April 15, 2004 – In 1999, Christian printer Scott Brockie was fined $5,000.00 by the Ontario Human Rights Commission because he refused to print blank letterhead and envelopes for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
Brockie had printed materials for clients with homosexual inclinations, but would not print materials for the Archives because he believed the Archives to be furthering homosexual lifestyles, something contrary to his religious beliefs. The adjudicator claimed that Brockie was free to express his beliefs in his home or Christian community, but ordered him to provide printing services “to lesbians and gays and to organizations in existence for their benefit.” In other words, he was free as long as he didn’t stray beyond the ghetto walls erected by the Human Rights Commission.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice varied the terms of Brockie’s servitude, allowing that he could refuse materials that directly conflicted with the “core elements” of his faith. He could refuse to print brochures promoting homosexual conduct, but not business cards for an organization that publishes material like Men Loving Boys Loving Men. This essay can be found on-line, “brought to you by The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives” – into whose service Scott Brockie has been indefinitely conscripted by order of three learned superior court judges.
There is a point beyond which the conduct of judicial officers will bring the administration of justice into disrepute. That point is passed when a Christian printer is ordered to produce business cards and letterhead for an organization that promotes pro-paedophilia essays, is fined $5,000.00 for having refused to do so, and is left with $40,000.00 in legal bills for daring to defend himself.
The conscription crises in the last century were short lived because they came near the end of the World Wars and did not last long, but while they lasted the fabric of Canadian political and social life was in jeopardy, and bitter memories lingered afterward. Reflecting on this, it is impossible to see how the country or the cause of freedom are well served by judges who act as press gangs for causes they favour.
The Liberty Day Rally on Parliament Hill on 17 April is an opportunity to deliver this message to our judicial and political elites. For details, visit http://www.freedominion.ca/libertyday.htm.
Donations to Scott Brockie’s Defense Fund can be made at any Royal Bank branch, or mailed to Account #507-721-9, Royal Bank Branch #3132, 33 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 2N5.
For more information see article: Of Printers and Press Gangs
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