Tyranny Under the Guise of Magna Carta
Canada's democratic tradition of liberty and the rule of law was denigrated a few weeks ago when Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, presented a stone enwrapped in the symbolism of the Magna Carta to the Canadian Human Rights Museum. The stone came from Runnymede, UK, the birthplace of the Magna Carta. Perhaps you saw the photos that appeared in news reports from coast to coast. With such a lofty presentation of this symbolic cornerstone, why would I say that liberty and the rule of law were denigrated? Because human rights have nothing to do with the Christian democratic tradition of the British Commonwealth represented by this magnificent document. Human rights is the law code of humanism. The Decalogue is the law code for a free and democratic society. Human Rights Codes are a modern phenomenon. Human rights as a body of law is a new innovation. Human rights commissions, formed to implement and adjudicate human rights violations, stand Christian principles of jurisprudence on their head. They flow out of the treacherous humanistic religion. Christianity provided a moral, legal and judicial foundation that most Canadians still embrace today; principles such as the rule of law, equality before the law, presumption of innocence, truth as a defence, the right to face your accusers, and with the signing of the Magna Carta, that most important application of equality before the law—the one that is most fleeting when totalitarian religions like humanism rise in place of Christianity - equality between the governors and the governed. Outside of the Judeo-Christian tradition, the concept of the rule of law is almost non-existent throughout human history. Almost every people in history has been ruled by men, most of them tyrants. These rulers did not consider themselves bound by the law that they imposed on their subjects. They stood over the law. They were the creators of the law. The Judeo-Christian tradition of the West treats governors/politicians as ministers of the law, ministers of a law already created—by God. That's not what we see in Canada or anywhere else in the West today. We are governed by people who oppress us with laws that they make themselves exempt from. Politicians can collect extravagant pensions at a much younger age than anyone else, and while working full-time at other careers once they've retired from politics or been voted out of office. They have to keep passing useless laws to strengthen accountability rules because they have been proven completely untrustworthy with the use they make of their office. This is all taking place with the rise of humanism, and a decline in the cultural and legal influence of Christianity. Whereas Christianity gave Canada the rule of law and equality before the law, humanism's human rights give us affirmative action, which is special advantage for politically or ideologically favoured groups. Human rights pretend to provide a legal framework for pursuing complaints involving hurt feelings and people's thoughts—"hate"—giving greater importance to them than to actual cases of physical harm. Human rights treat students' feelings as more important than academic achievements. Human rights place higher priority on humanistic concerns over gender equality and racial sensitivity than the physical strength and competency necessary to be front-line emergency workers, whether in firefighting or as police officers or soldiers. Police tolerate criminal behaviour and intimidation tactics by homosexuals, who have benefited perhaps more than anybody else by the human rights ethic. But these police repeatedly throw a peaceful protesting pro-life grandmother in jail in Toronto. A British court acquitted vigilantes who caused over $200,000 worth of damage to an arms factory because the company provided weapons to Israel and the vigilantes were acting on behalf of the human rights of Palestinians in Gaza. In today's environment of special judicial protection rather than equality before the law, crimes for the cause of environmentalism can also get you off. An English jury decided in 2008 that causing over L35,000 of damage to a coal-fired power station was justified as a protest against man-made global warming. This is the human rights ethic which, in some corners of today's bizarre world, is now being extended to animals and nature. Most conservative Christians are well aware of the political tolerance for full nudity during Toronto's annual Gay Pride Parade. These examples only touch on the problem. The bottom line is that human rights is not simply a synonym for the Ten Commandments or God's law; human rights is not a modern improvement on Christian ethics. Human rights is humanism's law code. It's a law code that tolerates vigilante behavior for "the right" causes, and ruthlessly prosecutes "politically incorrect" offenders. It's an approach to governance that is unpredictable, easy to manipulate by those who control the levers of power, and increasingly arbitrary rather than limited, predictable and knowable. The Magna Carta cornerstone can no more give the human rights museum a veneer of respectability than putting a Chevy symbol on a Ford could make it a GM vehicle. The Prime Minister should have highlighted the actual historical significance of the stone by asking the Queen to present it to Parliament where it could take its place alongside other reminders to our nation of God's dominion and our continued reliance on Him. Each of the exterior arched windows of the Peace Tower, for example, are engraved with Scripture verses which serve as permanent reminders to us of the convictions of our forefathers:
- Over the East window—"He shall have dominion also from sea to sea" (Psalm 72:8).
- Over the West window—"Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18).
- Over the South window—"Give the King Thy judgment, O God, and Thy righteousness unto the King's son" (Psalm 72:1).
Other Commentary by Rod Taylor:
- Tyranny Under the Guise of Magna Carta
- Neo-pagan Environmentalism: The New Orthodoxy?
- How does Christianity compare with modern Environmentalism?
- How does Christianity compare with Environmentalism?
- Canada’s ‘birth dearth’
- The hypocrisy of taxing income trusts
- Give credit where credit is due