awards, hurt
feelings having replaced heart attacks
as our most popular disease. But they
are the very stuff of "human
Stephen Harper, the former Reform Party
MP has pointed out, "Human rights
commissions, as they are evolving, are
an attack on our fundamental freedoms
and the basic existence of democratic
society. It is in fact totalitarianism,
and I find this very scary stuff."
Enter me, your humble servant.
On account of having written the
wrong opinions, I have been the target
of two complaints by Organized Jewry,
the most famous or infamous of which was
a critique of the movie Schindler's List
(I called it Swindler's List). Heretic
that I am, I said that the story of the
six million Jewish deaths in Germany was
vastly exaggerated and that it was being
used to pump money out of anyone who can
Jewish author Norman Finkelstein has
recently put it in even stronger terms,
calling it blackmail and an outright
racket. I also pointed out that
Hollywood is controlled by Jews, hence
the never-ending stream of Holocaust
The first complaint was dismissed.
The second, which included the original
column along with three others, found me
in the stocks. The North Shore News, in
which the pieces apeared, was fined
$2,000 and ordered to print the decision
in full, an attack on freedom of the
press unheard of in the history of
Canada. I was also instructed to be
politically correct in future, an
injunction that I have ignored.
Ever out of step, I put the offending
items in a compendium of columns in book
form, and am now trying to fight this
Republic's rights law in court. Needless
to say, Premier Ujjal Dosanjh and his
lot are fighting tooth and nail to keep
it out of court.
Will the B.C. Liberal Party really do
something? I am not holding my breath.
If it does, well and good. If it
doesn't, the legal battle for free
expression goes on.
It is encouraging that word about
these blights on the body politic is
getting around. The Liberal statement
got front page news in The Vancouver
Sun, complete with a picture of the
unhappy looking lesbian who heads the
Human Rights Commission. It also gave
some examples of goofy decisions under
the headline "B.C. human rights
process faces uncertain future".
Even though my case involves freedom
of the press, it was not mentioned, a
fact which, being perhaps of paranoid
propensities, I put down to my not being
a hero to David Radler, the Jewish gent
who controls Pacific Press.
Onward and upward.