Police won’t say how they’ll handle an anti-Islamist firebrand set to give a speech in the city — after police in York Region forced a rabbi to cancel her scheduled talk at a synagogue there. (…)
Geller, who is being brought in to speak by the hard-line Jewish Defence League (JDL), was originally supposed to lecture at the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue in Thornhill, Ont., but York Regional Police threatened its rabbi with his removal as a police chaplain if he let the event happen.
Many people around the world have now heard about this outrageous example of politicized policing and intimidation.
Here are some of the emails of protest they sent to the Chief of Police of York Region:
I am writing to you this letter on hearing pressure applied to Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue in Thornhill to cancel an event with Ms. Pamela Geller.
I am a Muslim, a tenured professor in a prestigious Canadian university, the University of Western Ontario in London. I am appalled that in this day and age we continue to hear regularly how the liberal democratic tradition of Canada and the West is being systematically shredded by institutions sworn to protect it. Free speech is the most fundamental right of a free society; constrain it, strip it, shred it, and then let us not be surprised our society will be turned into a society such as one from where I fled as a young man to find freedom in the West, and I remain ever grateful that Canada took me in and gave me the opportunity to pursue my own dreams.
I pray you consider any decision you make that ends up taking another step in undermining the tradition of free speech that made the West, and Canada as a part of it, the most flourishing, open, and free culture in the entire history of mankind. Each one of us are responsible that this tradition is preserved, protected, and passed on to the unborn generations what we inherited.
I submit your intentions might very well be of some merit as a guardian of law and order. But those pushing for preventing Ms. Pamela Geller from speaking by putting pressure on Rabbi Mendel to deny the use of his synagogue for holding her event are people I know very well. These are people, Muslims as I am, who come from cultures that have no respect for individual rights and freedoms enshrined in our constitution, and while making home here in Canada have no respect for the culture of this country. They need to learn the culture of a free society, of a society that is open to debates and discussions however painful this might be to someone else’s sensibilities. But if you concede to their demands, all that you would be doing is indulging them, heeding their wishes and threats, and slowly, intentionally or not, bending Canada’s tradition in the direction of the ruined cultures of these people which they have brought with them and want to push into our society.
I hope you will think hard and think clearly given your responsibility and defend the tradition of liberal democracy based on rule of law, individual freedom and free speech. I might just remind you that it was in defending this tradition that time and time again your compatriots went across oceans to distant places and were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice so that freedom there might take root by defeating the forces of tyranny. It often takes immense courage to do what is right, whether to refuse going to the back of a bus in a segregated society or protecting the right of someone to speak, especially when one disagrees with what might be spoken.
I pray God gives you the courage to do what is right in this instance.
Salim Mansur, PhD
Department of Political Science
University of Western Ontario
Sir, is it true that your police force exerted influence over rabbi Kaplan to cancel a speaker at his shul?
– Why is your police in the censure business? (With public funds)
– How much does your police understand about these matters to impose or
– How does a talk- a TALK- threaten public peace?
– Do you think that your police force can kill ideas, particularly Ms.Geller’s ideas which not just I but many others support and suscribe to?
And if so, you should read books by Faustino Sarmiento. He rightly stated 200 years ago “ideas can’t be killed”. His books may teach you much and improve on your service to the community.
It goes without saying that a more intelligent approach for your police would be to spend your time and our money monitoring those, many times muslims, that truly threaten public security and peace.
My suggestion is that you should apologize for your subordinate’s interference: to the rabbi, the community, and your own force which is- or should be- equally appalled at this interference as anybody of good faith.
This note is in reference to your decision to pressure a man representing a peaceful religion into making a choice between his freedom of speech, as it is enshrined in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and his ability to minister to members of his congregation on your police force.
I am a Canadian born in Canada. I am the seventh of nine generations of Canadians who fought and toiled to carve this nation from a tenuous beginning to the great country it is today. I am a professional in the graphic arts industry, a Christian by birth, a previous member of our military and neither a Jew nor a Muslim. I see this action on the part of the York Regional Police as nothing short of tyranny and strongly suggest you step back and reassess your responsibilities to the public at large.
Your favouring Muslim pressure groups to cancel a lecture by Pamela Geller at the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue is an unveiled assault by the police on our democracy and far oversteps your authority, both legally and morally. We Canadians did not spend the blood of hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of our forebears to see this flagrant breech of our Charter as the sad result.
You should know that this decision to bow to Islamists and their fundamental hatred of all we cherish, is not going unnoticed by millions of Canadians from all backgrounds.
The best thing you can do is to order Inspector Veerappan to apologize for his threat against Rabbi Kaplan and encourage him to remember that we live in Canada; not in an Islamic dictatorship. Contrary to the public statement, it is painfully clear that Inspector Veerappan does not serve the needs of the entire community; only those of the radical, Muslim sector.
Do you have the courage to right this wrong? Do you really serve the Canadian public to whom you made an oath?
I await your response.
Subject: Ms Geller
As an aware Catholic Woman and a resident of Thornhill, I cannot understand why the Police let a woman hater in front of the Eaton center act out every day and yet (as with Ann Coulter) will not let another Renown Speaker express her opinion freely.
What kind of men are you?
Afraid of fictitious outcomes?
Don’t know who and how to protect and serve anymore?
Please show us some Canadian common sense and let the tax payers do as they are entitled to do in our free society.
Stand up to the courts if you have to!
We all will.
Thank you and good luck,