Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Being Catholic = Hate Crime in Canada

Well, we'll see.

Apparently the Canadian Human Rights Commission is holding a tribunal against a Catholic priest for stating his opposition to gay marriage.

“If one, because of one’s sincerely held moral beliefs, whether it be Jew, Muslim, Christian, Catholic, opposes the idea of same-sex marriage in Canada, is that considered ‘hate’?”

The question was not rhetorical. Nor was it theoretical. Fr. Alphonse de Valk, a Basilian priest and pro-life activist known throughout Canada for his orthodoxy, is currently being investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) — a quasi-judicial investigative body with the power of the Canadian government behind it. The CHRC is using section 13 of Canada’s Human Rights Act to investigate the priest. This is a section under which no defendant has ever won once the allegation has gone to tribunal — the next stage of the process.

Read more here.

Those Canadians are taking their Human Rights a tad bit seriously, and it looks like a witch hunt. Then again, maybe it's because I am Catholic that this bothers me.

Oh but wait, don't forget about Mark Steyn who is also at a tribunal of his own, and then Ezra Levant will be coming up soon.

On the Mark Steyn trial they are bringing an American blogger, that blogged on an American website, a Catholic one at that, as proof of the hate.

I just don't get it.

H/T The Curt Jester