Killing Free Speech in Canada

Last month we reported on a new film made by a Danish-American videographer named Michael Hansen. After fifteen years away from home, Mr. Hansen returned to Europe and recorded a video chronicle of his experiences that highlighted the increasing violence and chaos caused by Islamization. From his video material he compiled a documentary called Killing Europe.

The documentary was to have been screened last week at the public library in Ottawa. The library staff and the police had watched the film and judged that it passed the library’s policies on sensitivity, inclusion, tolerance, etc blah yak. Mr. Hansen was heading for the venue to take part in the premiere when the library abruptly cancelled the screening.

Below is a text and video report on what happened.

Motion M-103 is already being implemented

By an ACT! For Canada member involved in planning the event

Today, November 25, ACT! For Canada was to have hosted the world premiere of the film Killing Europe at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Without even seeing the film, the left decided that it must not be shown and set out to intimidate and bully the Library, apparently with the help of the Mayor, several Ottawa City Council members, and one particular lawyer.

The Library’s auditorium had been booked a month ago, and confirmation of the booking (which included a review by Library staff of the intended use) and acknowledgement of payment were received on October 27. On November 14 we were contacted by phone by the Library about security concerns due to activity on social media, and we agreed to pay for this. The Library called again on Wednesday, November 22nd, three days before the showing, to confirm security plans, for which they would bill us. Everything seemed set to go and we thanked them for not giving in to pressure.

But at 11:43 a.m. the day before the showing the Library sent an email saying that as a result of a number of complaints, the Library took a “further review of the presentation” and the event was cancelled. Although the Library had the phone numbers of the person who made the booking, they did not call. We only became aware of the email in the afternoon, and could not reach anyone at the Library. The person who made the booking went to the Library to confirm that the cancellation was not a hoax. One of the division managers informed her that the cancellation was real. Upon questioning, the division manager agreed that the Library should have phoned to notify us of the cancellation. But she insisted that the cancellation was not due to pressure, but because the film did not conform to the Library’s Terms and Conditions. This despite the fact that the Library had over a month to view the film and had confirmed security arrangements two days earlier.

The filmmaker was to have been present at the world premiere of his film and was on his way from his home in the US (no one would have been surprised had he been stopped at the border). That is what the left does when they decide that they will not ALLOW anyone they don’t approve of! They stop at nothing and our craven authorities give in to their bullying.

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Below is an interview with Alexandra Belaire, the head of ACT! For Canada / Ottawa, in which she describes what happened and expresses her opinions about it. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for recording and uploading all these video interviews:

Trevor Loudon and Vlad Tepes discuss the cancellation of the film, and the nature of the Communist groups that forced the venue to cancel:

The press release from ACT! For Canada / Ottawa:

Ottawa, 24th of November, 2017

Cancellation of the Screening of the Documentary Film ‘Killing Europe’ at the Ottawa Public Library

The world premiere screening of the documentary film Killing Europe by the Danish-born film-maker Michael Hansen had been scheduled to take place on Saturday, the 25th of November, 2017, from 2 to 4 pm, in the Ottawa Public Library Main Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe St., Ottawa. On the 24th of November, 2017, the Ottawa Public Library informed Act! Ottawa that they were withdrawing from the agreement to rent us space to screen this documentary film, as it was deemed to be in breech of community standards.

ACT! For Canada is an organization that highlights human rights abuses, giving voice to victims of violence and oppression, regardless of the consequences. It is in this spirit that ACT! For Canada was screening this documentary film, Killing Europe. The subject of this documentary is difficult, painful and may be triggering to more vulnerable members of our society — and ACT! For Canada fully admits that.

It sheds light on the growth of several very problematic movements within Europe, including homophobia, anti-Semitism and rape culture. However difficult these issues are, it is essential that they be exposed for what they are, and that the victims have the opportunity to tell their stories, no matter how difficult and traumatic these are.

This is exactly what the documentary film Killing Europe does: it brings forward the personal, first-person accounts of stories of victims of rape, anti-Semitism, and homophobia and the violence they had been subjected to. Yes, these stories are painful and troubling, but they are true, first-person accounts of victims of institutionalized violence — and they deserve a fair hearing.

By de-platforming the world premiere screening of Killing Europe, the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Public Library are permitting the perpetuation of these abuses and are permitting themselves to be tools of institutionalized oppression.

We at ACT! For Canada are staunch defenders of the human rights of the most vulnerable members of our society, and we condemn in the strongest terms possible the re-victimization of women who have bravely spoke out about their experience of rape and the institutionalized misogyny that they had been subjected to, being further compounded by being denied the means to share their experience by the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Public Library.

For ACT! For Canada, ACT!Ottawa,
Alexandra Belaire

Dr. Bill Warner talks to Michael Hansen about the cancellation of Killing Europe:

Vlad Tepes interviews the filmmaker Michael Hansen:

21 thoughts on “Killing Free Speech in Canada

  1. The Left are like evil children caught in the act. Denial of reality does not change matters. All they do is make matter 100 times worse. If I had the people I would arrest the lot of them pending trial for sedition. Everything they touch fall to ruin. Despicable. When oh when are people going to say or shout “Enough!” What really sticks in my throat is the behaviour of those charged to keep the peace? It is an offence under the Geneva Convention to obey illegal orders after Nurenburg and that specifically applies to Police. They are deeply embedded in all walks of our daily lives with their crank nutty schemes. Life has become a open asylum of chaos. Dark times indeed. People need to apply the Law and return the country to the Queen’s Peace. Is there no depravity the Left will not sink to?

  2. Everything the Left touches is poisoned. Centuries of tradition, sacrifice, and toil just cast aside. Millions of Christians, Yazidis killed for what? Do these denizens of the Leftist Marxist Hell even understand the concept of love. Is it for them just a physical activity in the now. Lief to them seems like a carnal act of lust. Here today gone tomorrow. Most are dysfunctional and shallow. If they fully comprehended the true existence of love and commitment, they would see how errant are their ways. Man is far more than just a creature of flesh and blood. He has a soul and made in the Image of God. Man is His greatest expression of love. These morons destroy everything-total morons. May they burn in Hell!

    • Dear Cardinal:

      Here is something which deeply troubles me about Christianity. Does following in the example and teachings of Jesus lead to excessive passivity in the face of evil? Does a lack of acting against evil lead to a de-facto endorsement of evil, and is that a bigger evil in of itself?

      In the gospel of John, Jesus clearly states that his kingdom is not of this world, but if it were of this world, then he would advise his followers to take up swords. It seems we are stuck in a life that is theologically in a place that is neither the kingdom of God, nor of this earth, but at the same time we are also not allowed to act in the name of God, due to our imperfect understanding of God’s will and our subjective understanding of scripture.

      Christianity solves this issue by passing control of such matters to the state, but what should be done when the ruling class is itself evil (see Hitler for example)? Some answers are found in the idea that we always serve God above all else, but Jesus has nothing but contempt for false teachers, therefore he says that God will ultimately judge, and avenge evil.

      It seems that the answer is that we disassociate ourselves from this world and live for the next kingdom (which is what led to the existence of monasteries), but I don’t see that as any solution. This ultimately leads to one knelling on a beach in an orange jumpsuit with a man ready to cut your throat and proclaim it righteous, with our last words being “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”. I am looking, but I don’t see a clear cut answer to the problem to be found in scripture. It seems we are stuck with the imperfect nature of ourselves. We can certainly speak to what we find objectively true, but it seems we cannot act.

      • “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

        If any man have an ear, let him hear.

        He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

        Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

        Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

        Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.


        But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

        Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

      • It is a tough question and one I often ask myself as a Christian. I was raised in a church with an extremely pacifist tradition (Mennonite) but I always felt they took it too far where pacifism trumped all other matters of doctrine/theology. I heard stories of during the wars that the men would just stand back and do nothing as their wives and children were raped and murdered in front of them. If you were going to die either way, why not going down with a fight? The Bible does command us to take care of our own and when Jesus first sent out his disciples he commanded them to take a sword with them. Immediate, personal defense is biblically justifiable, in my opinion. American churches with armed bodyguards is perfectly fine in my mind as there are those who can’t defend themselves within (their women, children and elderly, sick, etc)

        But Jesus also ultimately warns that those who live by the sword die by the sword and that we are to love our enemies. The Apostle Paul writes that it’s not people who are the enemy but the evil spirits and forces behind them. Peter writes that God desires all men to be saved. So yes, in the end, Christians end up on the beach in orange jumpers saying “Father, forgive them” as that is the example Jesus set for us. And the reason we can do that is because we believe Jesus is coming back and He will win over the evil forces. “Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord”.

        Long story short: defending your family against immediate danger I think is justified and even demanded in Christianity and even civil disobedience when asked to disobey God’s commands. But assembling an army and doing actual battle or political activism? I honestly don’t know. Perhaps my pacifist upbringing is interfering here but I do have a hard time justifying ‘shaking the boat’ when I think it’s sinking as foretold by God Himself.

        I just finished re-reading “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom a devout Christian who was part of the Dutch underground in WW2. It is really moving. It’s predominantly about loving your enemy and forgiveness yet she never apologizes for the civil disobedience with hiding Jews, stealing and distributing ration cards and hiding their young men from the work camps. But if they were asked a direct question they wouldn’t lie. It was amazing how God protected them. I highly recommend the book.

        • David went against Goliath because nobody else would, and it wasn’t a fair fight either: A sheperd boy against a giant warrior! Quite a justifiable defence, because David had no chance.

          Therefore – to kill with the sword, in my opinion, means just that. Going and killing someone. It is not defence, what is ment by that.

          If you go for it, you must be ready to die…

        • Perhaps the above pacifist view of Jesus is incomplete.
          See Revelations 19, 11-21:

          11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. … 19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

          • The Book of Revelations was written during a time whose basic meaning has passed.

            Eschatological language/meanings change as our cosmology changes. In the last two thousand years we have moved to a new universe, one in which God wears different clothing and new meanings. Ones that are far more elegant (and even deeply humorous) than anything we could have imagined.

            It is a well-established fact that theology follows cosmology. Always.

        • Just one point of very, very many:

          “Self defense” IS NOT ‘Vengeance”–quite the contrary.
          “Doing nothing” is in itself immoral in these times of conflict–inaction is an immoral ACT in itself.

          So lock and load, boys and girls. It is no longer “coming”, but already here.

        • “Loving your enemies” doesn’t mean not protecting yourself from the haters and crazies. In his Great Commandment, Christ enjoined us to “love our neighbors as we love ourselves”. And to forgive their trespasses. That doesn’t mean we should allow anyone to endanger us.

          The Quakers refused to fight in the War for Independence; it drove Benjamin Franklin to distraction. However, they were prosperous, donating money and materiel to what they saw as a just cause.

          As for “winning over evil” I suspect that happens on a plane we can’t perceive. We’re like Peter, running around predicting a victory that isn’t going to happen on our limited terms.

          • Dymphna, in reply to your post above 11/28 at 6:29 pm: “In the last two thousand years we have moved to a new universe, one in which God wears different clothing and new meanings.” Sounds like neo-Pantheism to me. As a moral philosophy, Pantheism offers us little strength in the struggle we face against atheistic communism and barbaric Islam. I would not want to go into battle under a banner of Pantheism.

          • I don’t want “to go into battle under a banner” of any religious sort. Makes us no better than Islam.

            If you don’t grok the reality that theology has always followed cosmology, then I suggest educating yourself in history, beginning with the Greeks. Include the history of Christianity and be sure to pick experts who disagree with one another. Be careful not to neglect the history of science or you won’t understand the concept of your own blind spots – i.e., the things you don’t know that you don’t know. We all have them, even you. It’s existential, dude.

      • I second to what you said – exactly my position, that is one of doubt in our actionability if you will.

        Classifying something as “evil” and using biblical terms to describe the current clash between civilization and barbarity may be uplifting for the true believers but not solving anything practical. Destruction of the most advanced society – western parliamentary democracy – continues by the hands and knives of barbarians.

        The only solution is … insurgence of the West against the “evil”. Easy to say, impossible to do. Actually – it oftentimes requires merely enforcing the laws already on the books – case in point: illegal prayers in Clichy. Well – the elected representatives of the French people in Clichy simply won’t do it – law means nothing for them.

        And therein lies the doom and gloom of our democracies.

        • By blowing up churches, killing priests on the altar, murdering Copts on a beach, islam is truly spitting in God’s face. That’s quite a blood debt to be replayed. I truly love watching shia, sunni, and all the other sects turn on one another. They all suffer under a fallacy that they exclusively and infallibly speak for God (“Thou shall not use the Lord’s name in vain”). Maybe all we really need to do is kick back, put our feet up, and pass the popcorn.

          • You suffer under a fallacy thinking the problem will go away if we just lean back chew popcorn and drink beer.
            The Swedes tried that and look at the hellhole they have created for themselves.
            Our popcorn days are over.

      • Recall Jesus righteous indignation in the Temple with the money lenders. Christians must stand against evil, especially of the likes of ISIS. These people have transgressed basic decency and must be resisted by all means. I knew a late Greek Orthodox priest in the 1990s who fought against the Nazis in Greece in ww2, He had nio qualms about it, It was a fight against evil. Bonhoeffer did have reservations but decided that the resistance to Hitler was justified. Christ never said “Roll over and die!” We have an absolute duty to resist evil, even unto death,. The Crusade in 1095 is a case in point.

        • Understood, the actions of Jesus in the Temple would be that of a total hypocrite if we are to interpret his message as one strictly of pacifism and unconditional love.

      • I am a Christian and I tell you we are allowed to defend ourselves and other innocents , when attacked! Scripture says, talking of the those in authority, “For he (one in authority) is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do evil, be afraid for he does notbear the sword (gun) for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent if wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer (criminal)” (Romans 13:4,5) Brackets added. So if the police are not there and an innocent is under attack we can act to defend them in the “magistrates” place!

  3. They cancelled because these rapists and illegal savages are Muslim, that’s why they don’t want to show to the people what is really happening in Europe, Europe is poisoned by these disgusting politicians who allow rape young women and girls by Muslim hordes…

  4. Mark Steyn, who has an ongoing and hugely important free speech case, against the climate-fascist and liar, M Mann, has also been subjected to a variety of attempts to silence him in Canada and elsewhere.
    He debunks another argument leftists use- hateful words lead to violence so ban the words.
    If only the Germans had hate-speech laws we might have stopped Adolf.
    But as Steyn observes “the Weimar Republic—Germany for the 12 years before the Nazi party came to power—had its own version of Section 13 and equivalent laws. It was very much a kind of proto-Canada in its hate speech laws.
    Fat lot of good that did!”

  5. Was this cancellation a covert advertisement for the documentary? Other than showing how demented and infantile the left[ist]s are, I cannot imagine a better form of promotion. Now I have to watch it.
    This infantile attitude is a great counter-weapon; it drives all those with a brain in the opposite direction, and fast: it should be encouraged.

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