A Glimmer of Hope
I wrote here on the results of the Canadian HRC’s legal offensive against Maclean’s and author Mark Steyn. There’s been decently good news from the Great White North – the CHRC’s gotten nowhere. Better, Kathy Shaidle reports that they’ve also dropped similar complaints against Catholic Insight, a Toronto based magazine. Apparently, this free speech stuff is pretty contagious.
Deborah Gyapong writes:
This is good news. It means that the political campaign for freedom of speech and freedom of religion is working. It means the CHRC does not want to be seen to treat big fish differently from little fish. It does not want to be seen as operating outside the rule of law. That is a good thing. It means the CHRC wants the scrutiny to go away and fast.
There’s still the matter of over $20000 in legal bills facing Catholic Insight, however. Shaidle notes that even this is not the big problem. The money can be had. What’s lacking is the will.
Three things are needed to fight an HRC complaint:
Marc Lemire readily admits that while he has the will, he doesn’t have Ezra Levant or Mark Steyn’s talent for imaginative, devastating counter-argument or their valuable connections.
The Knights of Columbus had the money and the talent (what else ARE they but a bunch of lawyers, fer chrissakes?) but they were too sucky to mount much of a fight, to their everlasting shame.
You’d think that money would be the big factor, and so many people cry poor when their backs are up against the wall. But people: you’re gonna have to pay a big fine anyway — why not get a lawyer from the start and possibly win the damn thing??
You don’t want to “get in trouble”? You’re already in trouble. Why not just get in MORE trouble?
Why? Because they don’t have the will. They are wimps and cowards who just don’t see the big picture. Who don’t have a sense of honor or heroism, and just want to lead a quiet life.
And I’ll bet you thought that Canadians were all a bunch of hockey-loving peacenics. Between her and Steyn and Ezra Levant I see more spine in Toronto than I do in Washington DC.
Hat tip to Ed Driscoll for the link.