I believe Human Rights commissions are the wrong mechanism for dealing with hate speech. Most of their Islamicist litigants place no real value on civil rights, except to use their grievances as a cudgel. I know they wouldn't speak up for yours or mine, or for natural human rights in the Muslim world. I also find it very disturbing that Ottawa lawyer and former Canadian Human Rights Commission employee Richard Warman is the litigator in the vast majority of the Sec. 13(1) cases. But I just read a posting on an American Nazi web site that not only clearly calls for Warman's murder, it publishes his home address. I suspect the right wing bloggers in Canada would go apeshit if some Communist suggested the same thing for Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant. And if I was Warman, I'd take this type of threat very seriously and fight back against Nazi scum with whatever weapons are at hand.
And, no, it doesn't matter who started it. Warman may have been wasting his time hunting wanna-be Goebbels and Himmlers before tin-pot Hitler Bill White and his repressed homosexual ring started making death threats against him. Now, the game is different: it only takes one brown-shirt nut with a gun to make White's sick fatwa come true.
My main problem with the anti-HRC crowd is the fact Ezra Levant is a litigious asshole and most of his online supporters are common bigots. I remember him from his days on Parliament Hill, when he and Logan Day used to cause mischief with various publicity stunts that made his political party, Reform, seem like a joke. He's threatened to sue various bloggers for libel, using this country's draconian defamation laws to limit the free speech of his critics. His magazine was a third-rate rag that finally succumbed to the free market. It was a soapbox for the type of red-necked nutters that have become Alberta stereotypes. Unable to continue to trash Ottawa because it lacked the political independence and the backbone to criticise the harperistas (no friends of a free and independent press, that lot), it ran out of reasons to exist.
Mark Steyn is, at least, intelligent and readable.
It's very unlikely the CHRC would be used as a weapon against a decent publication, but there's no point leaving that option open. That's why I still believe Sec. 13 (1) should be amended. The reading public -- the marketplace -- has already decided on Levant. Maclean's will end its flirtation with Thatcherism or follow the Western Standard onto the trash heap soon enough.