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Canada’s Iran-Iraq Of Culture Wars

A reader sends this Ezra Levant piece from the Toronto Sunabout an epic battle before Canada’s ridiculous human rights commissions — one that it will be a hathotic pleasure to watch play out:

So a lesbian walks into a Muslim barbershop, and asks for a “businessmen’s haircut”.

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it really happened, and now a government agency called the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will hear her complaint.

Faith McGregor is the lesbian who doesn’t like the girly cuts that they do at a salon. She wants the boy’s hairdo.

Omar Mahrouk is the owner of the Terminal Barber Shop in Toronto. He follows Shariah law, so he thinks women have cooties. As Mahrouk and the other barbers there say, they don’t believe in touching women other than their own wives.

Levant handicaps the contest:

So which is a better hand: A lesbian who wants a haircut or a Muslim who doesn’t want to give it to her?

I’m betting on Mahrouk. And I predict that Muslim activists — not quiet barbers like Mahrouk, but professional Muslim busybodies — will start using human rights commissions more and more to push their way into places where they have no legal right, but where the human rights commissions are more than happy to engineer things for them, if they complain loud enough.

If I were a gay activist, I’d probably want to declare victory and shut down these human rights commissions right now.

In five years time, it won’t be gay activists forcing themselves into Christian B&Bs. It’ll be Muslim activists vetoing the gay pride parade.

Read the whole thing — it’s darkly hilarious. Personally, I hope the barber wins. The lesbian busybody could have gone to any number of barbershops in Toronto for her manly haircut. She chose this one, plainly, because she wanted to rub the Muslim owner’s nose in her “human rights.” This case reminds me of a statement one of this blog’s readers said the other day in a combox, something to the effect that most of these court (or tribunal) cases would never exist if people would resolve not to be jerks.

By the way, Ezra Levant is facing trial before the human rights commissars by an intolerant, illiberal Canadian Muslim. Learn more about the case, and support his defense fund, here. 

UPDATE: As a reader points out in the comboxes, this story is two years old. Argh! It’s all over the Internet now as a new story. I have got to learn to check the dates on these things. Anyway, it was resolved by the two parties on undisclosed terms, and the plaintiff went on to become US Secretary of State.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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