"Ezra Levant's...Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights...is a chronicle of injustice, with outrage on every page.
"Levant - formerly the publisher of the Canadian conservative magazine The Western Standard - was...hauled before the Alberta Human Rights Commission for having the temerity to publish something a radical imam didn't approve of [i.e., the Danish Cartoons]...
"...Canada no longer has freedom of speech. The 'human rights' commissions (HRCs) all over Canada, staffed by bureaucrats and not following normal legal procedures [have] morphed into star chambers weighing in on what the press could print, what pastors could say from the pulpit, whether certain Bible verses could be displayed publicly, and so on...
"...These commissions have the power to impose financial and legal penalties, and yet they don't adhere to the most basic protections of due process found in a real court of law...
"And it was worse, even, than that: the state paid for the prosecution, while the defendant incurred any and all legal fees...Even if you were eventually declared innocent of the charges against you, you would not be reimbursed - the process itself is in effect a penalty..."
"...Levant does his level best not to revel in his own indignation, but to chronicle the myriad injustices suffered by those who have not had the means to fight back...We learn how a restaurant was punished for firing a cook with Hepatitis C; how an HRC held a trial over the complaint filed by a male hairstylist that some womet at his salon school called him a loser; how a rape-crisis center was sued for not wanting a burly male-to-female transsexual as a rape-victim couselor...
"...the chief investigator of the national HRC...is notorious for launching a 15-month-long taxpayer-funded investigation into a small Toronto publication called Catholic Insight on the basis of its stated opposition to gay marriage..."
"The Dutch MP and Party leader, Geert Wilders...has been told he cannot enter the U.K. Wilders was due to speak to fellow Parliamentarians at the House of Lords...
"...Wilders was presented with a letter written on hehalf of the Home Secretary stating that she 'is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs...would threaten community harmony and therefore public security...
"The thing that would 'threaten public security,' let alone 'community harmony,' is that twice in the last month Wilders has been invited to speak in the House of Lords and twice...Muslim 'leaders' have explained that they will provide a mob to object..."
"- - A Christian photographer was forced by the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission to pay $6,637 in attorney's costs after she refused to photograph a gay couple's commitment ceremony.
"- - A psychologist in Georgia was fired after she declined for religious reasons to cousel a lesbian about her relationship.
"- - Christian fertility doctors in California who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian patient were barred by the state Supreme Court from invoking their religious beliefs in refusing treatment.
"- - A Christian student group was not recognized at a University of California law school because it denies membership to anyone practicing sex outside of traditional marriage..."
In the U.S., again:
(A pack of lefty jerks prevent immigration-restrictionist congressman Tom Tancredo from speaking at the UNC).
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So far as I can determine, this sort of incipient totalitarianism is, today, a wholly owned property of the left. There is no present-day right-wing equivalent.
Isn't that strange?
Or have I missed something?