Standing Up for Monika Schaefer — People Rally to Her Cause
On Saturday, February 2. CAFE posted Monika Schaefer’s account of the way she’d been humiliated and denied photocopying services by Sonja Dickey owner of the 3 Sheets Stationary Store & Laundromat in Jasper, Alberta. Miss Dickey refused to do some photocopying because Monika was a “hateful” person.
It is heartening so see the torrent of support from Britain, Europe and across North America admonishing the small town snowflake Dickey and backing Monika.
Well done, free speech supporters.
Here’s just a sample of the e-mails sent thus far.
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION
Canadian Association for Free Expression
Rexdale, Ontario, M9W 5L3
Ph: 905-289-674-4455; FAX: 289-674-4820;
Paul Fromm, B.Ed, M.A. Director
February 2, 2019
P.O. Box 2098,
Dear Miss Dickey:
I read on the Internet about a recent incident in your store where you refused to provide service — running off photocopies — to local musician Monika Schaefer because you believe she’s a “hateful” person.
You are in the business of serving the public, not running a private club. You are obligated to serve anyone who behaves and can pay her bill. Your treatment of Miss Schaefer may well be a violation not only of her rights but of provincial statute. I have asked our in- house counsel to review the law so that we might advise Miss Schaefer further.
I do a nightly radio show entitled “The Fighting Side of Me”. I invite you to be a guest on my show to explain your actions. I heard Miss Schaefer speak recently in Toronto, as part of a cross-Canada tour. Her treatment at the hands of some people in Jasper — shunning, banned from the Legion, subject of a smear campaign to ruin her violin lesson business — was disgusting. Jasper sounds, at times, like a bigoted, judgemental small town right out of some old movie.
I hope you’ll reconsider your treatment of her and consider coming on my show. We can hook up by Skype.
Dear Ms. Dickey,
Along with Monika Schaefer I would like to know what you meant when you said you did not want to serve someone ‘who hates’.
According to the Merriam – Webster dictionary the definition of the verb ‘to hate’ is:
1: to feel extreme enmity toward
2: to have a strong aversion to
Do you think ‘hate’ should be quantified on a scale of, say, 0 to 100 according to which 0 means no hate, that is, no dislike or aversion and 100 means complete hate, that is, total and complete dislike or aversion?
In my view, on such a scale Monika’s forthright regard and search for historical truth along with her honorable exercise of the valuable principle of Freedom of Speech merit her an award of 0 on that scale.
What level of hate would you assign to Monika, and for what?
Because of the unprincipled way you treated Monika, I would award you a value of 70 or 75 on that scale.
Now that you know that I feel some dislike of, and disrespect for, what you have done, do you now hate me? If so, at what level?
Rudy List, Ph.D. (Mathematics)
P.S. If I come to Jasper, would you be willing to discuss this with me?
Charles Edward Lincoln, III
This is what I emailed: (Joe Rizoli)
I just read this incident that you had with Monika Schaefer and I really have to say this, how could you hate somebody so much to refuse their business? Its incomprehensible that people can act like this in this day and age.
If Monika was gay, black, an immigrant, Jewish or anything else this would be front page news.
Monica is a wonderful person and for you to treat her in this way is really disappointing to me…or better yet, shameful…
Framingham, Massachusetts USA
*****(My email, Diane King)Dear Ms. Sonja Dickey:
I just learned about what happened to my dear friend, Monika, in her attempt to acquire services at your copy business. I’ve visited Canada for years and am continually astounded at the increasing restrictions and soviet-style prohibitions imposed on regular Canadians for what? AND what did she do to you? I can only conclude that you must have received word from the higher-up soviet-style elite to tell you what to do or like she said, that you ARE afraid of consequences to doing normal business with her.
I do understand the concern about retribution (though I doubt you fully understand other than what someone MIGHT have told you about her), but I don’t accept the ‘ caving’ into their thugocracy.
We of those who cherish freedoms are appalled at your behavior and truly, you SHOULD be ashamed. You owe her an apology at the very least and some free service for her trouble. You can fix this.
Nacogdoches, TX, USA****************Dear Sonja,
I hope this email finds you inundated with comments regarding your refusal to serve Truth Warrior, Monika Schaefer based on spurious allegations flung at her by a certain international group of trouble makers who have a significant nest in Jasper. Refusing someone a service which you advertise you will perform for recompense based on lies, innuendos, and ignorance is not a very good way to conduct business. Especially not in a nation where free speech is still valued; albeit seriously under attack by the entity you no doubt are aware of and who likely contacted you and scared the bejeebies out of you. In my opinion, you are a coward and stand contrary to the Canadian Bill of Rights. If you are a Canadian citizen, you should be ashamed of yourself.
Sincerely, Gertjan Zwiggelaar, B.A., B.Ed. &c.(Richard Edmonds)Dear Ms. Dickey,
I write to you as a Briton who as a young man lived in Canada. In the 1960s I lived in the province of Ontario and worked in the smelter of a nickel-mining company at Falkenbridge, Sudbury.
I learn that you have refused to serve in your store a woman whom I have got to know, Monika Schaefer. As you might know Monika Schaefer was recently released from a jail in Germany where she had been incarcerated for eleven months for the “crime” of expressing her non-violent opinions. All shame on the German judicial authorities that their law-books make Free Speech a criminal offence. Thank goodness that we Britons and including Canadians, of course, enjoy Free Speech in our lands.
All that said, I cannot understand your refusing to serve Monika Schaefer and your talk of “hatred”. Monika Schaefer, a music teacher and resident of your town of Jasper, is a pleasant, mild mannered middle-aged woman who takes a lively open-minded interest in the world. Surely we can all rub along and leave talk of “hatred” behind us ?
Yours sincerely, Richard Edmonds
***************Dear Ms. Dickey,
Well said, Mr. Richard Edmonds!Good grief, your ill-treatment of dear Monika, a sweeter person of non-hatefilled disposition one could ever hope to meet!A shop-keeper who cannot allow herself to recognise her own personal experience of Monika’s firm but sweet nature – a personal experience which should over-ride that shop-keeper’s evidently media-emboldened, hate-indoctrinating prejudice.
Talk about turn-speak!Bravo Monika Schaefer for standing your ground as always with role-model courteous dignity; shame on any media-gullible, hate-compliant shop-keeper.Yours truly, Lady M. Renouf
Subject: to Sonja Dickey in Jasper, Alberta: regarding your treatment of Monika Schaefer
As a defender of free speech I’m dismayed at the way you treated Monika Schaefer. Please consider that when it comes to being turned into an outcast for speaking your mind she is historically in good company. You can go back into early Greek society where you find the philosopher Socrates who had to drink poison because his opinion did not agree with that prevailing among the people of Athens. Others that come to mind are Galileo and Martin Luther. A Czech religious leader, Jan Huss, was burned at the stake for proposing a change in the creed of his time – and there are many more.
Why are you giving support to what we call the “Politically Correct”? That is the tyranny of the ruling oligarchy that has produced one war after the other. Why are so many people acting like
brainless sheep? In the end they will all be led to the slaughter. Why don’t people start to think on their own rather than relying on the opinion of others? All it requires is to inform oneself beyond the
mass media and read some books that certain people try to suppress? Of course, Sonja, it is much more convenient to follow the herd than to do your own research. What else can I say? I feel sorry for you for having been brainwashed.
Chris Klein, President,
Coalition of Victims and Survivors of World War II