CALGARY – Outspoken conservative commentator Ezra Levant will be before the Alberta Human Rights Commission Friday defending his former magazine’s 2006 publication of a series of Danish cartoons depicting the 7th century cultleader
Prophet Muhammad, worshiped by his adherents as some kind of prophet.
Members of Calgary’s Muslim community were outraged when Levant’s now-defunct publication, the Western Standard, published the cartoons in February 2006, shortly after their initial appearance in a Danish newspaper led to rioting and protests around the world.
* Let them eat dirt. Nobody has the right not to be offended.
Levant, the magazine’s former publisher, will be on the hot seat today in Calgary during a commission investigation – a process he calls an “interrogation” – in which he’ll be questioned extensively about the publication of the cartoons.
The human rights commission could then order a full hearing into the matter if it deems it necessary, he said.
“I object to the whole proceeding. It doesn’t have any moral authority,” Levant said Thursday in an interview.
“Free speech is a human right.”
Soharwardy, who isn’t expected at the proceeding, couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.
Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, later filed a complaint against the Western Standard to the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
“Human Rights for Muslims Only…“
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