[Editor's Note: The following compilation of Letters to the Editor to the Quesnel Cariboo Observer did not make it into the newspaper and are therefore being published on the website.
Putting together these fine, encouraging letters of support for myself and Radical Press.com was, to say the least, a humbling experience.
Courage ultimately must come from within but there are also times when knowing that others sincerely believe in the same goals that you yourself pursue can help bring that personal conviction even more to the forefront of ones conscious efforts.
In this case the following letters are wonderful, if not joyful expressions, of how we all feel about this issue of freedom of speech and why it is so vital that we do not falter in our efforts to preserve it.
I am deeply moved by them all and extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who has offered their assistance during these challenging times.]
Sunday, Jan 13, 2008
To the Editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer:
I would like to express my appreciation to you for standing up for free speech by giving voice to Arthur Topham who’s articles and columns you have supported for over thirty years. Arthur’s writing often touches on sensitive subjects that urgently need to be discussed openly within our society. Unfortunately the type of fortitude Arthur and yourself show is rare. Political pressure brought on by well funded and influential lobby groups assures these types of considerations are mostly swept under the rug and ignored.
Harry Abrams… B.C. Representative for the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada has laid a complaint of “hate speech” against Arthur, and his website http://www.radicalpress.com/ with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. B’nai Brith states it protects the rights of Jewish People and that the opinions that Arthur Topham expresses, or makes available on his website, jeopardizes the “Jewish People’s” welfare because these ideas may cause others to hate “All Jews” and to do them harm.
What is currently happening to Arthur is not uncommon. World-wide this type of harassment begins whenever someone dares to publicly question the historic or current actions of a super-national political group commonly referred to as “Zionists”. Zionists are comprised of influential leaders from within many if not all races, religions, political parties and commercial affiliations from around the world.