Monday, March 13, 2006

Human rights body fights free speech

From Al-Jazeerah (btw, this comes from a news item, not an opinion piece - marvel at the objective reporting):
Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission today has notified Syed B. Soharwardy, president of Islamic Supreme Council of Canada that the commission has accepted the two complaints for hearing. Last month, Syed B. Soharwardy filed two separate complaints with the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission (AHRCC) against the publishers of the Jewish Free Press and the Western Standard for re-publishing the hateful and insulting caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).This is very good news for the Muslims of Alberta and Canada.
The editor of the Western Standard has responded with his side of the story in today’s Calgary Sun:
I debated various Islamic leaders. That's the court of public opinion -- a Western, liberal concept that values diversity of opinion, and the cut-and-thrust of the clash of ideas.

One of my debate opponents wasn't satisfied. Syed Soharwardy, a Calgary imam I debated on CBC radio, thought he'd "appeal" our debate to the government.

Soharwardy went to the police and asked them to arrest me. The police politely threw him out of their offices. Peacefully disagreeing about contentious matters such as politics and religion is not a crime in Canada.

So then Soharwardy went to a less liberal institution: The Alberta Human Rights Commission. Unlike real courts, the human rights commission doesn't follow rules of evidence. Unlike real courts, it is often packed with activists, not neutral judges. And the government pays for the inquisition -- unlike civil courts, where a complainant has to pay for his own lawyer.

Human rights commissions were created to help people denied an apartment because of their race, or fired from a job because of their religion. Today they're about political correctness and ideological engineering. Of course, Soharwardy was attracted to them.

Soharwardy's incoherent "complaint" makes his CBC debate look Churchillian by comparison. In fact, he complains about that debate, bemoaning the fact I called him "radical," and implying that should be illegal.

The most delicious part is his complaint that I dared to justify publishing the cartoons. Not only does he think publishing the cartoons should be illegal, but he thinks arguing for the right to publish them should be illegal, too!
I hope that Albertan taxpayers are suitably proud of their Human Rights and Citizenship Commission (which can be contacted here if anybody's interested).

Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (the Organization of Pakistani Clerics) has been having yet another cartoon demo in Karachi today (AP photo via Yahoo News):


Blogger Clematis Fraud said...

I can't see any reference to Denmark or cartoons in this banner. Are you sure this is correct?

After all, the Joooooooooooz (death be upon them) and the Americans (death be upon them) had nothing to do with the cartoons.

Or did they?

2:52 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Stop playing the fool cf - you know very well that the cartoons were an American Zionist plot.

3:24 pm  

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