Joanne Hill ~ The dynamic New Yorker’s first public-speaking engagement in Canada was scheduled to take place on May 13 at the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue in Thornhill. However, according to media reports, the shul’s spiritual leader Rabbi Mendel Kaplan was impelled to cancel by York Regional Police, which he serves as a volunteer chaplain.
“It may be understandable that the rabbi did not want to lose his chaplaincy because of Pamela Geller, but this is a much larger issue than my speaking engagement,” said Geller. “…All free people in Canada should realize that what is at stake is the very principle of free expression. Do they really want state control of what is acceptable speech and what isn’t? That is the road to tyranny. If they don’t stop it now, the outcome will be inexorable, and disastrous.”