…and without love there is no freedom.
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CANADA RISE UP OR ELSE…!
THEY ARE TAKING YOUR FREE SPEECH AWAY, EVEN YOUR FREE BODY LANGUAGE. THIS IS WHAT THE COMMUNIST JEWS DID TO THE RUSSIANS. THEN THEY MURDERED THEM. AT LEAST 66 MILLION OF THEM, INCLUDING MILLIONS OF GERMAN-RUSSIANS. WHO SPEAKS FOR ANY OF US GERMANS FOR THIS CRIME BY THE JEWS GENOCIDING OUR FAMILIES IN RUSSIA AND IN WW1 AND WW2?!
THE COMMUNIST JEWS / GLOBAL WORLD CONTROLLERS, DICTATING BEHIND EVERY GOVERNMENT OFFICE ARE TAKING YOUR FREE SPEECH AWAY. IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE JEWISH HOLOCAUST DECEPTION! SOON IT WILL BE ABOUT YOUR FREE SPEECH ON ANYTHING. THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE JEWS OVERTHREW RUSSIA AND TOOK ALL FREE SPEECH AWAY. THE COMMUNIST JEWS ARRANGED FOR THE MURDER OF 66 MILLION OR MORE RUSSIAN PEOPLE, SOME WHO NEVER EVEN SAID A WORD AGAINST THEM. BUT ONE LITTLE PERSONAL OPINION ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT OPPRESSING THE PEOPLE, THEN FOR SURE THE GULAG DEATH CAMP OR IMMEDIATE EXECUTION. SOLZHENITSYN WROTE ABOUT HIMSELF AND HIS FELLOW RUSSIANS IN THE GULAG, THAT THEY WERE SORRY THEY DID NOT RISE UP, IN TIME, EVEN THOUGH THEY SAW IT COMING.
TAKE THE POWER AWAY FROM THESE CRIMINAL ANTI-HUMANS!
WHAT HATE AGAINST THE CITIZENS BY A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL, MR. BAKER, AND HIS HENCHMEN.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY BRAVE WOMAN, MONIKA SCHAEFER, IN JEW-RUN CANADA, WITH JEW LAWS ABOVE THE CONSTITUTION TO PUNISH PEOPLE WHO GAINED KNOWLEDGE THAT THE JEWISH HOLOCAUST IS A FRAUD AND VOICE THEIR OPINION! SHE IS NOW BEING HARASSED, HAUNTED, AND LEGALLY PERSUED.
From: Paul Fromm [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Mark your calendar — Persecuted truth seeker Monica Schaefer speaks in Toronto, August 24
Mark your calendar — Persecuted truth seeker Monica Schaefer speaks in Toronto, August 24
The Canadian Association for Free Expression Proudly Presents
* Canada’s latest free speech victim
* In June, Monika Schafer created a You Tube “Sorry, Mom, I Was Wrong About the Holocaust” — 70,000 hits and counting https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E0_BZphQ7Qo&feature=youtu.be
* All hell broke loose; the Legion banned her; local Legion head filed human rights complaints
Monika Schaefer: My Story
* How I came to reconsider the Hollywood Version of WW II & Why I apologized to my parents
* How the forces of thought control have tried to ruin me
TORONTO. Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Airport Comfort Inn (445 Rexdale Blvd. at Highway 27.) [Take the 37A bus from Islington Station] 8:00 p.m. [$10 admission]
* Sorry, I can’t attend. Please send me the audiotape of Miss Schaefer’s talk. $6.00
* I’d also like to assist with the cost of this meeting. Here is my donation of $_______.
C-FAR, P.O. Box 332, Rexdale, ON., M9W 5L3
Fiddler Music and Photo Gallery of Monika Schaefer and Her Friends:
NEW INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE:
August 11, 2016
THE HATE CRIME OF MR. DAVE BAKER
LETTER TO DAVE BAKER PROTESTING BUSKING BAN ON MONIKA SCHAEFER FOR HER “NON-INCLUSIVE” (?) VIEWS
Dear Mr. Baker:
Frankly, sir, I hold an M.A. in English language, literature and linguistics and was an English instructor to 25 years and I must confess I struggled to grasp your meaning. Yes, one understands you don’t like Miss Schaefer’s views. But what do her views on WW II have to do with her playing the violin. She has frequently volunteered for benefits and has been a generous and giving member of the Jasper community for 35 years.
“Non-inclusive views” — what does that mean? Almost any opinion is non-inclusive: if you support the Blue Jays, you reject the Yankees and the Orioles. If you are pro-Conservative, you reject the Liberals and the NDP. Perhaps, actions may be inclusive. Monika will play for ALL passersby. In fact, she is most inclusive.
What should her personal or historical opinions, mainstream or otherwise, have to do with her busking. Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, however imperfect, guarantees freedom of speech and belief. Your actions have blatantly violated hers.
People often sneer at our superstitious ancestors and wonder how they could turn on their neighbours and burn some as witches. Look at what is happening in Jasper to a giving, well-liked woman you once called your neighbour.
I hope you’ll give this matter some sober second thought and grant Miss Schaefer the busking permit
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION
The Canadian Association for Free Expression (CAFE), founded in 1982, is Canada’s leading free speech advocacy group.
August 5, 2016
…judge, jury, prosecutor, and enforcer all at once…
C A N A D A
judge, jury, prosecutor, and enforcer all at once,
just like at the Nuremberg trial.
THE SILENCING OF FREE SPEECH ABOUT THE JEWISH HOLOCAUST LIES, IS THE BEGINNING OF WHAT THE JEWS DID IN RUSSIA TO THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE, AND IN THE UKRAINE, NAMELY MURDER 66 MILLION AND MORE OF THEM, AND WHAT THE JEWS WILL DO TO ALL OF US IF WE DO NOT STOP THEM. THEIR PLAN TO ERADICATE MOST OF MANKIND KEEPS MOVING FORWARD.
NOBODY WOULD PUT THEMSELVES PURPOSEFULLY INTO THIS POSITION TO BE HAUNTED, ABUSED, AND MOST LIKELY PROSECUTED (IT’S A CRIME IN CANADA TO TELL THE TRUTH THAT THE HOLOCAUST IS A FRAUD) IF THEY DID NOT TRULY KNOW IN THEIR HEART, AFTER DUE EXAMINATION, THAT THE HOLOCAUST (THE JEWISH ONE BECAUSE THEIR ARE MANY) IS INDEED A FRAUD.
|Date:||5. August 2016 (18:23:26 CDT)|
Re: Monika Schaefer’a busking permit (public performance) still declined by tyrannical authorities
Letter from Monika Schaefer, Canada:
Habitat for the Arts
5 August 2016
Thank you very much for showing me yesterday exactly where you stand on the issue of my busking permit. Before having finally seen you face-to-face for the first time this summer, I had given you the benefit of the doubt. I believed that surely someone else is whispering in your ear, giving you direction. I believed that, because I did not recognize the Dave Baker that I have known since many years, in the curt email which you sent on 23rd July 2016, quoted here:
“We have considered your application for a busking permit in Jasper. In light of your recently publicly proclaimed non-inclusive beliefs we have decided to decline a permit to you at this time….Please see the attached Values and Principles statement.”
The hostility with which you treated me yesterday, at the “soft opening” of the new library-and-arts facility, gave me quite a clear picture. It became much more obvious to me that it must indeed be you who has made the decision to arbitrarily deny me a busking permit. Your attitude was belligerent and quite frankly, cowardly.
You and I have been generous with each other and with the community in the countless endeavours that we have participated in and shared over the years. Is that all forgotten? It seems you have left your humanity behind.
You have designated yourself judge, jury, prosecutor, and enforcer all at once, on a spurious assumption that I am guilty of a crime, when in fact I am acting in good conscience to rectify past wrongs. My actions are based on my new understanding that the Hollywood version of history we have been taught is indeed full of factual errors.
You made it perfectly clear that answers are not forthcoming to my two questions which I asked in my email of August 1st quoted here:
“There has been a stunning silence from you since the cursory email you sent me on July 23rd, 2016 … I am wondering who you are accountable to, and who the “we” refers to in your (original) message to me. These are two very important questions and I expect that you will be forthcoming with an answer to these…. Monika”
I asked those questions again yesterday, peacefully and in person, and you repeatedly told me “I will not discuss this here, I will not discuss this now. This is a sacred place.” So I asked when and where? When would the answers be coming? Could we set up a meeting please? You then told me point blank “You – already – have – the – only – answer – that – you – will – get.”
I see… final judgement has been made, and the proverbial jail key has been tossed out.
My first question was about accountability. I received a partial answer from the cover of this week’s Fitzhugh newspaper. The caption under the front-page picture of happy buskers says “Music in the Streets… thanks to a new pilot-project between the municipality and Habitat for the Arts.” For that reason I am sending this to all the town councillors and mayor, as they have a role to play in this. Are they also playing the role of thought police?
The Habitat “Values and Principles” statement is very good. The second paragraph follows (emphases mine), to show the absurdity of your accusation of “non-inclusive beliefs” against me. I contend it is you who is being non-inclusive.
“We believe that learning never stops
We know it enhances social inclusion,active citizenship and personal development.
We embrace new challenges and ideas.
We welcome new methods and change.
We help each other grow through knowledge exchange and support.”
Dave Baker, since you do not want to talk with me, then you simply become part of the wider story. My ‘bcc’ list is growing ever larger, as more and more people from around the world are taking an interest in this story. It is beginning to look like this pretty little town in a National Park and a World Heritage Site is becoming a leader in the totalitarian anti-free-speech direction that Canada is taking.
July 26, 2016 email from Paul Fromm
Truth Seeker Monika Schaefer Punished By Apostles of “Diversity” in Jasper, Alberta
Holocaust Skeptic Monika Schaefer Pays the Price for Being A Truth Seeker — Standing Up to Shunning & Attacks on Her Employment in A Small Town
July 26, 2016 email from Paul Fromm
THE CANADIAN RED ENSIGN
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016
What is your true Faith? & The Monika Schaefer Story
Do you call yourself a Christian?
If so, please permit me to ask you the following two questions.
If someone were to deny the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, to say that He did not rise bodily from the grave, would you want that person to be punished by the state with a fine or a prison sentence or to be driven from career and community and turned into a pariah?
The second question is the same as the first except that instead of denying the Resurrection of Jesus Christ the person in question denies that the Holocaust took place, or questions the veracity of certain elements of the Holocaust narrative, such as the death count of six million.
If your answer to the first question is yes then I would suggest you need to think through your faith. If you are a Christian then you yourself believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead for you cannot be a Christian without believing this. If you believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead then you believe that this was an actual event. The truth of that event does not depend upon your faith or that of anyone else and therefore cannot be harmed by anyone’s denial. Nor should another’s denial be able to harm your own faith in the Resurrection if you recognize that your faith relies upon the truth of what you believe, rather than the other way around, and are well-familiar with the evidence for that truth. The denier, therefore, can only harm himself by his denial, and so the appropriate response on your part, as a Christian, is to testify to your own faith in the Living Christ and to pray that the eyes of the denier would be opened that he might see the light of the Gospel, be converted, and believe.
If a yes answer to the first question suggests that the believer is insecure in his own faith, a yes answer to the second question, especially when joined with a no answer to the first, indicates a far more serious problem. It indicates that the Holocaust is of greater importance to you than the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, that the Holocaust is now in the space which the Gospel ought to occupy in the heart of the Christian believer.
These are all things that Canadian Christians ought to keep in mind in hearing or reading the recent news story about one Monika Schaefer and contemplating what they ought to think about the whole affair.
Schaefer, the Canadian born daughter of German immigrants who were of the generation that saw the Third Reich, is a violin instructor in Jasper, Alberta who has run, unsuccessfully, as the Green Party candidate in the federal constituency of Yellowhead on several occasions. In June she posted a video on Youtube, in which she played the violin and apologized to her parents for believing their generation to be guilty of perpetrating the Holocaust which she has come to believe to be “the biggest and most pernicious persistent lie in all of history.”
As you have probably guessed, certain people are rather upset about this. The head of B’nai Brith, an organization which, if I had as little class as they have I would describe with a considerably greater degree of accuracy than they have ever seen fit to exercise, as a Christophobic hate group, demanded that the Green Party “must denounce Schaefer and distance itself from all Holocaust denying groups and individuals.” Of course the party did just that, declaring that “The Green Party of Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms comments by Monika Schaefer, a former candidate, regarding her views on the Holocaust” and that at the next meeting of their Federal Council they will hear a motion to revoke her membership. Elizabeth May, the party’s leader, declared her condemnation of Schaefer’s “terribly misguided and untrue statements,” saying that Schaefer “does not represent the values of the Green Party nor of our membership.”
The matter of whom the fringe, leftist, eco-crackpot Green Party kicks out of their movement is of no concern to me in and of itself, although I find B’nai Brith’s bullying political parties into kicking out people they do not approve of for reasons that have nothing to do with the party’s policies and platform quite irritating. Schaefer faces more than just being kicked out of her political party, however. Thanks to Ken Kuzminski, the president of the Jasper legion who, according to the CBC was at one time a friend of Schaefer’s, a charge has been filed against her with both the Alberta and the Canadian Human Rights Commissions. That yet another person may find herself the victim of the injustice of being punished for expressing forbidden thoughts at the hands of these Stalinist inquisitions is something which concerns and ought to outrage all Canadians.
The Canadian and provincial Human Rights Commissions are fundamentally un-Canadian institutions if by Canada we mean the Dominion of Canada that fought against Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich alongside the United Kingdom and the other countries in the great British family of nations between 1939 and 1945. The Dominion of Canada was established in 1867 by the Fathers of Confederation on the Loyalist foundation of preserving in the new country they were building, our rich British heritage including our parliamentary monarchy form of government, our Christian religion, our English Common Law, and the basic freedoms and legal rights that developed in the course of over a thousand years of history that included such highlights as the constitution of Alfred the Great of Wessex and the Magna Carta Libertatum. These Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals, which investigate and pass judgement upon the expressed thoughts of Canadians to determine whether they have committed what in the Newspeak of George Orwell’s 1984 was called “crimethink,” are foreign to that heritage and tradition, being much more at home in totalitarian ideological states like the Soviet Union, Red China, and North Korea.
It was the ideology that drove these states – the ideology of Marxist-Leninism, more commonly known as Communism – to which the Liberal Prime Ministers who governed Canada from 1963 to 1984 subscribed, secretly in the case of Lester Pearson, more openly in the case of Pierre Trudeau who was responsible for the Canadian Human Rights Act which established these Soviet-style tribunals. This ideology was an enemy of National Socialism, the ideology behind the Third Reich, but the enmity was that of bitter rivalry between virtually identical twin siblings. The only significant difference between the two was that National Socialism, being racist and nationalist, rejected the liberal universalism, internationalism, and cosmopolitanism of Communism. Otherwise they were revolutionary ideologies that attracted young thugs, hated the old, traditional, order, and established virtually identical party-ruled, police states that governed by fear and required everyone to at least give lip service to the tenets of their ideology.
The British family of nations, including the Dominion of Canada, was forced to make a temporary alliance with the Soviet Union in the war against the Third Reich, but the wisest of our leaders, such as Sir Winston Churchill, recognized that the ideology of the USSR was just as bad and dangerous as that of Nazi Germany and it would serve us well in this day to remember that the two ideologies were twins. Those who think that ideas like those of Monika Schaefer ought to be punished by law maintain that they hold this position to prevent a resurgence of National Socialism. The Nizkor website, on its home page, asks the question “Given the evidence…why do people deny the Holocaust?” which it answers with a quotation from some American neo-Nazi group “The real purpose of holocaust revisionism is to make National Socialism an acceptable political alternative again.”
This, however, is clearly nonsense. The first holocaust revisionist was Paul Rassinier, a French Communist and pacifist, who joined the anti-Nazi resistance and was himself imprisoned in Buchenwald and Dora. The American history professor, Harry Elmer Barnes, who had Rassinier’s books published in English, was an American classical liberal. Calvinist theologian Rousas J. Rushdooney, after reading Rassinier and Barnes, pointed to the claims of the standard Holocaust account which they disputed as an example of bearing false witness against one’s neighbour in his commentary on the Ten Commandments in his Institutes of Biblical Law. David Cole, who became a Holocaust revisionist in his youth, going to the site of Auschwitz to investigate after the fall of Communism in Poland, is a fairly mainstream American conservative and certainly no Nazi-sympathizer. None of these men had or have an interest in making National Socialism “an acceptable political alternative again.” Most holocaust revisionists, according to journalist John Sack, in an Esquire article from 2001 in which he described his encounters with David Irving, Ernst Zundel, and other revisionists at a meeting of the Institute for Historical Review, were simply ordinary people of German descent who did not want to think ill of their ancestors.
It would be more truthful to say that it is the influence of Communism, National Socialism’s rival sibling, that lies behind the suppression of Holocaust revisionism. Due to the similarity between the ideologies, it is therefore also true to say that those who want to see people like Monika Schaefer silenced, dragged before Human Rights tribunals, and punished for their views, are closer to the spirit of Adolf Hitler than those they seek to persecute. It has been pointed out that the adherents of these totalitarian ideologies often had no problem switching from the one to the other and it is interesting to note that when the Dominion of Canada was fighting Hitler at the side of Great Britain, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the author of the Canadian Human Rights Act who throughout his political career praised Communist tyrants like Mao and Castro, was riding around on his motorcycle, denouncing the war effort, with a German helmut on his head and a big swastika on his back.
Fellow Canadians, if any of the spirit of the old Dominion still lives on in you, I urge you not to remain silent while another Canadian is persecuted for expressing an unpopular point of view. It is those who wish to silence and punish Monika Schaefer, not Schaefer herself, who represent all of the things our country went to war to fight in 1939.
As for the Holocaust – make up your own minds about it. Read both sides – conventional history books, such as Raul Hilberg’s The Destruction of The European Jews – and those by the revisionists. David Cole, for example, has an interesting summary of his present views on the matter in the last chapter of his memoir Republican Party Animal. If you find the conventional history more convincing, believe it. If you find the revisionists have better arguments, believe them. If you cannot make up your mind, don’t be afraid to admit it and say that you just don’t know. Any of these options is fine. Just don’t let bullies like B’nai Brith tell you what to think.
Finally, Canadian Christians, when you see Holocaust revisionists being persecuted for their views, recognize this for the injustice that it is. This, and not the unevenness of the distribution of wealth, is what real injustice looks like. Do not be fooled by the wolves in sheep’s clothing, who preach social justice, while licking the jackboots of the ideology responsible for these injustices, an ideology that has been dedicated to the destruction of our faith since the moment its founder penned his foul Manifesto in 1848. If you do not want people thrown in jail or otherwise persecuted for denying the Resurrection – and you should not want that – then you ought to be opposed to their being persecuted for denying the Holocaust. Otherwise, you testify that the Holocaust is more important to you than the Resurrection, raising the question of where your faith truly lies.
25 July 2016
Alberta Al’s letter to the Jasper Fitzhugh on the smearing of Monika Schaefer and her right to freedom of speech
Not only was I disappointed in your article allowing the printing of the condemnation of Miss Schaefer by Ken Kuzminski and the two Jewsish organizations, I became downright angry. I am an 80 year old now retired in Kelowna but was once the alderman and Mayor of Grande Prairie where I lived and worked as a lawyer for 15 glorious years. Allowing Mr. Kuzminski to smear and degrade Miss Schaefer, along with the Jewish organizations THE CENTRE FOR ISRAEL & JEWISH AFFAIRS and the EDMONTON JEWISH FEDERATION, for no apparent good reason other than in your OPINION she went too far in her video questioning the so-called Jewish holocaust.
I have been an avid free speech advocate all my life. I believe that freedom of speech INCLUDES the right to offend. If people don’t like what I say or write they don’t have to hear me nor read my articles. But here you have allowed self-seeking groups and an individual to perpetuate a lie about Miss Schaefer when all she REALLY did was IN HER OPINION deny the holocaust. And there are many deniers out there.
As a lawyer I have been taught to question, question, question and question because you’ll never get an answer without questioning. So I took the liberty of writing to these two Jewish organizations, one of which labelled Miss Schaefer an “ignoramus” and “anti-semite”, and asked them a simple question: SINCE YOU HAVE ASSERTED THE POSITIVE THAT THE GERMANS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KILLING OF EXACTLY 6 MILLION JEWS DURING WW2, PLEASE PROVIDE ME WITH WRITTEN AND SUBSTANTIATED EVIDENCE OF YOUR ASSERTION BECAUSE IT IS YOU THAT HAS THE BURDEN OF PROOF. I have yet to receive answers.
As for Mr. Kuzminski he ought to be ashamed of himself as President of the Jasper Legion to inflame the public against Miss Schaefer for expressing her opinion. Quite frankly I don’t think that Mr. Kuzminski knows the first thing about the history of the so-called Jewish holocaust of WW2. His bigoted opinion against Miss Schaefer deserves the worst condemnation because as the grand pooh-bear of a prestigious organization he should know better. If he doesn’t believe in free, unfettered speech then he should have the guts, the mettle, to say so. The same goes for every Jewish organization in Canada.
I support Miss Schaefer and HER DEMOCRATIC RIGHT to say what she wants in a non-aggressive manner and her video is no exception. Blocking freedom of speech and of the press is nothing short of silencing those of us who believe in the unrestricted right to our freedoms.
via email from Paul Fromm July 18, 2016:
Holocaust Skeptic Monika Schaefer Targeted By Legion and Green Party for Her Views
Monika Schaefer is a gentle violin teacher, a woman of independent mind, a supporter of organic and environmental causes, and a longtime Green Party stalwart and candidate.
In 2014, her skeptical nature led her to re-examine the German guilt and German bashing she had experienced. She came to doubt the new religion of holocaust, a tribal history that has become the secular religion of the cultural Marxists in the west. It is enforced, in many countries, with fines, imprisonment and job loss. Miss Schaefer attended much of the Arthur Tophan, “hate law” trial in Quesnel, British Columbia last Autumn.
In June, Miss Schaefer released a video apologizing to her deceased mother for blaming her generation for having done nothing during the so-called holocaust. This intensely personal and touching video, introduced by Monika’s violin playing, has gone viral and garnered over 30,000 hits in less than a month.
Retribution from the apostles of tolerance was swift. CBC News (July 15, 2016) reported: “Ken Kuzminski … used to be friends with Schaefer but says that all changed after he saw her video. He says many people have approached him in the town of Jasper in disbelief over what Schaefer has said. ‘It is a hate crime in my mind and I believe it should be investigated as such,’ said Kuzminski, who is also the president of the local Legion in Jasper. He says Schaefer is no longer welcomed at the legion. Kuzminski filed a complaint with the Alberta and Canadian Human Rights Commission, citing Schaefer’s denial of the Holocaust as hate speech.”
“Kuzminski is a disgrace,” says Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression. “Miss Schaefer’s video contains hate against no one. She is simply seeking to correct errors in received opinion. My parents both fought for Canada in WW II — my father in the Royal Canadian Navy and my mother as a nurse in the Canadian Army. They both believed, in the language of the day, that they were fighting for ‘King and Country and democracy’ and democratic rights. They’d be horrified to see a woman punished for the non-violent expression of her views. Wasn’t that the sort of tactics of the dictators they thought they were fighting against?” Fromm asks.
[Kuzminski was NDP candidate in 2006 and 2008. the NDP is often a bitter opponent of the Greens on the left.]
The Green Party and Miss Schaefer’s former colleague Party leader Elizabeth May were swift to jettison the free thinker.
“The Green Party condemned Schaefer’s comments in a strongly worded statement released Friday. ‘I am shocked by comments made by Ms. Schaefer and I condemn her terribly misguided and untrue statements,’ said Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada. ‘Ms Schaefer does not represent the values of the Green Party nor of our membership.’ In light of Ms. Schaefer’s untrue statements made in a recent online video, we will be initiating the process to terminate her membership with the Green Party of Canada at the earliest possible opportunity,’ said Emily McMillan, Green party executive director.”
Apparently, the Green Party now has a religious litmus test. While you can deny the divinity of Christ or even the existence of God Himself and be a loyal Greenie in good standing, you cannot question the new religion of holocaust. So much for the edgy, counter-culture freethinkers.
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION
Monika Schaefer Defends Herself Against Jasper Fitzhugh Smear Article
. Creative Commons photo.A video shot by a local resident denying the Holocaust has been widely condemned by the community and at least one resident has filed a formal complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
On June 17, Monika Schaefer, a well-known Jasper resident and former Green Party candidate, appeared in a video on Youtube denying the Holocaust. The video was subsequently posted on her Facebook page.
“This is the most persistent and pernicious lie in all of history,” said Schaefer, about the Holocaust.
In the video she described the Holocaust as the “the six-million lie” in reference to the six million Jews who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War.
The six-minute video quickly went viral and garnered more than 30,000 views at the time of publishing.
At the end of the video Schaefer invited viewers to read several books published by Holocaust deniers, including Ernst Zündel, who lived in Canada for four decades before being deported to his native Germany where he was imprisoned for five years for denying the Holocaust.
Ken Kuzminski, president of the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion, described the video as hate speech.
“Monika has a right to say whatever she wants to say, but once she’s published it I feel that’s moved on to hate speech,” said Kuzminski.
“She can stand up and say whatever she wants, but she has to accept the consequences of doing that.”
He said he has written a formal complaint to the Alberta Human Rights Commission, contacted the local RCMP detachment and the German embassy.
“By her denying that this ever happened it perpetuates hatred, racism and discrimination,” said Kuzminski, adding he’s heard from several young people in town that they no longer feel safe.
“This is not the community we are and what we believe in.”
The Alberta Human Rights Commission neither confirmed nor denied it had received a formal complaint.
“All of the information that comes into the human rights commission with regards to complaints is confidential,” said Susan Coombes, with the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
With that said, she said any complaint involving hate would fall under section three of the Alberta Human Rights Act.
“It’s really difficult to prove,” said Coombes, about whether someone is in violation of the act. “What you have to do is say that there was intent to incite hate.”
The Jasper RCMP confirmed it was aware of the video, but said no formal investigation has been launched.
“At this time what I can say is that I’m aware the video exists and it was brought to my attention,” said RCMP Sgt. Rick Bidaisee. “Discussions are ongoing.”
Schaefer said she stood by her comments in the video during a telephone interview July 11.
“Right now the issue for me is freedom of speech,” said Schaefer. “Last I checked I thought we had freedom of speech in Canada and suddenly I’m the criminal.”
She confirmed she shot the video in Germany, where it is illegal to deny the Holocaust.
“If we don’t have the right to question a historical event then we don’t have freedom of speech,” said Schaefer.
Schaefer was slated to perform during Canada Day, but was pulled from the schedule after the Canada Day committee learned a group of residents were going to protest her performance.
“We had really reliable information that there was going to be a protest and in the interests of public safety and her safety for that matter, we decided it would just be in everybody’s best interests if she stood down for this year,” said Pattie Pavlov, general manager for the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce.
Kuzminski confirmed she is also banned from the legion.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) quickly condemned the video after learning of its existence.
“As a Holocaust denier, Ms. Schaefer, who appears in this absurd video, has earned her place on the very margins of society,” wrote Martin Sampson, director of communications for CIJA.
“Her comments would be laughable but for the intense pain they cause the survivor community and their descendants. Denying the Holocaust exposes her as an anti-Semitic ignoramus.”
“The truth is the Holocaust was industrialized, state-sponsored murder committed by the Nazis against the Jewish people. It is the most well documented genocide—by both perpetrator and victim—in history. To deny this fact is to spit in the face of truth.”
News that a formal complaint was lodged with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, on July 10 in Poland, where one million people, mostly Jews, were killed in the Second World War.