Assault on Free Speech Update — but sleep on, folks. We all know it can’t happen here, and that the real problem is that someone might have put on her coat in a way that made someone else think she was making the Hitler salute. There ain’t no possible way that “hate speech” codes could be enacted in the United States, what with the First Amendment, right? Right?
Just remember how narrowly the Second Amendment survived a serious Supreme Court challenge not very long ago.
“BREAKING: the next Human Rights complaint against a Canadian magazine?,” from the heroic Kathy Shaidle at Five Feet of Fury, November 11:
So it begins:
They lost against the Western Standard. They lost against Maclean’s. Now they’re going after Toronto Life:
A group called the Urban Alliance on Race Relations has created a Facebook page, urging people to phone [Toronto Life editor Sarah] Fulford and express their concerns about Mary Rogan’s cover feature on Aqsa Parvez, the 16-year-old who was murdered last year. After Parvez was strangled, her father Muhammad Parvez phoned 911 and told the dispatcher that he had killed his daughter. Muhammad and his son Waqas will be tried sometime next year.
The Facebook group, which currently has 127 members, offers five “talking points”, which callers are encouraged to bring up in phone conversations or messages to Fulford.
Heres’s one of their “talking points”:
The question, “Has multiculturalism gone too far?” suggests that Muslims and immigrants are threats to Canadian society, rather than contributing members to Canadian society. The idea that “our” tolerance or respect for cultural diversity has let “them” continue their oppressive and dangerous behaviours is not only based on racist and Islamophobic stereotyping of diverse Muslim and immigrant communities, but also ignores the ongoing racism that exists in Canada despite our public commitment to multiculturalism.
Actually, belligerents like this group are the reason Muslims are “perceived as a threat to Canadian society.” It’s hard to see what Muslims do “contribute” to Canadian society when their most visible representatives are bullies and parasites like Mohammed Al-Sharpton. […]
Anyway, here we go again. This group is, typically, more upset about Islam being “insulted” and “misrepresented” by the violence perpetrated by its own members (and by a mere infidel’s decision to publish an article about it) than by the actual death of a young girl….
Of course, you could always send a message to Sarah Fulford encouraging her to publish whatever she wants at Toronto Life — because this is Canada, not Saudi Arabia. For now.
Editor in Chief, Sarah Fulford
Better yet: buy a subscription or pick up a couple of copies of this issue at the newstand….
Read it all.