Or in the words of that great and under-appreciated philosopher and sophist Innigo Montoya, “I do not think that word means what you think that it means.”
I found this over at Marginalized Action Dinosaur, as part of the Candadian Charter of Human Rights:
15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
(2) Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
So, in essence, everyone is to be treated equally under the law, except of course, those people who are given special benefits and priviledges because of their status as an aggrieved minority group. They are to treated a little, you know, more equally than everyone else.
And apparently, bitching about this kind of “enhanced equality” is considered discrimination or a hate crime, so just sort of shut up and love it…or else.
In other words, you can’t be discriminated AGAINST on the basis of sex, color, religion, etc., but you can most certainly be discriminated FOR based on these very same traits.
The fact that this implicity discriminates against everyone else who isn’t given the same special dispensation seems to sort of rather escape the brilliant progressive minds that come up with this sort of stuff.