A quick round-up.
As Ezra Levant's brief span as youtube flavor of the week comes to an end, he ponders the fleeting nature of fame and wonders what in the hell you have to do to make people see past the nerdy classes and embrace his Free Speech Revolution. The answer?
My YouTube videos, and these primary documents, are a good starting point to illustrate the unCanadian purposes of the commissions, and their unfair processes.
Note that Ezra wants to use his video performance to convince people to his cause, not punish the unconvincable.
So, that ain't gonna work.
Meanwhile, Tristran Emmanuel (Yo Tristran! Neil Young wants his side-burns back) concludes that Most "average Canadians," it seems, still don't get it. He has also unearthed this wonderful email, purportedly from an assistant to a federal Conservative Member of Parliament:
Good afternoon everyone, I am wondering if someone might be aware of an issue with the Canadian Human Rights Commission??? I have received a few emails from constituents complaining about the HRC and I don't know whether this is just a blanket complaint or whether HRC was recently in the news....?Can anyone help me shed some light on what this issue might be about???Thanks so much for your help!
And he's shocked! shocked!! that an unpopular Conservative government, presiding over the first Canadian recession in 15 years, a possible budget deficit, and an Asian land-war without end in sight, shouldn't be paying more attention to abolishing a complaints body that has had the temerity to annoy Mark Steyn, Andrew Coyne, and Ezra Levant!
Meanwhile, in his latest column, Mark Steyn runs up against good old fashioned Canadian common sense. He quotes one Lauren Demaree of Windsor:
"Placing limits on free speech is a slippery slope, but that is not the only issue in play here. There is often a fine line that is crossed between opinion and hate propaganda and our laws need to reflect this more effectively. Where do we draw the line? When a group of people is harassed or when someone is beaten? How about killed? When your writer Andrew Coyne sits on a high horse spouting the ideals of free speech, he doesn't stop and think about the consequences of his words."
Wrong! Mark fulminates! Oh so wrong!!
Who has been "killed" or "beaten" or "harassed" by Coyne-Steyn "hate propaganda"? The killings and bombings, as Ezra Levant pointed out, occur in countries without freedom of expression...
Well, as I have written here, one practical consequence of the complaint against Steyn and Macleans is that Steyn supporters have vandalized a popular website offering career advice to law students. And as I have written here, the consequences of Ezra's publishing those cartoons in The Western Standard have included hate mail directed towards Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy .
And as to this last example in particular. When it is possible to communicate instantly across thousands of miles it is sometimes easy to forget that a print publication like The Western Standard is actually created at a particular point in space, specifically Calgary, Alberta, and has a readership clustered around that point in space. Now, Calgary is just a little town. All the streets run one-way. And the readership of The Western Standard seems, not putting too fine a point on it, to come from its most provincial and thuggish quarter. Consider this before you condemn the Imam in question for raising a stink. Getting hate-mail in such a context is not something to be brushed off lightly.