Posted by lex, on August 6, 2008
Ezra Levant channels Dylan Thomas **:
Gundara forgave me and the Western Standard our sins because, according to him, the offensiveness of the (Mohammed) cartoons was “muted by the context of the accompanying article” and we ran letters both for and against the cartoons in our subsequent issue. He also acquitted us because “the cartoons were not simply stuck in the middle of the magazine with no purpose or related story.”
Let me translate: You’d better be “reasonable” in how you use your freedoms, or you won’t be allowed to keep them. You’d better not run political cartoons “simply stuck in the middle” of a magazine. You’d better have a “purpose” for being “negative” that is approved by (a) bureaucrat, when he finally gets around to it three years later.
That is not acceptable to me. I am not interested in Gundara’s views about the cartoons. I’m not interested in learning his personal rules of thumb for when I can or can’t express myself. This is Canada, not Saudi Arabia.
Rage on, brother.
** 12/09/20 Old url gone; substitute found – Ed.