Thread: Canada's Thought Police
#1 Canada's Thought Police06-18-2008, 09:46 PM
Canada's Thought Police
Mark Steyn, my friend, colleague and arguably the most talented political writer working today, is on trial for thought crimes.
Steyn -- a one-man media empire based in New Hampshire -- was published a few years ago in Maclean's. Now the magazine and its editors are in the dock before the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal on the charge that they violated a provincial hate-speech law by running the work of a hate-monger, namely Mark Steyn. A similar prosecution is pending before the national version of this kangaroo court, the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Not that the facts are relevant to the charges, but here's what happened. Maclean's ran an excerpt from Steyn's bestseller, "America Alone."
The Canadian Islamic Congress took offense. It charged in its complaint that the magazine was "flagrantly Islamophobic" and "subjects Canadian Muslims to hatred and contempt." It was particularly scandalized by Steyn's argument that rising birthrates among Muslims in Europe will force non-Muslims there to come to "an accommodation with their radicalized Islamic compatriots."
Note: Steyn's article was published in 2006, before Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, supported that point earlier this year when he said that it is "unavoidable" that Britain will ultimately have to incorporate some elements of sharia into its law in the spirit of "constructive accommodation."
You might think that if Steyn had been able to quote Williams or someone else who'd expressed that view, he and Maclean's wouldn't be in trouble. You'd be wrong. One of the council's chief gripes with the article is that Steyn quoted an imam living in Norway who said that "the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes." An accurate quotation is no defense when giving offense.
Indeed, it seems there is no escaping the charge of promoting "hate" in Canada at all. In 31 years, the national Human Rights Commission has never dismissed a case as unfounded.
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06-18-2008, 10:41 PM
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Canada is what America will be if the Democrats get any more power. We're sitting on the brink right now.
VeprGuest06-19-2008, 10:38 AM
I hate to say it but I honestly think that if we want to preserve the bill of rights it is going to come to blood shed in this country sooner rather than later.
06-19-2008, 04:58 PM
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I suggest everyone watch the interview with Steyn on Canada's "The Agenda". Some of his accusers were onstage, and refused to debate him. He called them out on the air and forced them to come out and talk, and they looked like incoherent crybabies.
Part 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=F25KEB3Tqp8 (Steyn only)
Steyn vs "The Sock Puppets":
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