Photos from Monday's panel on Canada's Human Rights Commissions that took place in London, Ontario. Panelists were Kathy Shaidle, Prof. Salim Mansur of Univ of Western Ontario and the venerable freedom fighter Ezra Levant. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Mansur in person and it was a tremendous honor. He's truly a wise and intelligent person. The western civilization in general and Canada in particular should be grateful to have him on their side. Ezra Levant is the former publisher of Western Standard magazine (and my former boss at the Shotgun blog) who was dragged before the human rights commissions by bunch of radical Muslims in Canada (yes you heard it right by 'radical Muslims in Canada') for re-publishing the famous Muhammed cartoons.
Mr. Levant is now a best selling author of the book Shakedown which discusses the issue of free speech and the human rights courts in Canada. He's already taken the fight to the enemies of freedom of speech and I believe he has won it in the court of public opinion. The evidence of his victory is the fact that the hall was packed with more than 600 enthusiastic attendees who wanted to hear his story first hand and see for themselves how these Stalinist commissions waste their precious tax dollars prosecuting people for expressing their thoughts. Aside from these two was my friend Kathy who is a passionate speaker and a witty individual. I enjoyed her commentary on the matter as well.
The sad thing is that I only thought the ayatollahs took people to courts for expressing an opinion but apparently it is not limited to mullahs of Iran. Here in Canada, radical leftists who control these so-called commissions can also question any one for saying things and have the power to jail or punish them. It's stunning how a society is ready to screw its own decency, traditions and sanity to appease bunch of Islamist hooligans. It's disappointing! Hopefully this good fight against the gov't sanctioned tyranny will result in dismantling these bogus commissions.
Mark Steyn links to my entry