Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights

By Ezra Levant

Winner of the Writer's belief of Canada / Samara's - top Canadian Political ebook of the final 25 Years

Part memoir, half investigative journalism, it is a stunning and debatable examine the corruption of Canada’s human rights commissions.

“On January eleven, 2008, i used to be summoned to a 90-minute govt interrogation. My crime? because the writer of Western common magazine, I had reprinted the Danish cartoons of Mohammed to demonstrate a information tale. i used to be charged with the offence of “discrimination,” and made to seem ahead of Alberta’s “human rights fee” for wondering. As loopy because it sounds, I grew to become the single individual on the planet to stand felony sanction for printing these cartoons.”

As because of the this hugely publicized occasion, Ezra Levant all started investigating different situations during which blameless humans have had their freedoms compromised by way of bureaucrats presuming to guard Canadians’ human rights. He chanced on a few aggravating or even extraordinary circumstances, reminiscent of the tribunal ruling that an worker at a McDonald’ s eating place in Vancouver didn't have to scrub her fingers at paintings. And the human rights criticism filed via a Calgary hair stylist opposed to the ladies at a salon university who referred to as him a “loser.” In one other case that appeared stranger than fiction, an emotionally risky transvestite fought for — and received — the ideal to assistance girl rape sufferers, regardless of the anguished pleas of these comparable traumatized sufferers. Human rights commissions now computer screen political beliefs, wonderful humans for expressing politically fallacious viewpoints, censor web content, or even ban humans, completely, from asserting yes issues.

The e-book is end result of the Levant’s ordeal and the examine it encouraged. It exhibits how our suggestion of human rights has morphed into whatever risky and tremendously diversified from its unique that means. Shakedown is a resounding plea to Canadians to reclaim their easy liberties.

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There are many characters resembling Warman and corridor operating round Canada's HRCs. Take a legal professional at Alberta's HRC named Arman Chak. Chak comes from an formidable kin; his brother, Farhan Chak, in brief ran as a candidate for the federal Liberal social gathering, until eventually get together officers found that he had padded his resumé – and that he was once a raging Jew-hater who had as soon as shot up an Edmonton nightclub. Farhan may most likely do larger again within the lawless mountain levels of Pakistan; right here in Canada, Arman is the extra winning brother. He ran for public workplace too – in an Alberta-wide election between legal professionals to settle on who could govern the legislation society. Arman got here in useless final. Arman can be unpopular between his fellow attorneys, yet he's a legal professional still – and helped his brother ship out dozens of lawsuit threats to newspapers or even web content that mentioned Farhan's embarrassing ouster from the Liberal social gathering. yet Arman Chak is not just approximately family members team spirit. he is approximately non secular harmony, and particularly the cohesion of the Muslim international, or ummah. Chak is a Muslim supremacist, and believes that the area is split into halves: dar al Islam, or the “house of Islam”; and dar al Harb, the “house of struggle” – a class that comes with all non-Muslims Chak and his brother have been standard writers to a thorough site referred to as Pakistan hyperlink. There, they'd rail opposed to Muslims who took a average method of politics. Arman Chak argued, for instance, that the rustic of Bangladesh had no correct to exist – it adequately belonged to Pakistan, and it used to be purely as a result of the interference of a non-Muslim nation, India, that Bangladesh and Pakistan have been damaged up, “a precedent the realm needs to fail to remember. ” Chak additionally wrote longingly approximately “the basics of an Islamic nation and its Muslim identity”; the truth that Bangladesh dared to be pleasant with the non-Muslim nation of India used to be “one of the worst examples of the dis-unification of the Muslim ummah in modern background. ” He argues that Bangladesh is an unlawful breakaway nation – simply as “illegal” as Israel, which Chak says has “no correct” to exist. that is not exact, in fact. The Jewish kingdom has the infrequent contrast of getting truly been created by means of a vote of the United countries. though such logical system faults, Muslim supremacists who daydream approximately one great Muslim superstate are usually not breaking any legislation. once they whip up hostility on-line opposed to India, Bangladesh, and Israel, that isn't a criminal offense, both (though given the extensive achieve of part thirteen, it most likely is). In a country that honoured unfastened speech, Chak and his brother will be unfastened to rant all they prefer, so long as they lay off popping up evening golf equipment. Arman Chak has additionally received each correct to be an beginner film-maker, generating such indy gemstones as Qiyamat – named after the Muslim observe for the Apocalypse. every one to his personal. yet is it acceptable for this type of radical to be a employees legal professional on the Alberta Human Rights fee, whose mandate is to enhance inter-ethnic kin in Alberta?

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