Mark Steyn, a conservative commentator from Canada, and Macleans magazine are being tried in Vancouver by British Columbia’s Human Rights tribunal for expressing the politically incorrect opinion that some Muslim beliefs are incompatible with western-style democracy.
Canadian journalist David Warren says of the matter:
The writings of Canada’s most talented journalist, Mark Steyn, went on trial in Vancouver on Monday, in a case designed to challenge freedom of the press. It is a show trial, under the arbitrary powers given to Canada’s obscene “human rights” commissions, by Section 13 of our Human Rights Act.
I wrote “obscene” advisedly. Before Canada’s “human rights” tribunals, a respondent has none of the defences formerly guaranteed in common law. The truth is no defence, reasonable intention is no defence, nor material harmlessness, there are no rules of evidence, no precedents, nor case law of any kind. The commissars running the tribunals need have no legal training, exhibit none, and owe their appointments to networking among leftwing activists.
I wrote “show trial” advisedly, for there has been a 100 percent conviction rate in cases brought to “human rights” tribunals under Section 13.
So in an effort to advance human rights Canada will infringe on civil rights. Nice.
It should be noted that these sorts of kangaroo courts have also been held in places like Puerto Rico.
Canadian journalist and blogger Denyse O’Leary explains:
Non-Canadians can best help us by monitoring the situation, spreading the word, and making sure it does not happen where you are.