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January 22, 2008

Ezra Levant and the Canadian Inquisition

As mentioned earlier, the Canadian government has been persecuting Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant for committing thought crimes by not embracing Islamization. The case offers chilling evidence of the extent to which political correctness has replaced the concept of political freedom.

Levant reports on his encounter with Shirlene McGovern, a bureauweenie who didn't like it that he published the tepid Danish Mohammad cartoons:

Early in her interrogation, she said "I always ask people … what was your intent and purpose of your article?"
It wasn't even a question about what we had published in the magazine. It was a question about my private thoughts. I asked her why my private feelings were of interest to the government. She said, very calmly, that they would be a factor taken into account by the government in determining whether or not I was guilty.

At least McGovern is upfront about the fact that Levant is being tried for having incorrect thoughts.

Even if the State decides to find him innocent, it will have advanced its goal of imposing dhimmification in the name of political correctness:

I told her that the complaint process itself was a punishment. Even if I was eventually acquitted, I would still lose — hundreds of hours, and tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills. That's not an accident, that's one of the tools of these commissions. Every journalist in the country has been taught a lesson: Censor yourself now, or be put through a costly wringer. I said all this and then Officer McGovern replied, "You're entitled to your opinions, that's for sure."
But that's not for sure, is it? We're only entitled to our opinions now if they don't offend some very easily offended people.

Muslims are easily offended because they go out of their way to be offended. Under the perverse reign of moonbattery, being offended is a technique for bullying people, just like terrorism.

Now would be a good time for Canadians to start fighting for their freedom.

On a tip from Lyle.

Posted by Van Helsing at January 22, 2008 7:41 AM


Once they send her to ROOM 101 - She will love Big Brother and mean it.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 22, 2008 8:18 AM

...being offended is a technique for bullying people...


Posted by: Kevin at January 22, 2008 8:53 AM

This 'Human Rights Commission', do they have any kind of power at all? What would be the result of simply ignoring a summons from this farce?

Posted by: Harris at January 22, 2008 9:22 AM

Well, according to Wikipedia:

The Commission investigates complaints, attempts to facilitate a resolution between the parties if appropriate and refers matters for which a resolution cannot be found to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which holds hearings and hands down rulings. Where appropriate, the CHRC may a prosecutorial role in Canadian Human Rights Tribunal much like a Crown Attorney.

I would say that ignoring them would be like ignoring a civil lawsuit. You would lose by default, then be slapped with fines, etc, which you would not be able to escape.

Totalitarian states have a way of making sure these types of intimidation are effective.

Posted by: Lyle at January 22, 2008 11:24 AM

O, Canada! You're quickly heading the way of (formerly) Great Britain with this P.C. idiocy. And we in the USA not far behind you, unfortunately.

Scary story when you've got a Moonbat like this nitwit, the power-mad Shirlene McGovern ("McGovern," for God's sake! How appropriate to any of us who remember 1972), who can marginalize anyone with the stroke of a pen. Offend her (Hell, the muzzies are ALWAYS offended, by everything any "infidel" ever does; this babe is the truly terrifying one!), and you end up in Siberia, so to speak, for the rest of your natural life.

We allow TERRORISTS like this McGovern to have control over our lives entirely at our own risk -- we've all been warned; now what will you and I do about it?

Posted by: jc14 at January 22, 2008 1:03 PM

This is so 1984 ... a "human rights" commission whose purpose is to deny you yours.

Hate crime legislation is an abomination.

Posted by: ent at January 22, 2008 4:00 PM

AHhhh......if you ignore the summons, they issue a warrant for your arrest then you go to jail for contempt....
Then they haul you off to the interrogation.

Thats what happens here when you offend someones feelings

Posted by: Hank Kimball at January 23, 2008 10:08 AM

Posted by: Muslims Against Sharia at January 23, 2008 11:01 PM