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 (

Sunday, February 03, 2008

A letter to PEN Canada

One of my friends just wrote a letter to PEN Canada - the Canadian association of writers who are supposed to uphold freedom of speech.
My wife and I have been aware of your organization for some time and have valued the work that you do to advocate for freedom of speech and expression worldwide.

We have perused your site a number of times now to ascertain your position on the recent cases involving journalistic freedoms in Canada concerning Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn, but to no avail. Frankly, it baffles us that there seems to be no mention whatsoever of these important and, we dare say, pivotal challenges to free speech in a western democracy. We can clearly see from the “Freedom of Expression in Canada” section of your site that you do not limit your concerns to offshore issues and therefore find your silence on this matter to be disconcerting.

Would you please respond with your position on this matter and some explanation as to why this has not been addressed on your website.


Anonymous West Coast Teddi said...

I suspect that many associations and news organizations do not want this kind of "story" to see the light of day until they can assess which way the wind might be blowing. To put ones self into the glass house upon which they usually throw stones would be a scary thought but if the CPC take a stand then pick up the rocks and fire at will. The writers would no longer be the victim so let others protect "our free speech".

2:44 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

PEN was falling over itself to bestow the Paul Kidd award to Paul William Roberts because he writes anti-American swill that has no basis in fact. For them to acknowledge that Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn even exist would give them the vapours in sappy 'ol Toronto...

6:24 PM  

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