For months, cases of censorship have been piling up. They are particularly concentrated in intellectual circles which, paradoxically, should be the first to defend freedom of expression.
Remember the example of SLAV in the summer of 2018. Racialist activists had sought to cancel the show and succeeded. Others had brought down Kanata.
Remember the fate of CBC’s Wendy Mesley who lost her show for reuniting the title American White Negroes. This bad luck was shared by Catherine Russell at Concordia University who had the misfortune to pronounce the same title. Apparently speaking it was a violent act.
We will also think of the storm that hit Lieutenant-Duval Verushka at the University of Ottawa, for uttering the forbidden word in an educational setting.
Let’s not forget Radio-Canada which decided to censor an episode of The Little Life before reprogramming it with a warning.
Obviously, the empire of political correctness extends to Quebec.
It is in the light of these events that we must look at the censorship of François Legault, who has occupied the news for the last few days. It is indicative, in fact, of a major trend, namely the deployment of a new ideological fanaticism which is no longer marginal.
It is a testament to the influence in the intellectual world of a new sectarian left from the United States. She intimidates on social media and seeks to ruin the reputation of those who do not submit to her dogmas. His weapon: accusations of racism, sexism, transphobia. We call it the left woke. It is a religious left. She sees blasphemy in contradicting her.
We will note, through these many crises, the little resistance of the various administrations to the controversy. We could talk about the decline of courage in our societies, to say it with Solzhenitsyn. The fear of appearing badly in circles of the social left leads these administrators to bow.
It is true that it is not particularly pleasant to endure a continuous smear campaign.
For six months now, François Legault has been the target of a media harassment campaign to force him to adhere to the wacky and dangerous theory of systemic racism. He stands up. Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, the head of the PQ, also resists the normalization of this shaky concept.
We can guess that many of them are pushing them to kneel down, hoping to buy peace with the fanatics.
However, we must hold on. Even if it’s unpleasant. We will be insulted, demonized, despised. We will have on our backs full time activists busy sullying our reputation, transforming us into monsters, to make us infrequent.
However, we must reconnect with this elementary virtue: civic courage. That of saying what you think and not just confessing it discreetly to those close to you, away from others. The courage to confront religion woke and those who repeat his slogans.
It represents a threat to democracy.