The first example concerns popular conservative political commentator Mark Steyn and Macleans magazine. Macleans magazine published an extract from Mark Steyn's book America Alone. The article in question can be read here.
Here are some sample paragraphs.
The future belongs to Islam
The Muslim world has youth, numbers and global ambitions. The West is growing old and enfeebled, and lacks the will to rebuff those who would supplant it. It's the end of the world as we've known it. An excerpt from 'America Alone'.
MARK STEYN | Oct 20, 2006
Sept. 11, 2001, was not "the day everything changed," but the day that revealed how much had already changed. On Sept. 10, how many journalists had the Council of American-Islamic Relations or the Canadian Islamic Congress or the Muslim Council of Britain in their Rolodexes? If you'd said that whether something does or does not cause offence to Muslims would be the early 21st century's principal political dynamic in Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom, most folks would have thought you were crazy. Yet on that Tuesday morning the top of the iceberg bobbed up and toppled the Twin Towers.
This is about the seven-eighths below the surface -- the larger forces at play in the developed world that have left Europe too enfeebled to resist its remorseless transformation into Eurabia and that call into question the future of much of the rest of the world. The key factors are: demographic decline; the unsustainability of the social democratic state; and civilizational exhaustion.
As you can tell Mark Steyn is writing about Islamic expansionism of which I share equal concern. As an immigrant receiving nation Canada should be considering such commentary as a matter of domestic policy and national security. We do not have to agree with Mark Steyn but his words of caution and others like it should be taken under advisement.
But some do not think Mark Steyn, and by implication others like him, should be allowed to say anything at all on the matter. Right now Mark Steyn and Macleans magazine have a date with the B.C. human rights commission because some Muslim law students filed a complaint against Mark Steyn and Macleans magazine because Macleans refused these Muslims space to publish a rebuttal citing the fact that they - Macleans - published more than enough letters of objection to the article. I will not go into much detail on the subject since the conservative blogs are all over this thing. Visit this blog for more commentary on the matter albeit colourful commentary at that (in other words be prepared to be, God forbid this is Canada after all, offended).
Another example, equally pertinent in my view, concerns a man named Bruce Allen of which i blogged about before. You can read it here.
The third example is a man named Paul Fromm who lost his teaching license because of his political views. Those who revoked his license, the Peel Board of Education, could not cite any evidence of Mr. Fromm of bringing his views into the class room but they revoked it anyway. I blogged about it before and you can read it here.
All three cases involve white males. All three of them are guilty of heresy because they challenged the state religion of multiculturalism. In all three examples punishment of some fashion was demanded. In Bruce Allen's example the Indo-Canadian community wanted him removed from Vancouver's Olympic committee. Paul Fromm lost his teaching license. Mark Steyn and Macleans magazine are to suffer a financially taxing and time consuming human rights commission. By financially taxing I mean for the defendants. It cost the complainant nothing in time or money to lodge a complaint, the tax payer carries this burden.
Is free speech the price we Canadians have to pay for the sake of multiculturalism? If so then price is too high.