Complaint filed over 'Jesus Sucks' banner prank

Complaint filed over 'Jesus Sucks' banner prank August 4, 2008

MY Christian beliefs and upbringing were publicly ridiculed.

So wailed Canadian Dean Skoreyko, of Coldstream, BC, when he rushed off to file a “human rights” complaint over the “Jesus Sucks” banner flown last week over Toronto.

Kenny, left, and Spenny - and the banner that's now the subject of a 'human rights' violation complaint
Kenny, left, and Spenny - and the banner that's now the subject of a 'human rights' violation complaint

Skoreyko has filed the complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal of against Kenneth Hotz and Showcase TV.
Hotz is one half of the Kenny v Spenny show, which broadcasts their attempts to compete with one another. The stunt was part of a contest between Hotz and co-host, Spencer Rice, to see who could offend the greatest number of people.
Skoreyko, who once sought the nomination to run for the federal Conservatives in Okanagan-Shuswap, said he filed the complaint on behalf of the silent majority that would object to such antics. He said he wanted to make the point that the human-rights system applies double standards, favouring only minority interests.
Meanwhile, according to this report, B’nai Brith Canada, which supports Canada’s human-rights system, said it’s time to reform and modernise the human rights commissions.
It calls for investigators to be trained to distinguish between hate and protected political speech, and for complaints to be made to only one commission.
And it asks for commissions to assess costs against complainants who file complaints to further a political agenda.

Complainants’ legal costs are now paid by the government, while respondents must pay for their own defence.
B’nai Brith said it has successfully used the commissions to combat Nazism and neo-Nazi ideologies.
“We have to ensure that commissions do not become abusers of the very human rights they are charged with protecting,” said spokesman Frank Dimant in a release.
The B.C. tribunal controversially agreed to hear a complaint by Toronto Muslim law students who filed a complaint against author Mark Steyn and Maclean’s magazine after it excerpted his book America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It, an intentionally provocative book about Muslims in the Western world.
And the Alberta human rights tribunal came under similar fire for hearing a complaint against former publisher Ezra Levant, who published the Danish cartoons of Muhammad that sparked riots in some parts of the world.
Both decisions are pending.

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