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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sometimes Democracy Sucks Ass

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Part 1, section 2b
Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;


Does everyone in Canada understand "freedom of expression"? I really don't think so. Stephen Harper's Conservative party is going to "reopen" the gay marriage debate" to a vote in the House of Commons near the end of the Fall session. It's the evangelical in him, I think (hopefully the evangelical "in" him isn't Haggard), that just can't accept that queer folks actually have equal rights in this country. It seems, however, that he knows he won't win any new ground:

"But the timing - at the tail end of the fall session of Parliament, with minimal debate - suggests the Tories may be tacitly admitting they don't have enough support among other parties to restore the traditional definition of marriage as a union of man and woman."

Why do another vote about this stuff? Actually, I'll go you one further and say why is this being debated at all, ever? If freedom of expression is true in this country, then you are allowed to be with anyone you want, and since the definition of "marriage" has been changed from "man and woman" already, that's the end of it. If you don't think gay folks should get married, then don't marry a fucking gay person.

See, the Charter, much like the U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights, protects people from democracy. That's right, majority rule really isn't appropriate at all times because sometimes the majority have stupid fucking ideas like, oh, I don't know, not giving women the right to vote, or having separate drinking fountains for black people, or burning "witches".

There are things that everyone has the right to do and these documents protect those rights regardless of who happens to be in power positions. Stephen Harper and his conservative fucking friends need to realize that. Well, that and the fact that there's no man in the sky making up rules all the goddamn time.

2 Barbaric Yawps:

At 1/12/06 1:50 am, Blogger Bruce said...

Human rights transcend democracy. The majority does not have the right to deny a minority their basic human rights. I agree, these types of things should never be up for a vote. Down here, the judicial branch of government is supposed to be the guardian of these rights. Now that Bush has stacked the Supreme Court to the right, I'm not so sure they will fullfill that role much longer.

The religious wackos are attempting to play the victim now. They argue that their religious freedoms are being violated when they aren't allowed to discriminate against gays or blacks or women or whomever they feel threatened by. I say, if they don't like the concept of human rights, they go find another country more fitting to their tastes. There are unfortunately many to pick from.

 
At 1/12/06 2:44 am, Blogger 01 said...

It's interesting that this should come to pass today... yesterday the South African president signed into law a bill allowing gays to marry... making it the first African country to do so.

But I digress...

The truly absurd thing about the whole debate is the distinction between male and female. There is a significant portion of our species who cannot be clearly classified as either male or female (hermaphrodytes and the like). In fact, the very existence of male nipples and the clitoris goes to show that no human is exclusively male or exclusively female... rather that we are all human.

 

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