The owner of a Charlottetown bookstore that sells religious material is frustrated by the CBC's refusal to air his advertisement.I would tolerate that if Canadian entrepreneurs did have the right to refuse deals that go against the owner's views. The problem is that such right was taken away by the courts and "human rights tribunals" years ago. So if a Christian printer has no right to refuse printing propaganda materials for militant homosexuals - why is it ok for a TV station to refuse advertising to a Christian bookstore?
Roger May owns and operates Maritime Christian Bookstore with his wife. He said the CBC's reasoning for rejecting the ad doesn't make sense.
Mr. May said yesterday he was told that the final phrase in the proposed advertisement - "What goes into a mind, comes out in a life" - goes against CBC advertising standards.
Some may suggest that since the CBC is a government-owned national broadcasting company, it must therefore keep its advertising "balanced" and "neutral"... Well, the Toronto Transit Commission is also a publicly owned service, yet that didn't prevent the courts back in late 1990s from forcing the TTC to advertise homosexual services on bus and streetcar transfers.
Perhaps Roger May too should file a law suit or a "human rights complaint" against the CBC. Even though such complaint is unlikely to go far, it will make many more Canadians aware that when it comes to protection from discrimination, Christians are certainly less equal than others.