I feel badly that I’ve been ignoring this story concerning Mark Steyn’s troubles up in Canada. (link to Wise Law Blog that has a friendly re-cap) My re-cap-Steyn has human rights complaints against him and it appears he’s in real trouble in spite of my initial scoffing at the idea.
In the battle for freedom of speech in Canada, Mark Steyn is losing. True, there’s been a flurry of discussion on the blogosphere, and a number of powerful Canadian Op-Ed pieces on the controversy. But don’t be fooled, Mark Steyn is losing.
Who’s human rights is he violating? Does he have slaves in the basement? Is he torturing a neighborhood kid? No. It’s his book “America Alone”. Apparently there were excerpts in Macclean’s magazine, someone got insulted and went to the Human Right’s Commission to complain. I’m pretty sure (and Wise Law Blog has the text) that there are free speech rights in Canada. Particularly for journalists. So WTF??
Has Canada become as bad as Germany in regards to free speech??
You see in Germany a man has been arrested and put in jail in spite of an accident that caused him to lose some of his faculties because he has displayed Nazi Symbols.
Now Roland T. is off to jail. He is reporting to a Berlin prison Wednesday to serve a five-month sentence for displaying Nazi symbols. The repeat offender, who was notorious in Berlin for openly giving Nazi salutes and wearing Hitler T-shirts, was given a series of suspended sentences but now has to do time after authorities lost patience with him. Judges had previously been lenient with the former car salesman, who was considered to have diminished culpability due to brain damage sustained in a 1995 accident.
His dog, Adolf (now Adi) has been given to a shelter and is looking for a new home. The article is about the dog.