Four [Muslim] students at Toronto's Osgoode Hall Law School are accusing Maclean's magazine of violating their human rights over an article titled The Future Belongs to Islam [by Mark Steyn].Maybe now we'll begin to see some real debate about the Human Rights Act, Human Rights Commisssions and their suppression of free speech.
They've filed complaints with the federal, Ontario and British Columbia human rights commissions over the October 2006 article.
The article discusses the high birth rate among Muslims and speculates that Islamic people could become the majority population in Europe. It also says some Muslims are violent radicals.
Maclean's said it stands behind the writer of the article, Mark Steyn, and it is confident the human rights commissions will find no merit in the complaint.
But Sohail Raza, a representative of the Muslim Canadian Congress, said Maclean's had the right to publish the article. "This is Canada, not Sudan, Egypt or Pakistan, where the press is stifled," he said. "There is absolute freedom of expression and people have an opportunity to voice their opinion." [I wish!]
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