Have the hate merchants rights, too? / Is the Queen Canadian? Talk-back from an English-speaking Quebecker, and a churchman

February 20 1965


Have the hate merchants rights, too? / Is the Queen Canadian? Talk-back from an English-speaking Quebecker, and a churchman

February 20 1965


Have the hate merchants rights, too? / Is the Queen Canadian? Talk-back from an English-speaking Quebecker, and a churchman

I HAVE READ Glen How's article, Minorities Who Want Anti-Hate Laws Are A Threat To Everybody’s Freedom (Argument, January 2). I write as a Jew who cannot pronounce the word Nazi or Eichmann or Hitler without having the gall rise in my throat and being beset by a series of emotions so violent that I cannot in all sincerity discuss Germany, Germans or Nazi atrocities with any semblance of objectivity. I write as a mother who dreads the day when my children will question me about persecutions — of Jews in concentration camps, Negroes in Mississippi or Japanese in Canada in 1940. I do not want them imbued with fear, but with life and the courage to live properly. I am writing as a Canadian who agrees completely with Glen How. The freedom of the press, the right (not the privilege) of free speech, cannot be restricted in any way. A restriction on the liberties of one person no matter how loathsome, is a restriction on the liberties of every single person. — MRS. BARBARA


* How would he react if he and his coreligionists received mail regularly, urging the sterilization and deportation of all Jehovah's Witnesses, if Canadians kept receiving propaganda that accused his sect of causing every war, revolution, plague, famine, and every piece of infamy in history?


* It’s somewhat unfair of How to cite the bill of Milton Klein, MP. and to imply that this is also the position of the Canadian Jewish Congress. The CJC’s proposal presents no such vague or uncertain clauses; it sticks to acceptable principles fully consistent with our tradition of the rule of law and civil freedoms.


* How’s article shows little internal consistency. He repeats several times that we should leave alone the outpourings of an obscure twenty-yearold and not “blow up this insignificance into a national issue.” This may be a perfectly valid position. However, he also advocates that we test existing laws and prosecute these culprits under one or more of several Criminal Code sections. How can this be done without “blowing it up,” the thing he says should be avoided? BERNARD G. KELLIN, TORONTO

* I congratulate Glen How. As antiSemites have no right to silence Jews, by the same fact has the public no right to silence anti-Semites. Quite too often we forget that freedom of speech applies to both sides!


A tear in the beer

Re How Allan Baker Made A Million From Your 50-cent Lunch (January 2): As a shareholder of Baker’s Versafood Services Ltd., 1 cannot share your writer’s enthusiasm. Baker has notably failed to share his million-dollar prosperity with his stockholders, who have seen their ten-dollar investment shrink to a current three dollars and ten cents per share. While he wears twenty-dollar shirts, his shareholders can only cry in their beer.


Outstanding Canadians

I challenge your regarding Elizabeth

II as Canadian ( The Outstanding Canadians Of 1964, January 2). She is a citizen of the world, surely, but when the world thinks of her in a purely national sense, the world considers her British, not Canadian. The concept of a “Canadian” queen is absolutely illusory and conflicts directly with reality. Monarchy for Canada, even a domestic brand (mercifully inconceivable) is bad for Canada.


* Your perception in choosing Father Gregory Baum is worth special mention. Those who have known of the genius and insights of this philosopher-theologian, have wondered why he had not more recognition in his own country before now. Baum wrote on collegiality (the shared direction of the church) at a time when it was a daring, far-out concept. The final delineation of this idea suggests that Father Baum had a great deal to do with its actual development and adoption. His part in this was not less important than his leadership in developing the position and statement on the Jews. When the history of the Council is written, it will be seen that Gregory Baum of Toronto had a major role in charting courses which will influence the Christian church for centuries.


* Maclean's erred badly in choosing its top Canadians of the year. You forgot the mostest in B. FJearson, who worked so untiringly throughout the year, over obstacles in parliament and throughout the country, to give us our flag and a sense of Canadian-



Doubts about the Killer

The Killer That Could Be Hiding In Your Car, by Ray Staplcy (November 16), is unconvincing. The author repeatedly points out that metal fatigue lies in the realm of the metallurgist and he acknowledges his own limitations in this regard.


Author Stapley (¡noted metallurgists —who agreed.

Ste. Marie—a first step

1 was extremely pleased to read Fred Bodsworth's most excellent article on Ste.-Marie-among-the-Hurons (The Death And Rebirth Of The Martyrs' Capital, January 2). This project would not have been possible without the full co-operation of Dr. Edward Hall, president of the University of Western Ontario, who has coordinated the university’s work in the research and reconstruction of Fort Ste. Marie 1. Nor could the entire project have begun without the most generous co-operation of the Order of Jesuits, who made available the property on which Fort Ste. Marie stands and many of the original artifacts from the site. Ste. Marie is the first step in a wider Huronia Historical Development Project, which will include restoration of the military and naval establishments at Penetanguishene and the “Nancy” Museum in the mouth of the Nottawasaga River near Wasaga Beach.


Lower, MacLennan and Canada

Professor A. R. M. Lower’s ill-tempered condemnation of the near one million English-speaking Quebeckers is as ill-informed as it is petulant (Would Canada Be Better Off Without Quebec?, December 14). Far from refusing to condemn the Duplessis regime and so merit the professor’s denigration as morally bankrupt and not worth saving, the anonymous English-speaking voter was the only reliable opposition to the Union Nationale in the province. - J. N. B. SHAW. MONTREAL

* Hugh MacLennan’s article should be read by every English-speaking Canadian (Two Solitudes Revisited, December 14). In his inimitable style, this clear-thinking author has put his finger on the different teachings of values of the English and the French. Education and the language barrier have magnified the different attitudes toward habits, customs and religion out of all proportion. The French here have enhanced Canada both at home and abroad. Let none of us ever forget that.


* Congratulation to Maclean's and Dr. Lower for their courage in publishing this article. These considerations should, in all fairness, have been researched and publicized long ago by our representatives, but perhaps it was worth waiting for such a temperate and well-reasoned presentation. Dr. Lower may expect to be vilified as bigoted, intolerant, and against "Canadian unity” (the great illusion) by those apostles of unilateral tolerance who hope to wring still further concessions for Quebec by parroting empty threats.


What the United Church does do

I am astonished at the somewhat erroneous view's expressed by Rev. Arnold Thaw (What The United Church Should Do, Mailbag, November 16). True, we do recognize the Bible as a historical document, but at the same time we make it quite clear that God speaks through the people of the Bible. We still believe the Bible to be the Word of God. even though the latter is contained in the words of men. We never have insisted that United Church doctrines be taught in our public schools, nor will we. We are quite concerned that the curriculum there remain strictly interdenominational. But let your correspondent remember that about ninety percent of the pupils claim to belong to one or the other of the Protestant denominations which, among themselves, have agreed to publish the lessons on religion. In a democracy a majority has rights, too! Anyone not wishing to take this course may be excused: any school board not being in favor may ask to be excused from having it taught. As for asking the underprivileged to give up their religion to receive our material help, we have never done this, nor will we. (REV.) H. L. WIPPRECHT, COBALT UNITED CHURCH. COBALT, ONT.

How’re we doing?

With deep respect I salute Maclean's as an immense force for good in a worried, uncertain world. There isn’t a better magazine published anywhere, at any PRICE.-MRS. REINHOLD PETF.R-


* Strike for yourselves a typographical medal. Your newly designed Maclean's logo sported on the front cover of the January 2 issue is a refreshing breeze in the busy world of magazine titles. Its clean, light type face is a reader’s delight! A really significant step forward in the design and layout of your magazine. ALEX BRIDGE, MONTREAL

* While I deplore Maclean's often anti-American. anti-German, left-leaning politics. I should like to compliment you on the great improvement in general content of your magazine. LARRY BAIN, MEXICO CITY