You may be worried about the global economic collapse, climate change, world peace or some other such thing. But other, less distracted folk keep an unrelenting eye on the main ball. They wage war on hate itself – and there’s never a dull moment for hate-hasslers in their perpetual War on Hate.
David Ahenakew: not guilty
This week, Canadian David Ahenakew was finally acquitted of ’hate crime’ charges for making comments that upset the local Jewish Lobby. The Provincial Court judge gave the elderly indigenous leader a ticking off, but accepted that Ahenakew’s famous comments “appeared to be spontaneous and not an attempt to spread hatred of Jews”.
The fact that Mr Ahenakew had tried to walk away from the pestering journalist was considered “inconsistent with someone seeking to spread hate”. Well spotted!
As usual, the Jewish Lobby (in this case, B’nai Brith) expressed disappointment over the acquittal.
“No one disputes that Ahenakew has repeatedly engaged in hate-filled, anti-Semitic messaging, including a statement on how ‘Hitler got it right’ when he planned to annihilate the Jewish people,” said the Jewish group’s vice-president Frank Dimant in a statement.
“That this case failed to meet the legal standard for a conviction throws into doubt the viability of Canada’s hate crimes legislation.”
How true! Canadians will not be really safe from hate until B’nai Brith monitors the conversations of all citizens 24×7 – and serves as judge, jury and executioner for all transgressors. Until then, they’ll have to put up with a pesky legal system that sometimes results in acquittals. How hateful!
Far to the south, in Argentina, hate-hasslers had more success. They didn’t quite nail Bishop Williamson to the Southern Cross, but they have got him expelled from the country. The International Herald Tribune reports that Jews praise Argentina’s expulsion of bishop:
“The government of Argentina has advanced the cause of truth and has struck a blow against hate,” said Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.
Bishop Williamson: not crucified
Well, not really. One can excuse a lobbyist getting over-excited in a moment of victory, but the Government of Argentina has not exactly “advanced the cause of truth”. Not to be strictly accurate.
The Government of Argentina has expelled a foreign national who was subjected to a campaign of vilification by the organized Jewish Lobby. The rest, Mr Steinberg, is spin.
Has Argentina struck a “blow against hate”? That’s arguable too.
What is beyond dispute is that it took action against someone whom organized Jewry seems to hate an awful lot. To maintain the rage, these long-suffering folk will have to hate him somewhere else from now on.
Bishop Williamson has arrived in Britain, a country that, with occasional lapses, has had a custom of free inquiry and free speech for hundreds of years.
Could anything be more hateful than that?
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