We reported earlier this week (see previous posts here, here, and here) on an aborted attempt to hold a free speech event on International Draw Mohammed Day (May 20) on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. It did not specifically involve Mohammed cartoons — it was officially known as “Draw Whatever You Want”, and referenced prosecutions for illustration depicting the Buddha wearing headphones, and the Pope’s statement about responding violently to anyone who insulted his mother.
Alexandra Belaire, who blogs at Xanthippa’s Chamberpot, was the organizer of the event. At the last minute — less than 24 hours before her event was scheduled to take place — Heritage Canada informed Ms. Belaire that the permit for the event had been denied, due to “security concerns”. It’s quite possible that the authorities never actually received any “specific, credible threats” against the proposed event. The intelligence boffins at the RCMP are not daft — they know what’s likely to happen to any event which features images of Mohammed PBUH. “Security concerns”, indeed!
The Kafkaesque nightmare into which Ms. Belaire was thrust precludes any organizers of any Motoon-themed occasion from ever successfully staging their event. At the last minute a permit is likely to be denied — with no specific reason being given. That’s just the way it goes in Modern Multicultural Canada.
In the following interview, Alexandra Belaire — who emigrated to Canada from Czechoslovakia back when it was still behind the Iron Curtain — recounts the details of her dealings with Heritage Canada. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video: