Southern Religion

Free speech trumps hate speech law in Canada

Anti-gay speech is protected in Canada, ruled Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta, CTV News reported today:

EDMONTON — A Court of Queen’s Bench judge has ruled an anti-gay letter written by a former Alberta pastor in 2002 was not a hate crime and is allowed under freedom of speech.

Justice E.C. Wilson overturned a 2008 ruling by the Alberta Human Rights Commission that the letter by Stephen Boissoin that was published in the Red Deer Advocate broke provincial law.

At the time, the commission said it may even have played a role in the beating of a gay teenager two weeks after it was published.

The commission had ordered Boissoin to refrain from making disparaging remarks about homosexuals and to pay the complainant, former Red Deer high school teacher Darren Lund, $5,000 in damages.

Neither order can now be enforced, as Wilson declared them “unlawful or unconstitutional.”

The issue is referred to in the Manhattan Declaration where it says:

In Canada and some European nations, Christian clergy have been prosecuted for preaching Biblical norms against the practice of homosexuality. New hate­ crime laws in America raise the specter of the same practice here.

Hate speech laws have unintended consequences, and should be avoided.


December 6, 2009 Posted by | Law, Religion | , , , | 1 Comment

‘Merry Christmas’ wins a skirmish with ‘Season’s Greetings’

Seasons’ greetings lost a march to “Merry Christmas” at the sheriff’s party in Larimer, Colorado:

After saying a prayer, singing the Star Spangled-Banner and shaking hands with an atheist, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden started his Christmas tree-trimming party by inviting people present to wish one another a loud – and what he called politically incorrect – “Merry Christmas.”

Read the entire story here.

[H/T: Religion Clause]

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Cultural, Religion | , , , | Comments Off on ‘Merry Christmas’ wins a skirmish with ‘Season’s Greetings’

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? The Do Right Foundation is nothing of the sort, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports:

The Institute for Historical Review, the Holocaust-denying hate group created in 1978 by anti-Semitic patriarch Willis Carto, has had few better friends over the past decade than a Las Vegas resident named James Edward McCrink. A foundation created and controlled by McCrink gave the institute at least $10,000 a year from 2001 through 2007 — $137,000 altogether, according to the foundation’s annual reports to the Internal Revenue Service.

There’s more.

December 6, 2009 Posted by | History, Politics | , | 1 Comment

Living Waters ‘Origin of Species’ giveaways were crippled

Short four chapters and/or Charles Darwin’s diagrams and epigrams, the ‘Origin of Species’ giveaway was a sad fraud.

Absent Ray Comfort’s (discredited) anti-evolution introduction, anyone can download the complete text from Project Gutenburg.

We didn’t know of the omitted text and/or illustrations (depends on the edition) when half a month ago we reported the Living Waters giveaway at selected campuses.

Now, we all do.

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Religion, Science | , , , , | Comments Off on Living Waters ‘Origin of Species’ giveaways were crippled

The spun ‘blessing’ of Sarah Palin by Billy Graham Jr.

Burned by Richard M. Nixon, whom he advised in various ways and for whom he wrote at least one speech, Southern Baptist evangelist Billy Graham no longer endorses those who would be president. Still, the big spin is that he gave something of a blessing to Sarah Palin after she dined with the family last week.

The elder Graham is 91 and apparently still speaks for himself. After dinner with Palin he issued the following circumspect statement:

It was an honor having Governor Palin and her family in our home this evening. I, like many people, have been impressed with her strong commitment to her faith, to family and love of country. I appreciated hearing her speak of her own spiritual journey and her life in Alaska. I shared with her my own memories of preaching in the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage in 1984. We had an opportunity to pray together. Life in the spotlight is not easy and I pray that whatever lies ahead for this family that their faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, would remain strong and that God would put a hedge of protection around her and all those she holds dear. Sarah and her family will always be welcome in the Graham home.

That’s circumspect in contrast with the Raleigh News & Observer’s suggestion Sunday that Palin had received Graham’s blessing.

The N&O spin was drummed up out of son Franklin Graham’s statement to The Charlotte Observer that his father has “followed her career and likes her strong stand on faith. Daddy feels God was using her to wake America up.”

Which seems too circumspect by far to be called a “blessing” from the Billy Graham Jr. we’ve all heard shake the foundations from pulpits around the world.

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Religion | , , , | 1 Comment

Michelle Malkin imagines an interesting, leftist war on cops

Counterpunching at critics of conservative Mike Huckabee’s pardons, she imagines a an anti-cop war, not so much by the left as by people of color. She concludes:

President Obama — Chicago pal of police-targeting Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and the convener of the national beer summit to indulge his race-baiting, police-bashing Harvard professor friend Henry Louis Gates — did not attend the service.

Get it?

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Michelle Malkin imagines an interesting, leftist war on cops

We missed it too, Andrew:=(

“Which we have done,” (no, she has not), Sarah Palin said.

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , | Comments Off on We missed it too, Andrew:=(

Is it wrong to steal?

Thou shalt not steal, not even in an attempt to sabotage international climate agreements. But someone did.

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Politics, Science | , , | Comments Off on Is it wrong to steal?