Friday, May 09, 2008

This story sounds very familiar.

Here we go again.
Cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon finds himself facing the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, and the Halifax police, over a complaint about this cartoon published April 18th in Nova Scotia's leading newspaper, the Chronicle Herald. (cbc)

Zia Khan, director of the Centre for Islamic Development in Halifax, said the cartoon goes beyond what can be considered free speech. He said the group also filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, and Khan's group also called police on April 21.

Another offensive cartoon; oh the humanity of it all.

I am not the biggest fan of Bruce MacKinnon and his work as he has taken more than a few shots at the Prime Minister and other conservatives in the past. Although to be fair, I must admit that once in awhile he does get it right. But whether or not I like his work is irrelevant, because Mr. Mackinnon has the right to express his views and opinions and any threat to those expressions is not only an assault on his rights, but also to my rights, and YOURS as well.

Mr. Mackinnon, I may not like or agree with what you draw, but you damn well have my support in the fight to keep on doing it. I wonder on which side Mr. Kinsella will find himself to be supporting this time?

Updated: I was thinking earlier today that since I posted the 'offensive' cartoon on my blog that I might be opening myself up to the same kind of thing that happened to Ezra. Remember he did not draw the cartoons, but only published them in the Western Standard because they were newsworthy, which is kind of what I have done above. Oh oh!

Does anyone else find it strange that the person depicted in the cartoon is not the one who is bringing forward the complaints? How the hell can a 'group' be offended by the depiction of an individual?

For reference here is a news photo showing Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal.

I think that MacKinnon did a real good job with his drawing, but now I am left even more confused as to what the actual problem is, and why someone other than Ms. Jamal would take issue.


Anonymous said...

I've had a bellyfull of these sniveling, whining muslim zealots that are trying so hard to tear apart any conception of free speech in this country. Up until the last few months I, like a great many Canadians, have held to the few that this gang of petty tyrants only represented a small minority of muslims. Well, if that's the case, I would suggest that the majority get off their asses and rein in these morons who see an insult in every phrase or glance. These radical nutters, aided and abetted by the likes of Warren Kinsella, Jack Layton, and the HRC thought police are creating a backlash that will not be pretty to witness. What all these brain enfeebled idiots forget is that Canadian tolerance is what lets them get away with their ludacris antics. If they stifle that tolerance they may soon wake up and find a new regime of suppression directed at them.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again. You can have an opinion as long it's like mine.

Seems that the reason Muslims are still in the 12th century is that they neglected critical thinking. It's this thinking that brought the west the renaissance and the eventual explosion of discovery and science.

Non Muslims want no part in the civil war going on between Muslims that has been going on for the past three centuries. We enjoy our right to express our opinions without fear of intimidation.

I suggest that the Mr. Zia Khan learn to be a lot more tolerant and stop thinking that everything revolves around his faith - it doesn't.

Ardvark said...

Anyone want to guess as to what made the Halifax police decide that they should look into this? Don't they get the Chronicle Herald delivered to the station?