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‘Rights Comm’ Throws Out Steyn Charge

From the Canadian Press:

Maclean’s mag complaint turfed

Sun, June 29, 2008

Islamic group’s human rights claim dismissed

By THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — The Canadian Human Rights Commission has dismissed a complaint filed by the Canadian Islamic Congress against Maclean’s magazine.

The Congress claimed an article written by Mark Steyn, entitled The Future Belongs to Islam and posted on Maclean’s website in October 2006, made a number of statements and assertions that were likely to expose Muslims to hatred or contempt.

In its ruling, posted on Maclean’s website, the commission acknowledges "the writing is polemical, colourful and emphatic, and was obviously calculated to excite discussion and even offend certain readers, Muslim and non-Muslim alike."

But the commission also says that, overall, "the views expressed in the Steyn article, when considered as a whole and in context, are not of an extreme nature, as defined by the Supreme Court."

Maclean’s says it’s pleased with the ruling, saying it’s in keeping with the magazine’s long-standing position that the article was a worthy piece of commentary, entirely within the bounds of normal journalistic practice.

"Turfed"?

Of course it is a travesty that this preposterous complaint ever got this far.

Still, it’s a small victory for whatever is left of free speech north of the border and surely a big relief for the great Mark Steyn.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, June 29th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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