Organizers of an upcoming talk by conservative writer Mark Steyn planned for London, Ont., say they were muzzled by a local city-owned convention centre.No, you're looking at the empty pouch where your stones used to be.
A trio of bloggers who run the site StrictlyRight.com inquired on Monday about booking a Nov. 1 speech for Mr. Steyn at the London Convention Centre. The group announced on Thursday that it had received a phone call from the centre saying it would not be allowed to make the booking. The Convention Centre said it was a business decision, but organizers of the speech said they were told otherwise.
"The reason offered by the LCC [in a Tuesday morning phone call] was that they had received pressure from local Islamic groups, and they didn't want to alienate their Muslim clients. It's interesting to note that the LCC is owned by the City of London, and is therefore a government operation," wrote Strictly Right's Andrew Lawton at the website.
Ironically, Mr. Lawton said, Mr. Steyn's talk will explore his familiar themes of Muslims and free speech. London Convention Centre general manager Lori Da Silva said denying next month's Mark Steyn speech was a "business decision" in part due to concerns for security, and fairness for the centre's other clients who might not enjoy a "rowdy" crowd at the same time. Asked if the content of Mr. Steyn's work had anything to do with the Convention Centre's decision, general manager replied, "No, we're looking at the security risk."...
Update: In a recent letter to the National Post, Wahida Valiante, Canadian Islamic Congress calipha, crowed triumphally about her racket's great victory over blasphemers:
Furthermore, in relation to the CIC's complaint in 2008 that Maclean's magazine was fostering Islamophobia, it should be noted that all efforts were made to settle the issue by negotiation. Failing to achieve the settlement, we had no choice but to got to a human rights commission. We lost the case legally, but achieved our goal in the form of comments by the commission.Exactly. Those "comments" were entirely in line with the Canadian--and, alas, the entire Western--mindset: make those who diss Islamic supremacy shut up and count your "blessings" that so many Muslims don't want to blow you up.
Which, in case you were wondering, amounts to de facto dhimmitude.
Update: How it works in the P.C. Trudeaupia where, as we know, the state has no business on our bedrooms: we'll get so caught up in the "freedom" of polymorphously perverse nookie that we won't notice--and, more to the point, won't care--when our most valuable freedom evaporates.