Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Levant Free Speech Case In Canada, When Winning is Losing

The Canadian Commissariat to Filter Free Speech recently... er, reboot. The Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission recently settled the case against Ezra Levant in his favor. Sort of. As Levant himself says better than I could:
This censor approved what I wrote. His decision is not that I have freedom of speech. His decision is that I have his approval. I'm not interested in his approval. The only test of free speech is if I can write what he disapproves of with impunity. That's what freedom of speech is, to piss off some second-rate bureaucrat like Pardeep Gundara and know that you have the right to do so, because you're in Canada, not Saudi Arabia. [emphasis added]
And, to think, it took them a year and dozens of bureaucrats to decide this.

Sadly, Levant's view is not widespread in Canada, as is evidenced by the fact that this tribunal exists at all. Canada's government is apparently in favor of free speech, provided only that no noisy, hypersensitive constituency is offended. (In this case, the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities).

Gee, political Muslims, offended by unflattering cartoons. Who would have thought? The jihad against free speech, and every other form of individual liberty, continues.

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