ARPA has been covering the abuses of human rights commissions for quite some time. You can see more coverage on our Stand Up For Freedom campaign targeting this sad state of affairs. Another group that does a great job of tracking, exposing and advocating against these commissions is the Canadian Constitution Foundation. In a short and sweet analysis in the Huffington Post, Mr. Derek From, one of their lawyers, exposing in shocking detail the blatent double standard employed by these commissions. He wrote the following:
On June 19, comedian Guy Earle (right) lost his appeal of a 2008 B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision. The Tribunal found that Earle discriminated against Lorna Pardy during an open mic event for amateur stand-up comics. The story of what happened is difficult to piece together, but it seems that Pardy heckled Earle and he responded by making insulting comments regarding her sexual orientation.
The confrontation escalated to the point where Pardy threw a glass of water in Earle’s face. Eventually, Earle was ordered to pay Pardy $15,000 for injury to her “dignity, feelings, and self-respect”– yes, that’s something that human rights laws often protect. The Supreme Court of British Columbia upheld the Tribunal’s decision.
In contrast, in 2003, the Alberta Human Rights Commission did not protect the dignity, feelings, or self-respect of Quintin Johnson. Johnson, a Christian, had complained to the Commission regarding a song titled “Kill the Christian” by the death metal band Deicide. The lyrics included “you are the one we despise,” “I will love watching you die,” and “kill the Christian.”
Mr. From carefully examines and compares both of these cases involving “artistic” expression and comes to this revealing conclusion:
Any clear-headed appraisal of these cases would find Deicide’s expression more harmful than Earle’s. So if it’s not the content, the context, the audience, or the person who the complaint was made about, then what?
The lesson to be learned is that human rights laws only protect certain people — the identity of the complainant matters. Because Pardy is a lesbian, her feelings are protected by the law. As a Christian, Johnson’s are not.
From’s entire article is well worth the read. Read it here.