To demonstrate once again precisely how ass-backwards things are here in Absurdistan, a judge has urged a skinhead arrested for violent behaviour to submit to a course of counselling from Canadian Jewish Congress "hate expert" and torture apologist Bernie Farber.
One is reminded of something Viennese satirist Karl Kraus said of Adolf Hitler. How self-defeating it was for a satirist like himself to attempt to caricature one he already regarded as the embodiment of caricature.
White supremacist sentenced to one year | April 8, 1999
Canadian Jewish News | PAUL LUNGEN
TORONTO - The Ontario Court of Appeal has reversed a conditional sentence that was imposed on a white supremacist, and instead sent him to jail for 12 months.
The Appeal Court ruled that Ontario Court (Provincial Division) judge Mary Hogan erred last April when she ignored the danger Quinn McFarlane posed to the community, and when she did not solicit the Crown's views on a conditional sentence.
"In our view, this unprovoked assault committed by an offender who has exhibited a history of violence, clearly calls for denunciation," the Appeal Court ruled.
In imposing the jail sentence, the court noted that McFarlane had a lengthy criminal record, including eight assault convictions. At the time of the attack in question, McFarlane was on probation after he had served time for assault with a weapon.
In June 1998, after receiving the conditional discharge, McFarlane was sentenced to 18 months in jail for an earlier racist assault on a black man as well as on the two arresting police officers.
Two years ago, McFarlane was one of a handful of demonstrators outside a Toronto motel protesting the presence in Canada of Roma (Gypsy) refugees.
The incident that led to McFarlane's latest period of incarceration occurred outside the court at 361 University Ave. in downtown Toronto. McFarlane viciously slugged a reporter going to the aid of a television cameraman that McFarlane was assaulting. The cameraman was filming a skinhead who was on trial for yet another offence.
"His assault of the victim was unprovoked and was unwarranted," the court found.
Evidence at McFarlane's trial showed he had been associated "with groups espousing white supremacist views and which advocate group violence as part of their identity," the court stated. Bernie Farber, executive director of Canadian Jewish Congress' Ontario region, testified at McFarlane's trial about white supremacist groups. He was stunned when Hogan, as part of McFarlane's sentence, ordered him to receive counselling from Farber.
"It took me by surprise. It was nothing that I had offered," Farber said. At the time, he agreed to talk to McFarlane if he felt the white supremacist was sincere in changing his ways.
But, since the conditional sentence was imposed in April 1998, Farber hasn't heard from McFarlane. "I don't think it was a serious consideration by him," he said.
"I thought the original sentence was wholly inadequate, given his record and his association with white supremacist groups," he added.