January 14, 2008

It's My Bloody Right To Do So

My new hero, Ezra Levant, gives the Alberta Human Rights Commission what for:

More -- much more -- at his website.

The Alberta Human Rights Commission was investigating his publication, in a now-defunct print newspaper published in Calgary, the famous Mohammed cartoons from Denmark.

Notably, Canada has a very broad statement in its fundamental laws about freedom of speech, restated in 1982: "2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: a) freedom of conscience and religion; b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication." This is a stronger statement than the U.S. equivalent in the First Amendment -- the First Amendment limits the power of the government to restrict free speech; it is a negative right. Canada phrases its statement of freedom of speech in an affirmative, not a negative, manner -- meaning that it is a personal, individual right that must be honored despite other principles or factors that are at stake.

Good luck to Mr. Levant in his administrative proceeding; should he lose, I hope he is able to challenge that ruling in a real court. Shame on Canada for trying to squelch free speech. And Canada, the nation in the world most similar to the United States, should be a bellweather for us here in the States for what can happen here. This doesn't mean it's okay to actually go out and offend people and make fun of them for their religion or otherwise mock them undeservedly -- but it means that the sanction for such misbehavior should be social, not legal. That's as true in Canada as it is in the U.S.A.

Congratulations to Mr. Levant, whose videos of his interrogation by the Human Rights Commission have become the fifth-most popular video on YouTube, and which may have done more than anything else in the past five years to demonstrate how precarious our freedoms are.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Canada: Freedom of Speech succumbing to Kangaroo Courts of the Human Rights Commission

Proceedings against Ezra Levant are nothing short of ridiculous, but let's consider the implications for moderate Muslims. This "investigation" will further divide Muslims and non-Muslims in Canada. It will give credence to radicals' claims that the West is at war with Islam. It will antagonize non-Muslims and moderate Muslims will be pushed towards radicalization. Regardless of the outcome, once again Islamists skillfully manipulated Dhimmi justice system and came out as clear winners. Thank you, Human Right Commission!

Muslims Against Sharia are proud to be the first Muslim group to publicly support Ezra Levant and denounce HRC inquisition
http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2008/01/canada-freedom-of-speech-succumbing-to.html

Sign Free Dominion Against the HRCs Petition
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/a-free-dominion-against-the-hrcs.html