Saturday, October 31, 2009

Another Good NP Article From George Jonas

Saving the CHRC through Amputation

It is great to see respected journalists taking on the CHRC and the HRC industry, as here. A good read.

Here's his take on S. 13:
A law that takes an "expansive" view of discriminatory conduct based on the subjective feelings of groups selected to be immunized against existential trauma, then bases censure or sanctions against conduct that falls short of this standard, not on what the "actors" had actually done or intended to do, but on the effect their actions may have had on the most hostile or sensitive or vulnerable member of an immunized group, and finally adds insult to injury by describing this arbitrary, coercive and iniquitous process as "a non-adjudicative resolution of a 'dispute,'" turns society into a mixture between Orwell's 1984 and a Monty Python skit.
His conclusion might be sad but true:
When Canada's human rights industry, emboldened by its success with netting small fry -- a teacher here, a preacher there -- set its sights on the big fish swimming in the mainstream media, it opened itself to the risk of running into Moby Dick. As it happened, it ran into a whole school, from Ken Whyte's harpoon-resistant Maclean's magazine to a mix between a whale and a mongoose named Ezra Levant, and of course the world's only cetacean with a sense of humor, Mark Steyn. The biggest whale turned out to be the Internet itself, looming immense, committed solidly to the freedom of the seas. The good ship CHRC was no match against such fish.

Professor Moon quickly moved to cut bait, not to save an endangered species of free-swimming sea creatures but to secure the escape of the beleaguered whalers. Moon thinks he has done it, too. "While the critics of the CHRC have been successful in spreading their views, all they can hope for is a marginal win in a polarized debate," he offered in his lecture. The pity is he may be right.

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