Democracy works when we can speak freely without fear of being punished by the state or anyone else for that matter. How can we function as free individuals when we feel compelled to look over our shoulders every time we say something? What does it say about Canadian society when its citizens live in constant fear of saying or doing the "wrong thing"?
I will not go into details about Ezra Levant's case because there are blogs that are covering it particularly Ezra Levant's which you can go to here. But I will provide some background info. Ezra Levant was publisher of the now defunct Western Standard magazine when those infamous Danish Mohammad cartoons were making headlines and inciting riots and death threats from adherents of the alleged religion of peace. Long story short, Ezra Levant republished them in the Western Standard, the only journal in Canada to do so, some Muslims got "offended", and you get the idea.
Here's a National Post article about the Ezra Levant case. It's worth the read. It gives you an idea of how these commissions work. Here are some excerpts.
Ironically, human rights commissions are the best examples of just how many rights we have lost. They follow none of the rules of evidence built up over centuries to assure the accused of a fair hearing. Many commissions will hear plaintiff 's testimony in secret, violating the protection of being able to confront one's accusers. Most admit hearsay and limit the right of the accused to counsel or to call his own witnesses and experts.
Whether they will admit it or not, most also employ reverse onus: Before them, the accused is presumed guilty of racism, sexism, homophobia or general insensitivity if someone from a favoured minority claims to have been offended. It is the responsibility of the accused to prove he is not.
Unlike in a defamation court, at a human rights show trial truth is no defence. What's more, the accuser will be represented by the tax-funded officers of the commission, sometimes even by government-paid lawyers, while the defendant will have to pay his own way.
Canadian Human Rights Commissions were born out of the Liberal 60s and 70s and have evolved into these kangaroo courts. Initially conceived to curb discrimination that may deny an individual's basic human rights - such as employment and housing - they are now avenues to curb dissent towards liberal orthodoxy such as immigration, multiculturalism, homosexuality, abortion, etc. This is why people on the left support these CHRCs. It's a state sanctioned tool to enforce leftist ideology on the Canadian public. It's leftist hypocrisy at its best. They claim to be champions of free speech yet limit it wherever they can under the guise of altruism, tolerance, multiculturalism, and justice when in really it is leftist fascism. Dictators support freedom of speech so long as you agree with the dictator. The Canadian left are no different.
Here is a National Post article that illustrate the frivolous nature of many of the cases that are brought before a CHRC. It's about a Sikh patron at a Canadian theme park who felt his human rights were violated because he wasn't allowed to ride a go-kart attraction since his turban prevented him from wearing a helmet. Ontario has mandatory helmet laws and for insurance reasons as well the theme park was right to deny the Sikh the opportunity to ride. The Sikh gentleman believes his human right to ride the go kart without a helmet was violated and hence the case. It's ridiculous.
On a more serious note attempts were made to shut down a Canadian conservative forum called Free Dominion via a Human Rights complaint. The site had to be sold to an offshore interest to circumvent the repeated harassment.
All of this follows on an earlier post where I mentioned that three other individuals faced similar harassment because of their conservative beliefs and audacity to question Canada's state religion of multiculturalism.
I am going to add links to Ezra Levant and Free Mark Steyn! I encourage you to educate yourself on the current nature of Canada's Human Rights Commissions. It seems these things need to be stopped because you may find yourself the object of a complaint just for having an opinion. I have that fear myself for the obvious reasons and fear is a great tool of control and mechanism of self censorship.