Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mother of all Human Rights’ Battles Launched by Ezra Levant

Here’s a fight destined for history books.

LifeSiteNews has a great summary to date.

On Friday, January 11, Ezra Levant, the former publisher of the now defunct conservative Western Standard magazine, appeared before the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Levant was brought before the Commission after a complainant accused him of hate speech, citing Levant's decision to republish in The Western Standard a series of controversial cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed.

I’m hoping that Canada’s Human Rights Commissions have met their match in Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn and Macleans. If these formidable foes cannot smack down the Orwellian HRC’s in Canada, I’m afraid we are in our last days of freedom of speech [and religion] in Canada.

I’m happy that Bishop Frederick Henry has been willing to take on the HRC's, soul-less tyrants that they are. Although I’ve spoken out against Bishop Henry on some accounts, it is much to his credit that he is the only Canadian Bishop who has been threatened by such Commissions to answer for Christian teaching—which is unalterably opposed on some crucial accounts to the politically correct ideology demanded by such kangaroo courts. Bishop Henry had simply reaffirmed the truth contained in the Catholic doctrines on marriage and the family. To date he has survived the assaults and has prevailed.

In fairness, it must also be noted that, aside from the “Generals” in this war such as high profile Bishops like Frederick Henry, company captain and pastor Steven Boissoin as well as foot soldiers like Bill Whatcott and Chris Kempling have also faced off with the enemy. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly they have not prevailed. Were it a conventional war we were fighting we should not be surprised in the least by these casualties. How many soldiers normally die in battle for every General lost? Sure, that’s stretching the analogy but couldn’t statistics apply here as well because even in a spiritual battle, when humans are involved, casualties are still counted in names and faces.

A very big question here, and one which I hope will be asked, is, “Why haven’t most, if not all, of the Bishops [or other Christian leaders] been hauled to account before the Commissions?” After all, there’s but one Christian faith and one Catechism. So is it because they not declaring the Truth and defending the Faith? Should it depend on which geographic area of Canada where you live? In fact, why does the battle for freedom of speech, which may be considered a derivative of the more fundamental right to free expression, conscience and religion, have to be fought at this stage by “laypeople” and even non-Christians? Don’t misunderstand; I think it’s good and right and courageous of them to do so. Clearly, it is not only Christians who are able to recognize and adhere to the principles of natural law. So I thank God that they are doing it!

But the Bishops are the sanctifying power of society, entrusted to preach and to teach Truth. Doesn’t the truth touch at all upon this battle of rights we are now witnessing? Of course! It’s all about truth and fundamental human rights. Where do human rights originate? Hint: Don’t try to figure out that question without reference to Christian revelation and teaching, i.e. Truth. So where are the Bishops?

Our progression backwards in terms of fundamental rights and justice is simply clear testimony to a societal breakdown in the apprehension of objective truth. It is more than obvious that the “hate speech” battle now in the news reminds us that at one point in the past we had something which we now fear we have lost or are losing. What we are losing is the very integrity of Western civilization which was knitted and forged under the tutelage of Christian thought and leadership.

The ground we lose is ground lost solely because truth is consistently and appreciably undefended or misrepresented by the “Generals” in this war, the Bishops. The enemy of God and of man is only too happy to take it back, one step and one fight at a time, hoping with all his might to de-Christianize Canada and plunge it into an abyss of tyranny and totalitarianism—a political system tragically proven throughout history to be the reward of willfully ignorant, corrupted and unbelieving peoples.

The sooner we see the essential and decisive role of Bishops in the “culture war” in Canada the sooner will we govern ourselves personally in fidelity to the Truth—and the sooner will we acquire the right and duty to demand more from them—and the sooner will our society recover itself.

In the meanwhile, Mssrs. Levant and Steyn, lead us onward! Champion our cause! And God be with you!

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At 11:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canada: Freedom of Speech succumbing to Kangaroo Courts of the Human Rights Commission

Proceedings against Ezra Levant are nothing short of ridiculous, but let's consider the implications for moderate Muslims. This "investigation" will further divide Muslims and non-Muslims in Canada. It will give credence to radicals' claims that the West is at war with Islam. It will antagonize non-Muslims and moderate Muslims will be pushed towards radicalization. Regardless of the outcome, once again Islamists skillfully manipulated Dhimmi justice system and came out as clear winners. Thank you, Human Right Commission!

Muslims Against Sharia are proud to be the first Muslim group to publicly support Ezra Levant and denounce HRC inquisition

Sign Free Dominion Against the HRCs Petition

At 6:36 PM, Blogger ELA said...

Thanks for leaving a comment as well as links.

Freedom of expression, including freedom of speech and religion, is in everyone's best interests both Muslim and Christian. It is fundamental to a well ordered and successful society.

We should all aim for that.

Thanks for speaking up.


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