March 30, 2006

Western Standard Before Human Rights Commission

The complainant, Imam Syed Soharwardy, a former professor at an anti-Semitic university in Saudi Arabia, doesn't just argue that we shouldn't have published the cartoons. He argues that we shouldn't be able to defend our right to publish the cartoons. The bulk of his complaint was that we dared to try to justify it.
The rest.

Posted by Kate at March 30, 2006 8:24 AM

Canadian Paper Sued Over Muhammed Cartoons from The Jawa Report
For a bunch of F*cking fascists, they sure are a bunch of whiney bitches. FYI-our good friend Kate from Small Dead Animals writes for the Western Standard, so were more than just supportive on the principle of the matter.... [Read More]

Tracked on March 31, 2006 11:46 AM


By the way, Mark Norris is talking treason. S. harper should denounce him and all he stands for.

Posted by: bigcitylib at March 30, 2006 9:14 AM

Only in Canada, you say?

We're supposed to be "the True North, strong and free," aren't we? With these gulag-like Human Rights (sic) Commissions we're much more like a police state. What freedom? The only individuals and groups that seem to be free to say and do what they like with impunity--and actually benefit from their failure to adapt--are those whose affiliations have grabbed victim status and, therefore, are easily "offended." Well, I'm deeply offended by this new allegation against The WS, but who's going to listen to this Canadian, who is law-abiding, married-to-one-man, mother of two responsible and civilized children, taxes and bills all paid up? I'm a member of a new marginalized group in Canada--but one which will never gain any status as a "have not."

Except for the more visionary magazines like The Western Standard--and commentators like Kate, David Warren, Mark Steyn, David Frum, Link and Ted Byfield, etc.--there seems to be no appetite to change things anytime soon. We're in for a rough ride.

I'm expecting the 70% of journalists who supported The Western Standard's publishing of the Danish cartoons to pony up the $$$$ to help them fight the ludicrous charges against them by Mr. Maligned Muslim.

Posted by: new kid on the block at March 30, 2006 9:21 AM

Do you know I was ready to stand behind Canada again with Stephen Harper in the Prime Ministerial chair,BUT with having to contend with people like the ignoramous bigcitylib I am throwing my support behind Mark Norris. Lieberals never learn anything and are destined to repeat their arrogant mistakes.

Posted by: eliza at March 30, 2006 10:10 AM

The Western Standard should sue this Imam person for their costs on the basis of trying to muzzle the freedom of the press and also stupidity. I have no sympathy for the people that come to our country & then try to import the problems they left behind. If this person is living in Canada, I believe he should be deported.

I was doing some fund-raising this month & I rang the bell at a house that a lady in a sari answered. That wasn't what bothered me, but it was the sight of a large printed picture of Saddam Hussein on her wall. It was in a very conspicuous place so that when the door opened, there it was!!!!

Posted by: Lou-Lou at March 30, 2006 10:21 AM

i guess it depends on your perspective, but i prefer these medieval psychos to show their hand for all to see.

bring it on imam.

Posted by: allen at March 30, 2006 10:27 AM

i guess it depends on your perspective, but i prefer these medieval psychos to show their hand for all to see.

bring it on imam.

Posted by: allen at March 30, 2006 10:27 AM

"Human Rights Commissions" are anything but. They are an instrument used to gain power by every illegitimate activist group under the sun.
We already have courts, we don't need HRC's to dole out their convoluted version of justice.
Are they federal or Provincial jurisdictions? Whatever, they should be disbanded. Good riddance.

Posted by: dmorris at March 30, 2006 11:12 AM

allen, re: Bring it on imam.

I know what you mean, but in the meantime, The Western Standard will have to dole out at least $75000 of its own money to defend itself, whereas the imam's expenses will be paid for by the long-suffering and increasingly abused taxpayers: you and me.

Are you willing to contribute some $$$ to The Western Standard's defence and, so to speak, put your money where your mouth is?

dmorris: The HRCs are provincially operated, so if you're an Albertan, why not write to your MPP to tell him/her to get rid of them toute suite. They're not gone yet--and won't be "good riddance" until taxpayers begin to scream bloody murder about them. Unfortunately, Canadians are a too-tame (aka wimpy) bunch to make much of a noise. Why not start the screaming?

Posted by: new kid on the block at March 30, 2006 11:19 AM


it's a cost of doing business and i'm sure levant expected to be dragged before someone. i'm sympathetic but most of my charitable donations go to german shepherd dog rescues.

although i would be prepared to offer some pro bono time if asked.

Posted by: allen at March 30, 2006 11:47 AM

Hi Ezra,
Enjoying all the free publicity you have gained in printing these cartoons?I see it continues,you lucky SOB.But please don't ask me for money.You are a professional publication,are you not?Then I assume you have insurance against these common,frivilous lawsuits.....NO?

Posted by: Canadian Observer at March 30, 2006 11:55 AM

I keep saying that "I wasn't born racist, I was MADE this way"! Here is just another PRIME example of why. I don't know if I'm actually racist or not but if voicing my opinion about people that use their own race to make DEMANDS against everything that this country was built on because their ways are the ONLY ways, then I'm racist. If speaking out against people that blatantly break the law {repeatedly} and in their defence say that they are "oppressed" and "profiled" by the whites/Christians, then I'm racist. If someone comes here for a better life and expects us all to change to the way things were back in their homeland or we'll wind up in court, then I'm racist. If we can't joke or enjoy the freedoms on which this country was built {and many died for} because it might "offend" someone, then I'm racist.
To be honest with you, these brainless bast*rds OFFEND ME!!!! We've become a "politically correct" society and we're destroying ourselves as a result! What IS Canada and what IS it to be Canadian? Does anyone know anymore? We're a bunch of people wandering aimlessly with no idea who's in control. We cave to the demands of idiots {usually freeloaders} for fear of "offending" some as*hole that is suddenly ABOVE the rest of us {the TAX payers}. If things were so damn good in their own country, then why didn't they STAY there or get the hell back there before they just push one button too many and see what most Canadians are REALLY thinking?!! My father immigrated to Canada from eastern Europe in 1930 and the FIRST things he did was learn the language and the laws of the land. He made no special DEMANDS and wasn't easily "offended" by anything. He was a PRODUCTIVE, happy and THANKFUL citizen that gladly CONTRIBUTED to the construction/foundation of this great new land he proudly called home. What's the problem for these damn muslims and others? How come they feel they're entitled and more than just one notch above the rest of us? I suppose if we let them get away with it, they're gonna take advantage of it and push as far as they can to get ALL they want. After all, the "law" is now on THEIR side thanks to the idiot LIEberals & ndp!! We need to "smarten up" and take our country back from these no-minds and maintain some sense of order so we can again be proud to be Canadian and all it stands for {or USED to}. I say boot this as*hole out of Canada so he can go where he won't be "offended" {beheaded maybe, but not offended!}!
I'm gonna send a contribution to the Western Standard in their aid. This whole thing is bullshit and we need to start fighting back!

Posted by: Coyote at March 30, 2006 12:15 PM

Go Ezra. Gormley's interviewing him this morning.

Posted by: kdl at March 30, 2006 12:17 PM

RIGHT ON. wonder how we can start a class action suit ?

Posted by: spike at March 30, 2006 12:40 PM

coyote:...I hope you realise you've expressed more than just your own thoughts here...everything has become a "phobia", as per those special interest groups (including the previous government) who are suppressing free speech! I want the new government to stand up for the special interest group I belong to....CANADA!!

And BTW, I don't think of you as racist...just frustrated like most of us...

Posted by: Garry P. at March 30, 2006 12:43 PM

When I was a teenager growing up in Lethbridge I sat beside the brother of one of the current commission members. He was one of the most racist people I have ever met. I faced a lot of ribbing because I was aboriginal, but even Brian Trottier was criticized for that one. The girl behind him was VERY large breasted, she was given the nickname 'Tito'. He loved to use words like 'paki, faggott, nichi, wagonburner'

Its not like I am bitter against the guy, I just think it is amusing, and have to ask 'To what degree did he learn this from his family?'

Posted by: Dan Bergen at March 30, 2006 12:55 PM

Human rights courts have morphed into the political appendage of the pc multi-culti nanny state tyranny. It's an attempt at censorship plain and simple.

Worldwide they've done a lousy job against real crimes against humanity.

Posted by: penny at March 30, 2006 1:27 PM

Imam Syed Soharwardy, apparently chose to leave backward, authoritarian Saudi Arabia and live in Canada because it it offered him a better life.

Now he's going to tell us about human rights. That puzzles me.

Unless I'm mistaken, you don't have a Human Rights Commission back in the home of the 9/11 hijackers.

Women are 2nd class citizens.

Anyone who is not Muslim is an infidel.

Perhaps Mr. Soharwardy should take a trip back to Saudi Arabia for a refresher course in what constitutes a feudal dictatorship versus, say... a democracy.

Posted by: neo at March 30, 2006 1:41 PM

On what unlawful basis do human rights comissions get their power any way.

Do they care when white males can't get affirmative action jobs?

Who are they accountable too? We cant keep judges in line so let let slip the dogs of multiculturalizm.

Posted by: DrWright at March 30, 2006 3:05 PM

If you google this guy, he's left a trail behind him, if you can stomach it, good luck.

I hope the human rights tribunal in Calgary isn't a "behind closed doors" affair. Will there be protesters protesting protesters?

Posted by: marc in calgary at March 30, 2006 3:14 PM


To give special meaning to my SDA handle and to put a bit of money where my ample mouth is I have donated $1,000 to the legal defence fund after receiving their e-mail solicitation. I have been a proud subscriber since launch.

Abolish all human rights commissions, aka kangaroo courts manned by idle and mischievous political hacks.

Posted by: me no dhimmi at March 30, 2006 5:26 PM

"By the way, Mark Norris is talking treason."

No, he's talking sense.

Posted by: Sean at March 30, 2006 6:06 PM

HRC's are just instruments of control by the State. Without the painstaking legal & individual rights our proginators fought & died for. It makes a mockery of our Constitution & even the Magna Carta. Where its stated even peasents are to be tried by there peers.

Even when one wins they loose as the complaining party has ther legal fee's paied for them. Not so the accused. Nor are they allowed a laywer or trial. Its judgement by non legal political appointee's, based not on truths but ideology. Liberal & socialist at that.

HRC's have become an instrument of our polity to shut people up, or punish them for not holding left wing views. It has nothing to do with hman rights & all to do with suppression of opinion or regulation of buisness.

In my opinon get rid of them. We have plenty of laws to safegaurd individual rights & the abuse of minoritys by some people. The law should be equal for ALL. Straight accross the board. When exceptions are made you have the start of a caste system. In our case a victim scale of justice. Victim not of a crime, but a perpetual one because of the myth of race or based on color & gender or what thing you want sex with. In fact they this makes If you could call what the liberals have left us a justice system anymore.Just think about the deviant who was administrating a child porn site. He will be out in a year & a half. The guy should ever be allowed to see the sun again.

The crowning debasement of justice is the fact that the HRC can force you to there judgment without an appeal, based not on if something is true. No its if it alighns with current social fads or if one of these oh so sensitive persons feels offended. This type of star chamber should not be allowd in a democatic Nation. Trial by jury should be paramount. The judges have proven they are in tune with the Liberal
"Hug A thug" mentality.
Just an opinion

Posted by: Revnant Dream at March 30, 2006 6:07 PM

I was a friend of Doug Collins who was hounded to his death by the "Human" rights commission. The original charge that his writing offended, was by a person in another city who had never read Collins articles but who had read in the paper what Collins said and that offended him.
Collins had to spend his own meagre money defending himself but the HRC carried on and on and on with public money all riding on the prosecutution--AND NO APPEAL ALLOWED! And we wimps allow our representatives to continue these kangaroo courts. Arrise ye Canadian wimps and tell your MLA's that these courts are gone or so are the reps at the next election. Get political.

Posted by: N.Thompson at March 30, 2006 6:24 PM

I was a friend of Doug Collins who was hounded to his death by the "Human" rights commission. The original charge that his writing offended, was by a person in another city who had never read Collins articles but who had read in the paper what Collins said and that offended him.
Collins had to spend his own meagre money defending himself but the HRC carried on and on and on with public money all riding on the prosecutution--AND NO APPEAL ALLOWED! And we wimps allow our representatives to continue these kangaroo courts. Arrise ye Canadian wimps and tell your MLA's that these courts are gone or so are the reps at the next election. Get political.

Posted by: N.Thompson at March 30, 2006 6:28 PM

If the Alberta HRC goes after the Western Standard. It just may bust open this pustule on the democratic body of Canada.

In the end this may turn out to be the HRC swan song, if enogh people become outraged at this grosss attempt at persecution & debasement of free speech.

Knowing how much the lib left loves the Jihadists & how cowardly these weasels are.
It may open canadian eyes to just how insidious this process is.
Thats my hope anyway.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at March 30, 2006 6:34 PM


No, Norris isn't talking treason — though I note that, while you've reserved your high dudgeon for someone from Alberta, I've never seen you exercise the same level of indignation towards someone from, oh, say, the Bloc Quebecois.

Treason (more specifically, "High Treason") is fully-specified in sec. 46 (1) through (4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.  Norris' statements do not satisfy the conditions of any of those subsections.  Which would also go a ways to explaining why no one's hauled any member of the Bloc Quebecois off to prison for the same offence.  (Though I'm still convinced that simple cowardice has something to do with it, too...).

Posted by: Garth Wood at March 30, 2006 6:39 PM

Are these people born crazy or does Islam make them that way?

My tolerance for these guys is wearing thin.

Stingray:  a blog for salty Christians

Posted by: Stingray at March 30, 2006 7:49 PM

SLAPP suit with government financing
a travesty

Posted by: Bruce at March 30, 2006 7:58 PM

Could someone please explain to me the practical difference between "Human Rights Commissions" (so called) and political commissars?

Posted by: DrD at March 30, 2006 8:05 PM

Re: "Posted by Coyote at March 30, 2006 12:15 PM "

Great post Coyote.

I can't believe that the HRC wouldn't simply dimiss this case as totally frivolous and unfounded. If the HRC insists on persuing this case against the WS, perhaps what is needed is a citizens class action to have the HRC back off, or better yet, disbanded.

It is simply outrageous that normal law-abiding citizens of this country are now being dragged through the courts, at our expense, by a bunch of medieval, murderous, cultists on the contrived premise that they have somehow been wronged by the TRUTH.

And where the hell are the so-called moderate Muslims in all of this? I am beginning to wonder if they really exist.

Posted by: Joe Canuck at March 31, 2006 2:47 AM

I just googled 'Imam Syed Soharwardy'.

This guy considers himself a 'moderate' Muslim.

Oh, how comforting....(choke)

Posted by: Joe Canuck at March 31, 2006 3:17 AM

Doug Collins. Ezra Levant. Same crap, different steaming pile.

I personally hope that the current mewling mega-wimp bigot, now begging for handouts to get himself out of a mess he created, is strung up by the HRC--figuratively, of course. He's a shrill, nasty, hateful mouth-breather, he's been called on his excesses, and now the universe will, with a little luck, unfold as it should.

Have a nice weekend, everyone. I know I will.

Posted by: Dr.Dawg at March 31, 2006 11:19 AM

Who peed in your cornflakes today, Dr. Dawg???

Posted by: Joe Canuck at March 31, 2006 12:50 PM

Got to agree with "coyote" but just have to add a little more info. I don't think that Canadians or Albertans are racist towards everyone. The issue seems to come up when a refugee comes to this country and does 2 things - sit on welfare and make more kids to get even more welfare, which everyone pay for - no such thing as birth control according to their beliefs. Working individuals are respected for their contirbutions. Most people have no issues with those who are working and bettering themselves but get upset to no end when someone who is a grade school dropout hollars "descrimination" because they didn' get a job that requires professional or technical skills. Then a HRC steps in and wastes everyone's time and money to "research" the complaint.

As far as separating from the east, that statement has been made ever since the NEP was put in place and when the bumper stickers came out with "Let them eastern Bastards freeze in the dark" was not far from the truth. Alberta has stood up for itself and this upsets the Federals because now other provinces are stepping up and want their share. The Federal Gov't takes most of the proceeds from the natural resources of Nfld/Labrador (offshore oil & gas), Nova Scotia (offshore gas), the territories (diamonds and now gas) and returns a pittance to the people who inhabit those places. Quebec's hydro on the otherhand is not considered a resource and the Feds don't take any part of it. It should be noted that Alberta contributes approximately 40 billion a year to Federal coffers from its natural resources.

Push the West and the separation rumblings will get much louder and the taps to the east may get turned down a bit. We can get much more for our products from the US and Pacific rim countries than we get from the east and the $$$$ rules.

Posted by: chico at March 31, 2006 2:08 PM

Two research papers due in a matter of days. Measured speech is impossible at present. :)

Posted by: Dr.Dawg at March 31, 2006 2:09 PM

Who all is interested in getting a class action going against the Sheaf over their cartoon in the U of S college paper? If HRCs want to deal with this stuff then why donít we bog them down with our complaints too.

Posted by: uncleshred at March 31, 2006 8:20 PM

HRC and class action suits - dumb and dumber...

Posted by: tomax at April 2, 2006 4:12 PM