Monday, February 23, 2009

David Ahenakew Not Guilty

Huh. Didn't see that coming.



roblaw said...

It's a strange, strange world.. as a true "free speech" advocate, I am suprised with the verdict, only because I didn't think the Court would come to the correct verdict.

I stand corrected. His comments, while offensive, were in no manner seeking to directly incite violence or reaction against Jewish people, and while they are certainly ignorant and offensive, that is the price of living in a free society.

Two guesses what the HRC's would ahve done though :)

Yvonne said...

I, too, was surprised by the verdict. But what surprises me more is that the group, B'nai B'rith, vows to keep up the attack on the poor man even as they, themselves, don't seem to mind inciting hatred toward the Muslims.
How is it no one calls attention to the hypocrisy?

roblaw said...
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roblaw said...

Uh.. Yvonne.. "the poor man"?

Jews are a disease? Jews caused world war 2? Please tell me that you don't consider Ahenakew an innocent in this.

Clearly he is a disturbed and ignorant individual. That doesn't make him a criminal however - and while there are no laws against bigotry -that doesn't mean we should condone it.

And if Jewish people attack Muslims broadly, blaming the whole of their faith for the acts of a few sick and twisted people like the Khadr family (excluding the one child who has denounced their affiliation with Al Quaeda) - well that should be attacked with the same abhorrence that we properly have for Ahenekew.

Point me to those sort of broad statements of the B'nai B'rith, and I'll get behind you 100%.

Somehow vowing to discredit a clearly demented bigot shouldn't be equated with attacking a race of people or the whole of a specific religious faith.

C-Nuck said...

Hey Yvonne:

I guess its just because we've been appeasing them for the past 65years.