"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday, 16 July 2009

An Aurora Anachronism

Last week,on the news, was an image of a beautiful young woman ,in the flower of her youth,dying in the arms of a friend on a city street in Iran.

She had been shot by "security forces" of her country on the orders of her government. Many precious young people, the future of our world, have declared themselves willing to die for freedom in that country.As in others.

She had been demonstrating for the right for her vote to count in the country's election

A few weeks ago, beautiful girl children in Afghanistan, faces scarred from acid thrown at them for persisting in their determination to attend school, were also featured in world news.

From Afghanistan, bodies of young Canadians, in the service of our country, having been murdered in a conflict which observes no rules. They are brought home to their familes on a ; fathers, sons, brothers, husbands;mothers,wives, daughters and sisters; young Canadians sent to help bring to the people of Afghanistan the freedom we enjoy.

In Aurora, Ontario. in 2009, under the leadership of Mayor Phylis Morris and five out of nine councillor members , we have unflagging determination, at public expense, to deny the basic right of freedom of expression to one particular individual.

Anonymous comments are posted to a Citizen Blog to support the endeavour. A "legal test" is necessary to determine " limits" to freedom of speech, they say.

They are not sufficiently secure to put their name to their views although they are certain a person who does should be stopped.

This morning, a comment is posted; there needs to be restriction on "nature, spin and content". Freedom should be for "civil discourse" only.

As an example, exception is taken to the title of my last post.

"Ladida Ladida"

The writer complains I am having fun while others are concerned about taxes having to be spent to bring me under the control of the Mayor and her followers.

The argument confounds me.

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