…but, unlike charity, it should end there. — Clare Boothe Luce
For the most part, email and social media have been fantastic developments for keeping family, friends, citizens, colleagues, businesses and customers in touch, informed and connected – instantly.
While apps such as Facebook and Twitter have hurt my business – newspapering – they have democratized the news, opening up information gathering and dissemination to nearly everyone with a smartphone. In the long run this is a positive, liberating information and reducing the number of filters between newsmakers and ordinary people.
Threats are uncalled for, calling her out for trying to railroad through an anti-democratic Islamist motion that threatens our right to free speech is entirely justified.
I recently attended a symposium, held at the University of Toronto and sponsored by a group of politically savvy libertarian and conservative students, on the topic of free speech and expression in the current repressive cultural and political milieu. The audience of almost every other conservative symposium I have attended has been composed chiefly of elderly white men, with a modest sprinkling of women and a sparse handful of younger people. On this occasion I was gladdened to note that the age gap had been bridged, dividing equally between older and younger, while the distaff representation was comparatively prominent.
The fact that the symposium was organized by two student groups worried about their political and economic future, Students for Liberty and Generation Screwed, explained the mixed composition of the conference attendees and signaled a more hopeful future for the nascent conservative movement growing on campus as well as in the non-academic world. This young, right-leaning cohort — politically active, intellectually engaged, well-educated and civil — are in marked contrast to their leftist counterparts consisting of a mélange of snowflakes and hooligans, who were soon to make their presence known at the event.
This five minute video addresses the issue of Islam in Canada, and in the rest of the West. I made it in part because the Canadian Parliament this week will discuss a motion, M103, discussing limitations on “Islamophobia.”
h/t Mum Needsquiet
The shouting was so loud that Tara Goldblatt, who works in a nearby building on the 21st floor said she could hear it from inside her office.
When she came down to see what was going on, she says she saw some 15 people screaming, some blocking the path of those trying to enter the mosque.
“The response from the people who were trying to get inside was very sort of, ‘Oh well, they’re entitled to their opinion’ and, ‘Oh well, I guess that’s just part of life,'” Goldblatt said.
“And it makes me really angry because that’s just part of life and it’s not freedom of speech. It’s awful and hateful and it shouldn’t be allowed.”
*In the sense I suspect that Twitter has decided it should be trending
The most damaging assault by Islamic fundamentalists on Western values – and indeed Western civilization itself – is in the realm of free speech.
There have been attempts to quash free speech right here in Canada.
The Canadian Islamic Congress objected to Mark Steyn’s book America Alone, and Calgary imam Syed Soharwardy actually filed a human rights complaint against former Sun News Network host Ezra Levant for publishing the prophet Mohammad’s cartoons back in 2006.
Privately, a handful of liberal Muslims endure a daily barrage of angry emails because they challenge the obscurantism that characterizes radical Islam.
Turns out, there are a lot of people concerned about free speech in Canada.
And concerned about losing it.
“It’s great to be in a room full of severely normal people,” said Conservative leadership candidate Dr. Kellie Leitch, drawing cheers.
About 1,200 people showed up to The Rebel’s Rally For Free Speech at Canada Christian College to protest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government’s M-103 motion being debated in the House of Commons this week, which many criticism is, in essence, an anti-blasphemy law seen in many Muslim countries that prevents criticism of Islam.
“We need to fight back against all of this politically correct nonsense,” said Leitch.
For now at least, we do have freedom of speech in Canada.
But try booking a conference room to protest the bizarre anti-Islamic blasphemy motion. Organizers of the Emergency Rally for Free Speech found out first-hand Tuesday freedom is not always free – even when you are prepared to pay.
The rally was scheduled for Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at a Toronto hotel and with up to 1,000 people expected, including up to six Conservative Party leadership candidates, organizers were gearing up to send a message as parliament gets set to debate M-103 this week.
Until the phone rang with some strange news.
It seems the hotel got a “threatening” call and decided it didn’t want to have such an event after all. They cancelled the contract.
Freedom for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is an organization that defends freedom of speech for students and academics at American universities. They’ve tracked disinvitations and speech disruptions on campus over the last 17 years and recently published their findings.
From 2000-2009 disinvitations and disruptions occurred almost equally from the left and the right (on the right mostly with reference to abortion and Israel), but from 2010 onward protest veered sharply leftward. Today, over 90 per cent of speaker disinvitation attempts and speaker interruptions arise left of the speaker, occurring most frequently around racial, gender, immigration and Islam-related issues.
But even left-wingers can be disrupted or disinvited if they don’t toe the party line on every single issue sacred to progressives.
Sometimes the whole tenor of an age can be discerned by comparing two events, one commanding fury and the other, silence.
To this extent, February has already been most enlightening. On the first day of the month, the conservative activist and writer Milo Yiannopoulos was due to speak at the University of California, Berkeley. To the surprise of absolutely no one, some of the new anti-free speech brigade attempted to prevent the event from happening. But to the surprise of almost everyone, the groups who wish to prevent everyone but themselves from speaking went farther even than they have tended to of late. Before the event could even start, Yiannopoulos was evacuated by security for his own safety. A mob of 150 people proceeded to riot, smash and set fire to the campus, causing more than $100,000 of damage and otherwise asserting their revised version of Voltaire’s maxim: “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to your death my right to shut you up.”
Interview with Rev. Sule Prince, Dr. Tony Costa, Dr. Scott Masson
Muslims are already protected as everyone else is under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Justin Trudeau always says “diversity is our strength” but this Motion is about special pandering. George Orwell in his book ‘Animal Farm’ says, “All animals are made equal, but some animals are more equal”.
What this Motion does is give Islam special privileges, one of which is you cannot criticize or make offensive statements regarding Islam. This is a form of ‘sharia law’ the law of Islam which is supposed to overthrow and trump all other secular laws. These are dangerous times we live in. Please sign and pass on to others. Our freedoms are to be protected, not surrendered.
Stop the speech restrictive “anti-blasphemy” Motion M-103 Visit
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Police visit my home to ‘interview’ me about my blog
Apparently two members of our brave constabulary tried to visit me in my home recently to ‘interview’ me about something I had written in a blog a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, I was abroad at the time and so didn’t have the pleasure of interacting with those courageous coppers who are paid to maintain law and order.
Words matter. We’ve heard the dictum often since the Quebec City mosque massacre. Yes, they do. In fact, the statement “words matter” matters. In my experience it is either a rebuke to those who argue for the widest possible latitude in speech freedoms, or a preamble to proposing speech limitations.
Timing matters too. Because of the mosque tragedy, on Feb. 16, the House will likely vote unanimously for Motion 103, which is potentially a retrograde step for freedom of speech in Canada, at least insofar as it concerns “Islamophobia.”
This week will be remembered with a series of event that embarrassed some of the best-known universities in North America. It started with the Milo Yiannopoulos’ attempt to speak at the University of California at Berkeley, which was cancelled after violent anarchists trashed businesses and public buildings. That was followed by an assault on Gavin McInnes’ event at NYU.
Today, it was the University of Toronto’s turn to show that psychopathic lefties have the upper hand when deciding who can speak. An event, which included the media personality and founder of The Rebel Media Ezra Levant, was stormed by a deranged crowd, which managed to interrupt it.
Blogwrath has video as well of all the usual suspects.
TORONTO – A free speech conference to be hosted by two university student groups Saturday has received “pretty explicit, somewhat violent threats” on social media, organizer Aaron Gunn says.
The executive director of Generation Screwed said he’s concerned about security as his group partners with Students in Support of Free Speech (SSFS) to co-host the 2017 Toronto Action Forum at University of Toronto.
“Hopefully they have something better to do on the Saturday than come to our event but you never know,” Gunn said, of possible protesters.