February 16, 2006

The Western Standard

The latest victim of those who would destroy the Anglosphere's tradition of freedom of expression and a free press is Canada's The Western Standard, published by a brave man by the name of Ezra Levant. His is the only publication in Canada that has run those rather drab and humourless cartoons - in an article discussing freedom.

Needless to say, the camel dung has hit the fan and he is being picked to death by the angry crows of Islamofascism. I sent him an email of support and received this in return. Obviously, it is a form email being sent to supportive correspondents, but it illuminates the extent of Islamo-bullying and the depths of viciousness and determination in those who wish to destroy our tradition of freedom of expression. Here is part of Mr Levant's email:

"I've never been more proud of our magazine.

"Not everyone is happy with us, of course. A Calgary Muslim leader has reported us to the police, trying to get them to charge me with hate crimes. He has also filed a complaint against us with the human rights commission on the same grounds. Ironically, he has called our freedom of the press 'intellectual
terrorism'.

"Those are nuisance suits, of course. But the idea is to cost us money and time, break our spirit, erode our freedom of speech, and teach a lesson to all other media: that anyone who doesn't censor themselves will be made to wish they did.

"The threats are working. Already, many Canadian magazine retailers who normally carry the Western Standard have caved in, announcing -- even before they see our new issue -- that they won't put us on their shelves. Again, the purpose of the censors is obvious: hurt our magazine economically, and make an example of us as a warning to all other media."

The contemptible attempts to silence an entity practising its legal right of freedom of expression point to an agenda many of us have long suspected. Canada has already had a tussle with shariah law in Ontario. Thankfully, the proposal didn't go through. But there is an attempt by Muslim immigrants to bring their primitive, authoritarian culture along with them in their luggage. There is an increasingly bold determination to impose their religion and their desert tribal standards on advanced and enlightened Western societies and I believe it is time that we publically recognised this agenda and said "No. Take a hike. The airport's that way."

Mr Levant, as a publisher, has asked Canadians to subscribe to the Western Standard to help fund the legal fight to preserve freedom of speech in the Anglosphere that now lies ahead. It is a fight he will win in the courts, but it will nevertheless be painful financially, which is what the Islamic malice mongers intend. His magazine is excellent, by the way, and worth subscribing to. How could it not be? He runs a regular column by the sainted Mark Steyn!

We need more like Mr Levant in this fight. Danish prime minister Anders Rasmussen refuses to apologise or condemn the Jyllands-Posten. He simply says what a Danish newspaper publishes is none of the government's business in a free society. But to see how isolated Mr Rasmussen is among fellow European heads of government, read this chilling account in British conservative journalist Melanie Phillips's Diary. In Melanie Phillips' diary, go to entry Dhimmi Europe.

Like Mr Rasmussen and the Jyllands-Posten in Denmark, Mr Levant and The Western Standard are holding the fort alone in Canada.


Posted by Verity at February 16, 2006 08:27 AM
Comments

Is The Western Standard available in America?
I would definitely subscribe if that is the case.

Posted by: BetsyinAmerica at February 16, 2006 08:44 AM

International Subscriptions

If you would like the Western Standard delivered to a non-Canadian address, please contact us at 1-403-216-2270. Due to higher mailing costs, international subscriptions are $100/year for the U.S. and $150/year everywhere else.

I don't know whether those are CND or USD.

Posted by: richard Heddleson at February 16, 2006 09:28 AM

BetsyinAmerica - You can take a look at the mag at westernstandard.ca Here's the link Mr Levant sent to subscribe at 37% off the newstand price: https://www240.ssldomain.com/westernstandard/website/index.cfm?page=subscribe&CFID=3950274&CFTOKEN=72805630

Posted by: Verity at February 16, 2006 09:31 AM

One of the retailers that locked out the WS is Chapters/Indigo. This essentially means that 99% of Canadians will never see the issue, because Chapters/Indigo is essentially a monopoly: it owns all the big box book stores in Canada, and most of the smaller ones as well. I used to work for them, and became convinced that the company is a dangerous monster that threatens free speech in Canada almost as much as Muslims do, not due to any ideological bent but simply because, if the head office decides not to carry something, no one will see it.

Chapters/Indigo is owned by Heather Reisman, whom I'm pretty sure is a Jew. She banned Mein Kampf for obvious reasons; interesting that she'd now make a decision to cave to people that hate her for what she is.

Posted by: Matt Shultz at February 16, 2006 11:45 AM

Thank you for the subscription information.
$100 to support free speech is chump change as far as I am concerned...

Posted by: BetsyInAmerica at February 16, 2006 12:22 PM

Betsy - Great! This man is standing alone, as is Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the valiant prime minister of Denmark who has resolutely stated that Denmark has freedom of expression and what the Danish papers print has nothing to do with the the head of government of a democracy.

Posted by: Verity at February 16, 2006 12:40 PM

If the cartoons were of Moses and the lawsuits were by Jewish organizations no one would take exception to lawsuits and the comments:

"But there is an attempt by Muslim immigrants to bring their primitive, authoritarian culture along with them in their luggage. There is an increasingly bold determination to impose their religion and their desert tribal standards on advanced and enlightened Western societies and I believe it is time that we publically recognised this agenda and said "No. Take a hike. The airport's that way."

Would be exposed for what they are: Racism.

I haven't seen this journal but if the articles reflect this editorial point of view I think the lawsuits probably have merit.

BTW: A molotov cocktail is a primitive, tribal response, a lawsuit is not.

Posted by: givemeabreak at February 16, 2006 10:20 PM

givemeabreak - You seem to have a primitive understanding of freedom of the press. And of Anglo-Saxon law. You need to catch up.

Could you explain, for innocent merriment, your comment: "Would be exposed for what they are: Racism".

Which race is being maligned?

Posted by: Verity at February 16, 2006 10:47 PM

Excellent points by Matt Shultz. Chapters/Indigo may be capitalists but it is hard not to notice how many books on their Canadian shelves are by Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and other haters of capitalism and the West. I realise that the public helps determine what is on the shelves (capitalism in action!) yet at Chapters/Indigo the left wing bias is so extreme it is just hard to believe that it is in any way representative of even a liberal country like Canada. Something is going on that has little to do with the free market.

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