Warren Kinsella (of the ‘women politicians would be better off baking cookies’ and ‘let’s go to Chinatown for some barbecued cat and rice’ fame) does not like Kathy Shaidle.
While Mr. Kinsella is pro-censorship, Ms. Shaidle is a leader in the fight to preserve our freedom of speech.
While Mr. Kinsella is smooth, political insider, Ms. Shaidle is brash, outspoken commentator/poet.
While Mr. Kinsella is among the forces trying to build politically correct society, Ms. Shaidle wants people to say what they mean, clearly and unambiguously, using words that do not hide their real meaning – even if these words are colourful and perhaps even offensive to some.
While Mr. Kinsella is tries to silence all the voices he does not like, Ms. Shaidle actually helps people be heard – regardless of their message.
Mr. Kinsella is sympathetic to the Palestinian people – even at the cost of supporting the Palestinian terrorists which oppress the Palestinial people more than anyone else ever had. Ms. Shaidle defends the right of Israel to exist and openly (and colourfully) says that terrorists are not nice people.
While Mr. Kinsella is someone who sues the people he disagrees with, Ms. Shaidle is someone who had been/is being sued by Kinsella for disagreeing with him.
Perhaps there is an underlying pattern here…
When Ms. Shaidle was invited to appear on TVO’s Agenda, to comment on ‘The Atheist Bus’ campaign, Mr, Kinsella went, well, a little too far. When the host of the show, Steve Paikin, refused to ‘uninvite’ Ms. Shaidle after Mr. Kinsella’s first demand that they do so, Mr. Kinsella threatened ‘there will be consequences’ because ‘he wrote to the Minister of Education about it’.
Had Mr. Kinsella been an ‘ordinary citizen’, this would be an empty threat. But, he is not: he is the Liberal spin doctor who helped get this Minister elected, and as such, the Minister ‘owes him’ – on one level or another. This little fact gives the whole threat a brand new twist – and a very sinister one, at that.
Here, I should declare my personal bias: I respect Kathy Shaidle greatly, I admit I also quite like her – but I cannot say I agree with her views on Atheism. I most vociferously disagree with some of the comments she made during the show. This can be seen from my post on this last week. I know Ms. Shaidle and I also do not share the same views on Christianity: she had bought me lunch last summer when I popped into Toronto, the topic came up (briefly), and we walked away respecting each other, even if not agreeing with each other. Nonetheless… that is not really the point here.
The point is that is Mr. Kinsella’s threat is not an empty one – if his action will really result in the Minister of Education delivering those ‘consequences’ against TVO, The Agenda and Mr. Paikin – then we have even more to fear.
Why not drop Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Minister of Education, a line? You can tell her what you think about Mr. Kinsella’s threat here: email@example.com
Update: It looks like the Canadian Jewish Congress has just decided to no longer associate with (employ) Kinsella…. don’t know the details there is a non-disclosure agreement in place.