Canadian blogger “racist” for using Obama’s middle name?

Another day, another illiterate, belligerent Muslim takes a Canadian conservative to the “Human Rights” Commission…

When I was in London talking about my book The Tyranny of Nice, I met lots of wonderful folks, including blogger Andrew Lawton.

(If you’ve ever been to CPAC, you might have met Andrew — he’s quite the gregarious fellow.)

He told me he’d just received his first Human Rights complaint and was so thrilled. (I’m jealous!) He wasn’t quite sure how far it would go, but for now he was relying on an email he’d just received that read:

Your hateful blog
Mohammed al-Zahar
([email protected])

Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 5:48 PM
To: [email protected]

Mr. Lawton:

I am writing today to inform you that as of 10:27am EST this morning, I have filed a claim against you under the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Among other hateful and inflammatory remarks made on your blog,, you referred to President Obama as “Barack Hussein Obama,” citing that he is an Arab-American. This was made in a hateful and dirogatory manner, and such racist propaganda is forbidden under section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

I hope that you go down in flames like your other Nazi friends.


If you’d like to express your thoughts on the matter to Mohammed, see his email above.

Canadians might also wish to ask the Canadian Human Rights Commission about the status of this case, and express your feelings about this use of our tax dollars.

Or, if you are an American citizen, inquire as to the legality of using your President’s middle name in public should you ever visit Canada.

Canadian Human Rights Commission
344 Slater Street, 8th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1E1, Canada
Telephone: (613) 995-1151
Toll Free: 1-888-214-1090
TTY: 1-888-643-3304
Fax: (613) 996-9661

(Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury.)

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