Sunday, March 29, 2009

Alberta plans to finally enshrine 'sexual orientation' protections in law...

Eleven years after the Supreme Court of Canada "read in" protections for gays and lesbians into Alberta's human rights law, the government of Alberta is finally proposing to make those protections explicit in the letter of the law.

You may recall the case of Delwin Vriend who was fired from his job at a Christian college in Alberta in the 1990s. Vriend was unable to seek justice for this discrimination because, at the time, the Alberta government had refused to provide anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community. Vriend took the case all the way to Canada's Supreme Court where, in 1998, the court ruled that Alberta had erred in not providing such protections based on 'sexual orientation.' The court "read in" those protections, even though the wording of the legislation remained the same.

Now Alberta's Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett says he wants to include sexual orientation in Alberta’s human-rights law, possibly as early as this spring. It's nice that Alberta is finally joining the modern era, at least by Canadian standards (by world standards, Alberta is practically "progressive.")

Of course, as the Man giveth, he also taketh away. While providing explicit protections for gays and lesbians in Alberta's human rights law (largely a symbolic move), the province also plans to strip Alberta's Human Rights Commission of its ability to fight hate propaganda. There is nothing symbolic about this latter move: it's a direct assault on the rights of Alberta's citizens to live free from fear of the promotion of violence and hate-based attack.

This move is likely in reaction to the recent cases involving Ezra Levant and others. While those "free speech" advocates have been largely successful in arguing that much can be improved in terms of due process with regard to human rights commissions, they haven't convinced many, myself included, that the answer is to strip citizens of all right to pursue hate speech complaints. It's like using a sledgehammer to solve a problem that a fly swatter could fix.

Many conservatives have pointed to the case of Stephen Boissoin as an example of the Alberta Human Rights Commission going too far. Of course, many have played down the visceral hatred that Boissoin promoted in his 2002 letters to the Red Deer Advocate in which, using war-like language, he basically compared gay activists to dangerous vermin against whom any action readers deemed necessary should be taken to save children. The Calgary Herald recently described Boissoin's arguments simply as "a series of pro-traditional marriage-values letters." So the Calgary Herald seems to believe that in order to argue in favour of traditional marriage, you have to demand possible violence against all gays and lesbians? That's scary.

The problem here isn't that the "free speechers" want to clean up how human rights commissions work; they reallly want to shut them down altogether.

Individual citizens should have protections against hate propaganda and should be able to initiate complaints on their own, not have to rely on police and Attorneys-General to do so. I'm all for due and fair process, but I'm definitely against letting our guard down in the fight against real hatred.

No one should have the right to live free from "feeling offended," as the "free speechers" have erroneously argued is our goal. What we want and need is to be able to live in a society in which hate mongers are punished when they advocate genocide or promote violence against any group.

3 comments:

Stephen Boissoin said...

You said "he basically compared gay activists to dangerous vermin against whom any action readers deemed necessary should be taken to save children."

Another perfect example of manipulation. Grossly stretching the facts to suit your cause. I NEVER encouraged nor advocate violence. Those that know me, including gay youth and young adults, know that I would never so such and that I would protect them if necessary. The media knew and has expressed that they do not feel that I advocated violence in my 2002 letter to the editor.

You people continue to BS the public and present yourselves as poor victims. Any communication that doesn't support you is 'homophobic' or hateful etc etc.

It's true, I hate homosexuality. It is a disgusting abnormal and immoral lifestyle. No use beating around the bush about it.

Stephen Boissoin
Straight & Proud

Matt Guerin said...

Stephen, your hateful religious views continue to cloud your judgment. My line is a very fair summation of your characterization of gay activists.

I'm not going to beat around the bush either: Homosexuality is a naturally occurring, inborn orientation that has always been with us and will always be with us. It cannot be taught, 95% of children will grow up to become heterosexual regardless of whether or not people like me are treated equally and with respect in this society.

It's sad that after all these years you still can't be rational about your own words and the extreme damage they have caused.

In 2002, you wrote: "It's time to stand together and take whatever steps are necessary to reverse the wickedness that our lethargy has authorized to spawn. Where homosexuality flourishes, all manner of wickedness abounds."

"Whatever steps are necessary"? Easily, that line can and usually does mean violence, particularly when you asserted in your letter that people like me winning equality and dignity in life is the equivalent of, "every professing heterosexual [having] their future aggressively chopped at the roots."

"Their future aggressively chopped at the roots"? You identified a problem that doesn't exist, you asserted all gay activists like myself are just trying to "sleep with children." You used fiery language meant to incite unspecified action, which could easily be interpreted by any gay basher as good justification for violence, especially since your letter was signed as a Reverend. In the history of homophobia, far less inflammatory words have been used to justify great amounts of violence and suffering.

Without a doubt, it was incitement to violence and you should be ashamed of yourself.

But clearly you aren't. Religious extremists will always cling to their hatred because it makes them feel powerful and righteous. That's the only thing that's disgusting here.

While I think some of the punishments handed down by the Alberta Human Rights Commission against you may have been heavy-handed, there is no doubt in my mind that you incited violence in your letter. And for that, there should be justice.

Matt Guerin,
Gay & Proud.

BELOW IS BOISSOIN'S ORIGINAL 2002 LETTER, copied again so readers can make up their own minds:

Homosexual Agenda Wicked

June 17, 2002

The following is not intended for those who are suffering from an unwanted sexual identity crisis. For you, I have understanding, care, compassion and tolerance. I sympathize with you and offer you my love and fellowship. I prayerfully beseech you to seek help, and I assure you that your present enslavement to homosexuality can be remedied. Many outspoken, former homosexuals are free today.

Instead, this is aimed precisely at every individual that in any way supports the homosexual machine that has been mercilessly gaining ground in our society since the 1960s. I cannot pity you any longer and remain inactive. You have caused far too much damage.

My banner has now been raised and war has been declared so as to defend the precious sanctity of our innocent children and youth, that you so eagerly toil, day and night, to consume. With me stand the greatest weapons that you have encountered to date - God and the "Moral Majority." Know this, we will defeat you, then heal the damage that you have caused. Modern society has become dispassionate to the cause of righteousness. Many people are so apathetic and desensitized today that they cannot even accurately define the term "morality."

The masses have dug in and continue to excuse their failure to stand against horrendous atrocities such as the aggressive propagation of homo- and bisexuality. Inexcusable justifications such as, "I'm just not sure where the truth lies," or "If they don't affect me then I don't care what they do," abound from the lips of the quantifiable majority.

Face the facts, it is affecting you. Like it or not, every professing heterosexual is have their future aggressively chopped at the roots.

Edmund Burke's observation that, "All that is required for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," has been confirmed time and time again. From kindergarten class on, our children, your grandchildren are being strategically targeted, psychologically abused and brainwashed by homosexual and pro-homosexual educators.

Our children are being victimized by repugnant and premeditated strategies, aimed at desensitizing and eventually recruiting our young into their camps. Think about it, children as young as five and six years of age are being subjected to psychologically and physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of equal rights.

Your children are being warped into believing that same-sex families are acceptable; that men kissing men is appropriate.

Your teenagers are being instructed on how to perform so-called safe same gender oral and anal sex and at the same time being told that it is normal, natural and even productive. Will your child be the next victim that tests homosexuality positive?

Come on people, wake up! It's time to stand together and take whatever steps are necessary to reverse the wickedness that our lethargy has authorized to spawn. Where homosexuality flourishes, all manner of wickedness abounds.

Regardless of what you hear, the militant homosexual agenda isn't rooted in protecting homosexuals from "gay bashing." The agenda is clearly about homosexual activists that include, teachers, politicians, lawyers, Supreme Court judges, and God forbid, even so-called ministers, who are all determined to gain complete equality in our nation and even worse, our world.

Don't allow yourself to be deceived any longer. These activists are not morally upright citizens, concerned about the best interests of our society. They are perverse, self-centered and morally deprived individuals who are spreading their psychological disease into every area of our lives. Homosexual rights activists and those that defend them, are just as immoral as the pedophiles, drug dealers and pimps that plague our communities.

The homosexual agenda is not gaining ground because it is morally backed. It is gaining ground simply because you, Mr. and Mrs. Heterosexual, do nothing to stop it. It is only a matter of time before some of these morally bankrupt individuals such as those involved with NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Lovers Association, will achieve their goal to have sexual relations with children and assert that it is a matter of free choice and claim that we are intolerant bigots not to accept it.

If you are reading this and think that this is alarmist, then I simply ask you this: how bad do things have to become before you will get involved? It's time to start taking back what the enemy has taken from you. The safety and future of our children is at stake.

Rev Stephen Boissoin

Stephen Boissoin said...

My religious views only support a view that I have always held...even pre-Christian.

Yes, unfortunately homosexuality has always been with us .....so has adultery, pedophilia, incest, beastiality and many other aberrant sexual beahviours.

My letter presents a clear disgust for homosexuality and a desire to warm the masses that the propagation of it to our young is just as immoral, just as wicked, JUST AS DANGEROUS as those who deal drugs to and molest children.

Mentalities like yours degrade our society and destroy lives.

You are a valuable creation of God but in need of therapy. How can you be PROUD to have anal sex with another man. Sick sick sick.

By the way, thank-you for once again reposting my letter.