Anti-equality blowhard Lorne Gunter is still going on about our country's human rights commissions. Enough already! Don't you ever get tired of bitching about the same issue? Gunter and others like him have been beating this dead horse for months with zero sign of any willingness on the part of our country's politicians to seriously revisit the issue.
Barring a Stephen Harper majority government, in which anyone who is not a far right radical or someone they love would be vulnerable to malicious and surprise government attack (just like women, doctors, teachers, nurses, gays, Natives, social workers, the disabled, the poor all were under Mike Harris), I doubt we'll see Canada's Human Rights laws revisited anytime soon.
Of course, there's no doubt that the Harper-crites are hoping for a majority government in this October's expected election. It's easy to see them using this issue to throw a little bone to their base, as they are prone to do. They probably wouldn't re-open the abortion or the same sex marriage debate, but they'd sure be willing to gut or even shut down Canada's Human Rights Commission, if given the chance.
But I digress. Gunter argues that gays, who are born that way, need to compromise and tolerate discrimination, while the religious, who pick and choose their own beliefs, should not have to do so. To him, it's perfectly okay for a private citizen or business providing services to the public to pick and choose which communities they will or will not serve based purely on religious grounds. Gunter ignores the implications of his position: if doctors can discriminate based on religion, they can also discriminate based on any criteria they personally deem reasonable, in defiance of professional standards. If a patient is a woman, they could refuse treatment. If the patient is a Jew, they could refuse treatment. If the patient is dying, they could refuse treatment.
As we know, Canada has a terrible doctor shortage. Once more, it's difficult as it is to find a doctor who is "gay-friendly" outside of large urban centres. To exempt doctors as a profession from our human rights laws, as Gunter argues, would be truly despicable.