Mandatory Niceness: 'Human Rights' in Canada
Sullum, Jacob, Reason
IN JANUARY an officer of the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission interrogated the Canadian journalist Ezra Levant about his decision to reprint the notorious Muhammad cartoons that originally appeared in the Danish newspaper Fyllands-Posten. Levant, the former publisher of the Western Standard, did not try to ingratiate himself. He called the commission "a sick joke" and dared the "thug" across the table to recommend that he face a hearing for offending Muslims.
Levant wanted to be convicted, since that would give him a chance to challenge the censorship that Canadian human rights commissions practice in the guise of fighting discrimination. "I do not want to be …
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Publication information: Article title: Mandatory Niceness: 'Human Rights' in Canada. Contributors: Sullum, Jacob - Author. Magazine title: Reason. Volume: 40. Issue: 1 Publication date: May 2008. Page number: 9+. © 2009 Reason Foundation. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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