YOUR WARD NEWS “HATE” TRIAL BEGINS IN TORONTO
TORONTO. November 28, 2018. The trial of YOUR WARD NEWS editor Dr. James Sears and publisher Leroy St. Germaine on charges under Canada’s notorious “hate law”, Section 319 of the Criminal Code opened this morning in Toronto before Judge Richard Blouin. The two newspapermen are charged with wilfully promoting “hate” against two privileged groups; namely, Jews and women. Sec. 319 charges are very seldom laid and, as Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression which is supporting Dr. Sears and Mr. St. Germaine, pointed out to a CBC reporter, they are only ever laid against Christians or people on the right side of the political spectrum
Crown Attorney Robin Flumerfelt offered an overview of the case with a vehement denunciation of the political views of the zany satirical YOUR WARD NEWS. “The paper also contains repeated claims of a worldwide, blood-thirsty Jewish conspiracy, court heard. Imagery, for example, depicts Jews as devils with serpent tongues and reptilian hands. Among its themes, the prosecution said, was that Jews were behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Holocaust was a myth invented by Jews to strengthen their control of the world, and the glorification of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. ‘These are examples of the communications that the defendants made available to hundreds of thousands of homes without being asked,’ Flumerfelt said, calling their actions an ‘overwhelming breach’ of the Criminal Code,” the Toronto Star (November 28, 2018) reported.
The rest of the day was taken up with the testimony of Professor Derek Penslar, who teaches Jewish history at Harvard University. His report found that YOUR WARD NEWS is anti-semitic and expresses admiration for Adolf Hitler. True, YOUR WARD NEWS is critical of Zionist power and certain conspiratorial people like George Soros, who are Jewish and, true, that it does speak sympathetically of Adolf Hitler, but the legal question is whether its satirical views and cartoons, meant to burst the bubbles of the pompous, wilfully promote “hatred” or action. Penslar ticked off a number of historical events involving Jews including their major role in the creation of communism and the perpetration of mass crimes and murders under Soviet communism and the role of crypto-Jews, not Moslems, in the genocide of over a million Armenians in Turkey in World War I. He didn’t directly say that these accusations were false. The offence seems to be accusing groups of Jews or even individual Jews like the Rothschilds or Soros of bad things.
During cross-examination by defence lawyer Dean Embry pointed out: “Nowhere in YOUR WARD NEWS does it say that all Jews were responsible for the murder of 50,000,000 Christians in the former Soviet Union.”
Saying that Jews behave as an “entitled” group is anti-semitic, he insisted. As well, he stated: “I don’t believe claims of the deeds or the Rothschild Bank have any basis in reality.” Moreover, “George Soros supports liberal causes financially” in his view. He was emphatic: “The holocaust happened” and “Fred Luchter is a fraud.” Mr. Leuchter was an expert in execution devices used in U.S. prisons. Ernst Zundel commissioned him to visit Auschwitz surreptitiously and examine the alleged gas chambers. His Leuchter Report found no chemical or forensic evidence of mass extermination.
YOUR WARD NEWS frequently states that it doesn’t hate Jews but wants them to be saved by embracing Jesus. For instance, as Mr. Embry pointed out to Professor Penslar YOUR WARD NEWS states that today’s Jews cannot be blamed for the involvement of some of their ancestors in the slave trade. “You can find Christian love in YOUR WARD NEWS.”
The Crown’s expert witness disagreed: “I read such statements as attempts at self-exculpation.”
He called YOUR WARD NEWS “very 21st century. The multi-coloured cartoons” are engaging and there is a lot going on in the conversation bubbles.
Court proceedings were briefly interrupted at exactly 12:00 noon, when a portly Robert James, a former YOUR WARD NEWS employee, leaped up and shouted: “Get these two assholes out of here. Get the Mossad to take them out!” referring to the defendants. James has been struggling with personal demons for over a year and has charged that Dr. Sears is an agent of Vladimir Putin. He is charged with making threats against Dr. Sears and his family and doing over $10,000 in damage vandalizing Dr. Sears car. He is under bail conditions to avoid all contact with Dr. Sears. At one point he was supposed to be called as a Crown witness. A police officer escorted him from the room.
Judge Blouin immediately reacted: “I issue an Order that Robert James is banned from the courtroom.” He warned that any such disruptions of court decorum would not be tolerated.
the anti-free speech Toronto Anti-Hate Network put out a Facebook alert to supporters. However, experienced courtroom observers saw no members of the AHN or of several Zionist lobby groups that pressured for these charges to be laid.