Tonight, I’ll start by showing you a clip of Canadian TV pundit Ian Capstick, saying he wants to ban Islam.
Now, I’m not sure how you ban a religion. But even for suggesting that, his CBC colleagues laughed at him. Capstick even poked fun at himself, saying he sounded like me.
Of course, nothing came of it.
Capstick is a a gay NDP activist,and the CBC is the state broadcaster. No human rights complaint. Certainly no hate speech prosecution…
But yesterday, a guy named Kevin Johnston was charged, not with a human rights offence, but with a “hate motivated” crime under the Criminal Code, based on “information published on various social media sites.”
(These charges were approved by the Attorney General — who just happens to be Yasir Naqvi, a Muslim who immigrated here from Pakistan.)
Johnston is a muckraker. He sees the country changing in intolerable ways. Like the fact that Christian prayers have been banned in public schools, but Muslim prayers are not only allowed, they’re subsidized.
I don’t always agree with Johnston, either on his substance of his style. But he’s mouthy. So what?
I don’t know what the facts are upon which Johnston was charged.
They haven’t been released, and Johnston says a judge ordered him not to discuss it.
But the fact that he wasn’t charged with uttering a threat suggests it was the crime of having the wrong opinions.
I do know this:
They’re coming for Kevin Johnston today. it’ll be us tomorrow, and maybe you the next day.
TONIGHT'S GUESTS: Our own David Menzies has reported on Kevin Johnston before, and joins me to talk about this disturbing case; then Raheem Kassam, Editor-in-Chief of Breitbart London, comes on to talk about his new book, No Go Zones: How Sharia Law Is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You.