Fri Apr 16, 2004 - 12:15 pm EST
Scott Brockie Loses Decision at Court of Appeals, On the Hook for $40,000
TORONTO, April 15, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Christian printer Scott Brockie was fined $5,000.00 in 1999 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 further homosexual activity, which is 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.”
The Court of Appeal recently handed down their decision regarding the awarding of costs from Brockie’s time in the Divisional Court. Brockie was initially awarded $25,000 in costs from the Divisional Court, but the Human Rights Commission and the Archives appealed, and the Court of Appeal has reversed that earlier decision and now Brockie is on the hook for $40,000. “There is a point beyond which the conduct of judicial officers will bring the administration of justice into disrepute,” Catholic Civil Rights League spokesperson Sean Murphy said. “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 Liberty Day Rally on Parliament Hill on 17 April is an opportunity to oppose our judicial and political elites. For details, visit http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/apr/040413a.html Read the Interim report detailing the Ontario Human Rights Commission decision against Scott Brockie which concluded that his “rights as a Christian were subordinate to those of homosexuals not to be discriminated against,” and that “he must restrict the practice of Christianity to his home and church, and not take it with him into the public marketplace,” at: http://www.theinterim.com/2001/sept/01religiousfree.html 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
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