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The Bureau of Diversity Compliance

On Thursday, I wrote here about a Canadian police department’s attempt to shut down a Pamela Geller speech in Toronto by threatening the rabbi hosting it. The Ottawa Citizen editorial on the matter begins:

The York Regional Police department should be ashamed.

Indeed, they should.Thanks to the York Regional Police’s creepy and Orwellian “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau”, Canada is now a land where cops are sent round to synagogues to threaten rabbis – all in the name of “diversity” and “inclusion”, which must give the old-school fascists a laugh at their Monday-night poker game in hell. Jewish organizations north and south of the border ought to be up in arms about this. According to Brian Sibley, Inspector Ricky Veerappen, the head of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau, is himself Muslim – which may or may not explain why he’s strutting about like the Ontario branch of Saudi Arabia’s Mutaween. Dig this example of a 21st century policeman’s thinking:

Veerappan apparently told Kaplan Geller’s speech “would not be endorsed by York Regional Police.”

(Since when is it up to the police to “endorse” speech?)

It’s not. And the fact that the York Regional Police think it is testifies to how deep runs the spongey, insinuating soft-totalitarian rot of “diversity”. In response to the controversy, the YRP issued a press release, full of the usual pansy evasions but revealing nonetheless:

Free speech is the right of every citizen and York Regional Police recognizes that. However, some of Ms. Geller’s previous comments clearly conflict with the values of our organization and our continuous work to enhance all relationships in our diverse community.

As I wrote on Thursday, it is not the job of a police force to enforce its “values”, but to uphold the law – without favor. If you want an ideological police force that enforces “values”, try Riyadh or Waziristan.

The York Regional Police should not have a “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau”. And, having no understanding of the proper role of a police officer in a free society, Inspector Ricky Veerappan should be compelled to seek alternative employment.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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