Stifling Mark Steyn, continued: Tory minister slams Muslim censors
By Michelle Malkin
December 13, 2007
A Conservative cabinet minister says the Canadian Islamic Congress is attempting to undermine basic Charter freedoms by filing complaints against a journalist who wrote a book on the Muslim world.
Jason Kenney, the secretary of state for multiculturalism, weighed in Wednesday on the controversy surrounding columnist Mark Steyn’s bestseller America Alone. The Canadian Islamic Congress has filed complaints with federal and provincial human rights commissions based on an excerpt of Steyn’s book that appeared in Maclean’s Magazine in October.
“To be attacking opinions expressed by a columnist in a major magazine is a pretty bold attack on the basic Canadian value of freedom of the press and freedom of expression,” Kenney said in an interview. “I think all Canadians would reject that kind of effort to undermine one of our basic freedoms.”
The Congress has argued that the article in Maclean’s “subjects Canadian Muslims to hatred and contempt,” and is “flagrantly Islamophobic.” Maclean’s has refused the Congress’ request to publish an unedited, multi-paged rebuttal to Steyn’s commentary.
The excerpt from Steyn’s book, headlined “The Future Belongs to Islam,” outlines how the Islamic world is becoming more powerful with robust population growth versus the dwindling birth rate in the Western world. He argues that western democracies have failed to reinforce their own traditional values and identity to such an extent that radical and violent Muslim groups are allowed to flourish unchecked within their borders.
Other Muslim organizations and commentators have also criticized the Canadian Islamic Congress for its complaints against Maclean’s.
In a commentary posted Thursday on the magazine’s website, members of the Muslim Canadian Congress said Steyn’s arguments are all wrong, but taking him to tribunals in the wrong approach.
OK, I like Jason, but I am kind of disgusted with him right now.
When we were attacked by the CHRC last summer, Jason was silent.
When Paul Fromm was to speak in the Parliamentary Press Gallery about the injustice of the CHRC, Jason initiated a vote to ban him from Parliament Hill.
But now Jason is suddenly a heroic defender of free speech. I guess he just had to wait for a popular enough victim to come along before his principles could kick in.