The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruled today that … the article, an excerpt from Mark Steyn’s book America Alone in which he describes the demographic and ideological dangers posed by a growing Muslim population in the West, was not likely to expose Muslims to hatred or contempt.
The Canadian Islamic Congress, which brought the complaint, has previously failed in two other jurisdictions: Ontario, which said it did not have jurisdiction over printed material, and federally, where the complaint was rejected as without merit.
But the damage is done. Which other commentator would want the stress, legal costs, distraction and calumny involved with being hauled through one forum after another over a couple of years to defend their good name?
One cure for this cancer, of course, is to make the Canadian Islamic Council pay the costs of its attempt to kill free speech – and pay so much that it learns that free speech is a lot, lot cheaper and healthier than expensive censorship.
Here’sÂ THE VERDICT
The Steyn trial, along with other lesser known but equally troubling cases, are chronicled in the new book The Tyranny of Nice: How Canada crushes freedom in the name of human rights, written by Kathy Shaidle and Pete Vere (www.TyrannyOfNice.com)
Authors Kathy Shaidle and Pete Vere commented today on the verdict in the Steyn & Maclean’s case:
“Unfortunately, this decision is only a partial victory for Mark Steyn, Maclean’s magazine and every other writer and publisher in Canada.
“This Kafkaesque trial cost taxpayers dearly, while many Canadians struggle to make ends meet. More importantly, it cost Canada its international reputation as a free, just and tolerant country. While Steyn and Maclean’s won, most defendants are found guilty; the HRCs boast of a nearly 100% rate of conviction.
“We can only hope that this case and all the others chronicled in our book will help make the continued existence of Canada’s out of control, draconian Human Rights Commissions an issue in the coming federal election.
“If elected Prime Minister, what will Stephen Harper, Stephane Dion, Jack Layton or Elizabeth May do to rein in the powers of human rights commissions and protect freedom of speech and freedom of the press?”
* Â and another little victory:
Pat Condell video reinstated on YouTube
The latest video from comedian Pat Condell,Â Welcome to Saudi Britain, has been re-instated on the YouTube video sharing site following massive protests from defenders of free speech.
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The NSS complained to the site last week when it became clear that Pat’s latest opus, on the injustices that sharia law brings to women, had been removed following complaints from Muslim activists. In response, other YouTube members started to post the video on their own account on YouTube and soon it was available on hundreds of different accounts on the site.
YouTube eventually relented and the video is now up again and receiving a massive response. If you haven’t seen it yet,Â catch it here.
CANADA vs FREE SPEECH
The panel has concluded that the complaints are not justified becauseÂ the complainants have not established that the Article is likely to expose them to hatred or contempt on the basis of their religion.Â Therefore, pursuant to s. 37(1) the complaints are dismissed.
For the full monster PDF ruling, clickÂ here. I’ll be discussingÂ the verdictÂ later today after 6.30pm Mountain Time withÂ Rob BreakenridgeÂ on 770 CHQR Calgary. Further reports fromÂ Reuters,Â The National Post,Â The Vancouver SunÂ andÂ CTV, plus comment fromÂ Andrew Coyne,Â Mark Hemingway,Â Michelle Malkin,Â The Weekly Standard, theÂ Canadian Arab Federation,Â Jay Currie,Â Stage Left,Â Deborah Gyapong,Â The Western Standard, theÂ Hyacinth Girl, andÂ Kathy Shaidle & Pete Vere, with more atÂ Free Mark Steyn!Â And there’s never been a better day to pick up a copy ofÂ The Tyranny Of Nice.