A Canadian political party leader's posting of a WND article on homosexuality has brought him before the country's Human Rights Commission to face accusations he was motivated by "hate and defamation."
Ron Gray of the Christian Heritage Party says he's been told directly by an employee of the Human Rights Commission that the Canadian Human Rights Act, under which he is being accused, is "about censorship," according to a report by WND columnist Tristan Emmanuel, who heads the Canada-based activist group ECP Centre
Two of the three complaints filed by Edmonton man Rob Wells relate to the posting of an April 2002 WND story titled "Report: Pedophilia more common among 'gays.'"
The third complaint against Ron Gray is for several commentaries he wrote and distributed to party members.
Gray said he was astonished by a conversation with Human Rights Commission mediator Bob Fagan about the details of the allegations.
"I told him that it seemed to be an abuse of the Human Rights Act for someone to try and use it as an instrument of censorship," Gray recalled. And when I said that, on the phone, there was a pause and then he said, in a somewhat astonished tone: 'But the Human Rights Act is about censorship."
Gray said, "Then it was my turn to be silent on my end, because I found that breathtaking. For the Human Rights Commission's own mediator to acknowledge that censorship was the purpose of their act."
Gray said he would prefer to fight the battle in a regular court rather than before the Canadian Human Rights Commission, where the usual rules of evidence don't apply.
The commission says its purpose is to administer the Canadian Human Rights Act and ensure compliance with the Employment Equity Act. "Both laws ensure that the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination are followed in all areas of federal jurisdiction," the panel says.
Gray contends that if the accuser Wells truly believes he is motivated by hate, the complaint should be under Section 319 of the Canada's criminal code, which carries with is the possibility of two years in jail.
But Gray said he's "perfectly willing to risk going to jail" to defend the free speech rights of Canadians.
Emmanuel commented that the accusations "are more evidence of how far militant homosexuals will go to shut down any form of dissent in Canada."
"The only reason these people are getting away with it is because there's not enough of an outcry from the common folk in Canada saying: 'Enough!," Emmanuel said. "You're not going to short-change our Charter rights simply because you figure everyone either has to agree with what you're doing or shut up."
Wells, Emmanuel pointed out, has a history of complaints to Human Rights regulators about homosexual-rights issues.
The 2002 WND story posted online by Gray cited a study published in the Regent University Law Review by Steve Baldwin, executive director of the Council for National Policy in Washington, D.C. Titled, "Child Molestation and the Homosexual Movement," the study found child molestation and pedophilia occur far more commonly among homosexuals than among heterosexuals on a per capita basis.
"Overwhelming evidence supports the belief that homosexuality is a sexual deviancy often accompanied by disorders that have dire consequences for our culture," Baldwin wrote.
"It is difficult to convey the dark side of the homosexual culture without appearing harsh," wrote Baldwin. "However, it is time to acknowledge that homosexual behavior threatens the foundation of Western civilization – the nuclear family."
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