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Canadian Students Assail Steyn for “Hate Speech”

Mark Steyn has been ordered to appear before Canadian judicial tribunal panels on charges tied to his book,  America Alone, which argues that Western countries are losing out to Islamist imperialism.
Five Muslim law-school students have demanded that a magazine the reprinted part of the book be punished for spreading “hatred and contempt” for Muslims and, in effect, want opinions like that banned from publication.
A “guilty” verdict against the magazine would likely, as the editors of the New York Post write, “have a devastating impact on opinion journalism in Canada generally” – akin to the devastating impact the speech police have had on U.S. campuses.
Westerners must stand firm against what the Post calls “a creeping accommodation of radical Islamist tenets, like curbs on critical opinions.”

Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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