William Finlay, a popular author and speaker, was arrested today, June 24, 2017, at a Canadian airport for “smuggling hate speech” on his iPad.

Mr. Findlay reportedly has strong anti-Sharia Law views. I can’t say I know a lot about Sharia Law, but I am quite sure it suppresses women’s rights.

This story and others like it are shocking to this American. We are so habituated to our freedom of speech we forget what it means: your ideas can be rejected or even ridiculed, but you can’t be prosecuted for being a crackpot.

Perhaps the most disturbing part of this story is the arrest took place in Canada, not in Iran, North Korea or Russia.

I have two takeaways from this story:

Canada, we expected better from you. And God Bless America.