My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, January 12, 2007

Censorship in Ottawa!!!

In November, I decided to start a new Conservative Film Society here in Ottawa, and as my first film, I picked a film called Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West.

I went to the Rainbow Cinema at the St. Laurent shopping centre and I rented a theatre for January 29th. It was all set. I paid a deposit...and then in January I paid the last half of the rental charge. I gave the maanager all the pertinent details about what I was exactly showing.

Well, this week, the manager received an e-mail from a retired professor of history in Ottawa who said that the movie maligned muslims...and within two hours, they cancelled the film!

Talk about censorship. I would have respected them had they declined to accept the booking..but to cancel within 3 weeks of the one show....

I now have another venue - the Ottawa Public Library....same time (January 29th at 7 PM)...and just a $4.25 admission charge.

For those of you interested in attending, here is a link to the movie site and you can watch a 27 minute trailer.

Comments? Please pass the word to anybody you know in Ottawa that they should attend.


Blogger Jesse said...

Does the movie malign Muslims?

5:50 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

If it's a movie that deals with radical Muslims and not Muslims in general, then I object to this censorship.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Er, delete my first comment, it wasn't suppose to be posted. And this comment, too. Unless you really want my comment to be there.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh is this professor a law professor by chance or a political science professor?

I would would picket the mall entrance.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which public library? The main one downtown?

7:35 PM  
Blogger SUZANNE said...

FYI: The St. Laurent Mall is in an area with a significant Muslim population.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard Bridgette Gabriel speak and her message does not malign Muslims at all. It does however expose the radical elements of Islam and forces the rose coloured glasses crowd to realize that demons are out there that need to be dealt with. When she talks about the destruction of a very progressive Lebanon by the radical Muslims, funded by Syria and led by Arafat, it made me angry. Not angry at Muslims, but angry at the likes of this professor who complained. Angry because they refuse to take their heads out of the sand and reflect on the real world around them. Listen to her talk about the gradual destruction of Lebanon....the only Christian democracy in the ME in 1970. 4 years later, it was destroyed by radical muslims in their hatred of Christianity and the Jews of Isreal.

10:38 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

Yes...the film will now be at the public library downtown....


11:21 PM  
Blogger Spitfire said...

That's really too bad! If I get accepted to Carleton for MA in public policy, I'll be in Ottawa to join the club! Good luck with it!

2:54 AM  
Blogger Road Hammer said...

I would be very surprised if the OPL doesn't cave in to similar pressure tactics when they're inevitably applied.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Suricou Raven said...

Nothing silences speech quite so effectively as fear of legal action or harassment.

8:24 AM  
Blogger USMale said...

So what if it maligns Muslims, whatever that means...the point of free speech is that it's free. And who's to decide what's "maligning" or not...

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Eeyore said...

Let me be very clear here....
There is a fundamental difference between a group identified by whatever genetic markers and a philosophy.

A philosophy deserves no special status merely because its called religion. Its not in any way racism, a trick perpetrated on the people by French Canada and some gay groups among others, to get politically correct special status as a group.

Many people died for teh right to question irrational religious and secular authority throughout western history.

We must not allow this essential freedom to disapear because of a trick of semantics.

James in Ottawa

4:53 PM  
Anonymous victor said...

This showing is currently being discussed on 580CFRA's the Professor Gerry Cammy Show.

5:18 PM  
Blogger notloz said...

Wow to think that a person who suffered from blind intolerance now proapagates blind intolerance towards a religious minority.

Its pathetic, disgusting and you should bloody well get informed.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous cba said...

When Obsession was scheduled to be shown in Winnipeg (with Nonie Darwish in person speaking afterwards), the local usual suspect started a campaign to have the screening cancelled.

The result was so much publicity that they held it over for a second night, and both nights were sold out. I'd be very interested to see if something similar happens in this case.

As for notloz's comment "you should bloody well get informed"--how ironic that his/her idea of "getting informed" is to suppress any discussion of how Islamists are a threat to everyone--Christians, Jews, atheists, Hindus... and, most of all, a threat to those Muslims who don't buy into their Wahhabi vision of the world.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

Fred, this story is reported in the Ottawa Sun today (Jan 25), albeit buried at the bottom of page 26.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Expect Sheema Khan (the CAIR-CAN shill) and the odious, Jew-hating Mo el-Masry (UWO) to weigh in shortly on the "islamophobic" nature of Obsession. Pay them no heed. Screen the film. Discuss it publicly. Awaken the public to the menace that is Islamism.

1:13 PM  
Blogger notloz said...


I dont box with shadows

There are many more problems, dire threat problems (global warming) (population growth) that need to take precedent before this bullshit war on radical islam.
They have no real miltary capabilites
Fuck im more afraid of the evangelicals who emulate the same fascist idology of extream muslims

Convert or die is the creed of any religious fanatic.

You guys can't see that you are acting just like them hating them because you're told too.
You dont know any muslims do you cba
but in your upside down world I guess that makes you a professeur on islam

Authoritarianism stems from a herd mentality. In order to be a good manipulator there need to be an US vs them mentality to make the sheep afriad and angry.

Since fear and anger are our most primal emotions it is highly effective.

However we have left the state of nature and our reason faculties as well as the sensation of love have evolved enough to counter the hate and fear.

Here's a good example where empathy countered ignorance.

Dick cheney and his lesbian daughter.
I bet that Dick cheney was a homophobe before his daughter came out of the closet.
However she is his daughter and he is empathetically connected to his daughter. The closer the connection to an individual (unlike you're stigma of islam)The more value a human life becomes to an individual.
The more knowledge one aquires the fear and anger becomes quelled.

SO CBA Either evolve or do the world a favor and kill yourself.(honestly)

7:52 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

It would be nice if NOTIOZ could at least learn to spell.

He should read Bruce Bawer's "While Europe Slept." He compares the religious right of the US to Europe's relgious right (the muslims) and finds no comparison. The evangelicals in the US don't resort to honour killings, suicide bombing, etc.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

Fred, I remember when you first planned this event, and I've thought a lot about it during January. I'm afraid I won't be able to make it, I'm going to have to babysit my brother's kids for a few days, but would otherwise very much love to attend.

I dropped by today to give you this.

In case it doesn't work:

Best wishes on the 29th, Fred.


10:44 AM  
Blogger notloz said...

Good God gay and right do you know what a XIAN is?
You know allot of people on the religious right think your sub-human.

2006 'Values Voters' Summit

Between September 22 - 24, the political arm of FRC, FRCAction, sponsored a summit of evangelical voters, which drew Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Mike Huckabee, George Allen, Tony Snow and others. The summit turned controversial when a number of religious figures took the podium to denounce homosexuality, referring to homosexuals as faggots, with one preacher claiming that "the gay rights movement ascended to us from the pits of hell itself" and another angrily shouting "I want the gays mad at me, I want to be in their sights! The Anti-Christ will be a homosexual!"
Yeah these guys sound sane!

How about crazy mother fuckers like benny hin?
Now i know what happend to the snake oil salesman.

4:04 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

Notloz: What's your point? I am not on the religious right!

6:07 PM  
Anonymous cba said...

GayandRight, I emailed you about a blog where I think you'd feel right at home. The regulars include gays, straights, atheists, members of various religions (and various degrees of adherence to those religions, although we all agree that Fred Phelps and his ilk are complete assholes and a waste of oxygen), and, in general, they're a smart and funny bunch. I hope you'll check it out.

As for the "fundamentalist Christians are scarier than fundamentalist Muslims" stick that notloz is wildly waving... Well, I disagree with just about every position of fundamentalist Christians. Having said that, I am a lot less concerned about those who think gays shouldn't be allowed to marry than I am about those who think gays shouldn't be allowed to live.

7:26 PM  
Blogger notloz said...

But you are right wing. Can't you see the same ignorant attitude of the right in yourself.
But instead of hating homosexuals and holding your minority down you hate muslims or democrates.

You see to be a right winger you have to have a Us vs them mentality.
Thats the begining form of autoritarianism.

8:30 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

I don't hate muslims at all.....nor do i hate democracy.

I love our western way of life...and that is what is being threatened by Radical Islamists.

It's unfortunate that you cannot see it.

11:25 AM  
Blogger notloz said...

I dont see it because its not there.
What types of hard power do they have?

I however do not love our way of life, there are major problems with our society.
I have no clue how these few radicals have the power to subjicate the west.

12:01 AM  
Blogger notloz said...

In addition.
It really bothers me thinking that your political idology leans to the right.

Im sorry but how could you legitimize political groups and institutions that demonize you!
Wasn't it hard enouigh to goto school with ignorant pricks hounding you for something as harmless as your sexual orentation. But yet you exasperate that same mentality onto you're social group.
The right has been the biggest antagonist for hate against gays and lesbians.
Im not gay myself but Iv stood up against homophobia and for I got ostrisized.
Was it all for nothing ? for you validate the same ignorance by leaning to the right.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

Notloz is a fanatic, Fred is not.

I also prefer religious diehards who believe gays should not marry to religious diehards who believe we should not live - duh.

11:38 AM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

Notloz can't even spell...

4:26 PM  
Blogger notloz said...

Thanks for validating what I belive in with you're intelligent rebuttles.
Sounds like we have Jeff Gannon syndrome here.
Sounds like you havent visted
I do not condone religious fascism from any extreamest.
Now if were gonna talk about death and destruction we should talk about "the end of birth"
Species exstinction and planet desruction.
Hold on before I continue,I have to have some prerequisite information. do you recognize the reality of the enviroment?
Did you know that the planet that sustains human life is dieing?
Did you know that the sytemization of our labor forces in the capitalistic economic system puts profit above people and abuses the enviroment for it is competitive to do so.
Can't you see that you're a product of you're enviroment. You're validating ainchient systems that has to be updated and contemporized to include the life in the equation.
In addition new political and social realities materialize every day.
But you're satisfied with the status quo.
Well the status quo isn't good enough.
And the thing thats hold it all back are people with unfounded prejudices and bias's that have no attatchment to the reality in which we live. IE: hatred towards homosexuals, muslims etc...

Well if im wrong give me a REASON TO BE WRONG.
Not just rhetorical name calling

4:52 PM  
Anonymous cba said...

I love the smell of projection in the morning...

Plus, as despicable as Phelps and his ilk are, I haven't noticed any of them exploding themselves in crowded subways.

6:35 PM  
Blogger notloz said...

I think that the I am rubber you are glue rebuttle went out of style the day you graduated from elementry school.
Oh wait did you pass grade six?

9:40 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

Notlog: I just can't take seriously anybody who spells ancient as "ainchient"!!!!

11:35 AM  
Anonymous cba said...

Fred, you're too funny! So you weren't bothered by:
extream (or "extreamest")
you exasperate that same mentality onto you're social group
what I belive in with you're intelligent rebuttles
prejudices and bias's that have no attatchment

Yet "ainchient" is something up with which you will not put (with apologies to W. Churchill).

I like your style :-)

12:55 PM  
Blogger notloz said...

Well I admit it i cannot spell, but you cannot think. You have no argument against my epistimological and metaphysical understanding. Therefore I conceed that i am a horrible speller. Now you conceed that I do have a perspective and information that you do not.
Don't think im going away soon im here to cure an infection or at least lobe off the rotting limbs.
We will get deep soon.

2:07 PM  

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