but lately I’m wondering how deserved that reputation is.
In particular I’m troubled by the emotional, non-intellectual response to MP Kellie Leitch, who last September asked, in light of many recent, indisputable global events,
I was reminded of Mark Steyn who, in Maclean’s magazine in 2006, (The Future Belongs To Islam), warned that Muslims will become a ‘successor population’ in Europe because of their high birth rate. “The only question”, he said, “is how bloody the transfer of real estate will be.” Human Rights people charged him with hate speech and said Maclean’s broke the law – this despite Muslims themselves having vowed they are going to take over (see How Islam Will Dominate The World, for one example of multitudes). Now, a short time later, the European continent finds itself strained, in increasingly heated water due to less than stringent immigration practices.
When Leitch floated the rational (Muslim Prof. Says Islamic Immigration ‘Threatens West’) and supportable idea that following the same plan here might not be in Canada’s best interests, she was excoriated for… what exactly? Hurting someone’s feelings? Not being overly sensitive enough to the needs of immigrants? “To hell with the needs of Canadians”, opponents can seem to argue. Our True North culture, ‘Strong and Free’, considered by many a high-water mark in the world today, does not deserve protection and preservation… But apparently anyone else does, no matter the reality of the anti-science (https://wikiislam.net/wiki/Islam_and_Science) death-worship (http://www.answering-islam.org/authors/newman/religion_of_death.html) flat-Earth (http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Flat_Earth_and_the_Quran) religion/government they follow (see: extreme Islam).
Whether or not she’s right, denying her the right to speak an uncomfortable opinion stinks of both reactionary and extremist-liberal censorship. She is not saying close our borders to the great many Muslims willing to become Canadians. She is only recognizing how Islam has publicly defined itself: by a profound resistance to assimilate, learn from other cultures, and engage in open discussion.
Such statements may be inflammatory, but they are not hate speech. They are observable facts of the world today.