Below is a story from the Ottawa Citizen a long time major Canadian daily. The story is about a veteran CFRA radio talk show host Lowell Green who has been broadcasting talk radio for over 40 years. I personally have been listening to him for many of those years from the mid 70s in Ottawa as a matter of fact and he is famous or infamous to many for his confrontational style of debate. If you search this blog for Lowell Green you will find a few segments of some of his shows as he is one of the very very few broadcast personalities who has the courage to actually report facts that may offend Muslims. His show on Ayaan Hirsi Alli’s book ‘infidel’ is excellent and I have the audio of it here. This story shows how the CRTC, Canada’s rough equivalent of the US agency the FCC is being used to enforce sharia law in Canada. There is no difference at all between how he treated callers on his show on Islam and terrorism and he treats callers on any show. In fact, he likely was a lot more careful than usual dealing with Islam as we all tend to be, at least in terms of how we would treat any other group responsible for the same amount of carnage and horror around the world. Once again, a Canadian government agency has been used to enforce what is in fact sharia law as we saw with the CHRC’s and McCleans Magazine and Ezra Levant and now also with the Dutch court of appeal and Geert Wilders. As we have written about many times on VTB, levers of power directing thought speech and belief crimes laws will always be used by the people that they where designed to protect us from. Not might be, but will be. Always.
*** CORRECTION*** It was not the CRTC but a board called CBSC or Canadian broadcast standards council. The distinction may or may not be meaningful in this instance and I stand by what I wrote above in any case. But the CRTC which is a federal agency and capable of removing a broadcasters licence is not the same as the CBSC which does not have this power
Here is a link to the transcript of the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council that heard the ‘case’ against Lowell. Well worth the read.
Photograph by: Bruno Schlumberger, the Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa Citizen
Open line radio host Lowell Green contravened Canadian broadcasting standards when he made “abusive and discriminatory” remarks against Muslims, the national broadcast watchdog ruled yesterday.
According to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC), Mr. Green launched an “uninformed and unfair” attack when he told his CFRA audience in early December that the majority of Muslims are fanatics and extremist behaviour is symptomatic of the religion, not just a radical minority.
Mr. Green, the self-styled occupier of a mythical “Island of Sanity,” had been inspired by the story of British schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons whose elementary class in the Sudanese capital Khartoum named a class teddy bear “Muhammad” and caused a storm of outrage across the Muslim world.
Ms. Gibbons was forced to leave the country after being threatened with imprisonment and death.
Mr. Green posed the question to listeners: “Is there something inherent in the Muslim faith that promotes violence and oppression of women?”
In response to one Muslim caller who tried to defend Islam, Mr. Green responded “baloney” and during another call told the sympathetic, but apparently non-Muslim, caller she had “abandoned common sense” and was being “silly.”
“Almost every act of terrorism around the world today is carried out in the name of Islam,” responded Mr. Green. “Don’t tell me this is the work of a few fanatics.”
The broadcast watchdog, an arm’s-length organization funded by private broadcasters and created by the broadcasters to rule on listener and viewer complaints, was especially critical of Mr. Green for refusing to listen to pro-Islam callers, especially those who were clearly informed about the religion. “The host has mounted a sweeping, abusive and unduly discriminatory criticism of Islam,” it said. “He conceded none of the diversity that exists in Islam or among its adherents … and brooked no contradictory observations of persons who were admittedly Muslim, informed about the religion, or of a different viewpoint.”
Worse, said the CBSC report, was the manner in which the broadcaster dismissed those who disagreed with him.
Mr. Green did not return calls from the Citizen yesterday, but the station did broadcast the CBSC’s decision, read by another announcer.
Under CBSC rules, stations violating rules must broadcast the decision, but there is no other punishment.