And the winner is…The Deplorables

This is the year for boycotts. The left has been so busy boycotting I wonder if they know who, what, and where they are to oppose, shut down and destroy. We know Ivanka is on the list.

But 2017 is the year for The Deplorables!! This is the year the winning envelope can go to them. This is the year for 60 million Deplorables and their friends to  boycott the …Oscars!

I can’t deal with another righteous celebrity event where the Rich and Famous; famous for being rich and famous; take to the stage to tell us what to think and most importantly whom to hate. It isn’t that they do not have the right to free speech. Of course they do. Just like everyone else. Except, everyone else does not have a free stage reaching out to millions if not billions of unsuspecting people-people who have gone ga-ga over a movie and are now held captive.

These elite actors, directors  and the other gazillion people listed on the film, have a leg up on the rest of us mere mortals. We don’t have a stage from which to share our bon mots. Our free speech isn’t as free as the free speech of people like Meryl Streep and Mark Ruffalo, Robert Di Niro, Hugh Laurie, Amy Schumer, Francis McDormer, Chelsea Handler, (oh here, read this list of celebrities still in shock over Hillary's loss)  and all the other swell actors and thier back -ups.

Somehow, free speech is more available to those who  are the best at pretending to be someone else. Or great at CGI, or putting together make-believe-or OK real life events a la the imagination of the screen writer. Please note you rarely hear the view of the script writers; the word smiths.

So let’s make our own boycott. Let’s focus on one event. The biggest Hollywood event of the year. Let all 60 million Deplorables and friends ignore the event. Ignore the  red carpet. Avoid the hype and hyperbole. Let’s show Hollywood and New York we have had enough of  “celebrity” browbeating.

Islam and Sexual Assault

By now I hope Canadians are aware of charges of multiple sexual assaults on six teenage girls under the age of 16 while they were swimming at the West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark public swimming pool that had been booked for a private event.  Soleiman Hajj Soleiman, a Syrian refugee  who arrived in Canada in January 2016,and father of six, has  been charged with six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual interference.


There has been discussion regarding the naming of the alleged attacker, something that is commonplace, and/or the fact that the information that he is a Syrian refugee was mentioned.



The CBC asked about the propriety of mentioning that this man was a Syrian refugee in a tweet. 


Then “Mohamed Huque, executive director of the Islamic Family and Social Services Association, said reports about Soleiman's refugee status unfairly vilified an entire community.”


“Huque said the suspect's immigration status is not relevant to the crime, and journalists had a duty to keep those details out of their coverage. He said news outlets, including CBC, are often inconsistent in their reporting on the racial backgrounds of suspects.”


David Tait, a professor at Ottawa's Carleton University who has taught ethics courses at the journalism school wrote: "Journalists have to sort of go and look at a situation not from the standpoint of, 'Is there public appetite for this information? Do people want to know it?' But, 'Is that detail relevant at this stage to this story?'”


Is that the responsibility of the media to decide what we should be told?


Should the media have included in the article the teachings of Islam regarding women and girls and modesty, too?


Let’s take a look at the “The Quran – Saheeh International” which contains a  modern day interpretation of Holy Scripture. It is available for freeat the Islamic booth in Toronto’s Dundas Square, along with many other books on  Islam.

Here are some excerpts about how Muslim men should treat women in modern times.


That sodomy is an evil deed and the teachings condone “light” wife beating for discipline purposes, punishing unmarried adulterers with 100 lashes, executing married adulterers by stoning, For more information click HERE.


Islam – Balancing life and beyond


The book states among other things: (click HERE):


Relationship out of wedlock is known as ‘fornication’, punishable by Islamic Law in an Islamic state

Whereas when a woman chooses to show her body in one form or another, the message is only one: she wants attention and possibly much more.


Islam puts an upper limit of four wives and gives a man permission to marry two, three or four women.


I have not seen any protests about these teachings, IN CANADA, from our esteemed feminists across the land. I can’t understand the lack of attention on these remarks. Feminists used to fight to change the law of the land from one that blamed the victim: “Well, what do you expect-she was wearing proactive clothing? She must have been asking for it.” To laws that protect women from such misogynistic attitudes.


Recently a Canadian judge suggested that a young woman keep her knees together to avoid being sexually assaulted!  Do you remember the media firestorm over that?


“The Calgary trial made headlines around the world after it emerged that Camp had repeatedly asked the 19-year-old complainant why she hadn’t done more to prevent the alleged rape. “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” Camp asked her. Later he told her that “sex and pain sometimes go together”.”


And then these comments from the same book “The Quran – Saheeh International” about western behaviour, today, compared to the teachings of Islam, today. (click HERE):


People nowadays, especially Westerners, are opposed to the Islamic punishment for fornication and adultery because they see it as too harsh or disproportionate to the offense…


Islam views sexual relationships outside of marriage as a very serious matter… Islam emphasizes protection of the family by imposing severe punishments for activities that threaten the family foundation. These punishments are the same for men and women, and only a legitimate Islamic government has the right to implement them…


In reality the punishment is seldom carried out and serves primarily as a deterrent… Any government under which Shari’ah legislation is applied must establish justice as its core value in all affairs so that the social and cultural environment is suitable for all its people to live an upright and moral life. It is only after these conditions have been fulfilled that a government is entitled to implement penalties on its land.


Whys are these behaviours allowed to be shared in Canada? Do they not go against our laws? Our values? Our freedoms?

If we do not condemn this behaviour, now, behaviour that is coming into our country by people who have not been raised in our western values, who continue to hold on to their Islamic teachings, teachings that are promoted in Canada, how will we stop it?


Jew hatred condoned on Universities in Canada

Igor Sadikov,  a student union leader at McGill University urged people on Twitter to “punch a Zionist today.” Despite calls for his resignation, something…anything…the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) decided to keep him on board the Good Ship Lollipop because it is acceptable to hate Jews at McGill and to spread lies about Israel to incite more hate.Even SSMU President Ben van der Ger refused to condemn the call to violence.

To add insult to injury-if that is even possible-a prominent member of the BDS Action Network asked SSMU Council how they could allow a Zionist to sit on council given SSMU’s social justice mandate. How dare McGill have Jews on council? Those evil people whose Torah brought the concept of social justice into the world???

Now don’t think for a minute that Igor does not have a conscience. He was recently made aware of tweets he had posted over the years and not wanting to be “blackmailed” over them, he has apologized.

“It has recently been brought to my attention that, between the years of 2009 and 2012, before I entered university, I published several highly objectionable tweets of a violent and discriminatory nature on my Twitter account. These tweets are currently being used to blackmail me, and so I want to address the situation honestly and openly.

“These tweets contained violent slurs and discriminatory remarks targeting racialized people, women, queer people, people with disabilities, and people with mental illness. One tweet in particular was an intentionally outrageous hateful comment toward Black people, and contained a racial slur and a reference to a hate group. While it did not accurately reflect my attitudes toward Black people at the time of its publication, this tweet was an act of violence and has caused significant harm to Black people regardless of my intent.

“I deeply regret the publication of these tweets and I take responsibility for the harm that they caused…

“Since 2012, I have developed my understanding of social justice through anti-oppression training, work experience, coursework, volunteering, activism, and independent learning. I stand firmly opposed to racism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism, and my past behaviour is not reflective of the values that I now hold…”

Well Done Igor. You have repented. You have changed. Well, not really. Although you and the SSMU have come to the same conclusion that attacking any “other” group is objectionable and discriminatory; and past behaviour is not reflective of the values that I now hold when itcomes to the Jews and Israel-hate is appreciated, elevated and celebrated.

Well done McGill and administration and the faculty I hold all of you accountable as co-conspirators in this despicable behaviour. You are promoting Jew hatred on campus. You are participating in the normalization of Jew hatred-the oldest hatred in the world on your campus, allowing this hatred to be normalized.  The same for those who foolishly continue to give money to this poor excuse of an institution of higher learning.

All of this is taking place in the real world while the Canadian Government is busy in Chamber trying to pass Motion 103

(a)        recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making.


All of this the result of the successful lobbying by The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization with over 15 years of professional activism and public service formerly known as the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relatons (CAIR.CAN) 

    All this despite the fact that we are already blessed with protection FOR ALL.

Whereas Section 15.(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that “every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.”

In the name of defeating Islamophobia, as if anti-Muslim sentiment and attacks are greater than against others-like the Jews in this country, our Prime Minister and his minions are spending time and money on special legislation to protect Islam. Igor must be dancing in the street.

Abusive Media

The story is a few weeks old. But that does not change the fact that media in Canada have no problem with presenting thier subjective narrative even if it is done on the back of unethical journalism.

Toronto Metro, owned by Torstar, featured an interview with Bayan Khatib, a Muslim woman who came to Canada when she was seven. It was on the front page under the headline:

“Torontonians worried about effects of Trump's travel ban

Many dual citizens have friends and families in the United States and are concerned about new regulations”

She is very concerned about President Trump’s executive order regarding travel from some Muslim majority countries. A Canadian citizen, with dual citizenship, she is worried about traveling to America to visit family. She said regarding Trump's 90 day travel ban aimed at people from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya “This is very shocking and blatant racism…I never thought things would get this ugly in the western free world.”

The article contained the apprehensions of Toronto resident and Iranian-Canadian Newsha Ghaeli now living in Boston. She decided to postpone her visit to Canada. “The way I understand it it’s the discretion of border services whether you go through or not. I don’t want to take chances. It puts us under a lot of anxiety.”

In the midst of the sharing of fears by these two Canadians there was one comment posted by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen who said Canadian dual citizens and permanent residents are not affected by the Trump’s travel ban. All the other pertinent details that would have stopped the spread of unfounded fear were on page eleven.

From Metro Canada (Toronto),30 Jan 2017 by Ryan Tumilty Metro | Ottawa:

“Hussen said he has received assurance from officials that dual-Canadian citizens and permanent residents with a valid card would not be stopped. Hussen, who immigrated from Somalia himself in the mid 1990’s, said he was never concerned about his ability to travel through the United States even when the implications of Trump’s ban were unclear. ‘I am a Canadian citizen,’ he said. ‘There is no issue with my ability to travel.'" 

“Daniel Jean, Canada’s National Security Advisor, said his American counterparts have assured him that dual Canadian citizens were never the target. ‘They never intended to ban Canadian citizens including dual citizens of the seven countries.’”

So why was this interview, filled with misgivings and fear, given pride of place when all these concerns were unfounded?

Is this not abusive media?


Why are Trudeau, Islamic groups silent over Quebec imam’s prayer to annihilate Jews?


 Quebec Imam Sayed AlGhitawi (سيد الغتاوي) from the Al Andalous Islamic Center in Montreal, Quebec recited prayers that include the following supplications (click HERE):

O Allah, destroy the accursed Jews

O Allah, show us the black day you inflict on them

O Allah, show us the wonders of your power and ability inflicted on them,

O the most Merciful O Allah, show us how you do to them what you did to [the peoples] of ʿĀd and Thamud [ancient peoples that perished by Allah because they didn’t heed the warnings of the prophets]…

O Allah, make their children orphans and their women widows

Where are the leaders of the Muslim communities in Canada? I have not heard a word of condemnation for these prayers; these calls in Canada to murder Jews.

Nothing from Dr. Iqbal Massod Al-Nadvi, the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of North America – Canada (ICNA which is the leading Muslim religious group in Canada) who is also serving as Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams. ICNA Canada’s online syllabus states the following on jihad:

The objective of Jihad. This objective warrants that one must struggle against Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (polytheism) and the worship of falsehood in all its forms. Jihad has to continue until this objective is achieved. This contention is supported by a Hadith, to the effect that Jihad will continue till the Day of Resurrection.

In this Hadith the word (An-Nas) translated above as “people” stands for the polytheists and idolaters. The reason being that other Nasus (pl. of Nass, meaning `text’) confirm the exemption of Ahl-ul-Kitab (people of the Scriptures) from it subject to the condition that they agree to pay Jizyah (dues imposed by Islam on the people of the Book living under the protection of an Islamic state) and submit to the Muslim rule.

The Arab pagans have only the choice to either embrace Islam or face war. In the latter case, it is incumbent on the Mulsims to wage Jihad against them to wipe out Kufr and Shirk and raise the banner of Tauhid everywhere.

This Hadith strongly refutes the people who distort the Islamic concept of Jihad and hold that Islam preaches defensive war only.

Not a word from Majdi Dridi of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC).

Or Ihsaan Gardee from the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) a lobby group.


Or Lal Khan Malik national president of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama.And most importantly, silence from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who has said over and over that Islam is compatible with the West.

(November 24, 2015): “Canadians are quick to point out that ISIS is wrong, that Islam is not incompatible with the Western secular democracy, a free place like Canada.”

(January 31, 2016): “But on the other hand, we need to make sure that we’re working with communities like the Muslim community for example to demonstrate that Islam is not incompatible with free and open Western societies.”

Is he suggesting that calling for the killing of Jews is compatible with the West?

Where is the angst over these prayers?

Yet, all of Canada cried out in dismay when innocent Muslims at prayer were gunned down Sunday January 29. On that day French Canadian Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old student at Laval University entered the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, a mosque in Quebec City’s Sainte-Foy neighbourhood and murdered six innocent people at prayer.

This is not our country.

The Prime Minister quickly designated it a terrorist attack; before the RCMP.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Canada, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), strongly condemned the attack.

Majdi Dridi of the Muslim Association of Canada who knew two of the victims lamented: “I don’t know what to say.”

The National Council of Canadian Muslims, the leading voice enriching Canadian society through Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights, called on law enforcement agencies around the country to increase security around mosques and Islamic centres. “We are horrified by this despicable act of violence,” the council’s executive director Ihsaan Gardee said in a statement. “This act of wanton murder must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama also spoke out against the attack: “We are deeply saddened by the attack that took place in a mosque in Quebec City and we pray for the rapid recovery of the wounded,” said national president Lal Khan Malik.

What is happening in my tolerant, inclusive, accommodating, diverse Canada that we gather round when Muslims are murdered but remain silent when calls to murder Jews take place in Muslim houses of worship?


copyright 2017

originally posted


The March to Dhimmitude

We know there is something wrong when it is acceptable to call the Jews the new Nazis.

Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem with Adolf Hitler

This is the clarion call of those who support the fake narrative of Arabs calling themselves Palestinians as if they were a real people-like the French, the Germans, the Jews.  But God help you if you have the temerity to say that Islam is a barbaric, hateful ideology that has similar values and beliefs of Nazism.  And why not?  The Nazis and the Muslims worked together to rid the world of Jews.  Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during World War II and the heir to Hitler’s accomplishments, carried forward  the anti-Jewish war of extermination initiated by the Nazi, said:

Our battle with World Jewry is a question of life and death. It is a battle between two conflicting faiths, each of which can exist only on the ruins of the other.”  

The Grand Mufti wanted nothing to do with Jews fleeing Europe and the ovens, and made that clear to his BFF Hitler.  And Britain, not wanting to get in the middle, refused to allow those fleeing Jews to go to Palestine – at the time the Jewish Homeland – despite the fact that the Mandate demanded that Jews be allowed to GO HOME.

We are in a time when Muslims and Christians are together again in a love fest, attacking the Jews.  It appears to be a marriage made in heaven.  Christians are being murdered by Muslims, the Yazidis are almost extinct, but Christians are standing hand in hand with Muslims calling for sanctions against Israel, the only democracy in the muck and the misery of the Middle East.

Where is the United Church of Canada – calling for the end of the Jewish occupation of “Palestine”?

And where are the Presbyterians of America?  Calling the for the end of the Occupation of ”Palestine.”

And of course the Lutherans.

And where is Pope Francis?

Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli later to become Pious X11 with Hitler, 4 days before his tanks rolled into Poland.

Remember he is down the line from Pope Pius XII who watched while the Jews were taken from Rome and sent to the ovens and did nothing to stop the Germans from murdering the Jews for being Jews.

Where is he?

Defending the “Palestinians” despite the fact that Hamas and the PA teach and call for the death of Jews.

So let’s say your partner – your spouse says to you – those Jews! Those Nazi Jews!  Do you think anyone would object?  No.

But say Islam is a barbaric hateful ideology, with but one intent, to turn all countries toward Allah and submission to a belief system that is misogynistic, homophobic and xenophobic and you will be labeled as hateful!

Where is your humanity?

And for heaven sake don’t let the neighbours know what you believe.

What will they think?

Personally, who cares what people ignorant of the facts have to say?

So, here I sit waiting (Godot will arrive first), waiting for the facts to finally sink into the heads of the do-gooders, those who worry more about others than protecting and defending our value system, democracy-a fragile ideology – that is easily taken down by fundamentalism from the right-but today more from the left; the left, who idolize moral and cultural relativism rather than the deontological Judaeo/Christian ethic that makes our freedoms possible.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard…”we are all one race…the human race.”

Well, yes, except we don’t all believe the same things.  Some of us, a minority by the way, believe that all life is sacred and that all people are born with equal intrinsic value. And those beliefs are necessary for pluralism.

credit:The World Is One.

Yet we have millions of people who are welcoming an ideology that states that one group of people is superior to all others. They declare this loudly and proudly in Canada and America and yet we refuse to listen to the experts.  We know better. It’s as if we are the parents teaching these misguided children “the way.” And with time and love they will accept our way.

They are speaking to people who teach in their mosques all over the world that Islam “will become established in the land over all other religions.”

Canada is in the process of making new laws specifically to protect Muslims in Canada, despite the fact that the rest of is all live under the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms – as equals-equally treated under these laws.  But not good enough for Muslims living in Canada. No. No. No. They need special treatment – because of Islam.  Muslims must be treated differently-better, more protections under the law. Motion 103

This is the arrival of dhimmitude which

”has created a uniform civilization developed throughout the centuries by all non-Muslim indigenous people, who were vanquished by a jihad-war and governed by shari’a law.”

originally published

copyright dianebederman.com2017

The Attack of the F-BOMB

I am going to share with you three distinct examples of “information sharing” by the Progressives. All of them have one thing in common-the need to write or scream potty-mouth language. I think there is a contest taking place amongst media, academia and Hollywood for the number of F-Bombs one can throw per performance-written or spoken.


Let’s start with squeaky clean-living Canada:

From The Beaverton, a weekly “satirical news show”  that uses a “fake news” platform offering “devastating insight and biting commentary on Canadian life, politics, and the world around us.”


One of the writers is Jeff Detsky, a television writer/producer and a graduate of Ryerson University and the Canadian Film Centre. Detsky’s work has been broadcast on channels and platforms as varied as HBO Canada, City, CW, DirecTV, PBS, TVO, YTV, Teletoon, Netflix, and Comedy Central. A well-educated writer…no?


And think of the amount of money he had to spend ( or more likely his parents) to acquire his credentials!


This was one of his recent posts about Ezra Levant with whom he has a difference of opinion.

Title of rip-roaring article

The Beaverton launches crowdfunding campaign to finance investigative report on why Ezra Levant is such a fuckface


He starts with

What the fuck is wrong with Ezra Levant?

Followed by:“why Ezra Levant is such a fuckface”, in which he mocked Levant for raising funds for a journalistic mission following the terrorist attack on Quebec City mosque (January 29, 2017).


And then this hard-hitting satire!

In response, The Beaverton is launching its own investigative report to uncover the veracity of unsubstantiated claims that Ezra Levant sleeps with the light on because he’s afraid there’s a Muslim hiding in his closet.

We will also explore the rumours that Levant wears adult diapers because he was never potty trained; whether or not he currently has a hamster stuck in his rectum; and expose the cover-up of evidence that he once had sex with a pig carcass to completion.

Levant, the bald-face profiteer of horrific tragedies, demonstrates many other aspects that need to be explored by our staff.

Why is he the world’s biggest dick, despite having the world’s smallest penis?

When did he sell his soul to Mephistopheles, and why didn’t it make him a better guitar player?

All facets of Levant’s questionable character will be exposed.

The Beaverton added the following tags to the article: “EZRA LEVANT, EZRA LEVANT’S TINY PENIS, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, QUEBEC”



Then there is academia. Let’s turn to NYU, a top tier prestigious University in downtown New York City. New York University, NYU is the country's most expensive school with a tuition of $61,977 per year. 


There was a protest at NYU against a Conservative speaker, Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes, whose NYU lecture was cancelled halfway through due to protests and violence. Students and professors were there to make sure that the speaker was not accorded the right to speak freely.  Listen to the students. Read their signs but most importantly hang in there and listen to “The Professor” teaching your children. Wonder what she gets paid. Feel free to count the F-bombs and post in the comment section. 


Last but not least-celebrity outreach. Rosie O’Donnell. Tweet Queen. Seems she is not terribly fond of President Trump. Hasn’t liked the man for a long time. Is this pay back perhaps? Very adult of her.


ROSIEVerified account@Rosie






ROSIEVerified account@Rosie




and me too – fuck u paul ryan – shame @SarahThyre @SpeakerRyan @pussyrrriot


ROSIE ‏@Rosie  21h21 hours ago


ROSIE Retweeted Kim Scarlett


ROSIE added,



This is media meltdown. And this is the Progressive way of sharing ideas. Rather than elucidating facts they drop the F-Bomb. Well done.



Satire gone awry THE BEAVERTON

The  Beaverton- a so-called satire on the Comedy Network posted remarks about Ezra Levant and an 82 year old woman. They called it satire.You decide.

I sent in a letter of complaint. Here it is followed by thier response -in less than half an hour.

My letter to The Beaverton:

According to your website you use “fake news” to share “devastating insight and biting commentary on Canadian life, politics and the world around us.”

I just had the pleasure of reading some posts by Jeff Detsky about Ezra Levant. Mr. Detsky has an excellent resume: a television writer/producer and a graduate of Ryerson University and the Canadian Film Centre, is an author at The Beaverton. According to his bio, his work has been broadcast on channels and platforms as varied as HBO Canada, City, CW, DirecTV, PBS, TVO, YTV, Teletoon, Netflix, and Comedy Central.

This line really got my attention:

On February 2, 2017 Jeff Detsky post on The Beaverton an article entitled “campaign to finance investigative report on why “Ezra Levant is such a fuckface

This really got me going:

We will also explore the rumours that Levant wears adult diapers because he was never potty trained; whether or not he currently has a hamster stuck in his rectum; and expose the cover-up of evidence that he once had sex with a pig carcass to completion.

Levant, the bald-face profiteer of horrific tragedies, demonstrates many other aspects that need to be explored by our staff.

Fell on the floor with this:

Why is he the world’s biggest dick, despite having the world’s smallest penis?


So nice to know that Ezra Levant’s tiny penis is a tag, today. One can learn so much from Mr. Detsky’s brilliant use of the English language.

This is what goes for humour, today, in Canada? Potty mouth language that one hears in bars and from sailors but hey this is funny? Homophobic memes? You are proud of Detsky, a graduate of Ryerson and the Canadian Film Centre for writing this juvenile tripe? And you advertise your programme as “devastating insight and biting commentary on Canadian life, politics and the world around us.”

If this is your idea of biting commentary then we in Canada have a problem. These comments are so low brow that I am offended for all Canadians. A ten year old could have written this. It would have at least explained the quality of writing.

This is nothing less than malicious ad hominem attacks on someone with whom you disagree and you hide it under the rubric of satire. What has happened to satire?

And Mr. Detsky so proud of his work tweeted: “Sometimes we do really important journalism.” I am waiting.

This had me rolling on the floor-after I fell off my chair!

The York Region District School Board was shocked and appalled to hear that one of their trustees used the n-word in a public response to a black mother.

That was, until they heard it was 82 year old Nancy Elgie, who shares more than a passing resemblance to a female version of Clint Eastwood from Gran Torino.

Parents from Elgie’s diverse district have been suspicious for years that she looks like the woman who “don’t take too kindly” in every piece of Southern Gothic literature.

But after using the most offensive racial epithet imaginable towards a woman who was trying to get answers about her own childrens’ discrimination, their fears were confirmed.

It’s horrifying to hear such hurtful language, especially from our elected officials,” explained fellow York trustee James Hogan. “But are you really that surprised it came out of the mouth of a woman who looks like Paula Deen’s mom? Frankly, I’m surprised it hadn’t happened earlier in her tenure.”

More well thought out satire. Just attack the human being and get a good laugh-like ten year olds in the school yard. Impressive.

In case you missed the satire- consider this an official complaint against The Beaverton, its producers, editors and of course the brilliant satirist Jeff Detsky and Comedy Network. It is my understanding that there are some standards to which even a “satirical” show must hold and if you did not break those standards then the CRTC should be ashamed of itself.

You want to eviscerate someone-go ahead. But this puerile attack is beneath all of us who call ourselves Canadians This is not my Canada!

You owe Mr Levant and Nancy Elgie an apology. More importantly you owe the Canadian people an apology.

I look forward to your response to my complaint and my request for an apology. I will follow up with the CRTC.

I expect a response within ten business days.

Diane Weber Bederman

The Beaverton’s response (February 2, 2017)

Hi Diane, no need to wait 10 days. Our response is as follows: we will not be apologizing. While we understand you do not approve of the language we use in the Levant piece, we disagree.

Crass language has a long and hallowed tradition in comedy and satire. And while you may not have enjoyed it, the thousands of people who read, liked and shared the article suggest that many did.

Also I am sure you would agree that Mr. Levant’s attempt to stoke the fires of racial and religious hatred by suggesting with no evidence that the attack on the Mosque in Quebec City was actually carried out by a Muslim as opposed to the white nationalist the police arrested is far more offensive than a few naughty words.

As for the Elgie piece, you are right when you say that we attacked her. We attacked her for using a racial epithet against a woman of colour. For attempting to demean and belittle someone on the basis of their race. For being comedically, absurdly racist in a day and age when that is unacceptable.

While we understand our actions have offended you, rest assured your offence is nothing compared to the offence we and many others take that Ms. Elgie remains employed.

It is clear from your message that you do not enjoy our brand of comedy, which is fine. We have never suggested that we are for everyone.

So might I suggest blocking us on social media? That way you will not be troubled by our “puerile” comedy any longer.

All the best, The Editors of the Beaverton.

See also: The Beaverton in a new low: “Rumours” that Levant “has a hamster stuck in his rectum” (click HERE)

Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast

Trump Prayer speech

Since George Washington first added “So help me God” to his inaugural oath, every President since has likewise asked for assistance at his inauguration.

President Trump brought a particular message to the National Prayer Breakfast that hopefully will bring about a renewal in our faith in democracy and freedom.

His words contained a common thread-values.; a word that today has come to be associated with racism, xenophobia misogyny and Islamophobia rather than the underlying moral absolutes that are embedded in our founding documents.

These values to which President Trump referred come to us from the Hebrew Bible brought to America by the Puritans who believed in the sanctity of all life; that all people are born with equal intrinsic value; that we have free-will and that we must learn to care for the stranger. These values were revolutionary at the time and remain so today in so many places around the world,  This Judeo/Christian ethic was and remains an extraordinary ethic; one that requires vigilance for it is easy to get caught up in fundamentalism and give up free will.  

There are many who conflate religion with ethics.  There are billions of people who believe in God-and gods. There are probably billions who don’t believe in God. I teach that God is a symbol for our values. When we, in the west, refer to God given-we are referring to the values and morals in the Hebrew Bible, values that came to the world 3500 years ago by the Jews and shared around the world by Christianity. These are immutable values, absolute values that Immanel Kant reinforced through his teaching of the categorical imperative, a secular understanding of the Judeo/Christian ethic.

President Trump is not the first to refer to these values.

The Declaration of Independence holds as “self-evident” that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these areLife, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Thomas Jefferson said the God who gave us life gave us liberty. Jefferson asked, “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”

John Adams, a member of the Declaration of Independence committee and second president of the United States (1797–1801), understood the deep connection between ethical monotheism and freedom.

I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. If I were an atheist of the other sect, who believe or pretend to believe that all is ordered by chance, I should believe that chance had ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate to all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty, sovereign of the universe, which I believe to be a great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilization.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God…put in the terms of St Thomas Aquinas: An unjust las is a human law that is not rooted in natural law.” 

Barack Obama, in his “Call to Renewal” keynote address on June 28, 2006, in Washington D.C., said:

“Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square. Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King—indeed, the majority of great reformers in American history—were not only motivated by faith, but repeatedly used religion to argue for their cause. So to say that men and women should not inject their “personal morality” into public policy debates is a practical absurdity. Our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of it grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition.”

Barack Obama said this during his Inaugural Speech 2013:

“What makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’

“For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.”  

And President Trump said:

“And America will thrive as long as we continue to have faith in each other and faith in God. That faith in God has inspired men and women to sacrifice for the needy, to deploy to wars overseas and to lock arms at home to ensure equal rights for every man, woman and child in our land. It is that faith that sent the pilgrims across oceans, the pioneers across the plains and the young people all across America to chase their dreams.”

It is time for all of us to go back to that ethic and reclaim our western values.” 


Is fear fueling fundamentalism?

Let’s talk about fundamentalism, also called fascism, so often associated with the right. It is no stranger to the left. I write about this in my book Back to the Ethic; Reclaiming Western Values.

“Beware of letting your heart be seduced; if you go astray, serve other gods and bow down to them . . . you will quickly perish”? (Deuteronomy 11:16–17).

Here is an excerpt from the 1880 novel The Brothers Karamazov by the Russian author, Dostoyevsky that is in my book. He writes about the burden of freedom in his parable “The Grand Inquisitor.”

In the story, Jesus comes to Seville, Spain, in the late-fifteenth century, at the time of the Spanish Inquisition. He is taken prisoner by the Grand Inquisitor and questioned.

The Grand Inquisitor tells Jesus that humanity is too weak to bear the gift of freedom. It does not seek freedom but bread—not the divine bread promised by Jesus, but ordinary earthly bread. People will worship whoever gives them bread, for they need their rulers to be gods. The Grand Inquisitor tells Jesus that his teaching has been amended to deal with humanity as it really is: “We have corrected Thy work and have founded it on miracle, mystery and authority. And men rejoiced that they were again led like sheep, and that the terrible gift that brought them such suffering was, at last, lifted from their hearts.”

Fundamentalism thrives on this need for authority, a type of idol worship that encourages submission rather than freedom. And fear is the biggest component of fundamentalism which opens the door to governments that speak to our innate fear of freedom and a desire to go back to the Garden, or back to the womb, where all of our needs were taken care of, where we need not make any decisions.

And this can lead to oversized government. Government that treats us like children. Government that promises to take care of us from cradle to grave. Governments that tell us what we will eat, what we will learn, what we will believe, what is politically appropriate and correct. Governments that act as if one size fits all.

It is time we wake up and take back our free-will and our freedom including the freedom and need to fail. It is time to grow up and make our children grow up, leave the cocoon of arrested development, so they can function in a world of differing opinions, a world that is neither fair nor rosy all the time.

Most importantly today we must take back our education from the government and demand that critical thinking return to institutions of learning because there are different opinions in this world and they require respectful hearing so that we can compare and contrast different views.

The destruction to our society is coming from the very institutions that are meant to teach tolerance and respect; from our governments and our universities where hubristic fire has squashed freedom of speech in the name of freedom.

"And men rejoiced that they were again led like sheep, and that the terrible gift that brought them such suffering was, at last, lifted from their hearts.