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Insight under 'human rights' attack
Issue: January 2008
Catholic Insight has joined a range of Canadian publications, groups and
individuals who have become targets of human rights-based legal attacks
In February 2007, Rob Wells, a member of the Pride Centre of Edmonton,
filed a nine-point complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission,
alleging that C.I. has targeted homosexuals as being a powerful menace,
made negative generalizations about them, portrayed them as preying upon
children, blamed them for problems in society and the world, portrayed
them as dangerous or violent by nature, conveyed the idea that they are
devoid of any redeeming qualities and are innately evil, used inflammatory
and derogatory language to create a tone of “extreme hatred and
contempt,” trivialized or celebrated past persecution or tragedy
involving them and called for action to be taken against them.
Wells’s complaint consists of three pages of isolated and fragmentary
extracts from articles dating back as far as 1994, without any context.
C.I. counters that these isolated quotes are not meaningful without the
contexts of the articles themselves from which they were culled; in fact,
most of them are even out of context from the sentences from which they
C.I. regards all of these charges as unfounded and made with the intent to
harass. It intends to defend itself vigorously should the CHRC proceed.
The magazine has continually emphasized that, with the respect to
homosexual activity, it follows the guidance of the Magisterium of the
Roman Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has made clear
that persons with same-sex attraction must be accepted with respect,
compassion and sensitivity and that every sign of unjust discrimination in
their regard should be avoided.
At the same time, however, the magazine notes the Catechism declares
homosexual acts are ones of grave depravity and intrinsically disordered.
They are contrary to the natural law, close the sexual act to the gift of
life, do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity
and cannot be approved under any circumstances.
From its beginning in 1993, the magazine has traced and exposed homosexual
activists for their attacks against Christians defending the traditional
order in law and society and their use of derogatory language against all
who stand in their way. Many of C.I.’s articles have quoted homosexual
activists, such as the former
, B.C. MP Svend Robinson, who was known to denounce opponents as
“bigots,” “homophobes” and “hatemongers.” The magazine has
never replied in kind, but rather has adhered to the maxim, “Hate the
sin, but love the sinner.”
Wells’s complaint is not his first. In 2006, he sought the shutdown of
three websites associated with Craig Chandler in
– freetospeak.ca, freedomradionetwork.ca and concernedchristians.ca. He
also currently has a three-pronged action in progress against leader Ron
Gray and his Christian Heritage Party. He alleges a CHP reposting of an
article on pedophilia being more common among homosexuals, as well as
several commentaries Gray wrote, were motivated by hate and the defaming
of homosexual persons. Gray says in the course of conversing with the CHRC,
a highly placed official of that agency admitted to him that the Human
Rights Act is about censorship.
A number of other human rights actions have been launched against
individuals or groups, including Bishop Fred Henry of
and the Knights of Columbus in
. Maclean’s magazine and its editor-in-chief, Kenneth Whyte, face a
human rights complaint launched by the Canadian Islamic Congress over an
October 23, 2006 article by Mark Steyn entitled, “The Future Belongs to
Islam.” Whyte vows he will let the magazine go bankrupt before allowing
the CIC equal space to respond to the article, while Tom Flanagan, Stephen
Harper’s former campaign manager, is urging all who write or speak in
the public domain to rally to Steyn’s defence.
Alan Borovoy, general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties
Association, acknowledges he never imagined human rights commissions would
ultimately be used against freedom of speech. To be acting as censors, he
said, was “hardly the role we had envisioned for human rights
Under the human rights complaints process as it exists, a complainant’s
legal costs are covered, while a defendant must pay for expenses out of
his own pocket. As well, rules of evidence in place for criminal court
proceedings are not followed in human rights hearings.
Catholic Insight will keep readers informed of developments as they unfold
in this matter.
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Updated: Dec 18th,
2007 - 12:43:49
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