Canadian Christian blogger convicted of ‘online hate’ by B.C. court

March 20, 2017

[Note by MW: I have commented in red font where this CBC article could have explained a bit more, but for obvious reasons did not elaborate to educate the public.]

Curfew and internet ban for B.C. man convicted of online hate against Jewish people

Arthur Topham tells judge it was his ‘duty to alert public … to ‘imminent threat of Jewish lobby’

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/curfew-and-internet-ban-for-b-c-man-who-promoted-hatred-against-jewish-people-online-1.4022817

Curfew and internet ban for B.C. man convicted of online hate against Jewish people
Arthur Topham tells judge it was his ‘duty to alert public … to ‘imminent threat of Jewish lobby’
By Wil Fundal, Betsy Trumpener, CBC News Posted: Mar 13, 2017 4:30 PM PT Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017 4:30 PM PT


Arthur Topham arrives at the Quesnel courthouse Monday for sentencing on his hate crime conviction. (Wil Fundal/CBC News)

A B.C. man convicted of an anti-semitic [i.e., anti-Zionist] hate crime has been kicked off the internet, but Arthur Topham won’t serve any jail time.Following a trial in Quesnel in 2015, a jury convicted Topham of one count of communicating online statements that wilfully promoted hatred against Jewish people. [On a second, virtually similar account, Topham was found not guilty. The jury that convicted Topham on the first count did not understand the meaning of ‘parody’!]

He could have faced up to two years in jail.

But at his sentencing Monday, B.C. Supreme Court Judge Bruce Butler rejected the Crown’s request for four months of house arrest for what Crown lawyer Jennifer Johnston called “an indirect call for violence against Jewish people.”

Judge rejects house arrest

Instead, Butler sentenced Topham to a six-month conditional sentence with a ban on posting publicly online and a curfew.

Topham appeared unrepentant, telling the court before sentencing that it was ‘his duty … to alert the … public to the imminent threat …. [of] the Jewish lobby.”

Topham, a 70 year old grandfather and retired teacher, published RadicalPress.com online from his rural home in Cottonwood, B.C., about 700 kilometres north of Vancouver.

The site featured frequent posts that touted Jewish conspiracies and demonized Jewish people. [Apparently, only Jewish bloggers are allowed to express opinions about Jews. See Henry Makow website.]

One piece that Topham called ‘satire’ advocated the forced sterilization of all Jews. [Actually, Topham satirized the book, Germany Must Perish, available on Amazon, in which the Jewish author, Theodore Newman Kaufman, advocated forced sterilization of all Germans! So, real anti-German hate is OK in Canada!]

“He does not call for violence; his views were political satire,” Butler told the sentencing hearing. “It is not his intent to indirectly incite violence.”

Butler ruled that Topham deliberately used the internet to disseminate anti-Semitic information but said the man was not calling for violence.

Controversial website shut down

The crown noted Topham had already agreed to shut down his website, a site which remained active for the year after his conviction but was gone before sentencing. Topham also offered to end his online presence.

Defence lawyer Barclay Johnson had called on the judge to give Topham a discharge.

“My view is that jurors were not convinced,” said the defence lawyer, noting Topham was convicted of only one of two hate crime charges.

Johnson described his client as a good teacher, a father and grandfather and a journalist with “controversial views” and a large following.

“RadicalPress does not advocate violence,” said Johnson. “It does not say Jews should be hurt. My client is being prosecuted for material that can be found on Amazon.” [True, but just recently Amazon has censored 100s of books it does not agree with.]

Topham’s defence backed by ‘white nationalists’

This case was the first hate crime trial prosecuted in B.C. in almost a decade.

Topham’s defence fund was backed by Paul Fromm, a self proclaimed ‘white nationalist’ and free speech advocate who travelled from Ontario to attend the trial.

Topham’s lawyer argued his client has never been a member of a white supremacy group.

Topham’s case also attracted support from the Ontario Civil Liberties Association, which denounced Canada’s hate crime law for criminalizing “belief, opinion and expression of one’s beliefs and opinions … incompatible with the universal principle of free debate in a democracy.”

Topham thanked the court for “bringing my concerns to the record.”

“I felt that I had a duty as a Canadian citizen to alert the general public of an imminent threat … the interests of the Jewish lobby,” said Topham in court Monday.

​Topham’s constitutional challenge of Canada’s hate crime laws was dismissed in February.


Unbelievable medical service: Half hour from phone call to operating table

January 12, 2017

surgerycenterofok

Check out this private medical facility in Oklahoma City, USA which does over 6,000 surgeries a year, at a cost of 10 percent of normal pricing in US hospitals, and all done with a zero infection rate!

How long do you have to wait before you can get your next surgery appointment? The fastest record at SCO was half an hour. You read correctly…Half an hour from phone call to operating table! Try to find that service in UK or Canada.

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Also, check the Free Market Medical Association for other medical facilities in the USA.

Must see interview (46 minutes) with co-founder of SCO Dr. Keith Smith and Stefan Molyneux.

 

 


Jackie Evancho: Someday At Christmas

January 4, 2017


Boulder City Council Approves Nablus to Become Eighth Official Sister City

January 4, 2017

Nablus, Palestine, will become Boulder's eighth Sister City.

Nablus, Palestine, will become Boulder’s eighth Sister City.
File photo

As Tuesday night’s meeting of Boulder’s City Council kicked off at 6 p.m., constituents spilled out of the chambers and into an overflow area in the lobby, where a crowd sat tensely, glued to the live TV proceedings. These people had come to either speak in support of or against Nablus, Palestine, becoming one of Boulder’s official Sister Cities, and they queued up for two minutes at the microphone during which they planned personal pleas and impassioned defenses.

The meeting was the culmination of a process set in motion over three years ago, when the Boulder Nablus Sister Cities Project (BNSCP), the organization behind the application to make Nablus a Sister City, first went in front of Council — and was rejected. In 2013, the Council worried the project was driving a wedge in the community, and it asked the BNSCP to continue its activities fostering personal connections via yoga, a pen-pal program, artist exchanges and the like, and come back with another application once it had attempted to heal the divide.

The BNSCP was prepared to return in April of this year, but fearing the same opposition, it asked council to send it and its opponents to a mediation process instead, so that both sides could attempt to work out differences and provide some sort of recommendation to council as to how to proceed. As we reported in October and in the lead-up to this meeting, though, the two sides were unable to come to a consensus as to whether Nablus should be an official Sister City. And so its final report represented a summary of its work, with concerns and possibilities highlighted. Both sides knew that they’d ultimately face each other before council again, and they’d discuss themes similar to that meeting three years ago — whether sistering with Nablus has an inherently political bent, even if the intent of Sister Cities relationships is to foster cultural exchange; whether the coupling provides the BNSCP with a license to tell a one-sided version of a complex global issue; and whether taking on Nablus as a Sister City would cause a devastating rift in the Boulder community.

Passionate defenders on both sides of the issue spoke at the hearing; Mayor Suzanne Jones noted as public comment kicked off that over sixty people had signed up. Opponents took issue with Nablus’s politics, the fact that Jewish people may feel unsafe visiting Nablus, and the creation of a city-sponsored outlet to present the story of Israeli Occupation in the West Bank without providing the rest of the conflict’s context. Several said they supported the outreach BNSCP did, but not the official stamp of approval. Supporters detailed their own experiences in Nablus, begged for inclusiveness on behalf of a marginalized Palestinian and Muslim community in America, and urged the council to uphold Boulder’s reputation for openness. They pointed to the organization’s statement of commitments, which expressly forbids the BNSCP from engaging in political advocacy or allowing others to do so via the organization.

Four hours later, the council voted 7-2 to approve Nablus as Boulder’s eighth official Sister City. “What we’re saying yes to tonight is the power of the Sister City relationship,” Jones said just before the council took it to a vote. “I want to say ‘yes’ to the power of relationships and power of what can be. This Sister City is going to be held to tough standards, but that’s the nature of what we’re getting into here.”

BNSCP executive director Essrea Cherin said before the meeting that should the project be approved, the organization will continue trying to reach out to people from the other side to heal the divide over the project. Council will review the partnership once a year to make sure it’s in line with its responsibilities. Meanwhile, the BNSCP will now operate under the official umbrella of the Sister Cities International organization, giving it access to resources and connections provided to official Sister Cities.


Israel Is Walling Off Bethlehem, The Birth Place of Jesus

January 4, 2017

Millions of American Christians are unaware of the plight of the city of Bethlehem and its Palestinian inhabitants in the West Bank of Palestine. The Israeli built separation wall snakes its way around Bethlehem, even cutting off Palestinians from their own land and nearby Jerusalem. This story is courageously told by Palestinian filmmaker, Leila Sansour in her Open, Bethlehem documentary that is part of a campaign to educate her fellow Christians and the world about the stranglehold by Israel that is slowly causing Palestinian Christians to leave the Holy Land because of the hardships imposed by the military occupation.

To increase the awareness of what is happening to Bethlehem, a Bethlehem Passport is being issued by the OPEN, BETHLEHEM campaign in partnership with the Governorate of Bethlehem.  So far, the passport has been granted to more than 500 people around the world, including church leaders and heads of states, such as Archbishop Rowan Williams, Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter. The passport states: “In that the bearer of this passport is a citizen of Bethlehem; that they recognize this ancient city provides a light to the world, and to all people who uphold the values of a just and open society; that they will remain a true friend to Bethlehem through its imprisonment, and that they will strive to keep the ideals of Bethlehem alive as long as the wall stands; we ask you to respect the bearer of the passport and to let them pass freely.” Showings of Open, Bethlehem are starting in the United States after a successful introduction in the UK. Check the website for a showing near you or to organize one in your town. Also, the complete documentary can be seen on line (Click Here). For more information on Liela Sansour’s campaign to bring down the wall around Bethlehem check out the Huffington Post UK article.

This is the 4 minute trailer for Open, Bethlehem:


EXCLUSIVE: Major Russian TV Film, ‘SODOM’, Blasts LGBT (HD Video – Eng Dub)

December 11, 2016

[Originally published on Russia Insider.] Discretion advised!

This blockbuster, 1 hour documentary originally aired on Russian prime-time TV in May of 2015, causing a sensation in Russia at the time.

It has never appeared anywhere in English, until now, subtitled or dubbed. This translation is dubbed. It is available exclusively on the Russia Insider Youtube channel.

It had a substantial 6 figure budget, allowing Russian journalists to travel widely – to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Italy, Australia, Germany, and elsewhere, to do ground-breaking, original investigation into the LGBT movement.

The film is interesting on a number of levels.  It was made by Arkady Mamontov, a popular TV host and investigative journalist famous for his ground-breaking documentaries.

Mamontov is a  conservative Christian.  His best known recent film is about the Greek orthodox monastic island of Athos (in Russian only).  He has also done a lot of work on Russian social issues, and on the Ukraine conflict.

The film relects popular attitudes towards LGBT in Russia, and is interesting in that it shows what Russians are told about LGBT and Americans in their mainstream media.

Mamontov hosting the show he started: ‘Spetsialnii Korrespondent’

The dub is by Russians who speak good English, and is not bad at all.

After a somewhat dull intro section recalling the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, the film gets interesting.

It leads with a comical interview with an unsuspecting German Lutheran priest in Berlin with a taste for sodomy who explains how Christianity does not actually proscribe this peculiar predilection.

It then profiles Scott Lively – an anti-LGBT activist who takes the Russian journos on a guided tour of lavishly funded Washington DC lobbying organizations pushing LGBT issues deep into the bowels of the the US government (no pun intended).

Next comes a spooky parade of homosexual weirdos – gays being married in Germany, an artificial insemination clinic in LA, grotesque sex freaks at a parade in San Francisco, at which a skeptical mailman tells an Adam and Steve joke, a truly disturbing video of a gay man fake-suckling newborn infants, taken from their surrogate mother minutes earlier, and a painfully awkward scene of a sodomite male couple showing how they raise their children.

Say hello to the future of humanity if the globalists get their way

We then go to Italy, to talk to a reformed homosexual who realized he had been sucked into a giant hoax and went straight while embracing Christianity, and see a profile of the massive anti-gay movement there, which brings millions into the streets to protest the advance of LGBT, as well as a smaller similar movement in Germany.

Next is Moldova, a small eastern European country sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania, and a battle-ground state in the US-Russia power struggle, where we hear about how US diplomats put heavy pressure on the local government to allow gay parades and the advancement of LGBT issues to a skeptical populace.

Next is the country of Georgia, where there is also a very strong anti-LGBT movement due to the extremely conservative attitudes towards sexual roles in society.  The film exposes how, while he was in power, the former president Mikheil Saakashvili, institutionalized sodomy as a method of torture in Georgian prisons against political opponents, showing a man being sodomized.  Unsurprisingly, Saakashvili’s popularity in Georgia didn’t last, and now he has been installed as the mayor of Odessa, Ukraine, by American neocons, much to the chagrin of certain members of the government in Kiev.

The film argues that the sodomy technique is an American export, used in Iraq, Georgia, and Ukraine by Americans and their clients deliberately in countries with conservative social mores, where such an event is the ultimate humiliation for a man, worse even than death.

The film closes with a brief profile of how Russian society rejects LGBT, quoting Christian teaching on marriage:

“A union, between a man and a woman, granted by God, gives humanity a chance to continue life.  There is a deep sense to the biblical passage ‘Be fruitful and muliply, and fill the earth'”


Protect children from religious coercion

December 8, 2016

Protect children from religious coercion

Dear Friend of Justice,
Imagine that your children or grandchildren were forced to participate in a religious ceremony at school, without your knowledge or consent.

That’s what happened to Candice Servatius, who was shocked to learn that her two children had been subjected to an aboriginal “smudging” ceremony at their elementary school.  Her daughter was told it would be “rude” not to submit to smoke being waved over her to “cleanse” her “spirit.”

The school explained in a letter to parents that “everything has a spirit and energy” and “bad energy” must be “cleansed” from the furniture, classroom and children by fanning smoke from Sage over “the body and spirit” of each child.

Agree or disagree with these beliefs as you wish, but there is no denying that these aboriginal spiritual teachings are as “religious” as any that might be found in the Bible or Koran.

John Howitt Elementary School in Port Alberni, BC, eventually apologized to Mrs. Servatius for failing to notify her of this religious ritual ahead of time.  But the School District insists it will continue with these religious rituals in the classroom.

Indeed, several months after the September “smudging,” the school held an assembly at which an aboriginal prayer was said.

On a side note, could you imagine the uproar if children had been required to recite the Lord’s Prayer in class, or at a school assembly?

The School District claims that smudging and aboriginal prayer are “cultural” practices.  This is true, but misses the point.

There is a world of difference between teaching children about Islam, and requiring children to kneel on prayer rugs in the direction of Mecca and say a prayer to Allah.

In similar fashion, students can benefit from learning about aboriginal religious beliefs without being coerced to participate in religious rituals, prayers and ceremonies.

With the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, courts have interpreted a Charter right to be “free from” religion.  That means not coercing children or adults to participate in any religious prayer, ritual, ceremony or practice.

Whether the aboriginal religious practices are also “cultural” is irrelevant.

In Mouvement laique quebecois v. City of Saguenay, the Supreme Court ruled that “the state must neither encourage nor discourage any form of religious conviction whatsoever.  If the state adheres to a form of religious expression under the guise of cultural or historical reality or heritage, it breaches its duty of neutrality.”

Thirty years ago, the progressive left insisted that public schools must be secular, and launched a crusade against all expression, prayer and practice of religion in our public schools.  They rejected the compromise solution of exempting students who disagreed with, or objected to, the religious practice.

So what’s going on here?

How can it be wrong to force students in a secular public school to participate in the practices of some religions, yet perfectly fine to compel participation in others?

The answer has to do with the progressive left worldview, held by many teachers and administrators in our public schools, not to mention the teachers’ unions.  This worldview is based on group identity.

Socialists and Communists divided the world into property-owning bourgeoisie (“oppressors”) and labouring property-less proletariat (“victims”).

With Communism having been discredited after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, group identity is now defined by social criteria, such as race, religions, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
As with the Communist ideology, today there are still “victim” groups and “oppressor” groups when humanity is divided along racial, sexual, religious and gender identity lines.

Today, “social justice” means using the coercive power of the state to bring “equality” to victim groups.  This “equality” does not mean equal treatment or equal opportunity for individuals.  Instead, “equality” means trampling on individual rights by favouring so-called victim groups at the expense of so-called oppressor groups.

Modern progressives define Christians as an “oppressor” group, and aboriginals as a “victim” group.

This twisted view of “equality” concludes that the practice of Christianity in schools should be forbidden, yet students should be compelled to participate in aboriginal religious practices.  It punishes one group and favours another—thereby making these groups less “unequal” in the progressive  worldview.

But treating individuals or groups unequally (even if in the name of “equality”) fundamentally undermines the rule of law.  It is arbitrary use of power, completely contrary to our free society.

What’s happening at John Howitt Elementary School in Port Alberni, BC, is not an isolated case.  And if we want to stop the rule of law from being undermined, we have to challenge abuses of power like these.

That is why the Justice Centre is representing Candice Servatius in her court action against John Howitt Elementary School.

Our fight to defend the free society, in this court action and many others, continues only through the generous support of Canadians like you, who care about protecting the dignity and freedom of each individual.

We’ve show that, when given the tools, we can get the job done.

Here’s a partial list of our accomplishments.  In 2016 the Justice Centre:

  • secured a victory for free expression against the Brandon University Student Union, which had banned a student pro-life club from campus;
  • helped secure victories for the Charter freedoms of Trinity Western University in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, BC Supreme Court,  Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and BC Court of Appeal;
  • secured a victory for free expression for Mary Stanko against the St. Catherines Library Board, which had censored her newsletter for referring to the “supremacy of God” in the preamble to the Charter;
  • published the 2016 Campus Freedom Index, grading the policies and practices of 60 Canadian universities in regard to free expression;
  • secured a victory for Collette Schouten against the City of Calgary when it attempted to censor a peaceful political display in a city park;
  • sued the student union at Ryerson University for banning the Men’s Issues Awareness Society student club from campus;
  • advocated for the conscience rights of medical professionals before a Parliamentary Committee, regarding “Medical Assistance in Dying” (assisted suicide) legislation; and
  • advocated for the religious freedom of Kevin Kisilowsky, stripped of his Marriage Commissioner’s license by the Manitoba government because of his commitment to traditional marriage.

None of these actions would have been possible, if not for the support and generosity of Canadians like you.

You make what we do possible.

Friend, will you help us win the legal fight for Candice Servatius and her kids?

Please support our court application with a tax-deductible donation today You can donate securely at www.jccf.ca, or mail a cheque to the address here below.
Sincere thanks,

John Carpay, B.A., LL.B.
President
Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
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