Category Archives: Freedom of Expression

Kudos to London Free Press for Worthington’s ‘Truth and Consequences’ feature page re Caledonia, Islamic appeasement

Palestinian flag (red, white, black & green) flies on Douglas Creek Estates occupation site in Caledonia underneath Mohawk Warriors flag (red & yellow)The London Free Press today published a remarkable, full-page feature to highlight Peter Worthington’s ‘Truth and its Consequences’ column which connected the dots between the intimidation of victims in Caledonia, the persecution of Islam critics in Europe and our application of Dr. King’s teachings to confront extremists and their enablers.

London Free Press, page B3 (full page): ‘Truth and Consequences’

The hard copy of the LFP page – which has not been published online – has Worthington’s column in a box on the left side beside a large close-up image of a woman wearing a burka. Underneath, across the full width of the page, is a large photo of the occupation site in Caledonia, and below that is a smaller photo showing a riot in Pakistan.

The  title is ‘Truth and Consequences,’ and the tagline reads:

‘PROTESTS: Around the world are people under pressure to watch what they say or face incarceration’

The giant photo of the burka woman contains a quote from Denmark’s Lars Hedegaard:

“Hundreds of thousands of little girls in Muslim majority societies have been sold into marriage with much older men…” Historian Lars Hedegaard

My letter to the Editor of the London Free Press

I submitted the following letter to the editor of the LFP for their consideration. I have not yet been advised if it will be published.

Re: Worthington’s ‘Truth and Consequences,’ Feb 14/11

I am profoundly grateful to Peter Worthington and to the London Free Press – and other media in Canada, Europe and Israel – for running this column, and especially for devoting an entire feature page to it for two reasons:

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TorSun founder Peter Worthington connects dots between Caledonia victims, Dr. King, and European persecution of Islam critics

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REMINDER: ‘Truth & Reconciliation’ Rally in Caledonia on Feb 27, 1pm.

Peter Worthington, Toronto SunToronto Sun founder Peter Worthington has become the first Canadian journalist to connect the dots between 1. the targeting of non-Native victims in Caledonia; 2. our application of Dr. King’s teachings in confronting appeasement of extremism; and 3. the persecution of European critics of Islamic extremism such as Lars Hedegaard, Jesper Langballe and Elisabeth Sabaditsche Wolff under draconian ‘hate speech’ thought-crime laws:

Truth and its Consequences

by Peter Worthington, Toronto Sun/SunMedia, Feb 13/11

When Ontario’s McGuinty government and the leadership of the OPP sided with First Nations protesters against local residents in Caledonia in 2006, it outraged many people. In her seminal book about the issue, Helpless, Christie Blatchford avoided the native rights issue and concentrated on the abandonment of rule of law which, curiously (or maybe not so curiously), offended many rank and file OPP officers who were ordered not to provoke Indians, but to hammer down locals who protested against the protesters.

Two of the victims of the temporary policy — Gary McHale and Mark Vandermaas, once arrested for raising the Canadian flag! — cite Martin Luther King’s famous letter from Birmingham jail in 1963, where he was under arrest for parading without a permit. In his landmark letter, Dr. King recalled that it was not an issue between legality and illegality, but right and wrong. He noted that everything Hitler did in Nazi Germany was “legal”, and everything Hungarian freedom fighters did in 1956 was “illegal”. “One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty,” Dr. King wrote. One who does this “is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”

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Geert Wilders speech in Amsterdam court today

Geert WildersFrom the International Free Press Society (Canada)…

The trial of Geert Wilders on five charges of discrimination and inciting hatred, which could result in a hefty fine or jail time if he is found guilty, resumed today in a court in Amsterdam.

The Prosecution and Defense both agree that the trial should start over, albeit for different reasons.

From the beginning, the plaintiffs were not pleased that the Dutch prosecutors felt the criminal case against Geert Wilders should not proceed. Remarkably, the Court of Appeal chose to ignore the recommendations of the prosecutors and proceed with the trial.

The trial was suspended in October 2010 as it was determined that the Chief Judge had acted in a manner which could be prejudicial. Subsequently, another instance of interference surfaced. In response to this turn of events, yet another Judge inappropriately made public comments about the suspension of the trial.

The zeal and determination with which the court is pursuing Geert Wilders even in the face of so many opportunities to put a halt to this farce, bespeaks the application of a kind of law that is foreign to western principles of justice. We should all be alarmed that Shariah law appears to have taken hold in our courtrooms and in the social fabric of western nations against the wishes and unbeknownst to the majority of citizens.

It is imperative that the citizens of free nations fully understand the implications of the actions of unelected officials in courtrooms across the Western world and stand with Geert Wilders and other victims of the Thought Police and reject this stealth movement towards removing our fundamental liberties.

Geert Wilders Speech at court in Amsterdam today

The lights are going out all over Europe. All over the continent where our culture flourished and where man created freedom, prosperity and civilization. Everywhere the foundation of the West is under attack.

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Speaking about free speech, it looks like the British Prime Minister David Cameron is getting the message that ordinary British citizens aren’t going to sit still while the government enables Muslim extremists and silences opposition to their hateful ideology:

Mark Vandermaas, Editor
VoiceofCanada
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VoC thank you note to Iranian embassy re Iranium movie sell-out

Iranium movie[Fred] Litwin said he’s almost grateful for the Iranian embassy’s intervention because it generated buzz for Iranium the film wouldn’t have otherwise received. “I think I should give them some fine Israeli wine as a gift, Litwin quipped.

  • Sunmedia/The Sault Star, Feb 07/11: Delayed screening takes place in Ottawa
  • Thanks to the interference of the Iranian Embassy and the bureaucrats at Library and Archives Canada who caved in to Iranian pressure to cancel the film showing, which was then followed by a strong defence of Litwin’s right to show the film and a dressing down for the Iranians by Heritage Minister James Moore, the screening of the anti-Iran movie Iranium was sold out last night.  Moore himself, as promised, attended the screening to make sure his message was not lost on the Iranians.

    Demand for tickets was so high, in fact, that Fred Litwin, founder of the Free Thinking Film Society, posted a notice on the organization’s website announcing that people could line up on standby for tickets reserved for people who didn’t show up.

    Some fine Israeli wine for the Iranian embassy?

    Israeli wine, photo from KosherWine.comSunmedia reporter Jessica Murphy’s story included Litwin’s tongue-in-cheek expression of gratitude to the Iranians for helping promote Iranium: “I think I should give them some fine Israeli wine as a gift, ” a comment he made a few weeks ago to me in his response to my email suggesting that he send the Iranian embassy a thank you card for all their help.

    Let’s say thanks to the nice folks at the Iranian embassy!

    Anyone who would like to send the Iranian Embassy a bottle of Israel’s finest can source it at one of these links:

    …and deliver it here:

    Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
    245 Metcalfe St.
    Ottawa, ON  K2P 2K2

    OR, you can send a thank you note via email here (be polite!) to those helpful embassy folks here.

    I took the inexpensive route via this email:

    SUBJECT: Thank you for your assistance

    Dear Iranian Embassy:
     
    Salam. I would like to thank you very much for helping ensure that the screening of Iranium was sold out last evening.
     
    Those who seek to stifle free speech in my country will, as you have now seen, only serve to embarrass themselves and help more people understand the dangers posed by Islamic extremists. I am very grateful to you for helping Mr. Litwin aid the rest of us in understanding that danger.
     
    I will be posting shortly an article at VoiceofCanada.ca giving readers source information for Israeli wine along with the address of the Iranian embassy in case someone wishes to help acquaint you with that pleasure. You have certainly earned it.
     
    Thank you again!
     
    Yours Truly,
     
    Mark Vandermaas, Editor
    VoiceofCanada
     
    cc:
    Fred Litwin, Free Thinking Films
    James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages
     
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    Free Thinking Film SocietyCongratulations to Fred Litwin and all his sponsors and volunteers at the Free Thinking Film Society. Thank you Minister James Moore for making it happen and for attending to show support.  Last night was a good night for free speech, and you should all be very proud that the Iranium show was such a success.

    The similarities of the terrific, wholly unintended results of the Iranian intimidation with those arising from the intimidation of Christie Blatchford’s appearance at the University of Waterloo simply warms the heart. Not only did the Blatchford incident result in a near-sellout it spurred sales across Canada to the point that Doubleday had to order a reprint of Helpless:

    You’d think the enemies of free speech would learn from their mistakes, wouldn’t you? Well, one thing I’ve learned over the past five years – you can almost always count on people driven by hate, greed or blind ignorance to do the wrong thing. This of course, creates wonderful opportunities for the rest of us to get our own message out as evidenced by the line up for Iranium last evening. 

    P.S. Speaking about free speech, it looks like the British Prime Minister David Cameron is getting the message that ordinary British citizens aren’t going to sit still while the government enables Muslim extremists and silences opposition to their hateful ideology:

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    Mark Vandermaas, Editor
    VoiceofCanada
    info@voiceofcanada.ca   

    Freedom Party of Ontario anti-racist ads suppressed?

    PaulMcKeever.ca, Jan 30/11: International Free Press Society sounds alarm about suppression of Freedom Party's anti-racism adsAs reported here on VoiceofCanada the Freedom Party of Ontario recently released video ads supporting one of the planks in its election platform calling for an end to race-based education such as the Toronto School Board’s ‘Africentric’ school for Blacks only.

    Those ads were pulled from YouTube after a complaint from CTV shortly after McKeever appeared on CFRB 1010.

    The International Free Press Society’s Canadian Chapter (IFPS-Canada) has the complete story, and Paul McKeever, leader of the party has posted his thoughts online:

    VoC Comment

    1. Alas, we know only too well how key information, hard news and opinion is suppressed. The McGuinty government intimidated CHTV after interviewing Gary McHale. A completed CBC documentary based on OPP/occuper radio traffic proving the occupiers authorized the shooting of civilians and police was pulled shortly before our FantinoGate news conference in the Queen’s Park Media Studio. Other than this one, suppressed attempt there was no other investigative reporting done in Caledonia until Christie Blatchford arrived on the scene.

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    Dr. King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ vs. Denmark’s thought crime prosecutions: A blueprint for victory over appeasement of Islamic extremism

    UPDATE: VoiceofCanada, Jan 27/11: McHale, Vandermaas stmt re confronting Danish thought crime prosecutions feature on websites of International Free Press Society 

    UPDATED — Lars HedegaardThe following joint statement was prepared in support of Lars Hedegaard by Gary McHale and Mark Vandermaas for the Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society of which Hedegaard is the international President.

    He is on trial – beginning today – for insulting Muslims contrary to Denmark’s hate speech law, a draconian code which does not permit the truth of one’s statements to be used as a defence. Member of Parliament Jesper Langballe has already been convicted under this law.

    References can be found below.

    NOTE: Several minor typographical errors have been corrected in both the html and PDF versions since the statement was first published.

    Dr. King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ vs. Denmark’s thought crime prosecutions: a blueprint for victory over appeasement of Islamic extremism

    by Gary McHale and Mark Vandermaas
    January 24, 2011   [PDF, 5p]

    Birmingham, May04/63_dogsThe prosecution by Denmark of Lars Hedegaard and Member of Parliament Jesper Langballe for the thought-crime of giving offence to Muslims irrespective of whether their statements are true or not true is a legal abomination that is both an affront and a threat to all freedom loving people in the world.

    Such attacks on freedom of speech have no place in any democracy let alone one that faced the horrors of Nazi occupation a scant seventy years ago. For those whose parents immigrated to Canada after enduring those depraved times our hearts are breaking as we watch Denmark now freely provide the key prerequisite for totalitarian rule – the suppression of dissension and free exchange of ideas – in order to appease those whose ideology of hate, violence and domination is as horrifying as Hitler’s National Socialism.

    What, then, is the solution to ending these unjust prosecutions and halting the seemingly inexorable slide by Denmark and other European nations into Islamofascist totalitarianism?

    The atrocities of Islamic extremists and the so-called justifications they provide for them will lead people to their own conclusions about the influence of Islamic doctrine, therefore, the solution is not an endless, unfocused, unwinnable war – ideological or otherwise – with the billion-plus Muslims of the world, but rather a civil rights struggle against the Danish government modeled after Dr. Martin Luther King’s success in using ‘non-violent direct action’ to combat hate and legalized injustice in the United States.

    Dr. King’s April 16, 1963 letter from the Birmingham jail in Alabama, written while he was under arrest for parading without a permit, is an uncompromising, yet well-reasoned manifesto for all who seek powerful tools to confront systemic injustice and oppression, the political cowardice that allows it to exist, and those with a vested interest in silencing the voices of change. [1]

    In a prescient passage King puts the American civil rights movement into a European context that speaks directly to the issues at hand:

    “We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country’s antireligious laws.”

    Indeed, tactics used by American civil rights leaders included the use of both the courts and civil disobedience – the peaceful, carefully-considered breaking of unjust laws – as tools to change their nation. Dr. King explains the seeming inconsistency between the two:

    “I hope you are able to see the distinction I am trying to point out. In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”

    We say, let the world witness the shame of hundreds of Danish academics, journalists and politicians languishing in jail after refusing to be silenced by ‘blasphemy’ laws in their quest for justice on behalf of Muslims and non-Muslims; after refusing to plead guilty for exercising their right to free speech; after refusing to pay fines levied for breaking an unjust law.

    Let the world witness Islamic thugs attacking peaceful Danish marchers with disgusting insults and, yes, perhaps even violence, while the victims of that hate – in the best tradition of U.S. civil rights workers who were captured in iconic, history-changing photos as they faced assaults, police dogs and water hoses – refuse to retaliate in kind.

    Let the world witness Danes peacefully demonstrating on behalf of free speech and of them being arrested at peaceful sit-ins and protests outside the courts, police stations and offices of politicians.

    But, how to respond to the argument that peaceful protest and civil disobedience will “provoke violence?” King’s purpose in writing his letter was to respond to well-meaning criticism that tensions raised by the use of peaceful marches and sit-ins during his campaign for civil rights could provoke even more violence from racists, and he provides the ultimate rebuttal to those who would rob us of our freedoms in order to appease violent extremists:

    “In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn’t this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? Isn’t this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquiries precipitated the act by the misguided populace in which they made him drink hemlock? Isn’t this like condemning Jesus because his unique God-consciousness and never-ceasing devotion to God’s will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion? We must come to see that, as the federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber.”

    During the four-plus years of our work opposing ingrained state appeasement of violent aboriginal extremists in Canada we have become intimately familiar with the specious ‘provoking violence’ argument and other smear tactics used by the guilty parties and/or their appeasers, including accusations of being ‘outsiders,’ ‘interlopers,’ ‘racists,’ and of having committed the ultimate crime of having been born with ‘White Privilege’ due to the colour of our skin. These epithets are not unique to our struggle, they are used everywhere by enemies of free speech to try to discredit legitimate criticism of politically-correct extremists, to ‘contextualize’ (aka: legalize) their violence and, worst of all, to deny voices to their victims.

    In sharing his magnificent vision of the great good that arises from the exposure of injustice and all the tension it creates King provides one of history’s most eloquent defences of free speech — for Hedegaard and Langballe’s right to speak out about the injustices they perceive to exist in Denmark:

    “Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.”

    Dangerously deluded are those Canadians who do happen to open one sleepy eye to Denmark’s suppression of free speech and appeasement of extremism, but then return smugly to their slumber naively believing their rights are immune from such abuses. Christie Blatchford’s shocking book Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, And How The Law Failed All of Us [2] proves this is not even remotely true.

    In Caledonia the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — from the perspective of non-aboriginal victims and activists — has been little more than an un-enforceable, toothless tiger, openly and systemically ignored by police with tacit approval of both provincial and federal governments who are all too eager to appease violent aboriginal extremists at the expense of the innocent.

    The only difference between Canada and Denmark is that what is practiced legally there is practiced illegally here.

    We understand both what is at stake in Denmark, and our responsibility to speak out against the evils of suppressing open debate on a topic of national importance. We know, better than most, that the precedent of prosecuting people like Lars Hedegaard and Jesper Langballe for exercising their right to speak poses a grave danger to Canadians who are merely one pen stroke away from losing their own rights. As Dr. King said in response to critics that he was an ‘outsider’ with no right to involve himself with the affairs of Birmingham, “I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    We urge freedom loving Danes to act – and act now – to make their government more afraid of losing political power and legitimacy than of the threats from radical Islam. They must use every peaceful means necessary to embarrass their government and force it to restore and protect fundamental democratic values before it is too late – for them and for us.

    Perhaps the best argument we can make for following in the footsteps of Dr. King’s use of ‘non-violent direct action’ is that his model offers an effective process of resistance that can be implemented now – before blood is running in the streets and some believe there is no other solution but armed resistance to tyranny.

    The world can never eliminate extremism or the ideology that allows it to fester, but we can force our respective governments to use the law to protect our rights instead of appeasing those who would take them from us. History has proven that this is a winnable struggle, and Dr. King has provided the blueprint for victory.

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    Gary McHale is the founding Executive Director of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (www.CANACE.ca). Mark Vandermaas is founder of the Caledonia Victims Project (www.CaledoniaVictimsProject.ca). Their work in opposing aboriginal extremism and the racial policing practices used to appease it was featured in the 2010 book by Globe & Mail reporter Christie Blatchford, Helpless: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy, And How The Law Failed All Of Us. [2]

    Citations

    1. Martin Luther King Jr., ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail,’ April 16, 1963, Stanford University, The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute

    http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/annotated_letter_from_birmingham/

    See also: VoiceofCanada feature: Lessons from Dr. King (key excerpts as applied in Caledonia/Canadian context)

    https://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com/caledonia-ipperwash-resources/provoking-violence/

    2. Helpless, Christie Blatchford, 2010, ISBN 13: 9780385670395, Doubleday Canada,

    See also: HelplessByBlatchford project:

    www.HelplessByBlatchford.ca

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    About the prosection of thought crimes in Denmark

    (emphasis added)

    266b of the Danish penal code

    Whoever publicly or with the intent of public dissemination issues a pronouncement or other communication by which a group of persons are threatened, insulted or denigrated due to their race, skin colour, national or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation is liable to a fine or incarceration for up to two years.

    Member of Parliament Jesper Langballe has already been convicted of the same ‘offence’ for elaborating on Hedegaard’s comments about Muslim family violence:

    “Of course Lars Hedegaard should not have said that there are Muslim fathers who rape their daughters when the truth appears to be that they make do with killing their daughters (the so-called honour killings) and leave it to their uncles to rape them.”

    In his explanation of why he chose to plead guilty to the charge after discovering he would not be permitted to make a defence, Langballe concludes as follows:

    Let my finally address the accusation that I have generalised – to the effect that my remarks might be seen to encompass every Muslim. That is a meaningless interpretation. The mentioning of honour killings in my text refers to the passage that “there are Muslim fathers who …” And the words “there are” can never express a totality but must always mean a subset. Let us assume – as a counter test – that I had written the opposite: “There are no Muslim fathers [who kill their daughters].” Any reasonably knowledgeable person would recognise this as a flagrant untruth.

    To sum up: In the clear light of hindsight I do not like the tone in that passage. The truth of it, however, I stand by completely. And frankly, personally I find the case itself – those gruesome murders of innocent young girls – a good deal more relevant that the question of my failing stylistic abilities.” 

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    • IFPS-Canada, Jan 25/11: Awaiting the Verdict (English translation of Lars Hedegaard’s statement to Danish Court of Frederiksberg, Jan 24/11 )
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      My counsel has instructed me that in cases brought under Article 266b, the only thing that determines whether one is convicted or not is a matter of the perceived insult whereas one is barred from proving the truth of the statement. […]When it comes to Article 266b, there is no equality before the law. I am daily insulted and degraded by something I read or hear and I am sure that most people have the same experience.For example, I am not only insulted and degraded and threatened, but shaken to the core of my being when I hear a well known Danish imam state that, of course, sharia law — Muslim law — will be instituted as Denmark’s official legal regime when there are a sufficient number of Muslims. I strongly urge our country’s jurists to get acquainted with the implications of the sharia, not only for Muslims but equally for non-Muslims, who — if they are lucky — will be reduced to a life as subhuman outlaws. And if one cannot be bothered with tedious dissertations, one may take a look at the legal order pertaining in areas where the sharia holds sway either de jure or de facto. One will then encounter a legal order the like of which we have not known since the passing of the Law of Jutland in 1241 and probably not before.But the imam wants this disorder introduced in the country where I was born. And I must admit that I am troubled. I am also troubled when said imam defends the killing of Muslims who have left Islam and when he confirms that women and men guilty of fornication must be pelt with stones until they are dead. He thinks that is God’s commandment, which he cannot ignore.Should I go to the police and tell them how threatened, insulted and degraded I feel? I wouldn’t dream of it for I support free speech. And if free speech has any real meaning, it must also — and in particular — protect statements people do not want to hear. Regardless of how revolting such statements may be.Besides it would be futile to report the imam and those similarly disposed to the police for the public prosecutor would never indict them. Otherwise it would have happened long ago.As jurisprudence shows, not only in Denmark but in all European countries with similar insult articles in their penal code, these insult articles open the gates to inequality before the law. There are insulted who enjoy the tender graces of the public prosecutor, and there are the less favoured who must endure insults directed at them.

      […]

      In conclusion permit me to mention the true victims in this case. The public prosecutor has not considered the 20,000 women in the Muslim world who every year fall victim to so-called honour killings, or the 50,000 Muslim girls in Germany who the federal police consider threatened with genital mutilation, nor the hundreds of thousands of little girls in Muslim majority societies who have been sold into marriage with much older men and who must therefore live a life of constant rape, while Islamic scholars preach that this is in complete accordance with religious orthodoxy.

      I hope that the judge as opposed to the public prosecutor will consider the fate of these unfortunate human beings. Likewise I hope that the judge will realise the absurdity of prosecuting me for statements made within the confines of my own four walls. For ten months the prosecutor has been aware of the conditions under which I spoke. That has not affected him in the slightest. I hope it will affect the judge.

    • The statement by Gary McHale and Mark Vandermaas has now been posted as a ‘Featured Story’ on the websites of both the Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society (IFPS-Canada) and the international umbrella organization based in Denmark (IFPS): 

    References

    Mark Vandermaas, Editor
    VoiceofCanada
    info@voiceofcanada.ca

    Free Thinking Film Society: Iranium WILL be shown Feb 6th thanks to Heritage Minister James Moore

    UPDATE: VoC thank you note to Iranian embassy re Iranium movie sell-out

    UPDATED — Fred Litwin, founder of the Free Thinking Film Society, has sent out a letter explaining his version of the events that led to the recent cancellation of the Society’s screening of the film ‘Iranium’:

    Free Thinking Film Society

    Iranium will be shown in Ottawa on February 6th!

    January 21, 2011

    Dear Free Thinking Film Society Supporter:

    I want to express my extreme disappointment that Iranium was not shown in Ottawa this week. We are committed to ensuring this film is shown in the capital of Canada – and that our cultural policies are not dictated by the Khomeinist thugs of Iran.

    So, I am happy to announce that Iranium will now be shown on Sunday, February 6th at 7:00 PM at the Library and Archives Canada. Clare Lopez will also be flying in to talk at the event. Tickets are $15.00 (Students/Seniors – $8.00) and will be available, in advance, at the following locations:

    Compact Music, 785 1/2 Bank Street
    Compact Music, 190 Bank Street
    Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank Street
    Ottawa Festivals, 47 William Street

    Tickets will also be available at the door, but to ensure you get a seat, please buy your ticket in advance.

    What really happened this week

    On Monday, January 17th at 2 PM, I was informed by staff of the Library & Archives Canada (LAC) that they had received ‘complaints’ about Iranium and had decided to cancel the film. They offered to find an alternate venue.

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    International Free Press Society recognizes Bill Jackson & Regional News for Caledonia coverage

    Bill Jackson of Regional News takes notes during 2010 municipal election, Caledonia Lions Hall, Oct 13/10

    Bill Jackson of Regional News takes notes during 2010 municipal election, Caledonia Lions Hall, Oct 13/10

    The Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society (IFPS-Canada) has become the first to recognize the valuable work of reporter Bill Jackson and his employer – Caledonia’s Regional News – in covering the Caledonia crisis.

    IFPS-Canada – with Bill’s permission – has reprinted his Nov 03/10 editorial ‘Comment’ in the Regional in which he explained his journalistic approach and his feelings about he and his paper being recognized by the founders of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE) with the presentation of a print of Barb Patterson-Tuck’s award-winning painting, Caught in the Middle, at the Cayuga launch party for Christie Blatchford’s book Helpless. Blatchford was also presented with a copy of the print by CANACE.

    IFPS-Canada: Defending democracy’s watchdogs

    Many people do not know that Bill Jackson was assaulted by native protesters after he took photos of them attacking the elderly Gunther and Kathe Golke in their car in the Canadian Tire parking lot on June 09/06. They stole his camera which was eventually returned to him after ‘negotiations’ through an OPP officer – minus the digital chip containing all the evidence of their crime.

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    University of Waterloo takes a stand for free speech and Christie Blatchford’s Caledonia story

    101207 UW Blatchford ticket stubsChristie Blatchford’s presentation at the University of Waterloo on Tuesday night went off without a hitch, without even a whimper of protest from Dan Kellar or the other self-appointed censors who intimidated the university into cancelling her scheduled Nov 12/10 appearance before it even began, and had promised to disrupt her second vist.

    The Kitchener Record has a very good account of the evening for so I am free to devote this piece to giving credit where it is due – to the University of Waterloo, not only for ultimately defending academic freedom and freedom of speech, but for its masterful public relations work.

    Before continuing, however, I feel compelled to share what many who have read Helpless and/or experienced the OPP’s race-based policing policies in Caledonia firsthand might regard as the quote of the evening (just one of many superb Blatchford-isms to which we were treated):

    “The election of former OPP chief Julian Fantino – who she blames for abandoning the rule of law in Caledonia – to a federal seat in Vaughan “makes me want to slit my wrists,” she said.

    DEFENDING FREE SPEECH:
    Christie Blatchford and the University of Waterloo

    Most observers agree that UW got caught flat-footed on Nov 12th by a small group of goons who should have been handcuffed and dragged out in order to preserve the precious academic freedom that is the lifeblood of an institution upon which policy makers rely for scholarly scrutiny of vital issues of local and national concern.

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    Dear Justin Trudeau: About Julian Fantino and the application of his Hitler Theory in Caledonia…

    Conservatives Against Fantino brochure: 'Caledonia: Fantino's Legacy of Lawlessness & Racist Policing Policies' CLICK TO READ

    Dear Santa Claus: You come at me with all these allegations and I’m going to come right back at you. I call it the Hitler Theory, in that it’s my theory that you are worse than Hitler. Yours in dismay, Master Julian Fantino

    P.S. I made the dog lick all three of the cookies I left for you.”

    Dear Justin Trudeau… 

    Justin Trudeau, Member of Parliament
    Liberal Party of Canada

    Re: Julian Fantino and the application of his ‘Hitler Theory’ in Caledonia

    Dear Mr. Trudeau:

    Firstly, thank you so very much for your video statement during the recent campaign pointing out the utter lack of respect Julian Fantino has expressed for the Charter of Rights. Your words were historic in that it was the first time a Member of Parliament has challenged Fantino on his stated beliefs on the topic. Thanks also to the Liberal Party for holding the government accountable for its newly-found support for Julian Fantino in light of Diane Finley’s signature on the anti-Fantino petition. As a long time Conservative Party supporter (member of Reform under Manning) I can’t begin to tell you how mixed are my emotions to watch Liberals begin to hold the supposed ‘law & order’ party accountable for failing the Charter and Caledonia:

    ‘The Hitler Theory in Practice: Caledonia’s Nightmare of Fear and Anarchy’:

    Fantino is quoted in a recent Globe & Mail article as saying this about your criticism:

    “I mean these are serious, serious issues and I found it quite distressing really that Justin Trudeau would be trotted out to misrepresent what I said and take it out of context. It was an Academy Award performance.”

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    UofW pseudo-leftists create “surge” in HELPLESS sales publisher reports

    Nazi swastika drawn on home of a Caledonia resident during the night.

    Nazi swastika drawn on home of a Caledonia resident during the night.

    Despite the shameful assault on freedom of speech and academic freedom represented by the character assassination, and intimidation that resulted in the cancellation of Christie Blatchford’s speech at the the University of Waterloo on Nov 12/10, the controversy has achieved several positive results.

    Not only has it generated a storm of counter-criticism in mainstream media and blogs highlighting universities as being the front line in the battle to preserve free speech, it has – happily – dramatically boosted sales of Blatchford’s book.

    Our friends at Doubleday Canada say that thanks to the Waterloo protest and the publicity it has generated they’ve had another surge of demand for the book which made it necessary to order a reprint of Helpless.

    Comment by Mark Vandermaas

    All who have supported our four-year long quest to expose and oppose racial policing in Caledonia owe an ironic, yet distasteful, debt of gratitude to the radicals and anarchists who have now helped to ensure that even more people will read Helpless and understand the despicable conduct of those whose lawlessness they supported, and the dangers these self-appointed censors pose to the Charter of Rights.

    Sam Gualtieri - suffered permanent brain damage after being assaulted by native protesters Sept 13/07 during illegal occupation while in a home he was building for his daughter. Click image to read his family's tragic statement of claim in Superior Court.

    Sam Gualtieri - suffered permanent brain damage after being assaulted by native protesters Sept 13/07 during illegal occupation while in a home he was building for his daughter. Click image to read his family's tragic statement of claim in Superior Court.

    It should be no surprise that those who support and/or actively worked to enable the native extremists who terrorized Caledonia do not want the victims they helped create to have a voice, and then vilify those of us who have been willing to speak for them. As I noted in my presentation at the 2010 New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum:

    The words ‘heartless’ and ‘cruel’ seem inadequate to describe the irony of a situation wherein an organized group from one race of people terrorized others with racial slurs, fire, violence, vandalism, and property seizures and then tormented their victims with false accusations of being white supremacists.

    As the son of parents who lived in Nazi-occupied Holland I am offended to the very core of my being by the blaming of innocent victims for racially-motivated crimes committed against them.

    • Mark Vandermaas presentation to 2010 New Directions in Aboriginal Policy forum, May 05/10: Listening to Victims: A Fresh Approach to Healing and Reconciliation [PDF, 21p, 8.5MB]

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    University of Waterloo apologizes to Christie Blatchford: “freedom to speak and to learn is fundamental”

    The University of Waterloo has issued a strongly worded apology to Helpless author Christie Blatchford after a small group of students were able to intimidate the university into cancelling her Nov 12/10 appearance at the Humanities Theatre:

    Apology after author is silenced  

    University officials issued a statement yesterday in the wake of a Friday night incident in which Globe and Mail columnist Christie Blatchford was prevented from speaking at a scheduled event in the Humanities Theatre.

    A group of protesters took exception to what they called the “racist” attitude of her book Helpless, which deals with the four-year standoff over native land claims in the village of Caledonia in Ontario’s Haldimand County. Blatchford had been invited to campus by the university bookstore to speak about her book. After some time, it was announced that her talk would be rescheduled.

    The events of the evening were live-blogged by the Wilfrid Laurier University student newspaper The Cord, and got some media attention yesterday.

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    STOP THE PRESSES! Journalist bites dog at Steyn-apalooza!

    Steynapalooza banner

    ‘If a dog bites a man, that’s not news. If, however, a man bites a dog, that IS news’
    Journalism maxim (author unknown)

    First things first: about last night’s Steyn-apalooza event…

    I’d never read a word written by Mark Steyn until just recently, so I didn’t know what to expect from him during last night’s performance/lecture. He had me laughing so hard I was crying, especially at the dimwitted journalists who have, apparently, changed his name to ‘Controversial Author Mark Steyn’ (rather like ‘The Artist Formerly Known As Prince’) for having the audacity to criticize barbaric Islamic practices such as stoning women to death for adultery, and female circumcision. 

    Natasha of ‘Moose & Squirrel’ has provided a great overview of Steyn-apalooza so rather than recount it here myself, I’ll let you read hers (and some others) after offering up some personal tidbits:

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    The man who exposed the Mohammed al-Dura fraud: IFPS-Canada presents ‘Philippe Karsenty in Canada’

    Philippe Karsenty exposed the fraud behind the allegations Israel troops murdered 12-year old Palestinian Mohammed al-Dura in 2000.The Canadian chapter of the International Free Press Society (IFPS-Canada) has announced three appearances in Canada by French journalist Philippe Karsenty who exposed the fraudulent allegations that Israeli soldiers killed a 12-year old Palestinian boy.

    Former London Free Press columnist Rory Leishman will also be a speaker.

    IFPS-Canada has brought speakers such as Ann Coulter and Lars Vilks [ALSO] to Canada in the past.

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    Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 1:52 PM
    Subject: IFPS-Canada presents Philippe Karsenty (Tuesday, November 9th 2010)

    Hello Everyone:

    IFPS-Canada Presents Philippe Karsenty in Canada. Click image for details.

    IFPS-Canada Presents Philippe Karsenty in Canada. Click image for details.

    For our next series of events, IFPS-Canada is bringing Philippe Karsenty to Canada for three events:

    Tuesday, November 9th, London – Jewish Community Centre
    Thursday, November 11th, Toronto – Toronto Zionist Centre
    Saturday, November 13th, Ottawa – Library and Archives Canada

    See www.ifpscanadaevents.com for further details.

    Philippe Karsenty, internationally known media analyst and founder of Media-Ratings, a media watchdog which monitors the media in France and who exposed the false allegations that Israeli soldiers killed a 12-year old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Dura during a gun battle in Gaza in 2000.Following Mr. Karsenty’s reporting that France 2, a French television network, had broadcast staged footage of the alleged killing, Mr. Karsenty was sued for libel by the network. He succeeded in having a lower court judgment overturned by the Paris Court of Appeal in May 2008.

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    3 Questions for London mayoral candidates re Mark Steyn cancellation by London Convention Centre

    UPDATE: As of 1500 Oct 25/10 – Election Day – neither mayoral candidate has responded to the 3 questions herein.

    Anne Marie DeCicco-Best - London mayoral incumbentThe issues associated with a city-owned venue restricting the Charter rights of non-Muslims who want to bring in a speaker for a lawful speech are serious ones so, as a London resident, I felt the two leading contenders for the city’s Mayor’s chair should have a chance to make their positions known about the London Convention Centre’s refusal to rent a room for Strictly Right’s presentation of Mark Steyn (see References below). 

    Joe Fontana - London mayoral candidateI sent the email below containing three questions to Joe Fontana and Anne Marie DeCicco-Best (incumbent), and then followed up with a phone call to ensure the message didn’t get lost in a spam file.

    VoiceofCanada asks London’s mayoral candidates 3 questions about LCC refusal to host Mark Steyn event

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    From: Mark Vandermaas, Editor – VoiceofCanada.ca [info@voiceofcanada.ca]
    To: info@joefontanaformayor.ca; annemarie@votedeciccobest.com
    CC: Andrew@StrictlyRight.com
    Subject: Q for candidates re LCC refusal to rent room for Mark Steyn event

    Dear Ms. DeCicco-Best and Mr. Fontana:

    I am a London resident (371 Vesta Place) and I am the editor of VoiceofCanada.ca.
     
    As you may be aware, the London Convention Centre recently refused to rent a room to Mr. Andrew Lawton and his organization Strictly Right for a speech by internationally-known author and commentator Mark Steyn.