Thursday, August 7, 2008

Creeping Fascism, Eroding Free Speech

One tends to think of Canada as an easy going, freedom loving place, but you may have to reconsider. In a case that can only be described as Kafka-esque, the publisher of a conservative, Canadian magazine, Ezra Levant of the Western Standard, was hauled before the Canadian Human Rights Commission -- an unelected bureaucracy, not bound by any rules of the criminal justice system -- and charged with "illegal discrimination" for offending the prophet Mohamed by re-publishing the Danish Mohamed cartoons. At Canadian taxpayers expense and at no cost to the radical groups filing the actions, Levant has been dragged through 3 years of legal harassment. He was finally acquitted by the CHRC, but not without the pervasive chilling effect on free speech -- the ultimate intent of his oppressors.

Here is Levant's word on the ordeal:
How I beat the Fatwa and Lost My Freedom

If it can happen in Canada, it can happen in the US.

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