In the report presented to the Police Services Board on April 22, Nazi is listed as one of the 27 identified victim groups targeted in hate-motivated criminal acts in 2009.
Under the breakdown of occurrences by police division, “Nazi” is listed as the victim group for one mischief offence that was reported in 13 Division. The west-end division polices parts of Forest Hill, Davenport, Cedarvale and Dovercourt.
In the report’s executive summary, Nazi also appears under the listing of “new victim group” for 2009; these are the identifiable groups that have not appeared in the previous hate/bias crime reports.
I personally am indifferent as to whether Nazis get beaten up on the streets of Toronto. But I don’t think the law should be. And that’s why Mr Farber’s soundbite is so revealing. Two years ago, when the cases against Maclean’s got underway, I wrote:
Justice is supposed to be, like Dean Steacy, blind. If you run a red light and you hit a pedestrian, it makes no difference in law whether the pedestrian’s Marc Lemire or Nelson Mandela. Or at least it shouldn’t.
This is one of the most repellent aspects of Canada’s “human rights” regime: Its contempt for one of the most basic principles of justice – equality before the law. At the “human rights” tribunal, your roles as victim or victimizer come pre-assigned: By definition, a woman is a victim of a man; a gay is a victim of a Christian; a Jew is a victim of a Nazi. This is mostly for the purposes of prosecuting “offensive” speech. My traffic accident comparison was intended to point out the difference between real law and “human rights” law. But, as Ezra says, Bernie Farber’s moral compass has been so corroded by the whole ugly “human rights” racket he now apparently thinks that its affronts to justice should be extended to real crimes, including crimes of violence. If you get beaten up, all that counts is what identity group you belong to.
And, of course, he’s too dull-witted to think that fashions in victim groups might change – indeed, are already changing. As I put it two years ago:
It’s foolish to assume the abuses of the CHRC will always be confined to folks you dislike.
Look at Farber’s line again:
‘A Nazi can never be a victim but only a victimizer.’
Doesn’t that sound awfully like the reductive claptrap you hear on any old campus during Israeli Apartheid Week (Canada’s gift to the world – thank you, Bernie Farber)? When it comes to “Palestinian occupation”, “an Israeli can never be a victim but only a victimizer.” At the University of Calgary, a prolifer can never be a victim but only a victimizer. This is where the kind of thought-crime regime promoted by Farber’s CJC always leads.
Mel Brooks had better think twice before opening his new play “Springtime for Hitler: Can’t We All Just Get Along?” in Toronto.
Does this mean we can have Nancy Pelosi and all those Democrats arrested for calling Tea Partiers ‘Nazis”? And are all those “Arizona=The Third Reich” “Papers, Please”-protestors now human rights abusers themselves? Maybe we could set up an international tribunal for them…in Nuremberg.
This is what happens when we abandon true Constitutional equality before the law in favor of identity politics, multiculturalism, professional victimhood, ThoughtCrime and state-sponsored pigment preferences. This is the logical outcome.
I often say “Don’t joke around liberals–they legislate the punch lines.”
Damn, Mel–it really is Springtime for Hitler.
(A big tip of Helmut’s helmet: Reason)