Right now a “trial” is underway in British Columbia before a “human rights commission” in which some Muslims who were offended by a Mark Steyn article in Maclean’s magazine have brought a complaint to have the article declared hate speech.  This would be laughable in America.  Unfortunately, in Canada this is serious business.  Dean Steacy, a Canadian “human rights commissioner,” said, in essence, that what we call freedom of speech is merely “an American concept” and of no importance to him.   More important is the right not to be offended.  Articles and books are under attack for “encouraging hatred,” or that are “likely to cause contempt” … for anything apparently.  National Review Article  Fortunately this is getting a lot of press in Canada and there is finally some backlash appearing.  The law giving the commissions the power to decide these things is under attack.  But in the meantime, churches have been fined for saying things that offend homosexuals (have they ever charged a Muslim imam?), a church group was punished for refusing to rent its facilities for a lesbian wedding, and all sorts of ridiculous stuff. 

And now an article critical of Islam — well, actually probably more critical of the West’s response to Islam — may be criminalized if a bunch of bureaucrats think it is “likely to cause contempt” for Muslims.  Which raises a question.  Have the commissioners read the Koran?