Hate speech laws violate constitution: Rights tribunal
Calgary Herald


Some may remember when we took to task Focus on the Family and in particular James Dobson for bending, yeilding, and compromising even further his messages on radio so as to abide with this ban on free speech, where the man has made millions and could have boldly stood according to the commandments of Jesus Christ but chose instead to hold on to his many assets rather than risk losing one thin dime for preaching and teaching truth.


Here now almost a year later an ungodly and unrighteous Neo-Nazi of all people brought down the Canadian Human Rights Trubunals.


It appears that God has shamed the likes of James Dobson and other Big-Time Broadcast Christ ministries, as well as Canadian conservatives, by choosing a worm of the earth in place of them. This is a wonderous thing, and who can acknowledge anything but the finger of God here.


This is also a STRONG TESTIMONY that contrary to all those beleivers that have been taken in by the sellers and traders of fear that this NOT is the very end of the age, Obama is NOT the Antichrist, that the one world government is NOT COMING NOW. And that the illuminate, the Bilderbergers and such are NOT taking over the world.


The Word of the Lord is that This Nation Shall Survive Obama. His hand shall be held from proforming all he would desire.


HOW IS THIS TESTIMONY OF SUCH -- If it were that day and hour, this ruling would not have been possible. Hopefully Canadian Christians will go to the street and celebrate this speaking of the wonders goodness, righteousness and judgment of Jesus Christ in every town hamlet and city bringing many to the Lord,

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that Section 13, Canada's much-criticized human rights hate speech law, is an unconstitutional violation of the Charter right to free expression because of its penalty provisions.

The decision released Wednesday morning by tribunal chair Athanasios Hadjis appears to strip the Canadian Human Rights Commission of its controversial legal mandate to pursue hate on the Internet, which it has strenuously defended against complaints of censorship.

It also marks the first major failure of Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act, an anti-hate law that was conceived in the 1960s to target racist telephone hotlines, then expanded in 2001 to the include the entire Internet, and for the last decade used almost exclusively by one complainant, activist Ottawa lawyer Richard Warman.

Wednesday's decision is a victory over Warman by Marc Lemire, webmaster of freeedomsite.org and a prominent figure in the Canadian far right, who was supported in his constitutional challenge of Section 13 by the legal team that defended Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel.

Warman alleged that postings on Lemire's website, written by others, contravened Section 13 in that they were "likely to expose" identifiable groups to "hatred or contempt."

Lemire responded by challenging the law itself, which was last upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in a 1990 split decision, before the Internet age.

That decision, about neo-Nazi John Ross Taylor, upheld the law as a justifiable limit on free expression largely because of its supposedly remedial, non-punitive purpose. But Hadjis found that the pursuit of Section 13(1) cases "can no longer be considered exclusively remedial, preventive and conciliatory in nature."

Rather, the law "has become more penal in nature."

He cited Warman's request for a $7,500 penalty against Lemire. Warman has won over a dozen other Section 13(1) cases, many leading to similar fines as well as legal restrictions on Internet activity.

This criticism about a penal law masquerading as a remedial one echoes that of Richard Moon, a law professor hired by the CHRC last year to provide an expert analysis of their online hate speech mandate. In essence, his advice was that it could not be done fairly, and so should not be done at all.

Hadjis' decision to reject the law as unconstitutional, in light of its penalty provisions, leaves a central area of Canada's human rights in limbo, and kicks a political hot potato over to the government and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, which can appeal the ruling to Federal Court.

Warman's case was supported by the CHRC, and various advocacy groups joined the case as interveners in support of Section 13.

Hadjis rejected Warman's complaints in all but one instance, an article called AIDS Secrets. He found that this posting contravened Section 13(1). But he also found the law itself with its threat of penalties such as an order to cease the discriminatory messages, or pay fines up to $10,000 violates Lemire's Charter right to freedom of expression, and therefore refused to make any order against him.

"Since a formal declaration of invalidity (of Section 13(1)) is not a remedy available to the tribunal, I will simply refuse to apply these provisions for the purposes of the complaint against Mr. Lemire and I will not issue any remedial order against him," Mr. Hadjis wrote.

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