Lorne Gunter has an interesting blog in the National Post this morning, largely about the Christian couple in England being charged for using "threatening, abusive or insulting words" which were "religiously aggravated", during a discussion they had with a visitor to their B&B who happened to be a Muslim woman.
His conclusion is most telling and true as he links it to things going on on our side of the pond:
I hope Lorne Gunter is not a prophet, or if he is, not a good one. However, I think he is adroitly seeing what is happening in Jolly Olde Englande and logically seeing similar attitudes and efforts bearing comparable fruit here in the colonies.
Government has no right, none at all, to regulate what free people may say to one another about faith, politics or other beliefs. There are personal consequences for what we say and those should be the limits of what any of us has to endure.
Yet agents of the modern state believe themselves empowered to regulate free speech all the time, in Canada every bit as much as Britain.
In Saskatchewan, human rights apparatchiks have ruled parts of the Bible are hate speech. In Alberta, a pastor has been ordered to apologize for expressing views against homosexuality and ordered by the Alberta Human Rights Commission never to utter those views in public again.
If ordinary citizens don't demand of their politicians that they disband the political correctness inquisitions, there will soon be Canadian versions of the Vogelenzangs -- people who are criminally charged for stating their beliefs.