So I’d never actually heard of this fellow Ezra Levant. But I’m roaming the intertubes and I stumble upon a link to this, being a blog containing the video record of his recent appearance before the Alberta Human Rights Commission. It seems that Mr. Levant publishes a righty-leaning magazine of some sort up there, in which, for whatever reason, he chose to publish copies of the infamous Mohammed cartoons in 2006. This irked a few folks, including one Syed Soharwardy, who calls himself the head of The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada. Mr. Soharwardy, deeply wounded (wounded, I say), chose to report Mr. Levant’s conduct to the government, which has initiated, through the Alberta Human Rights Commission, an investigation into these depredations, including Mr. Levant’s “intent” in publishing the cartoons. Oh, and Mr. Levant apparently decided to republish the cartoons in his magazine on the day of his appearance.
Levant clearly is a type. And he seems to be way Right. But don’t get all twisted up in that. It has nothing to do with the point. Just listen to this guy completely eviscerate this lumpy little timecard-punching bureaucrat – who is, as Levant points out, a perfect embodiment of the banality of evil. He’s utterly right about everything he says – including his denial of the government’s moral authority to “judge” him on this, and his invitation to the government to presume that he had the worst possible “intent” in publishing the cartoons, a thing that ought to matter not at all in a free society. The poor bureaucrat, undoubtedly accustomed to having her unquestioned way in these sorts of things, seems entirely at sea. In fact, if she weren't so scary in her blank, toneless little way -- and if she didn't have all the actual power here -- I might even feel a bit sorry for her. But it's still damn fine stuff, if you ask me.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for a little ferociously articulate evisceration of the creepy State on a Sunday morning. Makes me feel better about the day.