When a CJC friend phoned me yesterday, and asked if I was going to write about the issue, I said to him “Sure, right after I write up this blockbuster about the Canadian Tamil Congress being folded into the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils.”
One of my biggest criticisms of the CJC has been that it is locked into obsolete debating positions inherited from the group’s 1970s- and 1980s-era activists — such as the idea that rigid enforcement of hate-speech codes serves any benefit to modern Jews. As I wrote here, the pro-censorship position advocated by the CJC hurts Jews because the mainstream commentators whom it affects most are anti-Islamist culture warriors such as Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn. An organizational shake-up would at least have the benefit of letting a new brain trust revisit some of the old dogmas.
I think the fact that Kay actually got a phone call like that says all you need to know about the CJC, which also spends lots of their (UJA-supported) time making annoying anonymous comments on my husband’s blog, under various aliases.
(It’s called “an IP address,” guys. Look it up…)
Anyway, Kay calls Farber a “mensch” for — oooooohhhhh!!! — “personally facing down” a handful of aging McChristians! Next he’ll be joining the French Foreign Legion!
If “mensch” now includes “taking credit for MY work (after calling me one of the biggest racists in Canada),” (not to mention publicly consorting with a man who is arguably as big a “homophobe,” by liberal standards, as I am a “racist”) we need to update the Yiddish/English dictionary.
Everyone at the CJC is just desperate to get their Orders of Canada, make nice with Muslims and cling to their phony baloney jobs.
UPDATE: Jezuz look at these idiots…
“I remember getting a letter from the Canadian Jewish Congress saying I was blacklisted in all of North America and if I performed over there they would organise boycotts of the shows.” (…)
This wasn’t enough to satisfy venue bookers and managers in North America, where, though not a household name, he has a considerable following. It was put to him that talking to the head of the Canadian Jewish Congress might help defuse the situation. “A meeting was set up. The head of the Jewish congress wanted to meet me at the Holocaust museum in Toronto [?],” he says. “For me this wasn’t an act of contrition.
“When we met he told me his point of view and I told him my perspective. I wasn’t going to ‘apologise’ and I wasn’t going to not apologise – if you know what I mean – because I didn’t think an ‘apology’ was part of what was going on.”
He toured Canada last summer. [So much for that “blacklist” and “boycott”…] “In the shows I talked about what happened. I would open by saying, ‘Are there any Jews in tonight?’ and in a crowd of 300 people there would always be some Jewish people. Then I’d say, ‘Just a few. That’s the way I like it. Enough to be respected but not enough so as you’re telling me what to do.’
And they loved that.
UPDATE: earlier Profiles in Gayness.