August 23, 2016

Quebec author faces slander suit for “tarnishing Muslim school”

Victor LaszloRebel Commentator

A secular feminist author is being sued for slander for her description of a Montreal Muslim school as being like "militant Islamic training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan." The trial is scheduled to begin in September. 

From The Star:

Djemila Benhabib, an award-winning author and twice-failed Parti Québécois candidate, is claiming freedom of expression, while the school wants $95,000 from her for “greatly tarnishing” its reputation.

Julius Grey, a well-known human-rights and freedom-of-expression lawyer, is defending the school in this case and says he will argue Benhabib crossed the line and caused real harm to the institution.

“I regret nothing,” Benhabib said in an interview Monday as she referred to the 2012 radio comments that have landed her in court.

Benhabib told the Montreal host in 2012 she was concerned by the selection of Qur’anic verses published on the website of the Muslims Schools of Montreal, a private institution that teaches elementary and high school.

Moreover, she added the school “models itself on a society different than ours. It’s a model where women have to lower their heads and walk behind men. Where kids are forced to learn Qur’anic verses and where, probably, men will commit honour crimes against their sisters.”

This trial may well be a milestone in the road to the loss of freedom of speech for Canada and its replacement with blasphemy laws, as we see now in Australia and other nations. 


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commented 2016-08-24 10:10:01 -0400
@edward Jobin….unfortunately Doug Christie died. John Carpay might take this on if he were asked. Barbara Kulaszka’s name comes to mind but since this is in Quebec….is not a human rights tribunal case (it’s a defamation law suit) the whole jurisdiction and licence to practice thing comes into play. Ezra has had lots of experience there but he doesn’t practice anymore.

In the 1960’s in the USA cases like this would make your career as a lawyer…But in 2016 at the Palais du Justice in Montreal (which is a subway ride away from 69 mosques, 48 prayer spaces and the school tendering the lawsuit)…..this is the sort of case that could ruin your career especially since their lawyer is the grand pubah of freedom of expression in Quebec.

My MRA/F4J collegue in Montreal Andy Srougi…when he reached the point of having nothing to lose he filled so many legal actions that the Quebec Bar Association applied to have him declared a vexatious litigant…which the courts turned down…and in fact in their judgement praised his efforts to reform family law. My favourite example was when he sued a Quebec feminist blogger for calling him a “masculiniste” because it hurt his feelings…….:-)

This lady should not go on the defensive…she should rally support and demand a public inquiry into the abuse of girls at these institutions just like the residential school inquiry.
commented 2016-08-24 01:53:39 -0400
Sorry secular feminist, but the rest of the secular progressives have you ranked below Muslims. Now enjoy a taste.
commented 2016-08-23 20:22:38 -0400
Glen Craig: My point was in the last number of decades groups like the ACLU in the U.S. would love to defend someone they felt was having their rights trampled by Christians. What I was asking is where have all the civil rights lawyers evaporated into? Does no one care about free speech or the right to believe and criticize other religions. It only makes sense that the claim that someone is criticizing one religion is because they are exercising their right to believe something different whether it be another religion or no religion. Why is not a two way street? Why aren’t civil liberties groups all over this?
commented 2016-08-23 18:49:22 -0400
Do not care – the kebec province as a whole has done similar things to the Anglos for years – looks good on them.
commented 2016-08-23 18:18:47 -0400
Just looked up the lawyer representing the school….he is a political heavy weight.
commented 2016-08-23 17:48:23 -0400
Ron Voss commented 14 mins ago
Philip,at the same web site, a checklist for WWMD, What Would Muhamnad Do?:
According to Islam, for a Muslim, Muhhamad is the perfect example to follow.

Ron, all one needs to do is study the life of Muhammad. The guy was a first rate barbaric, paedophilic, misogynistic, murderous slime ball. Your last line is extremely accurate and should be all the proof one needs when determining the poison that is Islam.
commented 2016-08-23 17:44:41 -0400
Just in regards to my last post….does anybody know or can anybody find out which law firm is representing this suit….not that that should matter….or should it?
commented 2016-08-23 17:36:25 -0400
Freedom of expression is dead in Canada, It died when para-legal tribunals were allowed to extra-judiciously prosecute “opinion crimes” without having to prove damage, intent, mens rea or onus – every day standing federal statues allow quasi-judicial tribunals to eviscerate all 7 of our charter legal rights – political correct crime trials in this country have made a mockery of this:

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”

― John G. Diefenbaker
commented 2016-08-23 16:35:44 -0400
Where have all the civil liberties lawyers disappeared to? Once upon a time they would love to have a case like this. I guess they only spring into action when it is Christian institution whose “oppression” they are hoping to end.
commented 2016-08-23 16:30:48 -0400
So I guess having an opinion is now against the law?
commented 2016-08-23 16:29:36 -0400
PHILIP TESSIER, indeed. Hopefully the defendant will produce that information as part of her defense.
commented 2016-08-23 16:07:11 -0400

Goat fuckers fighting with the peppers!!! Awesome!!!
commented 2016-08-23 15:42:05 -0400
“but if you utter a word against Islam…”
commented 2016-08-23 15:41:18 -0400
You are allowed to discredit, debase, slander and call Catholic churches and their priest pedophiles etc but if you after a word against Islam you could face the Canadian Human Rights Kangaroo court and found guilty without natural justice or even real evidence. Welcome to Canada. If Trump gets elected there could be a mass exodus from Canada to the United States.
commented 2016-08-23 15:33:40 -0400
Isn’t any study of the Quran like a militant Islamic training camp. The Quran is full of versus calling for the eradication of all none Muslims. How could that fact be overlooked? In fact if there were prizes for being the best Muslims according to the Quran ISIS would win them all.
commented 2016-08-23 15:30:46 -0400
…describing a Muslim school as being like “militant Islamic training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
…describing a Catholic school as being like a pedophile training centre…
Just because these statements are rude and stupid, doesn’t mean you haven’t got the right to say them. The descriptor is “like” – an opinion – and does not try to make a factual statement, thus it is not libel.
Let’s hope the judge sees it that way as well…or take it to the Supreme Court. Oh wait…after Justin’s so-called appointments, they will surely determine free speech to be a crime, so never-mind.