Toronto police threatened to arrest a Canadian reporter after he referred to now-deceased Iranian General Qassem Soleimani as a “terrorist, The Blaze reported recently. Apparently, a “candlelight vigil” attended by over 200 people was held for Soleimani outside of a Toronto courthouse. David Menzies, a reporter for Rebel News, walked the crowd and spoke with those gathered, using the word “terrorist” when referring to Soleimani. A video extant shows Canadian law enforcement officers approaching Menzies and advising him to cease and desist using the word “terrorist” when speaking of the bloodthirsty Iranian general. Menzies logically responded by asking, “I can’t call a terrorist a ‘terrorist?’” To which an officer replied, “Not in this sort of environment, no. You can’t. That’s going to incite a breach of the peace and that is Canadian law. Am I clear? It’s a breach of the peace. You will be placed under arrest.”
Menzies then said, “So I can’t call Osama Bin Laden a terrorist?” The officer answered: “If I hear another word like that, you’re coming with me. You are not to use that word again here in this environment. Do you understand me? It incites a breach of the peace and you will be put under arrest.” Menzies averred that he had free speech rights protected by the Canadian Constitution, in that Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms says that all Canadian citizens have the right to freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression…but this didn’t have a noticeable effect on the authorities.
There are a couple of points to be made here. First off, it is now the victims of violent protests and crime that have to watch what they say. If Ben Shapiro or Dennis Prager wish to speak on a college campus, in the most erudite, truthful and non-inflammatory way, they are somehow held responsible for any untoward or violent behavior in which chuckleheaded ignoramuses and/or antifa thugs may engage. Secondly, and even more frustrating—and frightening—is the fact that stating or acknowledging many simple, demonstrable, irrefutable truths is now against the law.
There is a new kind of terrorist afoot, one we did not anticipate and one for which we are therefore less prepared. That terrorist is infinitely deadlier, and ultimately more effective, than any we’ve seen before. Because that terrorist welcomes all others into his country without expecting that they assimilate. That terrorist has internalized his enemies’ disdain of his homeland. He has become tolerant of absolutely everything…except for the traditions and mores of his own country and people.
That terrorist…is us.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”—Edmund Burke
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”-- George Orwell