Terrorists Can Speak in Canada, Pamela Geller Can’t

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The Canadian reality is still different than the American reality. And the Canadian reality is different than the European reality. But the gaps between the three are shrinking.

York Regional Police threatened to remove a rabbi as one of the force’s chaplains if he hosted a controversial anti-Islamist speaker at his Thornhill synagogue.

Insp. Ricky Veerappan, of the force’s diversity, equity and inclusion bureau, confirmed he and officers from the service’s hate crimes unit met with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue on Tuesday.

Veerappan said he told Kaplan that Geller’s speech “would not be endorsed by York Regional Police” and that the rabbi’s role as a force chaplain would be thrown into question if he were to permit the event.

“If he did (host Geller), then we’d have to reassess our relationship with (Kaplan),” Veerappan said. “We serve the needs of the entire community. Some of the stuff that Ms. Geller speaks about runs contrary to the values of York Regional Police and the work we do in engaging our communities.”

Veerappan said a member of York Region’s Muslim community, whom he wouldn’t identify, brought Geller’s scheduled talk to the attention of police.

In March, the University of Toronto hosted controversial Muslim lecturer Tariq Ramadan, who has also spoken in Toronto at the annual Islamic faith conference, Reviving the Islamic Spirit. In October, Pakistani politician Imran Khan, a controversial critic of the U.S. war on terror, spoke in Brampton. Leila Khaled, a Palestinian revolutionary from the 1970s, is set speak at University of British Columbia on May 4.

The rules are fairly straightforward. Muslims are allowed to do anything they like because interfering with them might rile them up. And non-Muslims are only allowed to praise Islam because otherwise Muslims might get riled up.

There is no standard of behavior. Only a security concept that stakes everything on not riling Muslims up.  And that means free speech goes by the wayside.

Obama officials have engaged in similar efforts to silence and even imprison those who burned Korans or made movies offensive to Muslims. Every Western country is falling under the same mandate that conflates national security with not offending Muslims.

In the name of that inoffensiveness, Muslim speakers who promote terrorism are tolerated in order not to offend the Muslims who might otherwise turn to terrorism. And non-Muslims who oppose terrorism are silenced because if they speak, Muslims might turn to terrorism.

This is the upside down world that appeasement has given us where black is white and good is evil.

Blazing Cat Fur has Salim Mansur’s letter which makes the same point.

I submit your intentions might very well be of some merit as a guardian of law and order. But those pushing for preventing Ms. Pamela Geller from speaking by putting pressure on Rabbi Mendel to deny the use of his synagogue for holding her event are people I know very well. These are people, Muslims as I am, who come from cultures that have no respect for individual rights and freedoms enshrined in our constitution, and while making home here in Canada have no respect for the culture of this country. They need to learn the culture of a free society, of a society that is open to debates and discussions however painful this might be to someone else’s sensibilities. But if you concede to their demands, all that you would be doing is indulging them, heeding their wishes and threats, and slowly, intentionally or not, bending Canada’s tradition in the direction of the ruined cultures of these people which they have brought with them and want to push into our society.

I hope you will think hard and think clearly given your responsibility and defend the tradition of liberal democracy based on rule of law, individual freedom and free speech. I might just remind you that it was in defending this tradition that time and time again your compatriots went across oceans to distant places and were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice so that freedom there might take root by defeating the forces of tyranny. It often takes immense courage to do what is right, whether to refuse going to the back of a bus in a segregated society or protecting the right of someone to speak, especially when one disagrees with what might be spoken.

  • tagalog

    What stuff does Pamela Geller talk about that "runs contrary to the values of York Regional Police and the work we do in engaging our communities,” pray tell?

    I would think they could at least articulate their anti-Geller views a little more clearly, don't you?

    Of course, if they did that, people would quickly see how anti-free speech the York Regional Police are.

    • Mary Sue

      they can't. They simply hear that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated her as a "right wing hate group" and that's all they know. They don't know specifics!

      • truebearing

        There is no "I" in goose step.

        • tagalog

          I don't think the Candians goose-step. Their authoritarianism is, so far, of a soft-pedaled variety (so far) unless you're Mark Steyn or Pamela Geller.

          • truebearing

            Learning to goose step is a progressive thing (pun intended).

          • Mary Sue

            Oh I know a few that totally would have. Pierre Eliott Trudeau went around on his motorcycle as a teen, during WW II, dressed up like a Nazi.

          • defcon 4

            Um, Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant have both been brought up on criminal charges, in Canada, for criticising Islam. Barenakedislam has a story on a man who has been arrested, handcuffed and imprisoned for criticising islam in Canada not once, but TWICE.

    • Nico Bester

      The strategy here should be the following:
      1. Identify the persons responsible for this intimidation by name, by home address and photograph;
      2. Publish all three pieces of the above information on social media, together with their statements and appropriate balanced comment;
      3. Demand their removal from public office, and target he people who appointed them in the first place.
      Remember, that when your rights are infringed, this is PERSONAL. So personal, direct action is appropriate. See http://www.amazon.com/dp/b00c61zeo8

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    The Law should be applied equally.

    When islamofascists try to speak at mosques, will they be stopped too?

    • Juliet

      Meanwhile on May 4th, terrorist Leila Khaled is speaking at The British Columbia University. Google her terrorist name and you will see who she is. Terrorists get a platform apparently.

      • Mary Sue

        What can I say, it's UBC. :/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The Omerta handed down by PC psychotics has to end, but how it happens is up for debate. But if Jewish speakers want to lead the charge, thus taking back freedom and liberty, well, this may offer some "assists" – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/03/an-authentic-

    More than food for thought…
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • hand rearden

    Wait a minute! I thought the Left was against blacklisting! Wasn't that what all the moaning about the Hollywood blacklist in the late 1950's was all about?

    Oh, my mistake. For thee but not for me.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Only McCarthy is wrong for blacklisting, it wasn't the blacklisting they hate – it's the wrong side doing it.

      • defcon 4

        McCarthy has been vindicated. There was concrete evidence of Communist (Comintern?) infiltration and subversion of the US government, think Oppenheimer.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Of course. One of those inconvenient facts they ignore.

          • defcon 4

            I was suckered by the liberal lie that McCarthy was nothing but an addled fear monger for decades. Woody Allen made a particularly despicable "comedy" about it.

  • Mary Sue

    The York police are idiots. This has already been established. Therefore this is no surprise at all.

    • defcon 4

      They're NOT idiots, they are CORRUPT. In the 1930's, German police didn't stand up to the Nazis and refuse to round up Jews, they conspired, they collaborated. IN the 1940's, the French police, by and large, also collaborated and conspired w/the Nazis to round up their Jewish population. Do you think our law enforcement will be ANY different w/the islamofascists? Canadian police have already been arresting people for publicly criticising islam.

      • Mary Sue

        well yeah they are corrupt, but they were idiots first before they were corrupt.

  • Ageofreason

    The words and actions of Insp. Ricky Veerappan of the York regional police are a disgrace and shame all the officers in the York police service. Free speech is guaranteed under the Canadian constitution. Since he is unwilling to defend free speech, I suggest he seek employment elsewhere. How astonishing that he is still employed there. What does the chief of police have to say about this matter? Nothing? Perhaps he too should consider shuffling off. Where do these imbeciles come from? They might consider reading a few relevant books on the matter, perhaps something by Robert Spencer. Pamela Geller is a giant. When I hear something like this, it always concerns me that guns are entrusted to such flawed characters.

  • Adam Silver

    Dear Daniel Greenfield,

    You are puzzling me! Leila Khaled, the world-renowned ***terrorist*** and ***airplane hijacker*** is set to speak at University of British Columbia on May 4, and you describe her as a "Palestinian revolutionary from the 1970s"? Is it that you readers don't care who is or was an active terrorist or who hijacked planes but are very concerned about who, in the 1970's, was or was not a revolutionary? Do you mean that it is obvious for a revolutionary to be a terrorist?

    • Mary Sue

      it's implied.

  • truebearing

    Let me get this straight…The regional police are the moral authority in Canada? Is that what the York einsatzgruppen spokesdolt is trying to say?

    Many in law enforcement have trouble differentiating themselves from the law. Take the chief law enforcement official in the U.S. for instance. Obama believes he is the law.

    • Mary Sue

      Oh hell no they are not. This cop overstepped his authority HUGE.

  • No dhimmi fool

    Thank GOD for Muslims like Salim Mansur and others at the Muslim Canadian Congress.

    They are the "moderate Muslims" we've been looking for – let us support them by all means.

    Toronto is a cesspool of Islamofascists.

    • defcon 4

      Yeah, they talk the talk, but do they walk the walk? How can a Nazi be FOR freedom of speech? How can a muslime be FOR freedom of speech when it involves open criticism of his holey prophet of mass murder, pedophilia and Jew hatred? What have you "moderate" muslimes had to say about the rabid, pervasive Jew hatred found in all the holey books of Islam? What have your "moderate" muslimes said about MuhamMAD's slaughter/enslavement/deportation of the ENTIRE Jewish populous of Soddy Barbaria? A population that had been there centuries before Islam was even established.

    • Mary Sue

      Him and Tarek Fatah, that's for sure. They know what we're up against.

      • TeeJay

        I hate to throw a damp towel on this lovefest, but I have serious questions about Salim Mansur's true level of understanding of what we're up against. Just this past Janaury, when UK lawyer Gavin Boby (known as the 'mosque buster' because of his work with UK community groups in using legal means to oppose the rapid proliferation of mosques in their communities) came to speak in Ottawa, Salim and Fred Litwin wrote this obnoxious little knee-jerk editorial opposing his talk, using embarrasing and intellectualy shabby 'rationales' to make their case:
        http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Mistaking+Is

        Here's an interestaking take on the above article: http://unclevladdi.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/53/

        Here, Salim is on the 'right side' of the debate, but how to explain or understand his recent lapse. Sometimes the hasty remark shows one true colours even more clearly than a scholarly article.
        I believe that Salim (and Fred) owes the Canadian conservative blogosphere a sound explanation, before we consider him a credible voice for moderate Islam. What do you think?

      • defcon 4

        You're suckers and dupes.

  • Drakken

    The more they silence peoples voices, the next thing they will hear is the sound of rifles. This day is coming sooner than anyone thinks, so keep up the great work you leftist/progressive/commi/muslim hacks, your going to get exactly what you deserve.

    • defcon 4

      There is no other choice — except gulags and mass executions a la' the Islamic Revolution in Iranistan.

  • Thornhiller

    I am ashamed to live in the area where it is all happening. Sent an email tomour MP asking for his opinion but, dedpite the fact that conservatives are in federal power I do not expect any definite answer. Until all of us, in Canada, US and Europe come to our senses and start to put these fanatics to where they belong – nothing will happen. Wake up, people, the 3rd world war is already on the way.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    How much money are the Islamists paying to have Pam Geller blackballed and how much does
    it pay to promote the Mullahs and Jihad, I would ask the leaders of York Police this question.
    William

  • Owmyballs

    The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau is going to deprive Rabbi Kaplan and Pamela Geller of their diversity equity and inclusion? Makes sense if you think of Canada as part of Oceania.

  • BS77

    I would recommend Canadians, the English, the French all read books by Pam Geller, Ayan Hirsi Ali, Brigitte Gabriel and other strident alarm bell ringers who are doing their best to warn the West that the Euro SOcialist, PC diversity agenda is a threat to our freedoms, traditions, cultures, laws and way of life.