Saturday, June 19, 2010

Noblesse Deceive

In her typically thick, high-handed fashion, Her Highness, the Queen of Censorship (a.k.a. Jennifer Lynch) addresses the faithful, describes her fight against those who would divest her and her court of the powers to compel the hoi polloi to shut the H up, bemoans the tone and tenor of its palaver, and beseeches the "human rights" community to remain vigilant in the face of unfettered, new-fangled technology (which makes state censorship all the more challenging):
...Today I will share the Commission’s recent experience with the backlash from some sectors of society following a complaint that involved competing rights. Although this story is specific to Canada’s human rights commissions, these are experiences that could quickly become an issue for any organization that administers justice.
I say this because within our increasingly pluralistic society – distinct regions, varying economic interests, and cultural and ethnic diversity – there are countless instances where rights intersect.

The administration of justice often involves determining the balance between competing rights – and as such, organizations and the people committed to addressing these issues can be exposed to controversy and criticism from those who feel strongly vested in the issue.

Of course, debate and conflicting views are essential to democracy and our administration of justice. Sometimes the debate involves the components of the system. This is fair enough. It is also fair when the debate fuels controversy, or is critical. It is up to our legislators and parliamentarians to respond to that criticism, and where appropriate, it is up to us to do so as well. We do see more and more Judges speaking publicly about matters relating to the administration of justice.

Yet the tenor and quality of that debate has shifted swiftly because of how information is shared.

The pervasive and viral nature of social media has created endless opportunities for people to speak out, support a cause, or influence change.

As a result, the rules of public discourse are evolving.

We are facing a new challenge, where some individuals, are seeking to erode trust in public institutions by spreading campaigns of misinformation that dishonestly attack the practices and the people in these institutions.

Of course, we don’t have the right not to be offended; however the question is: how do we respond to untruths that go unchecked? What do we do when editorial boards and parliamentarians innocently repeat inaccurate information? In short, how does an administrative tribunal or agency manage its reputation in the face of misinformation, personal attacks and innuendo?

This is a serious concern. The public’s respect for an institution – and by default its legitimacy – is inextricably linked to its ability to provide the most vulnerable with access to justice...
"Of course, we don't have the right not be be offended"? Since when? Did someone up and revoke Section 13--which enshrines and epitomizes the "right" not to be offended--while we were sleeping (the same way they snuck it through in the first place)? Or is this a tacit admission that Jen knows the jig is up, censorship-wise, and that we can never go back to a time when "human rights" tribunals were left alone (because no one knew or much cared what they were up to) to operate in the dark to come down hard on "Nazis" and hand out hefty rewards to an intrepid Ceej proxy.

Oh, and one more thing, Queenie: in a free society, the way you respond to "untruths" (was a quaint, quasi-fascistic way to put it) is--and here I quote Alan Borovoy, an architect of of our risible "human rights" system--via "effective invective." It's only in unfree societies that "untruths" have to be vetted and managed by a group of bland, self-important bureaucrats. That the advent of the internet and other technology makes it difficult/impossible for them to exercise that power should be cause for celebration, not regret.

Update: "Untruthers" Mark Steyn and BCF give the Queen a righteous pasting.

Update: "Social media" are being used to abridge "human rights"--but not in the sense that la Lynch means.


Paul said...

well said indeed!

Blazing Cat Fur said...

I think Jennifer Lynch needs a rest, let's send her to North Korea.

cizi said...

Its interesting to note that Ms Lynch speaks proudly of having "re-newed or initiated" relations with the Canadian Islamic Congress as "stakeholders". Was this done while the Commission was deliberating on the Macleans case, and if so, doesn't it suggest a lack of necessary impartiality?

Was Macleans invited to have a stakeholder status? If not, why not?

Why aren't the social net-workers and bloggers considered stakeholders? How can they achieve stakeholder status?

scaramouche said...

Maclean's isn't a member of a designated victim group, whereas Muslims are. And there's no surprise about the CIC being a "stakeholder" since the "human rights" agenda and the Islamist one are so totally in synch.

scaramouche said...

I'd like to be a "stakeholder"--in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer sense of the word (with the "human rights" apparatus being the vampire, natch).

Blazing Cat Fur said...

That's appaling that she is talking to the CIC, I wonder if K Kenney knows about this.

scaramouche said...

Good question. Mind you, he doesn't seem to be moving all that fast on the Palestine House issue, even though the evidence of its' backing organizations on Canada's prohibited terrorist list is pretty clear cut. I think it's evident that, domestically, this government is prepared to go only so far--and no farther.

caslo said...

Hat tip to "the Steyn" for linking to this article/post.

Very nicely written "...mouche."

Me thinks a possible solution to the inequity created by government legal action - where defendants are/may be forced into bankruptcy mounting a defense - is that any government office that has the ability to force litigation against an individual, corporation etc. must pay for that defense from funds that they have been budgeted.

No money? No indictments! - Let freedom ring.

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