On Friday Mr. Levant was summoned under protest to be interrogated by a “human rights officer” from the Alberta Human Rights Commission. The reason? Khurrum Awan, an imam from the Canadian Islamic Congress, filed a complaint with the HRC against him.
Mr. Levant was required to appear before this extra-judicial body — no one on the HRC is a judge, and the panel is not a court of law — to answer questions about his exercise of his constitutionally protected right to free speech. If he is convicted (or whatever the negative outcome is called in a kangaroo proceeding such as this one) he will be compelled by the state to apologize to Mr. Awan — and presumably to 1.5 trillion other Muslims — for his offense against their Prophet.
Mr. Levant was justifiably furious about the proceeding, and insisted on taping it. He refused the HRC’s request to keep his video recording private, and has posted the tape as a series of YouTube videos on his blog.
A visit to his site to watch these videos is well worth your time. His opening statement is particularly compelling, and the text is published in its entirety, also on his blog.
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It’s telling that after he finished his statement, the first question his inquisitor asked him was what his intent was in publishing the Motoons. Either the question was meaningless, or there must be acceptable and unacceptable reasons for printing the cartoons.
Freedom of the press? Ha! Not in Canada, not any more.
At the end of one sequence, the HRC officer said, “You’re entitled to your opinions.”
Mr. Levant responded, “I wish that were the fact.”
He showed remarkable poise and presence of mind throughout the whole process, and one can only hope that the Canadian authorities are embarrassed enough to drop the entire sordid case.
What about the compulsory apology?
Ezra Levant says, “I simply won’t comply.”
Lionheart. Mikko Ellilä. Dahn Pettersson. Mark Steyn. And now Ezra Levant. There are numerous others, and the list grows longer every day.
Freedom of speech is under systematic assault throughout the West, in Britain, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Israel, and virtually every other country except Denmark.
And what do all these muzzled people have in common?
They all offended Muslims.
Funny about that.
Hat tip: Five different people. Kepiblanc was first.