Kartoonistan And Kangaroo Court
The Western Standard, an Alberta, Canada publication, has been sued by Imam Syed Soharwardy, a local Muslim who scrawled out his complaint to the Alberta Human Rights Commission in a barely legible hand. He was previously a university professor in Saudi Arabia -- a place, no doubt, where more time was spent on teaching anti-Semitism and jihad than the principles of freedom of speech.
Western Standard's editor, Ezra Levant, says of the complaint:
I don't know if Ezra Levant is Jewish, but his name's a pretty good hint that he is. Interesting, isn't it, that of all the publications in the world that ran the cartoons, the first one that gets sued is the one with an editor named Ezra Levant.
The hand-written scrawl and the spelling errors were what first disgusted me with the suit; but the arguments were what really got me. The complainant, Imam Syed Soharwardy, a former professor at an anti-Semitic university in Saudi Arabia, doesn't just argue that we shouldn't have published the cartoons. He argues that we shouldn't be able to defend our right to publish the cartoons. The bulk of his complaint was that we dared to try to justify it.
He argues that advocating a free press should be a thought crime.
In solidarity with Mr. Levant (who could use some help with his defense), and in support of our constitutional right of freedom of speech:
Tags: Kartoonistan, Muslim, Mohammed, Cartoons