I am really getting fed up with this notion that many of our allies have that someone else’s criticism or disagreement violates their human rights. The latest example is from Canada, again, where a city councilman from Kamloops, British Columbia has been fined $1000 for refusing to support a gay pride rally and for criticizing homosexuality:
A Catholic city councillor in Kamloops, British Columbia, who was himself the victim of the crime of vandalism due to his faith, has been forced to apologize and pay a homosexual activist couple $1000. The couple filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal which was accepted and was to go to the hearing stage…
In August, homosexual activist couple John Olynick and Greg Koll filed a complaint against DeCicco with the human rights commission over remarks he made at the council meeting and repeated in media interviews. In line with Catholic teaching on the matter, he described homosexual acts as “not normal and not natural.”
Now, DeCicco looks to me to be a first class ignoramus and his views are idiotic. But that has no relevance at all. He has a right to hold and express his opinion and the notion that a “human rights commission” would think that they have the legitimate authority to fine someone for expressing their opinion, no matter how offensive others may find it, is ridiculous. No one – let me repeat that, no one – has any right not to be offended by the opinions of others. This is not a preservation of human rights, it is a violation of them.
I’ve not been able to confirm the details of this from a regular media source, but I’d still be surprised if they’re inaccurate. This isn’t the first time this has happened with Canada’s “human rights” commissions. But if any Canadian reader has any other source for the details, I’d appreciate seeing them. It’s conceivable that there may be some details left out, but I doubt there’s anything seriously contrary to the story.