Intellectual freedom in Canada: ... Look out, PC bigots! The True North strong and free is shaking off your chains ...
1. Canadian-Pakistani Muslim novelist (and exile, but so what else is new?) Tahir Aslam Gora (top right) explains (to those who haven't got it yet),
Liberal Muslims are not only silenced by literalist Muslims, but also by those non-Muslims who have developed the hollow pattern of being 'fair' and 'tolerant' to every religion. The existence of 'political fairness' among large circles of non-Muslim activists is actually a much bigger obstacle than extremist Muslims because those non-Muslim activists dominate the media outlets across the world and often ignore genuinely liberal Muslim voices.
Update news:2. I have realized what Gora is telling me, ever since I shared a spot on a TV program with our valiant political scientist Salim Mansur (middle), who has said,
Friends fear the comedians won't dare be funny ...
Charged comedian Guy Earle responds - and "Human Rights" is watching!
For every Muslim the CIC and its head Mohamed Elmasry presume to represent in complaining to the HRC of offence caused by Maclean's publishing of Mark Steyn's essay on the future of Islam, there are countless Muslims dismissive of such a complaint as frivolous and false.
Muslims are not monolithic in their views on any matter, including faith and politics. In treating Muslims as of having one mind on most issues most of the time would be for me, as a Muslim, more offensive than the complaint of the CIC against Maclean's.
3. Canadian Cartoonists Association invites "hater" (= civil rights lawyer) Ezra Levant (left or below) to speak. He still faces "human rights" charges. The toonies were probably scared by the Halifax Chronicle-Herald "Battle of Khartoon" case, but - quite frankly - we will accept action wherever we can get it.
Meanwhile, 40 comics are getting together to diss Canada's social engineers on July 19 in Toronto. Details here. Never mind the bad language. If you have better jokes, try to grab a mike, will you?
4. AND, unfortunately, this story ends on a down note, Civil rights lawyer Ezra Levant has been invited to speak to "caucus" on the collapse of civil rights in Canada. Why a down note? Because it is not the Parliamentary caucus of our own (Conservative) government. It is the caucus of a foreign government.
This Friday at 10 a.m. I have been invited to make a presentation to caucus on the use of "lawfare" by foreign Islamic radicals and their domestic enablers.
My thesis is simple: foreign-born jihadis have teamed up with politically-correct busy-bodies to use our own laws to undermine our freedoms -- especially our freedom to criticize them. It's a "soft jihad", and it's been a more effective strategy than the "hard jihad" of terrorism, in terms of undermining our way of life. I've been invited as an expert witness in the subject -- an expertise I regret having earned the hard way, as the target of a half-dozen such nuisance suits, both in defamation and "human rights" law.
The caucus I'm speaking to, however, isn't the Conservative Parliamentary caucus in Ottawa. It's the bi-partisan Congressional Human Rights Caucus in Washington, D.C. The office of Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) has invited me to make a presentation to that caucus's Task Force on International Religious Freedom. Rep. Franks co-chairs the caucus with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO).
Foreign readers, please listen: It is not over. It is only just beginnng. Ordinary citizens of Canada are uniting to oppose all this. Wish us well. We have no one in Ottawa (our national capital) who supports us, except a few brave individual members of Parliament, like Keith Martin and a few brave Parliamentary journalists like Deborah Gyapong.
Many politicians hope to farm us for our tax money, to spend as they choose, telling us we have no choice. And unfortunately, many legacy media journalists are happy to be told by officials what they can and can't print, as long as their bills are paid, and that is why you hear so little from them.