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In a clear victory for free speech, Dutch politician Geert Wilders has been acquitted of all charges of incitement, racial hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

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The Propagandist's Israeli correspondent Jonathan Danilowitz goes berserk on Queers Against Israeli Apartheid in the Real Israel's Blog -- not to mention their cowardly enablers in Toronto:

QAIA – a gay group – totally ignores the homophobic Arab states and they are oblivious to the massacres presently going on by Arab governments against their own protesting citizens in Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Tunis, Libya, Syria, not  to mention Turkey, North Korea, Uganda, Zimbabwe – the list is long. The racist anti-Semitism of the hate group is obvious, clear and defined.
 

 

The Toronto City Council, and especially the mayor, made it clear, and rightly so, that the Toronto Pride Parade would lose its funding from the city if the organizers allowed the hate group to fan the racist flames during the parade. All thinking people applauded the decision. Except that without the funding, the parade would not go on, and the Toronto City Council desperately wants the parade – it brings tourist, business & income to the city.
 

In an act of cowardly avarice (money-grubbing greed) the City Council of Toronto overturned their own decision, by deciding to sanitize the

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But that doesn't stop some fans from worshipping Pat's keen insight and politically incorrect take on everyday religious fanaticism. Some great commentaries from the talented stand-up comedian-turned-atheist firebrand.

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geert wilders islam trial fitnah dutch holland politics ideology court case prosecutionGeert Wilders, the controversial Dutch politician famously - but unsuccessfully so far - prosecuted by the Netherlands for his anti-Islamic rhetoric, never has a dull moment. Indeed, even those around him, connected to him in any way, seem to find themselves hauled into his Never-ending Controversy. 

Let's consider the past few months in the wild ride that is Geert Wilders' career. 

'A crisis within the criminal law division of the court.'

In October, Geert Wilders' prosecution ground to a halt. This was, mainly, because of two things. First, the Dutch Public Prosecutor's office said that Wilders should be acquitted on all charges. Second, all three judges handling Wilders' case were dismissed after Tom Schalken - one of the court of appeal judges that forced the Dutch public prosecutor to lay charges against Geert Wilders in 2009 - attended the same dinner function as one of Wilders' expert witness for the trial, and got into a discussion with that...More >>

freedom of speech civil rights hate conspiracy theory democracy dangerThe Propagandist is pleased to present a six-part feature series dealing civil rights, freedom of speech, particularly in regard to criticism of Israel, and how conspiracy theories undermine our democracy. These essays resulted from a public forum in Vancouver presented as a "face-off" over free speech and the definition of anti-Semitism.

That Kind of Talk Can Get You In Trouble

freedom of speech antisemitism real and imagined canadian charger michael keeferThe Propagandist unleashes a multi-part series reporting on a bizarre display of political indoctrination and doublespeak that occurred in a forum promoting the book "Antisemitism. Real and Imagined", co-written by English professor and 9/11 truther Michael Keefer. Ironically, Mr. Keefer made a number of statements related to Israel that reasonable people might infer as anti-Semitic. Or are these statements merely legitimate criticism of Israel (and supporters of a particular Israeli government policy)? You be the judge.

Then there's the small matter of the blockade on Gaza. Keefer was kind enough to outline the background of the situation as he saw it. "The blockade of Gaza is intended, let’s use the term, to terrorize the civilian population into reversing the position it took in what is generally acknowledged to have been an untarnished and democratic election. That blockade is a very severe violation of international law."

To anyone completely ignorant of the actual situation in Gaza, this might seem reasonable. A blockade on any territory would seem inherently unjust, particularly if the only reason is to "terrorize" and...More >>

freedom of speech antisemitism real and imagined canadian chargerYou're reading the third part of The Propagandist's series reporting on a Vancouver event promoted as defending freedom of expression, led by 9/11 truther Michael Keefer, co-author of "Antisemitism. Real and Imagined". Hilarity ensued, along with a healthy dose of obsfucation and indoctrination.

Let's get something out of the way right away. Criticism of Israel or Israeli policy is not anti-Semitic. No one to my knowledge has ever claimed that such criticism was anti-Semitic, constituted hate speech or ought to be censored and sanctioned by the state. The phrase is a staw man worthy of the Wizard of Oz.

There are plenty of critics of Israeli policy who are obsessed with prefacing their statements with the expression, criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic. Some critics, like Counterpunch contributor and resplendent douchebag Michael Neumann, even put that phrase right into the headline of their articles, so no one will miss it. These types of critics tend to do this right before they slam the state of Israel for myriad "war crimes" and "human rights abuses" in order to justify...More >>

free speech propaganda propagandist politics liberal rightsFreedom of speech is under assault from some quarters, but progress is being made in typical two-steps-forward, one-step-back fashion. Here The Propagandist highlights a few high- and low-lights.

On a positive note, Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist at the center of the infamous Mohammed cartoon controversy, apparently received the M100 Sanssouci Media Award for his contribution to the cause of freedom of speech last Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Lars Vilks, another controversial cartoonist who has run afoul of Muslim extremists and who is a passionate campaigner for freedom of speech, will be making a tour of North America - with stops in Philadelphia, Ottawa, Toronto, and Boston come late September and early October.

Best-selling author and columnist Mark Steyn, who was involved in a very serious fight with Canada's 'Human Rights' Tribunals, will be coming to Ottawa for a tribute dinner to Ezra Levant - another combatant of Canada's censorious tribunals - on October 30th. The dinner will be hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. Mark Steyn himself received a Sappho Award from...More >>

Do politically correct star chambers make you choke on your breakfast every morning? Perhaps you've heard the news that one of these vile institutions may be on the way out. This is very good news.

According to the Georgia Straight, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) chair Heather MacNaughton - the chief roo in this kangaroo court, you might say - and tribunal member Judy Parrack will not be getting reappointed to the BCHRT after their terms end on July 31. Meanwhile, a job posting for a part-time tribunal chair has been made on the website of the Board Resourcing and Development Office.

It also sounds like a narrower focus might be in the works from on high. Perhaps it will place a greater emphasis on labor disputes at the expense of other, arguably more important issues like the plight of lesbian women in comedy bars across the province.

Could it be? Could the BCHRT's reign of soft terror on freedom of speech in this province finally be coming to a close? Could the BC government have finally realized what an out-of-control body they've had running loose in their backyard for years? Could they finally be reining this...More >>

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