Thanks to Blazing Cat Fur, who pointed me to this episode of Ezra Levant’s Sun News television show, The Source, I learned of this stunning example of how free speech in Canada is eroding. Mr. Levant and Kathy Shaidle discuss a bewildering decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) concerning an episode of the program Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural broadcast on CTS – Crossroads Television Ontario which aired on September 14, 2010.
This CBSC ruling is truly chilling (Press release here). The CBSC’s decision seems to hinge on the fact the broadcasters did not make it clear that they were not referring to “all” Muslims when they made certain references. Apparently, had they included the phrase “not all Muslims” or some such, they would have been on-side with the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code, Item A-3 of which states: The tone and content of programming must not abuse, misrepresent or incite hatred against any individual or identifiable group.
The broadcasters were quoting from Muslim religious texts, for goodness sake.
Folks, we’re on the downside of a very slippery slope here.