Today, Vlad Tepes interviewed me regarding my failed attempt to hold an International Draw Muhammed Day event in Ottawa, on the Parliament Hill, yesterday.
I hope this clarifies any outstanding questions as to why I though I had a permit to hold the event, when, at the last minute, it had been denied.
Also thanks to Vlad Tepes, here are some audioclips from CFRA, Ottawa’s talk show station, on the topic.
First audioclip is from Tuesday night’s Late Night Counsell on 19th of May
And here, Vlad was kind enough to put up commentary and comments from CFRA’s Lowell Green show on May 20th:
DESPITE HAVING RECEIVED APPROVAL FOR THIS EVENT FROM THE RCMP HILL SECURITY LAST WEEK, LESS THAN 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE EVENT, A BUREAUCRAT FROM CANADIAN HERITAGE HAD CALLED TO INFORM ME THAT THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO SECURITY CONCERNS. PLEASE, DO NOT COME TO TRY TO EXERCISE YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN CANADA – THE BUREAUCRATS HAVE CANCELLED IT!!!
We will meet at 13:00 hours (1pm) at the Eastern Entrance to the Parliament Hill, because this is the entrance that the October 22nd, 2014 shooter had entered The Hill from after shooting Sgt. Cirillo at the War Memorial.
Then we will walk up along the route the shooter had taken and set up a table on the North-Western corner of the front lawn (just before the shrubbery) at about the half-way point between the two shootings. (If it is wet and rainy, we will put up a tent, so we can actually produce art and Draw cartoons/pictures.)
And we will exercise our freedom to blaspheme any and every religion we wish!!!
Come one, come all!
Tell your friends!
And let’s prove that freedom of speech still trumps all religious blasphemy laws in the beautiful, wonderful Magna Carta country of ours!!!
Eric Brazeau is Canada’s honest to goodness political prisoner.
Yes, he is out on bail while he is awaiting his appeal.
If you have been following his story, he was arrested last July for having had a politically incorrect conversation on the Subway in Toronto. Yes, the subject was indeed Islam…
One of the other passengers had pulled the emergency brake on the train, in between stations, because, well, when somebody is being politically incorrect – what else can you possibly do?
The transit cops gave chase and pursued Eric for a long time before finally arresting him, handing him to the real cops and having him thrown into jail.
Where he was denied bail and awaited his trial in jail.
Yes, violent criminals and drug dealers are routinely granted bail prior to trial, but their actions were deemed to be much less dangerous than Eric’s politically incorrect speech. No violence, no threats, no intimidation – just straight forward statement of his deeply and honestly held beliefs.
His trial in January was a farce: the judge seemed more interested in sound bites than justice, with his ‘you had a ticket to ride, not a pass to harass’ pronouncement…
Finally in April, he was granted bail till his appeal comes up.
Which is awesome, but…
We live in a country with a common law legal system.
This means that each and every case sets a precedent which is binding on judges in all subsequent cases.
What this means is that if anyone charged with an offence for something they have said – whether we like them or not, whether we agree with their opinions or not – comes before the courts with a lousy lawyer and they loose their case, the freedom of speech of each and every one of us in Canada, US, Britain, Australia and other common law countries, our freedom of speech will now be restricted because of the unfavourable outcome in this one trial.
So, regardless of who is charged and for what, if it is a freedom of speech issue and they lose their case – each and every one of us loses along with them.
Which is why we have to make sure that for his appeal, Eric can actually afford a competent lawyer.
And this is how we can do it: his appeal fundraiser is here.
Please, do consider a donation – for freedom’s sake!
Sorry to have been away for so long – but, I’ve had a lot on my plate lately.
For example, just today, I had a most interesting conversation with an RCMP representative today.
She had called me up to reach out to me regarding my request for a permission to hold an ‘International Draw Muhammed Day’ event on Parliament Hill.
No, this was not to let me know that the event has been approved: that is up to the bureaucrats, and I have not heard from them yet (except to tell me, 4 days after I submitted my request, that my request ‘had been received’).
Aside: if this really is a free country, where we, the citizens, have the freedom of speech, movement and assembly – why do we need permits to hold demonstrations/public events on public land? Should not notifying the gov – for security’s sake – be sufficient? How is it ‘freedom’ if we need ‘permits’ and promise to follow ‘rules of conduct’ empteen pages long? If it has to ONLY be ‘permitted speech’ – how is it FREE speech? If it has to be a ‘permitted gathering’ – how is it a FREE gathering? But, I digress….
Yet, it was a step in the right direction.
If I do succeed in getting the permit for my freedom of speech event (yes, please – do laugh, so that we may not cry, at my begging for ‘permit’ for a ‘freedom’ event), the RCMP will be there to protect me.
With machine guns visible.
And their rep let me know that the way I have positioned it, the RCMP is backing me 100%!
FYI, this is from my request for a permit:
May 20th is International Draw Muhammed Day. However, in order to highlight that all religions are oppressive of free speech and freedom of religion – which includes freedom from religious blasphemy laws – I will be inviting people passing by to join in drawing the Pope’s mother (as he expressed violence is reasonable response to his mother being insulted), a Buddha with headphones on (as people are now in jail for having used that image) as well as drawing the Islamic prophet Muhammed and/or any other religious or political figure. This will be a peaceful celebration of our freedom of speech, expressed through participant contributed art.
Je suis Charlie Hebdo!