Edmonton, Canada, Aug 13, 2008 / 02:05 am America/Denver (CNA).
A homosexual activist has appealed a decision of the Canadian Human Rights Commission which dismissed his legal complaint charging a Catholic magazine with making derogatory remarks about homosexuals for stating the Catholic teaching on sexual ethics.
In February 2007 Rob Wells, a member of the Pride Center of Edmonton, filed a nine-point complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission alleging that Catholic Insight had targeted homosexuals as a powerful menace and innately evil, claiming it used inflammatory and derogatory language to create a tone of “extreme hatred and contempt.”
Catholic Insight responded to these charges in its January 2008 issue, saying the complaint consists of “three pages of isolated and fragmentary extracts from articles dating back as far as 1994, without any context.” Catholic Insight continued, saying, “these isolated quotes are not meaningful without the contexts of the articles themselves from which they were culled; in fact, most of them are even out of context from the sentences from which they were taken.”
The magazine further said it regards the charges as “unfounded and made with the intent to harass.”
On July 4, Well’s complaint against Catholic Insight was dropped by the Human Rights Commission “because the material is not likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt based on sexual orientation,” a letter sent to the magazine says.