With Respect to Free Dominion

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The complaint against Free Dominion was filed by Marie-Line Gentes. The subject of the complaint is Bill Whatcott. As you may be aware, Mr. Whattcott has been the target of a previous Human Rights complaint, with regards to his views on homosexuals. The complaint itself appears to surround some alleged anti-Muslim comments made at the Free Dominion forum. Ms. Gentes is not a Muslim herself, but feels her rights were violated by whatever comments may have been made.
In my opinion, the complaint is most likely frivolous. Lodging a Human Rights complaint against an Internet forum is not the best use of ones time, unless the forum is a clear vehicle for racism, genuine hate speech or terrorism. Free Dominion is not such a vehicle.
However, I do have to make a comment on the forum at Free Dominion. It's not the place for me. It's too exciting, and I don't mean that in a good way. I tried to follow the thread about the complaint. At the time of writing, there were well over 60 pages (and these were generated in only 3 days) and most of it was hysterical hand waving and arm flapping. Anyone who suggested that the group should remain calm and wait to see what the charges actually were was immediately pounced on and denounced as some sort of vile lefty stooge.
I can only call such behaviour exceedingly unwise, especially in light of the fact that the majority of members claim to be professing Christians. If the complaint lodged against Free Dominion comes to something, then filling the forum with insults regarding the Canadian Human Rights Commission does you no favours. Indeed, it could actually injure your cause. If you are innocent, then act innocent. Don't immediately dive into the gutter of hysterical speculation and ad hominem. The Bible has a lot to say about how and when we should speak. Proverbs 13:3 comes to mind He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. Proverbs 10:19 warns that When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 17: 27, 28 says A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. Proverbs 21:23 says 23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. Proverbs 29:20 has similar words: Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

1 comment:

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Good post, Ruth.

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