Time is running out for me in terms of putting together a
document containing letters of support for myself and RadicalPress.com with
respect to the current CHRC complaint filed by B’nai Brith Canada.
approximately 150 individuals on this list I have received to date 17
letters in response to my initial appeal. That number was not exactly what I
had expected from the group of people who have been receiving regular updates on
this issue for at least the past year or more.
Now I realize fully that
most of you are very busy with your lives and with your own agendas. We all are
in that respect.
But still, I am reminded by an old button that I have
which says “Democracy is not a spectator sport”, that to merely read about the
plights of others who are striving to keep Canada and the Internet free from
censorship and who are fighting tooth and nail on the front lines of these
initiatives so that everyone in this country can speak their minds freely
without fear of intimidation or legal repercussions, is not enough.
Somewhere along the road to retaining freedom of speech in Canada, every
individual’s wheels must, sooner or later, touch down on to the pavement.. In
other words intentional contact is crucial to winning these struggles.
realize too that many people, for various reasons, do not want to risk having
their names and or email addresses, attached to controversial subjects like the
one I am presently dealing with. For those who would suffer reprisals of one
sort or another the least I would expect of them would be a private email
stating their reason for not being able to help out in this endeavor.. I can
appreciate the fact that this is a tough issue.
But to remain silent or
apathetic in the face of what is a very real and direct threat to all Canadians
who possess a political consciousness and know the value of this right is, I
feel quite strongly, a grave error.
Should this complaint by Harry Abrams
and the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada be successful against
myself and RadicalPress.com it will, as I’ve tried to point out in previous
posts, establish a new and dangerous precedent for anyone in this country who
might wish to express a critical opinion on any aspect of either the ideology of
Zionism or the political policies of the foreign state of Israel. This, in my
estimation, would be a terrible blow to our innate right to open
So the bottom line is that we had better speak up now while
we still have the opportunity and the chance to be effectual in preventing such
repressive legislation from coming into being.
Please give this some
serious thought and don’t dismiss it as mere rhetoric or scare tactics.
For those of you who may have missed the previous send outs I will
include the basic information describing how to submit a form letter (should you
have trouble writing your own). That information also contains the mailing
address for Nancy Lafontant at the CHR Tribunal. Please remember to cc me a copy
of your letter as well.
Also, I will take this opportunity to ask once
again for help in terms of donations to maintain myself during this period where
I have no time to work and earn a living. That information is also included
below. Any help whatsoever will be sincerely appreciated and put to the best use
For Freedom of Speech and Justice for All
Suggested Form Letter to use in Support of Freedom of Speech Re: BBC v.
RadicalPress.comMarch 13nd, 2009
Dear Free Speech
Due to requests from readers for a Form Letter example to
follow in composing a letter to the CHR Tribunal I have put together the
following. Please feel free to add additional thoughts you may have. Any further
questions can be sent to the Editor Arthur Topham at email@example.com . Please don’t forget
to send me a copy of the letter to.
Suggested Subject title: B’nai Brith Canada
Your name and contact
Canadian Human Rights
RE: File Number: T1360/9008
complaint case by the Canadian Human Rights Commission involving Arthur Topham
and his website RadicalPress.com and Harry Abrams and the League for Human
Rights of B’nai Brith Canada is one in which I take a serious
As a person who believes very strongly in the fundamental right
of ALL Canadians to be able to express their opinions and views without fear of
legal repercussions I wish to register my dissatisfaction with the fact that
special lobby groups in Canada are attempting to use the Canadian Human Rights
Act and Sec. 13(1) to stop their fellow Canadians from expressing their opinions
and beliefs on matters of importance to Canada.
I strongly feel that a
person’s right to speak their mind in an open, civil and truthful manner on
political, social and religious issues of the day is crucial to an understanding
of how our society and the world at large works and that a person’s viewpoint
should not be censored merely because it disagrees with either the status quo or
the position of another interest group with differing political
Judging from how this Sec. 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act
has been used to unfairly penalize free expression in Canada I believe that this
legislation should be removed from the CHR Act and that issue of “hate crimes”
should be dealt with as in the Criminal Code of Canada where a person thus
charged has the right to a fair trial in a court of law with either a Judge or a
Judge and Jury.
Your name and address and
DONATIONS TO THE
Dear Free Speech Supporters,
If you are planning to send
a donation then just address the envelope as written below. If you wish to do a
direct deposit to the Radical Press bank account please contact me for
information regarding the account number.
If you can help then I would
ask that you please send what you can - cheque, Money Order (made out to “The
Radical Press”) or cash to:
THE RADICAL PRESS
P.O. BOX 4633
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