Canada is Free and Freedom is Its Nationality

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Roundup: Shriveling Weeds and Catching Horses

Parents fighting to keep their baby on a ventilator win a 90-day injunction.

Poverty is worse than critical injuries? B.C. childrens' aid not what it should be.

The Index on Censorship refuses to publish the Motoons saying that “The trustees took the view unanimously… that publishing the cartoons might endanger the security of not just the staff, publishers, printers and others directly associated with Index, but it might also endanger the other seven organisations that are housed in the same building, the Free Word Centre. To have done so wittingly would have put Index in considerable difficulty with them and with others.”
Yes I know I'm being a bit hypocritical here since I haven't published them either, but whatever.
Index on Censorship has a few bad moments in their past as well, when they laughed at Van Gogh's death and insulted Ayaan Hirsi Ali. From a Guardian article; "He (Rohan Jayasekera the associate editor) told me that, like many other readers, I shouldn't have made the mistake of believing that Index on Censorship was against censorship, even murderous censorship, on principle - in the same way as Amnesty International is opposed to torture, including murderous torture, on principle. It may have been so its radical youth, but was now as concerned with fighting 'hate speech' as protecting free speech."

Avatar kills. Cue the music.

Some artifacts from the past, 2006 to be exact. A Telegraph article with extensive quotes from Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, a Muslim turned Anglican priest. It was taken down for "legal reasons".
"Dr Sookhdeo adds that he believes that "in a decade, you will see parts of English cities which are controlled by Muslim clerics and which follow, not the common law, but aspects of Muslim sharia law.....
Several years ago, Dr Sookhdeo insisted that the next wave of radical Islam in Britain would involve suicide bombings in this country. His prediction was depressingly confirmed on 7/7 last year.....
The Prime Minister's ignorance of Islam, Dr Sookhdeo contends, is of a piece with his unsuccessful attempts to conciliate it. And it does indeed seem as if the Government's policy towards radical Islam is based on the hope that if it makes concessions to its leaders, they will reciprocate and relations between fundamentalist Muslims and Tony Blair's Government will then turn into something resembling an ecumenical prayer meeting.
Dr Sookhdeo nods in vigorous agreement with that. "Yes - and it is a very big mistake. Look at what happened in the 1990s. The security services knew about Abu Hamza and the preachers like him. They knew that London was becoming the centre for Islamic terrorists. The police knew. The Government knew. Yet nothing was done.
"The whole approach towards Muslim militants was based on appeasement. 7/7 proved that that approach does not work - yet it is still being followed. For example, there is a book, The Noble Koran: a New Rendering of its Meaning in English, which is openly available in Muslim bookshops.
"It calls for the killing of Jews and Christians, and it sets out a strategy for killing the infidels and for warfare against them. The Government has done nothing whatever to interfere with the sale of that book."

Canada has decided not to seize the Dead Sea Scrolls. Wonder of wonders.

In 2100....."The Intergovernmental Cultural Climate Change Panel (ICCCP) declared its support for the recent UN announcement that all cultures are equally valid. Expanding on the resolution the group declared the rights of people are now culturally defined, rather than being based on any universal notion or concept. They suggest the term "human rights" is therefore both outmoded and racist as it would impose value for human life which some cultures don't accept. They recommended the term "multi-cultural peoples' rights" be used instead."

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