From the comment section.......
"My Dear Canadian Friends,
Even though I am an American, I have been watching the Mark Steyn trial closely these last few days.
I must say that through this trial I have been given me a much greater respect for the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and our Supreme Court. At one time I thought it silly that pole dancing and Hustler magazine were "protected speech"...but I must say I would much rather have flag burning and pole dancing and Hustler magazine be "protected speech" than have the Canadian Human Rights Commissions deciding what is and is not plus ungood thoughtcrime.
Yes, the Human Rights Commission IS an embarrassment to eight centuries of English Common Law and Jurisprudence. (Somehow I suspect that if Mr.Steyn were to reference that the Magna Carta was signed at 1215 he would be told that the Court had been in lunch recess from 12:00 to 12:55 and that if he wanted to introduce a document into evidence he should not do so while the Court is at lunch.) Still we should not look just at the darkness here... as an American I try to look on the bright side.
Yes, there is a bright side, at least for the Yanks. The HRC has accomplished the rather difficult goal of making the Canadian Government into the laughing stock of the entire English Speaking World. That is no small accomplishment considering the stiff competition for that title coming from both Washington D.C. and 10 Downing Street these days! In fact, for many years taking that title from Washington D.C was a goal considered to be impossible by many. Nonetheless through timidity, intellectual blindness, and the sort of sheer bureaucratic ignorance that makes a brick look intelligent and open minded by comparison, the HRC has managed to make the Bush Administration, the Democratic Congress, and even Gordon Brown look like models of competent, intelligent, and well managed government. By hitting a new rock bottom, the HRC has managed to make the rest of us look better by comparison. Thank you!
Yes, this no doubt is humiliating for many Canadians, seeing your nation treat the Magna Carta and eight hundred years of Common Law as so much paper to be recycled; but do not think your pain goes unrecognized. We Yanks sincerely thank the HRC for its' exceptional efforts to make sure that the US does not have the most moronic government on the continent. We understand and respect that this was no small accomplishment. The truly stunning levels of stupidity exhibited by the HRC may be a national embarrassment to Canada; but they make the rest of us look brilliant by comparison. No longer will Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama have to be the brunt of jokes...now even the most backward, ignorant and inbred areas of the South will be able to point at Canadian Human Rights Tribunals and say "Well, at least we ain'ts as ignorant and bigoted as them guys!"
I know that the next time I encounter an American bureaucrat who has an I.Q. that would be considered sub-normal for a turnip, the learning ability of a tennis ball, and who exhibits the sort of mental agility that is normally associated only with members of the plant kingdom, I will say to myself "Well it could be worse... in the Canadian Civil Service this person would be considered a genius and be the Judge on a Human Rights Commission!" and I will again thank my lucky stars that I live SOUTH of our common border.
I would like to say "Keep up the good work!" but to be honest, as displays of bureaucratic incompetence and sheer mental dullness go, this one will be hard to top."