The concept of liberty and freedom from oppression is not a new concept and has been around for thousands of years. We as a culture live our lives believing that we are free from oppression and have the liberty and freedom we have always believed possible. This is not just in Canada but a global issue that people just can’t see changing. We are deceived into believing that we are in fact free from oppression. We prop up our kings while holding the string of power but we have been deceived into believing what we are told in the media and the PR campaigns of our corrupt politicians that the laws and regulations they are passing are for our own good. We believe it without question to often. In 2nd peter vs 19 it states “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.”
All thoughout the country we are being opressed and slowly but surely our rights are being restricted and taken from us. This is a subtle process because if it happenned suddenley the people would reject it. This article from CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/charter-of-quebec-values-would-ban-religious-symbols-for-public-workers-1.1699315?vm=r) Shows that the province of quebec would ban all religious symbols for public workers. There rights and freedoms to wear a cross or other religious symbol is being taken from them. As a latter day saint I would not be permitted to where a CTR ring if I worked for the quebec goverment. while this only applies to public workers we see examples of perspecution and punishment of others who refuse to comply with the states version of what is right or wrong.
We have convinced ourselves that we has the basic right of free speach. yet there are countless examples of Human rights commission cases that have put on trial people who have expressed an opinion and then have been prosecuted for having an opinion. Christian pastors have been convicted of hate crimes for making a statment. Ezra levant, a prominant journlist and blogger was prosecuted for a magainze article he published in his now defunct western standard magainze. Watch his response to these accusations here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n3SdV2cwn4
below a portion of Mr Levants opening statement
I am here at this government interrogation under protest. It is my position that the government has no legal or moral authority to interrogate me or anyone else for publishing these words and pictures. That is a violation of my ancient and inalienable freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and in this case, religious freedom and the separation of mosque and state. It is especially perverted that a bureaucracy calling itself the Alberta human rights commission would be the government agency violating my human rights. So I will now call those bureaucrats “the commission” or “the hrc”, since to call the commission a “human rights commission” is to destroy the meaning of those words.
I believe that this commission has no proper authority over me. The commission was meant as a low-level, quasi-judicial body to arbitrate squabbles about housing, employment and other matters, where a complainant felt that their race or sex was the reason they were discriminated against. The commission was meant to deal with deeds, not words or ideas. Now the commission, which is funded by a secular government, from the pockets of taxpayers of all backgrounds, is taking it upon itself to be an enforcer of the views of radical Islam. So much for the separation of mosque and state.
I have read the past few years’ worth of decisions from this commission, and it is clear that it has become a dump for the junk that gets rejected from the real legal system. – it’s the Alberta equivalent of a U.S. television pseudo-court like Judge Judy – except that Judge Judy actually was a judge, whereas none of the commission’s panellists are judges, and some aren’t even lawyers. And, unlike the commission, Judge Judy believes in freedom of speech.
it’s even worse now that the commissions are attacking free speech. That’s my first point: the commissions have leapt out of the small cage they were confined to, and are now attacking our fundamental freedoms. As Alan Borovoy, Canada’s leading civil libertarian, a man who helped form these commissions in the 60’s and 70’s, wrote, in specific reference to our magazine, being a censor is, quote, “hardly the role we had envisioned for human rights commissions. There should be no question of the right to publish the impugned cartoons.” Unquote. Since the commission is so obviously out of control, he said quote “It would be best, therefore, to change the provisions of the Human Rights Act to remove any such ambiguities of interpretation.” Unquote.
The commission has no legal authority to act as censor. It is not in their statutory authority. They’re just making it up – even Alan Borovoy says so.
But even if the commissions had some statutory fig leaf for their attempts at political and religious censorship, it would still be unlawful and unconstitutional.
We have a heritage of free speech that we inherited from Great Britain that goes back to the year 1215 and the Magna Carta. We have a heritage of eight hundred years of British common law protection for speech, augmented by 250 years of common law in Canada.
That common law has been restated in various fundamental documents, especially since the Second World War.
In 1948, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Canada is a party, declared that, quote:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
The 1960 Canadian Bill of Rights guaranteed, quote
1. “ human rights and fundamental freedoms, namely,
(c) freedom of religion; (d) freedom of speech; (e) freedom of assembly and association; and (f) freedom of the press.
In 1982, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guaranteed, quote:
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
a) freedom of conscience and religion;
b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
Those were even called “fundamental freedoms” – to give them extra importance.
For a government bureaucrat to call any publisher or anyone else to an interrogation to be quizzed about his political or religious expression is a violation of 800 years of common law, a Universal Declaration of Rights, a Bill of Rights and a Charter of Rights. This commission is applying Saudi values, not Canadian values.
It is also deeply procedurally one-sided and unjust. The complainant – in this case, a radical Muslim imam, who was trained at an officially anti-Semitic university in Saudi Arabia, and who has called for sharia law to govern Canada – doesn’t have to pay a penny; Alberta taxpayers pay for the prosecution of the complaint against me. The victims of the complaints, like the Western Standard, have to pay for their own lawyers from their own pockets. Even if we win, we lose – the process has become the punishment.
It is procedurally unfair. Unlike real courts, there is no way to apply for a dismissal of nuisance lawsuits. Common law rules of evidence don’t apply. Rules of court don’t apply. It is a system that is part Kafka, and part Stalin. Even this interrogation today – at which I appear under duress – saw the commission tell me who I could or could not bring with me as my counsel and advisors.
Our goverment has been and still is using the human rights comissions as a tool to punish those who step out of line with there ideals. To say or go against the goverment in any way could potentially have you punished by use of these comission under the guise of human rights.
In the church our postion is clear on our fundemental freedoms. Doctrine and Covenants section 134:4 sums this up quite well
“we believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.”
Though there are many cases and examples I could use to demostrate how our freedoms are being taken from us, the case of Mr levant I Believe highlights what I beleive to be one of our most fundemental rights. The freedoms of speach and expression as those 2 fundemental freedoms encompass every aspect of our lives. If our goverment and politicians succeed in taking that from us then we have lost all other freedoms that come from it.
We must defend our rights a freedoms even to death if neccessary. The scary part of all this is that it is not other nations such as Islam that are the threat to our peace and liberty but the very goverment which we vote for. It is that same goverment which uses Islam and other reglious ideals as a means for supression of our freedoms. It is these other ideals that we have offended that we must be punished for. Sadly much of this persecution is aimed at christianity and christian ideals, thoughs, beliefs and practices. If your a christian you are most at risk of having your rights and freedoms destoryed. The majority of cases brought before the human rights comissions are against christians and there is well over 90% succes rate of conviction against christians, while there is far less than 10% success rate of conviction against non christian and other minoritys.
Stand for truth. Stand for liberty. God bless.