Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Round One to Mark Steyn

The Canadian Human Rights Commission dismissed the case brought by the Canadian Islamic Congress against Mark Steyn, author of America Alone. The Congress charged that he had indulged in hatred toward Canadian Muslims in an article, related to his book, published in the Canadian magazine Macleans; the Commission determined that Steyn stayed within the boundaries protected by freedom of speech. Now Steyn is awaiting the decision of a second, similar case brought before the British Columbia Human Rights Commission. More details here.

You may ask what human rights has to do with freedom of speech. Well, these were cases that the courts wouldn't accept. Human Rights Commissions have strayed far from their original mandate by engaging at all on such questions.

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