It's about censorship and thought control in theocratic Islamic societies in the Middle East. Bloggers in the Middle East who are critical of theocratic regimes and the limitations it places on individual freedoms are finding themselves targets of police action charged with such crimes as “blasphemy against the prophet and the Qur’an”. A jail cell awaits them if apprehended.
I was going through my comment moderation the other day and a poster named Peter had the following to say on this blog post:
I am pretty sure you will not post this but I have sent your site to a friend of mine who monitors this kind of thing.
I don't how I should take that comment or even take it seriously but what he is doing is threatening me. The implication is clear: you are being watched so you better be careful as to what you write.
They can monitor "this kind of thing" all they want. I really don't care. But if they posses any kind of state sanctioned power to shut my blog down or if any law exists that will allow them to do so then it is illegitimate. There is no place for that kind of nonsense in a functioning modern democracy like Canada where freedom of speech is the keystone value of our society. Besides, I do have the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms on my side, right? Am I right? Anyone?
What the bloggers in the Middle East and myself are doing is challenging the prevailing orthodoxy and the power structure upon which it resides. Like them I am questioning the official state religion that is being used to organize society and control the population. In the Middle East it is Islam. In Canada we call it multiculturalism and like in the Middle East, Canada too has tools at its disposal to silence heretics who dare “blasphemy against the prophet and the Qur’an”. We call these tools Human Rights Commissions and Hate Crime Laws.
When ground was broken in creating the "new Canada" it was only right to expect some opposition to it. After all, what was so wrong with the old one that we needed a new one? So a kind of quasi-legal framework arose to punish those who dare to openly challenge a pet project of "those who wear no clothes". The examples are numerous and telling, revealing that it is agenda driven and has little to do with the enforcement of human rights.
You see, the "social experiment" that is the "new Canada" cannot survive without placing limitations on our freedoms especially the freedom of speech. A privileged, select, and self appointed few have taken it upon themselves to micromanaging the lives and thoughts of the citizenry to force them to abide by the principles of the "new Canada" (and to keep themselves employed). This requires laws and enforcement mechanisms to threaten those who dare to dissent from the program and openly question the obvious wisdom of our moral and intellectual superiors. This can range from as petty as Mccarthyesque mud-slinging accusations of racism to financially punishing Human Rights Tribunals to ultimately a stint in jail and a criminal record. Whatever the tactic the message is the same: shut up and play along or else.
So far the program has been running smoothly because Canadians are a typically passive, mall shopping crowd of people who care more about the latest iPhone app, hockey score, or the latest tid-bit of celebrity gossip than they do about the future direction of their country. The Canadian is one who goes to work, pays taxes, aimlessly shops, and has unquestioningly internalized all the multiculturalism dogma government propaganda campaigns have shoved down their throats. Rarely do Canadians exercise their freedom of speech (or even free thought) and many take it for granted. But for us bloggers we use our freedom of speech on a daily basis and some of us in Canada have learned that freedom of speech is a Charter protected right so far as it is government approved.
Limiting and policing Canadians' freedom of speech is all in the service of the state religion of multiculturalism for the preservation of the "new Canada". Like dogmatic Islam it is a force to organize and govern (control) the population. It says a lot about the validity of the multicultural sate if Canadians have to be not only sold on it through endless government sponsored propaganda campaigns but laws must be legislated to force everyone to play nice. Beneath it all, for those self-appointed and privileged few who have taken it upon themselves to lead us to the land of milk and honey called "new Canada", it is about power, plain and simple. And since this is the "new Canada" I will not stand for it.
This post has not been screened by Peter. Approval by Big Brother is still pending.