“.. Some folks apparently think there’s been entirely too much discussion about human rights commissions and their threat to fundamental Western values.
My advice? Hey, if it bugs you, just quit reading about HRCs and their ongoing assault on freedom of speech.
Meanwhile, for the rest of us still interested in this long, disturbing trend, take note. Two public debates – both featuring high-profile speakers, pro and con – will be held in Halifax later this week.
On Thursday, the director and CEO of this province’s human rights body, Krista Daley, will discuss whether “human rights commissions threaten civil liberties” with Saint Mary’s University philosophy prof (and fierce HRC critic) Mark Mercer, human rights lawyer Pearl Eliadis, and The Chronicle Herald’s director of news content, Dan Leger. The two-hour session (free admission) starts at 7 p.m. at SMU’s Scotiabank Theatre Auditorium.
On Saturday, a free one-day session – “The media’s right to offend: Exploring legal and ethical limits on free speech” – is on at University of King’s College’s Alumni Hall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Seating is limited, so first come, etc. The lineup is formidable and includes Ezra Levant, the former publisher of the Western Standard magazine who fought his own battle with Alberta’s HRC after publishing the Danish cartoons in 2006, the Globe and Mail’s columnist Margaret Wente as keynote speaker, and Stephen Ward, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Journalism Ethics, to name but a few….”
Who knows, you might even meet Teh Binky!