“In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness.”
-Robert Griffin III
For those who haven’t heard, controversial Anti-Jihad speaker and blogger Pamela Geller has been “uninvited” to speak at a Canadian synagogue. Dozens of blogs and news sites are reporting this story, but today I want to get to the possible motivation of a Police Force that strong-armed a local Rabbi. I also want to point out why Americans should care about this story, because I believe this is a sign of things to come here. First a quick recap for those who have not seen the story. Frontpagemag.com reports:
York Regional Police threatened to remove a rabbi as one of the force’s chaplains if he hosted a controversial anti-Islamist speaker at his Thornhill synagogue.
Insp. Ricky Veerappan, of the force’s diversity, equity and inclusion bureau, confirmed he and officers from the service’s hate crimes unit met with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue on Tuesday.
“If he did (host Geller), then we’d have to reassess our relationship with (Kaplan),” Veerappan said. “We serve the needs of the entire community. Some of the stuff that Ms. Geller speaks about runs contrary to the values of York Regional Police and the work we do in engaging our communities.”
Veerappan said a member of York Region’s Muslim community, whom he wouldn’t identify, brought Geller’s scheduled talk to the attention of police.
I find this muzzling of Pamela Geller’s free speech particularly odd considering two Muslims were recently arrested for planning to derail a train in Toronto. Wouldn’t you think that this would be an important time to speak about the facts of Muslim Extremists? I would. But, back to the story at hand…
Here is a Sun News report that will put it clearly into perspective for you:
It appears that the speaking engagement may go on and be moved to Toronto, but I think we need to tell the story that is not being told.
The “York Region” is considered part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and their police force is no stranger to controversies stemming from political correctness. Would you believe that a Black (African-Canadian?) Cop was charged with “insubordination, discreditable conduct and neglect of duty” because he DID NOT respond to racial slurs? That’s right. Someone made racial slurs toward this officer and he did not respond to those comments. For that he landed in trouble. If you want to see that story, here is a version from The Huffington Post.
I would think that we would applaud an officer for showing restraint in a situation like that, but what do I know? This is political correctness and I must admit that I do not always understand this concept.
It is also potentially important to note that the Rabbi in question has seen controversy before and he may have been “on a short leash” by the York Regional Police. Yet again it is all about “political correctness.” As reported by Eye on a Crazy Planet:
According to the Gay community newspaper Xtra:
York Regional Police (YRP) inspectors have wrapped up an internal investigation of their in-house rabbi, launched in response to a complaint about a “very homophobic”sermon.
The “letter of concern” was filed by Kulanu Toronto, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews, against Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, the Jewish chaplain for YRP. In his sermon, given just before Toronto Pride 2010, Kaplan instructed his followers to not support Kulanu or the Pride parade, referring to gays as “an abomination,” says Justine Apple, executive director of Kulanu…
Ricky Veerappan, an inspector in the diversity and cultural research bureau of YRP, says police could not substantiate the allegations of hate rhetoric.
There’s Veerappan again. Seems like his job is to make sure that no one is ever offended about anything. Good luck with that. Have you had enough of the political correctness yet? You might be wondering what in the hell political correctness in Canada has to do with those of us who live in The United States.
What we have to understand about the York Regional Police is that they bowed to the desires of a large number of constituents. In the articles that I have read about Geller’s visit they seem to be missing one very important point. First and foremost, most of our readers are not Canadian so let me mention once more that York Region is part of Greater Toronto, and… The Greater Toronto Area is the Muslim Capital of North America.
This is why we should be concerned, because as our Muslim population grows the same thing will start happening here. Canada has free speech as well. That is not something unique to the United States. You see how much that mattered in this circumstance.
According to Wikipedia “5% of all the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) population is Muslim, making GTA the highest concentration of Muslims in any city in North America.” Just in case you don’t understand how large that number is, the Wikipedia article goes on to state, “According to the 2001 Census, there were 254,110 Muslims living in Greater Toronto.” Keep in mind that this was 12 years ago. We could only guess what that number is in 2013. My best assumption would be that it has grown because Islam is growing globally at a rapid rate.
So what does this have to do with America? Muslims do not believe in free speech when it comes to challenging their religious views. They do not tolerate it. If 5% of the population in Greater Toronto is enough to kill free speech then it will happen here as well.
We do not have to officially adopt any kind of “Sharia Law” in order for the Muslim Community to start effecting the policies of our land.
It’s common sense. Politicians react to constituents…plain and simple. The more the Muslim population grows in other areas of North America, the more you will keep seeing stories just like this one.
Should Pamela Geller have been allowed to speak in her original venue? Of course she should have. You and I do not have to like what she says in order to stand by her right to free speech. That is what free speech is.
But it is not where free speech is headed.
Free speech will soon be interpreted as a policy where it is still OK to say “Death to America” but it is not OK to slander Allah or The Prophet Mohammed.
By all means, however, feel free to keep throwing stones at Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans and every other belief system in the world. You can not, however, speak against Islam.
Speaking against Islam is not acceptable.
By the way, Pamela Geller has a dynamite blog called Atlasshrugs.com and you should check it out. She speaks the truth which is what free speech is all about. When we start silencing people like Pamela then I would say that we are in real trouble.