Thursday, September 10, 2009

Conservative MP Rob Anders - Hammers Section 13 Censorship [A MUST read!]

Conservative MP Rob Anders has done a great service to his constituents, and put out a series of flyers which expose the Canadian Human Rights Commission for the fanatical censors they are.

These are a must read, and nicely boil down many of the arguments which were recently used by Marc Lemire and his lawyer Barbara Kulaszka to have this disgusting censorship law declared unconstitutional.

[Discussion on this flyer on FreeDominion]


And surprise surprise... the reaction from the grievance hucksters?

Calgary MP’s brochure raises Muslim ire

CALGARY — A political pamphlet from a Conservative MP that urges changes to federal human rights legislation has raised the ire of Calgary’s largest Muslim organization, which views the dispatch to residents as inflammatory and divisive.

David Liepert, spokesman for the Muslim Council of Calgary, contends Calgary West’s Rob Anders crossed the line and made inaccurate statements unfairly targeting the Muslim community in a pamphlet that arrived earlier this month at some homes in the riding. The longtime MP, however, disputes the contention that his pamphlet is inflammatory.

In an Anders’ communique, one of 10 different versions mailed out, he claims: “It is now illegal to hold opinions that offend radical Muslim activists,” and “under Section 13 of the so-called ‘human rights’ code, Canadians have been prosecuted for holding personal beliefs which offend radical Muslim imams and liberal activists.”

“He’s basically spread misinformation among his constituents about a large proportion of his constituency because there are many Muslims living in his area,” Liepert said Tuesday.

“Any time you have a politician who, for political gain, targets a minority group with disinformation, it’s something that I think needs to be addressed.”

The Muslim Council of Calgary, which represents 10 mosques and 60,000 Sunni Muslims, has voiced its concerns to Anders’ office. The group has also invited the MP to attend a mosque in the riding Friday to discuss the matter and for Ramadan iftaar, a fast-breaking dinner.

Anders hasn’t yet decided whether to accept the invitation. He said he stands by the text of his pamphlet. “We were very careful to be very factual.”

The MP is attempting to drum up support to scrap Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which deals with complaints about hate messages disseminated over telephone or the Internet.

“It’s fair-minded of us to question Section 13 and its restrictions on the freedom of speech, particularly in light of the decisions that have down as of late,” he said, citing human rights complaints against Ezra Levant, a former publisher of the Western Standard magazine, and Maclean’s magazine.

Anders also pointed to a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision this month that found Section 13 is an unconstitutional violation of the charter right to free expression because of its penalty provisions.

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