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Rights commission dismisses complaint against Maclean's

2008-06-29 14:15:25

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This is unfortunate and disappointing, because the whole issue is not whether Muslims have taken offense to the writings and allegations in these kinds of articles, but whether it subjects us to hate which it does.

What seems apparent based on this ruling is the lack of understanding the average person has about Islam, Muslims and that we are not a single entity as the article in question claims.

It seems that the ruling is saying between the lines that they believe everything in the article to be true for themselves, and therefore it cannot be considered hate.  That would be fair enough, but it goes to show how far authors like Mark Steyn have gone to mislead the public and create fear where they doesn't need to be any.

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Rights commission dismisses complaint against Maclean's

Last Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2008 | 7:09 PM ET Comments146Recommend130

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has dismissed a complaint by a Muslim organization against Maclean’s, ruling that the views expressed in one of the magazine's articles were not “of an extreme nature.”

The Canadian Islamic Congress had alleged that the article written by Mark Steyn entitled "The Future Belongs to Islam" and posted on the magazine’s website in October 2006 discriminated and spread hatred against Muslims.

The article, an excerpt of a book authored by Steyn, talks about Islam being a threat to North American institutions and values. It used statistics to show higher birth rates plus immigration mean Muslims will outnumber followers of other religions in Western Europe.

"The writing is polemical, colourful and emphatic, and was obviously calculated to excite discussion and even offend certain readers, Muslim and non-Muslim alike," wrote Lucie Veillette, secretary to the commission.

"Overall, however, 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."

The commission said there was "no reasonable basis in the evidence to warrant the appointment of a Tribunal."

On its website, Maclean's said it was pleased the complaint was dismissed and that the decision was in keeping with its position that the article "was a worthy piece of commentary on important geopolitical issues, entirely within the bounds of normal journalistic practice."

But it added that no human rights commission should have the mandate to monitor or assess the editorial decisions of the nation's media.

Faisal Joseph, a lawyer for the Canadian Islamic Congress, told the Canadian Press that the Congress is disappointed the commission made its decision without hearing "the compelling evidence of hate and expert testimony" the Congress recently presented in a complaint to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. That tribunal has yet to release a ruling.



http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/28/macleans-steyn.html

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