Orwellianism Up North

The rights to free speech and free expression in Canada are coming apart faster than a cheese frisbee. The travails of Mark Steyn have been news in the blogosphere for some time (if you don’t know, long story short, he wrote some things, the truth of which are undisputed, that the Canadian Muslim community didn’t care for, so they have dragged him in front of one of Canada’s un-parody-able “human rights” commissions). Now, a Canadian pastor has been ordered, by the government of a supposedly free nation directly to our north, to never again, for as long as he lives, ever say anything “disparaging” about gay people. I kid you not:

So, let’s re-cap.

A Christian pastor has been given a lifetime ban against uttering anything “disparaging” about gays. Not against anything “hateful”, let alone something legally defined as “hate speech”. Just anything negative.

So a pastor cannot give a sermon.

But he must give a false sermon; he is positively ordered to renounce his deeply held religious beliefs, and apologize to his tormentor for having those views.

And then that pastor is ordered to declare to his entire city that he has renounced his religious views, even though he has not.

That’s Alberta’s human rights commission.

You might say that it’s just another example of Canadian oddness, like Loverboy or the metric system. But you better believe that American bureaucrats are chomping at the bit for powers just like their Canadian cousins have.