Today I read a chilling letter to the editor (page A15) of the National Post from Denise Cooke-Browne, Mount Pearl, N.L., which says, in part: “As a former journalist and human rights investigator (I worked for the Newfoundland Human Rights Commission from 1991 - 1994), I am all for free speech. What seems to be missing here is that while the Canadian Constitution allows for fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, Ann Coulter has crossed the line and infringed on our rights to be safe, secure and not discriminated against. She needs to go back to her own country.”
This person, who claims to have been a human rights investigator wrote, “Ann Coulter has crossed the line and infringed on our rights to be safe, secure and not discriminated against.”
I ask: when and where did Ann Coulter cross the line and infringe on our rights? Cooke-Browne reminds us that Coulter “has said that Canada is lucky that the United States let us exist on the same continent.” Whoa! How very mean of her.
And, in her letter, Cooke-Browne makes what sounds to me like a libelous charge when she writes “She [Coulter] needs to be charged with hate crimes under the Criminal Code of Canada; Sections 318, for advocating genocide, (for saying Muslim clerics should be killed) and 319, for publicly inciting hatred.”
Of course, she does not give Ms. Coulter quote in its entirety. Sounds like one of those drive-by slanders for which the left-wing of our country are so famous.
Three days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Ms. Coulter wrote in her column:
“We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now. We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.”
I suppose this the egregious crossing of the line that prompted Cooke-Browne’s letter. Cooke-Browne provides no other quotes from Ms. Coulter. Just self-righteous condemnation.
This letter is another example of the cockeyed thinking we all too often get from the human rights industry in Canada
“Bigotry” is the irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion. A “bigot” is a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on religion, politics, or race. This letter and its writer qualify on both counts.
I pity the poor souls in Newfoundland and Labrador, who are served by a human rights commission that would have employed this bigot as an investigator. And shame on that human rights commission.
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