Canada's Shadow Justice System and My Disabled Comments Box
Further to the fact that I disabled Comments recently, some readers may be interested in Pundita's reflections on a blogger's recent case before one of Canada's "Human Rights Commissions":
... the largest truth is that Marc Lemire kept his site within the letter of the law -- without fully realizing that there was a shadow justice system in effect in Canada, a system that could circumvent virtually all laws on the books. In his discussion of the Canadian Constitution Federation decision to intervene in his case, Marc observes:
One of their key arguments is that Section 13 is nothing more than a quasi-criminal statute without any of the protections of criminal legislation.
Truer words were never spoken, and it's on the basis of that truth that I defend Marc Lemire's position and give him the benefit of the doubt at every turn. Everyone who respects the rule of law must do the same.
In the meantime, I try to avoid second-guessing what may "offend" someone somewhere.
To keep up with the struggle for freedom of speech in Canada, check in with Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant.