GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Some good news for free speech...

Saskatchewan's high court rules for free speech...
Saying there is a difference between criticizing homosexual acts and condemning gay people themselves, Saskatchewan's top court has overturned a human rights tribunal decision against a religious activist who distributed anti-gay pamphlets. Bill Whatcott will not have to pay the $17,500 in compensation a provincial tribunal awarded in 2005 to four people who complained his flyers exposed them to hatred, the Court of Appeal ruled this week. The pamphlets -- one of which was entitled "Sodomites in our Public Schools" -- used crude and offensive language, but they were protected by freedom of expression provisions in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, the Thursday ruling concluded. The pamphlets were distributed in Saskatoon and Regina in 2001 and 2002. The flyers were expressing moral objections to homosexual practices rather than condemnation of gay people themselves, and they were part of a public debate about sexual information taught in schools, the court decision states.
I hate these flyers, for sure...but they should not be illegal.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we assume that the people that launched these complaints will have to pay this mans legal expenses??

Rob C

11:13 AM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

I doubt it...there's no avenue to reclaim costs from these so-called human rights commissions....

3:41 PM  

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