The Corner

The Choices We Make

Anti-Islamization campaigner Pamela Geller is pushing back hard against the local police’s attempt to nix her Toronto speech earlier this year. She’ll be testifying before the Independent Police Review Director tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mendel Kaplan, the squishy rabbi who got bullied by the coppers into canceling Miss Geller’s appearance at his synagogue, has been giving his version of events:

Asked whether he ever felt intimidated or threatened, he said, “There was a very clear choice laid out to me. The police said, ‘we don’t believe this agrees with [our] values, so either you have to give up your chaplaincy or you can have this speech.’

“I did something that I didn’t necessarily want to do because I had to do it.”

Ontario in the 21st century: a land where cops bully rabbis. Kaplan had already been on the receiving end of York Regional Police’s thuggish Diversity Commissar, Inspector Ricky Veerappan, whose “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau” had conducted a five-month investigation into one of the rabbi’s sermons. (Under the perversions of common law that now prevail everywhere from the Diversity Bureau to the IRS, the process is the punishment.) So Kaplan well understood that Veerappan’s threat was real. Nevertheless, as Laura Rosen Cohen writes:

He should have told the YRP Diversity Stasi to shove it . . .

It is not true that he “had” to cave to them.

He had a choice.

We always have choices.

Jews above all people should know that. Rabbi Kaplan:

He added, “It was a wise decision not to host her because it was not something worth losing my chaplaincy over.”

Wrong. It’s not something worth keeping such a chaplaincy over. It profit a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world . . . but for a York, Ontario, Diversity Bureau chaplaincy?

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

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