March 13, 2014
As the world’s governing classes hunt down liberty and kill it, the murder is often performed in the name of someone’s “rights.”
In our Declaration of Independence, rights are God-given and inalienable. In our Constitution, they are enumerated in the Bill of Rights. But libs and progs have discovered a lot of new “rights” since those documents were written.
Our sister country, Canada, has neither document. What Canada has is a vague Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a government that has taken it upon itself to “balance” one group’s rights against another’s. Or, as Julius Caesar’s assassins put it, to make some groups well, they must make others sick.
So was born Canada’s “human rights” industry. A marriage of utopian thinking and cockamamie legislation begat Canada’s “human rights” commissions and tribunals.
In practice, Canada’s “human rights” laws have stratified her citizens, with white Christians at the bottom of the heap. At the very top are homosexuals and Muslims, who have a “right” never to be offended, or made “uncomfortable,” or to have their feelings hurt by anything a Christian says, writes, or does.
Muslims and homosexuals are members of “protected classes” of Canadian citizens, which gives them license, via the “human rights” machine, to prey on citizens who don’t enjoy that distinction. As a bonus, the government pays 100 percent of the plaintiff’s legal costs and leaves the defendant twisting in the wind.
But there can be only one supreme class of citizens in any state. And in 2012, in Toronto, an aggressive lesbian tried to establish her own class as Number One.
She selected a Muslim-owned and operated barbershop, sauntered in, and demanded a “businessman’s haircut.” When the Muslim owner politely declined, on the grounds that his religion forbade him to touch a woman to whom he was not related, off she sprinted to her friendly “human rights” tribunal. The barber tried to appease her with a haircut at another shop he owned, where he had non-Muslim employees, but nothing doing. The lesbian was determined that this particular Muslim barber must obey her or suffer consequences.
I wonder if she thought she was in Oregon.
I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. It was the irresistible force meeting the immoveable object. Canada’s inane multicultural laws guarantee the Muslim an absolute right to refrain from doing anything contrary to his religion—a right that Christians do not have in Canada. But the same bozo legislation also guarantees this lesbian an absolute right never to be made uncomfortable or have her feelings hurt. What was a poor kangaroo court to do? How could it possibly resolve the conflict?
Last week the tribunal announced that the two parties had settled out of court, bound by a confidentiality agreement so that the rest of us will never know what happened.
My own opinion is that the lesbian is lucky to get out of this with her skin still on her bones. The Muslim barber seems to be a man of peace; but all it takes is one hot-head with a bullhorn on the street, and suddenly Toronto has its own little holy war.
Here in the USA, without benefit of the Canadian Human Rights Code, but with plenty of mischievous legislation of our own, almost every day the news presents us with another example of homosexuals lording it over Christians, just as they do in Canada. Assorted “human rights” agencies, in defiance of our founding documents and our tradition of religious liberty, empower the bullies, slapping onerous fines onto small businesses to destroy their Christian owners for declining to take active part in unholy parodies of marriage. It is as if the Declaration and the First Amendment had never been written.
Meanwhile, Canada and her “human rights” mandarins have sidestepped a conflict that might have erupted into civil disorder. The steel cage match between “gays” and Muslims has been postponed.
“Balancing rights” is a fool’s errand, and no one but a mutton-headed, utopian prig would undertake it. Eventually it will subvert the state, with religious freedom as the first and least expendable casualty.
Our governing fools and Canada’s are cut from the same cloth, and are headed down the same path.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com