...The larger impact of the CJC's efforts has been to seriously jeapordize the Charter right of all Canadians to Freedom of Speech, the lesser impact has been to corrupt the Canadian Human Rights Commission with a culture that condones the notion that "the ends justify the means". That the CJC, a once venerable agency, that has done so much good for its members and for Canada has become enmeshed in this burgeoning scandal marks a sad day in our history.See also Jay Currie's response to Mark Freiman's defense of the CJC position in today's National Post.
The CJC is unwilling to admit to the facile abuse inherent to Section 13(1), perversley they also refuse to acknowledge the extent of the genuine fear that good people, in fact the majority of their fellow citizens, have of this sinister law and the lessons history has or should have taught us all: Tyranny and Holocausts are borne of states that deny the right of Free Speech.
Section 13 (1) has been and will continue to be abused, it is bad law that no amount of "fine tuning" will ever make right. The CJC's virtual "privatization" of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, along with the latest threat posed by the Islamist Lawfare Jihad has served as a wake up call to the dangerous ease with which this law and in fact the entire human rights machine can be turned against the very citizens it was designed to protect.
Sadly what the Canadian Jewish Congress will eventually & reluctantly admit to, later rather than sooner I suspect, is that this episode, their blind support of a bad law, has stained their reputation to a degree that will not be quickly forgotten or easily forgiven by their fellow Canadians.
The CJC must be told in no uncertain terms that Free Speech is the right of all Canadians and it is paramount that this right be defended for all citizens. None of us are free if the rights of the least desirable among us are abused.