A Student of History

November 16, 2012

Upcoming Lectures on War of 1812 at Univ. of MD

Filed under: Canada,Early America,Historic Places,Wars — John Maass @ 10:25 am

Prof. Don E. Gravesis an authority on the War of 1812 from the Canadian perspective. He has taught military history and served as a staff historian for the Canadian Directorate of History and Heritage. He has also published extensively on the major battles of the War of 1812, including Crylser’s Farm, Lundy’s Lane and Chippawa. His book on the Battle of Plattsburgh is forthcoming. Graves will offer a spirited explanation of why and how the Canadians won the War of 1812.

“Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights: The Odyssey of the Essex–Captain David Porter’s Invasion of the Pacific in the War of 1812″
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m., tentatively scheduled for the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore

Prof. Paul Gilje, a George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma, has written extensively on early American history and has also served as the president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He is currently researching the question of sailors’ rights and memory in the War of 1812, and his lecture will be based on his forthcoming book of the same title.

“The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies”
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Langsdale Library Auditorium

Alan Taylor
, professor of history at the University of California, Davis, where he specializes in early American history and Canadian history, will expound on the effect of the War of 1812 on common people and on families whose members lived on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border. His latest book, which has the same title as his lecture, was published in 2010 and received rave reviews.

Further information about the series is available from the Division of Legal, Ethical & Historical Studies, at 410.837.5323.

February 9, 2012

War of 1812 and National Defense

Filed under: Canada,Early America,Wars — John Maass @ 9:09 am

My friend Dr. Michael Crawford over at the Navy’s history shop (formally, the Naval History and Heritage Command) recently gave a talk on the War of 1812, covered in this article at the DoD website.

An exerpt:

The War of 1812 was a watershed moment in the nation’s development of a strong national defense system, a military historian said this week, as it provided justification for building up the Navy and changed the nation’s attitude toward strengthening the central government.

Michael Crawford, a senior historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command, made that observation Feb. 7 during a “DOD Live” bloggers roundtable.

July 1, 2008

Victory in Canada!

Filed under: Canada,PC — John Maass @ 10:19 am

Maclean’s magazine is pleased that the Canadian Human Rights Commission has dismissed the complaint brought against it by the Canadian Islamic Congress. The decision is in keeping with our long-standing position that the article in question, “The Future Belongs to Islam,” an excerpt from Mark Steyn’s best-selling book America Alone, was a worthy piece of commentary on important geopolitical issues, entirely within the bounds of normal journalistic practice.

More here

June 17, 2008

More on Mark Steyn

Filed under: Canada — John Maass @ 6:05 am

Here’s some additional commentary from Canada on the muzzling of free speech in Canada.

June 13, 2008

Free Mark Steyn

Filed under: Canada,PC — John Maass @ 9:53 am

There’s a great editorial at the National Review Online site regarding the Mark Steyn case in Canada, in which he is being tried by a kangaroo court for expressing his opinion.  (His article argued that demographic trends indicate that Western Civilization will sooner or later be forced to confront problems associated with radical Islam.)

The NRO piece tells us of the tragi-comical nature of this Soviet-style proceeding:

[The] proceedings had no evidentiary rules — new evidence was routinely introduced without warning. Commissioners routinely recessed to determine the eligibility of evidence; legal representation would dash off mid-hearing to print Internet material to introduce as evidence; an “expert” witness was called whose chief credentials were academic papers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and still other witnesses were called under the prejudicial direction that “we anticipate that success in this case will provide the impetus for prohibiting discriminatory publications in the other provinces.”

That is what passes for justice in Canada these days.


June 12, 2008

Don’t say what you want in Canada

Filed under: Canada,PC — John Maass @ 5:36 am

Another story about the Orwellian “human rights commissions” in Canada. 

A monthly Canadian Catholic magazine of news, analysis and opinion has been burdened by $20,000 in legal costs in the process of defending itself against a campaign of harassment – including a human rights complaint – launched by homosexualist activists.

The magazine is Catholic Insight.  The magazine printed articles dealing with the ongoing push within the public sphere to normalize homosexuality and, in particular, to legalize homosexual “marriage.”  In what has become typical of Canadian “justice,” the magazine has racked up $20,000 in legal fees, but the man who filed the complaint has had all his legal fees covered by the state.  Nice.

In related matter, the IHT website has an article that is something of an overview on the abusive practices going on now in Canada (and elsewhere) over free speech, notable the Mark Steyn  case in BC.

The article reminds us that “Canada, Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and India all have laws or have signed international conventions banning hate speech. Israel and France forbid the sale of Nazi items like swastikas and flags. It is a crime to deny the Holocaust in Canada, Germany and France.”  In the USA, however, “newspapers and magazines can say what they like about minority groups and religions – even false, provocative or hateful things – without legal consequence.”

However, fear not!  The leftists of this country, who brought us campus speech codes and the whole bullshit of PC, are trying to chip away at the constitutional freedoms we enjoy here.  “It is not clear to me that the Europeans are mistaken,” Jeremy Waldron, a legal philosopher, wrote in The New York Review of Books last month, “when they say that a liberal democracy must take affirmative responsibility for protecting the atmosphere of mutual respect against certain forms of vicious attack.”  One man’s “atmosphere of mutual respect” is another’s trial.  Just ask Mark Steyn…


June 5, 2008

Catholicism a crime in Canada?

Filed under: Canada — John Maass @ 5:33 am

Well, after my post yesterday about Canada’s shameful and abusive “human rights” panels (inquisitions), we get more evidence today that free speech is a luxury enjoyed south of the border and not in the snowy acres up north.  What is the problem now?  The Catholic Exchange website tells us:

Fr. Alphonse de Valk, a Brazilian priest and pro-life activist known throughout Canada for his orthodoxy, is currently being investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) — a quasi-judicial investigative body with the power of the Canadian government behind it. The CHRC is using section 13 of Canada’s Human Rights Act to investigate the priest. This is a section under which no defendant has ever won once the allegation has gone to tribunal — the next stage of the process.

Most defendants end up paying thousands of dollars in fines and compensation. This is in addition to various court costs. Moreover, defendants are responsible for their own legal defense. In contrast, the commission provides free legal assistance to the complainant.

What was Father de Valk’s alleged ‘hate act’?

Father defended the Church’s teaching on marriage during Canada’s same-sex ‘marriage’ debate, quoting extensively from the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Pope John Paul II’s encyclicals.

Thus, stating one’s opinion about a moral issue is verboten in Canada.  Beware….

And by the way, it seems that being a Menonite runs afoul of Canadian authorities as well.  In Quebec, they have been told to “conform to the official provincial curriculum, which includes teaching homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle” in their schools. 

For an excellent National Review piece on the shenanigans in Canada, click here.

June 4, 2008

Abuses in Canada

Filed under: Canada,PC — John Maass @ 5:32 am

Some of the most dangerous and oppressive institutions in existence on this side of the Atlantic are the various Canadian “human rights tribunals,” which take PC so far to the left that they impose onerous restrictions on morality, speech, and individual liberties.  For example:

A Saskatchewan human rights tribunal has fined Regina marriage commissioner Orville Nichols $2,500 for refusing to “marry” two homosexual men who approached him for the ceremony in 2005.

Mr. Nichols told the two men, identified only as “M.J.” and his partner as “B.R.” in the court documents, he would not marry them because it went against his religious convictions as a devout Baptist, but referred them to another commissioner, Edna McCall, because he was aware that she would perform same sex marriages.

The court documents reveal that the complainant M.J. was 51 years old at the time of the hearing last year, had been married for about seventeen years and had three children, and “did not realize that he was a homosexual until after he was divorced.”

The “marriage” was performed on May 5, 2005, on the dock on the east side of Wascana Lake, as M.J. and B.R. had originally planned.

The tribunal ruling stated that Mr. Nichols had contravened section 31.4(b) of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code and that his refusal based on religious belief conflicted with his duties as a public officer. “The Commission stands by its position that to allow public officials to insert their personal morality when determining who should and who should not receive the benefit of law undermines human rights in Saskatchewan beyond the issue of same-sex marriages.”

Are things headed the same way in the USA?  I doubt it, but I will continue to chronicle the abuses of these absurd bodies, of which Canada should be ashamed.  Check out some more stories here.

For a similar story about France, click here.  It describes how a French actress, Brigette Bardot, was fined about $23,000 for stating an opinion.

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