It seems rather ironic…
First, I wrote about how Yemen and Iran
are subverting their legal systems to impose death penalties on the bloggers whom they dissaprove of.
You could say that protecting free speech in all forms is one of those defining issues for me. Yes, I have kids – and I teach my kids well!
So, even my young son could not remain unaware of the ‘free speech/Human Rignts Commissions’ controversy brewing in our fair homeland of Canada. Perhaps the most visible (certainly the most colourful) free speech advocate in Canada right now – in my never-humble-opinion, is Mr. Ezra Levant. I admit, I have become fascinated with the ‘gray dungeon’ Mr. Levant was interrogated in by the Alberta HRC Inquisitoress in, seeing its ‘grayness’ with the painting of the ‘sunny, free outdoors’ as somehow symbolic of the whole proces… I have gone as far as to paint my ‘impression’ of the dungeon, in hopes of – sometimes soon – donating it to an auction benefiting the ‘free speech’ defense fund.
Please, consider the ‘interrogation chamber’ vs. my very imperfect impression of it:
…and my ‘impression’ of it:
Yes, it is not a ‘perfect’ copy, the colours are brighter (on purpose), the shapes are not the same – but this is simply my ‘impression’ of the ‘promise of bright freedom’ – only as an illusion, a projection on the wall of this dank, gray, cave of a dungeon… please put it down to ‘artistic licence’!
Well, the funny thing is…the day before I wrote about the death-threat Mr. Levant had received, and the day of the benefit for a comic who is being dragged in front of the thought police for sayin ‘unfunny jokes’, my young son had drawn a series of cartoons, capturing an innocent 9-year-old’s perceptions of our struggle for the freedom of speech!
(Yes, the seating positions of Ezra and the Inquisitor (or, is it Inqisitrix?) are mirrored in the comic….please excuse that detail – but note that it has been carried throughout the comic strip. Also, note the beautifully-rendered, iconographic painting on the wall, which clearly identifies the setting!)
Ezra Levant is being 'told off' by the HRC Inquisitor
The hammer (gavel?) comes down! It knocks poor Ezra through the ceiling.
The hammer hits the table so hard, it goes right through!
As Ezra frees himself, the hammer rebounds, crashes through the wall behind the Inquisitor...
...and the hammer hits the neighbour!
...mid-air collision between Ezra and the Inquisitor...
....the rough landing, as the neighbour grasps the hammer...
The angry neighbour throwns the hammer back, clever Ezra ducks!
As the KO'd Inquisitor gets stuck in the table, Ezra is free!
And the moral of the story?
If you bring the hammer down on someone who does not deserve it, it might just rebound onto you!