Alright, here we go.
First off, just a tad bit more coverage of the Hadjis ruling:
Xtra.ca – Hate speech law on shaky ground
Ferreras J. – Dissenting – CHRC mum on CHRT smackdown
Second, Canadian Human Rights Commission Exposed notes Father Alphonse De Valk’s open letter to Rob Nicholson over Section 13(1).
Third, Hugh MacIntyre writes at the Shotgun Blog about Rob Anders and his magically offensive pamphlets:
The main problem with judging these words is the context of the pamphlet. If it was said next to a picture of scary looking Arabs, I can understand their issue. Yet if the rest of it is benign then these two statements don’t seem overly offensive.
The first statement is a debatable point but the second statement is simply true. Ezra Levant was prosecuted exactly for that reason. It sounds awful to say it like that but it is true; if the complainers don’t like the truth then they shouldn’t blame the truth teller.
I suppose they are offended that the word “Muslim” is being used in a negative context. I find it difficult to be sympathetic to this complaint. “It is now illegal to hold opinions that offend radical Christian activists,” would not offend me as a Christian, nor would, “under section 13 of the so-called ‘Human Rights’ code, Canadians have been prosecuted for holding personal beliefs which offend radical Christian Priests and liberal activists.”
Mr. Anders did not claim that all Muslims are evil; he merely said that he thought that what certain Muslim activists are doing is bad. I do not understand why that is shocking.
Read it all here.
Fourth, Ezra Levant’s book Shakedown is soon to begin its fall schedule. From Ezra’s blog:
The summer’s over, and I’ll be visiting six provinces and one U.S. state this fall, to talk about freedom of speech and political correctness. I’m particularly glad I’ll be going to Montreal, which I didn’t visit in the spring. Here is a list of some of the public events that are in my schedule. If you’re nearby, please come by to say hello.
Friday, September 11, Edmonton
Edmonton East Conservative Association, Chateau Louis, 6 p.m. Ticket order form here.
Saturday, September 26, Halifax
ECP Centre Ignite our Culture conference, Trinity Anglican Church, 11 a.m. More info here.
Saturday, September 26, Toronto
Ontario Libertarian Party meeting, U of T, St. George Campus, 6:30 p.m. More info here.
Friday, October 2, Nashville, Tennessee
American Association of Physicians and Surgeons convention, Sheraton Downtown, 7:30 p.m. More info here.
Wednesday, October 21, Montreal
Beth Israel/Beth Aaron meeting, 7:30 p.m. More info to come.
Thursday, October 22, Montreal
Fraser Institute reception and dinner, Café Ferreira, 5:30 p.m. More info here.
Friday, October 30, Saskatoon
National Pro-life conference, Hilton Garden Inn, 6:30 p.m. More info here.
Wednesday, November 4, Toronto
Fraser Institute student seminar, 1491 Yonge Street, 2 p.m. More info here.
Fraser Institute reception and dinner, The Fifth Grill and Terrace, 6 p.m. More info here.
Friday, November 13, 2009, Calgary
Calgary West Rotary Club, lunch. More info to come.
Wednesday, November 25, Vancouver
Jewish Book Festival, 7:30 p.m. More info to come.
By the way, the paperback edition of Shakedown will be released on October 27th. Not only does it look spiffy but, like all paperbacks, it’s more affordable than the hard cover. My hope is that a whole new group of people — especially students — will pick up a copy at the new price point. As you can see, we’ve put Christopher Hitchens’ beautiful blurb right on the front.
I’ve added a few pages with my take on some of the developments since the first edition — including Jennifer Lynch’s McCarthy-style enemies list, and Athanasios Hadjis’s surprising ruling declaring HRC censorship illegal.
Watch for it on bookshelves!
Finally, old friends of Barbara Hall.