A very canadian approach

I quote: “Mohamed Elmasry, national leader of the Canadian Islamic Congress, says he would like the Western Standard charged with distributing hate literature”.

Now in prior commentary I have commended Dr. Elmasry for his approach, but on this one I think he is completely wrong. Distributing hate literature is very different from publishing a cartoon that offends Muslim sensibilities.

Are the cartoons offensive to Muslims? Yes, there can be no doubt about that. Are they hate literature? No I do not believe so. Are they news ? Very much so.

The Western Standard showed poor judgement in publishing the cartoons. Lets face it, anyone with an internet connection can view them for themselves, so there really isn’t anything positive that would come out from yet another publication. That being said, if they wish to show poor judgement, it is their right.

The issue here is that Islam is trying to impose its view of the world on people that do not subscribe to their faith. That should never be acceptable in a free society.

There was a film released many years ago by Monthy Python called “The life of Brian” that was offensive to Christians in general and catholics specifically. Was the film banned? No, and in my mind - that says it all.

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