TheStar Door open to Pride funding being cut
Toronto city councillor George Mammoliti - infamous for his disgustingly hateful speech against LGBT people in the 1990s for which he was never prosecuted and during which he was receiving public funds as a MPP - continued his witch hunt against the gay community this past Pride weekend, armed with a video camera.
The same weekend a radical Muslim conference in Toronto was extolling the virtues of executing homosexuals, Mammoliti instead chose to try to hunt for alleged hate speech in the Dyke March. I most appreciated local MPP Glen Murray's tweet on Saturday that, "If Mammoliti is looking for a hate crime he should take his video camera to where the hate preachers are suggesting killing gays is ok."
It doesn't appear Mammoliti found any hate speech, in my opinion. Just some proud lefties expressing their opinions in public, something that clearly offends the powers that be at city hall. Check it out here for yourself.
The Toronto Star reports the contents of the video as: "17-minutes of tape, which Mammoliti plans to edit down, [and] shows about 30 parade marchers expressing pro-Palestinian opinions. Some carry a “Free Palestine” banner. Others call for a boycott of Israeli products. Others chant “End the occupation.” Some are not marching in the parade, but are standing at the sidelines."
So somebody shows up on a sidewalk next to the Dyke March expressing an opinion, and this leads to Pride losing its city funding? The people in the video were expressing their right to free speech and assembly, clearly things that Mammoliti doesn't respect (at least if expressing opinions he doesn't tolerate.)
I am sick and tired of some who continue to equate any criticism of Israeli government policy as akin to anti-Semitism. This is draconian, thought control at its worst and it seems to have taken hold in Mammoliti's tiny brain, as well as many others. The reign of idiots at Toronto City Hall continues, so we have to consider these attacks from the bigots running the mayor's office and Executive Committee seriously.
The voices of reason on city council at least continue to get consideration in the (for now) free press:
"Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, council’s only openly gay member, said the city would absolutely open itself to legal action [should it deny Pride funding on the basis of Mammoliti's footage.]
Ford adversary Councillor Shelley Carroll called Mammoliti’s position “dangerous.”
“It’s the broader implications that we have to look at here. What is a political message. Are we part of a nation that honours freedom of speech or not?” she said. “What precedent does it set? Where does your responsibility as a cultural event organizer begin and end? There have to be some parameters.”
I couldn't agree more. Sadly, these intelligent, reasoned positions are in opposition at City Hall.