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Mark Steyn on Geller Cancellation: “giving the old-school fascists a laugh at their Monday-night poker game in hell”

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Steyn has hit the fascists again:

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The Bureau of Diversity Compliance Mark Steyn, National Review, ay 4, 2013 11:10

On Thursday, I wrote here about a Canadian police department’s attempt to shut down a Pamela Geller speech in Toronto by threatening the rabbi hosting it. The Ottawa Citizen editorial on the matter begins:

The York Regional Police department should be ashamed.

Indeed,
they should. Thanks to the York Regional Police’s creepy and Orwellian
“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau”, Canada is now a land where cops are sent round to synagogues to threaten rabbis
– all in the name of “diversity” and “inclusion”, which must give the
old-school fascists a laugh at their Monday-night poker game in hell.
Jewish organizations north and south of the border ought to be up in
arms about this. According to Brian Sibley,
Inspector Ricky Veerappen, the head of the Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion Bureau, is himself Muslim – which may or may not explain why
he’s strutting about like the Ontario branch of Saudi Arabia’s Mutaween.
Dig this example of a 21st century policeman’s thinking:

Veerappan apparently told Kaplan Geller’s speech “would not be endorsed by York Regional Police.”

(Since when is it up to the police to “endorse” speech?)

It’s
not. And the fact that the York Regional Police think it is testifies
to how deep runs the spongey, insinuating soft-totalitarian rot of
“diversity”. In response to the controversy, the YRP issued a press
release, full of the usual pansy evasions but revealing nonetheless:

Free
speech is the right of every citizen and York Regional Police
recognizes that. However, some of Ms. Geller’s previous comments clearly
conflict with the values of our organization and our continuous work to
enhance all relationships in our diverse community.

As
I wrote on Thursday, it is not the job of a police force to enforce its
“values”, but to uphold the law – without favor. If you want an
ideological police force that enforces “values”, try Riyadh or
Waziristan.

The York Regional Police should not have a “Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion Bureau”. And, having no understanding of the
proper role of a police officer in a free society, Inspector Ricky
Veerappan should be compelled to seek alternative employment.

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