Racism? What race is Islam???


Ali and his amuletBy Ezra Levant on July 25, 2010 1:03 AM |  

Federal court embarrassment

In 1999, an immigrant from Iran named Ali Tahmourpour enrolled in the RCMP’s police academy, but washed out after just 12 weeks.

When Tahmourpour got the bad news, he had a breakdown. His classmates escorted him to the infirmary twice because he was “vomiting, shaking, hyperventilating and was incoherent.”

An RCMP psychologist declared him to be a suicide risk. Three of his fellow cadets testified, “they would be afraid to work with him in the field.” A note was put on his file: Unlike other wash-outs, Tahmourpour would not be allowed to reapply as a student.

Others might have moved on, but not Tahmourpour. He cried racism. And he ran to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, claiming the RCMP violated his “human right” to become a cop.

Ever since, he has done nothing but sue and appeal, sue and appeal. He went on welfare. He took a real estate course and sold one house as of 2008. For 10 years he didn’t put much effort at all into finding a job, according to the Human Rights Commission. Not exactly the way to convince the RCMP they had misjudged him.

But Tahmourpour didn’t need to impress the RCMP. He just needed to impress the Federal Court of Appeal. Last week, they upheld a human-rights ruling calling the RCMP racist and ordering them to readmit Tahmourpour to the academy.

It’s not the first time Tahmourpour has been before the Federal Court of Appeal crying racism.

Back when he was a student, Tahmourpour worked for Revenue Canada. They liked him enough to offer him a permanent job, but Tahmourpour filed a human rights complaint anyway. He spent three years suing and appealing. It was a test run for his RCMP lawsuit.

In Shakedown, my book about Canada’s human rights commissions, I included Tahmourpour’s case as one of the worst cases in Canada. It unfairly smears the RCMP, it rewards a layabout and, if allowed to stand, will destroy any personnel standards for the RCMP.

Tahmourpour won his case despite the human rights tribunal acknowledging he “had difficulty performing competently in scenarios, and that this was largely a function of his inability to listen to people, to integrate the information he received and to formulate an appropriate course of action based on that information.” In other words, Tahmourpour isn’t very bright and can’t make decisions. He was “evasive,” and his testimony was “contradictory” and “implausible.”

But they ruled in his favour anyway.

In the whole trial, there was not a shred of evidence of racism. Tahmourpour complained his firearms instructor swore at him. And that’s true. Const. Brendon McCarney, a visible minority too, testified he also hated the firearms instructor.

“He would yell at the cadets right in their faces, very close to them,” he said. But McCarney said “anyone who made a mistake was yelled at … including Caucasian cadets.”

Tahmourpour claims other instructors were rude to him, too, calling him a “coward” and “incompetent.” But how’s that racist?

Tahmourpour was the one who just wouldn’t shut up about race. He insisted on wearing a big amulet — claiming it was part of being Muslim. That’s against RCMP rules, just like wearing a crucifix is. But when an instructor announced he would grant an exemption, Tahmourpour claimed mentioning it in front of everyone was racist.

Another time, Tahmourpour was asked to sign some papers, but he did so in Persian, with a large artistic flourish. Tahmourpour claims a instructor was racist for asking “What kind of f—ing language is that, or is it something you made up?” The instructor denies it.

Crazy is the new normal at human rights commissions. But that craziness is infecting the Federal Court of Appeal. That’s the same court — the same judge, even — that ordered the government to bring accused terrorist Omar Khadr back to Canada.

This ruling needs to be appealed. The RCMP needs to be protected from this witch hunt. And the Federal Court of Appeal needs to be brought back in touch with Canadian values, not Iranian values.


amulet.jpgI wrote at some length about Ali Tahmourpour in my book, Shakedown. That’s him at the left, proudly displaying an amulet that he claimed he had to wear as an RCMP cadet, as part of Islam. Of course, that’s made up — Islam is silent on the subject of cheesy gold jewelry. But don’t tell that to the Federal Court of Appeal, the same court that thought it would tell the Canadian government how to run its foreign affairs — namely to repatriate terrorist Omar Khadr.

Here’s my Sun column about it:


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