Show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are. A veritable who’s who of the Blogging Tories glitterati (Christ, that makes me giggle) have come out in support of Liberal MP Keith Martin and his private member’s bill to repeal Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Mr. Martin has received spittle-flecked kudos from KKKate, Jarret Plonka, Joanne, and the Canadian Sentinel to name just a raving few. Thankfully, reinforcements are on the way.
Liberal MP is being hailed as a poster boy for free speech on a white supremacist website. Victoria MP Keith Martin was praised Friday on stormfront.org, a website that proudly displays the logo "White pride world wide" and links to radio addresses by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
Sweet dancing Jesus, this is beyond funny. But it gets soooooo much better.
Martin earned the dubious distinction after giving notice that he plans to introduce a private member's motion calling on the government to repeal Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The controversial section prohibits electronic communication of anything deemed "likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt." It is at the heart of investigations by human rights tribunals into complaints against former Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant and Maclean's magazine for publishing material some Muslim groups found offensive.
The cases of Levant and Maclean's writer Mark Steyn have sparked much furious debate, nowhere more so than among right-wing bloggers. They point to the cases as proof that the Canadian Human Rights Act is being used to gag free speech in general and Christian conservatives in particular.
The extreme right adherents at stormfront were clearly thrilled to find a member of the Liberal party, which introduced the act and prides itself as the party of the Charter of Rights, joining their crusade.
"The sordid Soviet-style reign of terror by the Canadian Human Rights Commission is now out in the open," declares Paul Fromm in a posting on the website. "The CHRC reign of thought control looks like a drying pool of vomit on the dirty floor of some dingy dive. Yes, it stinks and good men are beginning to speak up."
Well ... that is some outstanding rhetorical imagery, Paul. Did you come up with that all by yourself or is there a handbook for neo-Nazis? Don’t worry, calling him a neo-Nazi is actually a compliment. Some of Paul Fromm’s career highlights via Wikipedia:
In the 1990s, Fromm spoke at several Heritage Front events, including a celebration of Adolf Hitler's birthday. A video surfaced of him addressing rally and referring to Canadian fascist John Ross Taylor as a "hero". Taylor was one of two Canadian Nazis interned by the government during World War II. The video shows Fromm standing beside a Nazi flag during the Heritage Front's "Martyr's Day". The rally included shouts from the audience of "Sieg Heil!", "white power", "Hail The Order!" and "nigger, nigger, nigger, out out out". Fromm, a high school English teacher at the time, was reprimanded by the school board after videos of him speaking at white supremacist rallies, including a celebration of Adolf Hitler's birthday, surfaced in 1992. He was transferred to an adult education centre by the board in 1993 pending the outcome of an investigation into his activities and then fired by the school board in 1997.
In 2000, a published report alleged that developer Martin Weiche, a former leader of the Canadian Nazi Party, was one of Fromm's major financial backers. Fromm has shared a stage with Holocaust denier David Irving, and has organized rallies in support of Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel. B'nai Brith legal counsel Anita Bromberg has said "Fromm is the one who has put himself out there most directly as supporting Zundel. He looks as though he's waiting in the wings." In 2004, Fromm was associated with David Duke's efforts to unite white nationalists with the New Orleans Protocol.
In January 2005, Fromm defended himself at a disciplinary hearing of the Ontario College of Teachers against charges including "failure to maintain professional standards; not complying with college regulations and bylaws; disgraceful, dishonourable, unprofessional and/or unbecoming conduct; and practising while in a conflict of interest." Following three days of hearings, further deliberation were postponed. The hearing resumed in the spring of 2007 and on October 31, 2007, the college rendered its ruling stripping Fromm of his license to teach in the province of Ontario.
You know, there are times when I almost feel sorry for Stephen Taylor and his little blogging experiment. Then something like this comes along and it just reinforces my view that he’s getting exactly what he deserves.
And Keith Martin? Well, let’s just say he’s less than pleased by his newfound supporters.
For Martin, receiving praise from a white-supremacist group was both unwelcome and ironic. "I'm a brown guy," he quipped in an interview. More seriously, Martin said: "I'm hardly their poster boy. I fight and rail against what they stand for at every turn."