Monday, March 13, 2006
Brave Canucks for Freedom
This past Saturday, March 13, more than 100 Canadians gathered in Toronto in support of free speech. They were protesting the oft times violent reactions of Muslims to the Mohammad Cartoons and Canadian foreign policy which "consistently fails to support sister democracies who share our values," such as India, Taiwan, the U.S. and Israel.
Television news anchor Peter Kent said "any democracy worth its salt should be strong enough to endure the most controversial speech." Daniel Dale, a York University student who helped organize the protest, said "we will not stand idly and meekly by while a democracy and ally is violently and senselessly attacked."
In February, Alberta-based political magazine Western Standard, broke with nearly the entire Western world and printed the Mo 'toons. Editor Ezra Levant said he published the cartoons because they are "the central fact in the largest news story of the month. I'm doing something completely normal. I'm publishing the centre of a controversy. That's what news magazines do."
Levant doesn't buy the excuse that Canadian and US media will not print the cartoons out of respect for Islam. He says the real reason is "fear." It is easier for news organs to publish stories that offend Christians because Christians only write letters to the editor. "They don't bomb embassies and behead journalists," Levant said. "Don't tell me the CBC respects religion. It's afraid of one religion."
* Update: "The Western Standard lost 36 subscribers after they published the cartoons. They gained 1,140 and did not lose any sponsors."
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