Thursday, October 21, 2010

Free speech versus cowardice and political correctness

An interesting week, so far:

(1) The people who run the London (Ontario) Conference Centre pulled their venue for an event featuring a talk by Mark Steyn.  An organizer at Strictly Right, said:
On Tuesday, I received a phone call from the LCC telling us that our venue had been pulled, and that Mark Steyn would not be permitted to speak there. The reason offered by the LCC was that they had received pressure from local Islamic groups, and they didn’t want to alienate their Muslim clients. 

In another report it is claimed the cancellation was because of security risks and fears of rowdy protesters. Either way the LCC are a bunch of pc wimps. Blazing Cat Fur says it's War! But, whatever, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

Update: Blazing Cat Fur: "Who’s telling the truth about Mark Steyn cancellation at London Convention Centre?"

(2) Meanwhile south of the border liberal National Public Radio news analyst and Fox News contributor, Juan Williams was fired by NPR for saying (on the O'Reilly Factor):
"... when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Which should be contrasted with with the non-firing of NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu after this:
[He] reported that some Christians believe in a "rapture" and 4 million believers will ascend to Heaven immediately. He continued, "The evaporation of 4 million who believe this crap would leave the world an instantly better place."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My father served for Canada in WW2 and made it out alive, but today I actually have a minor iota of respect for the Nazis as oppose to the Islamofacsist now on our soil.
At least the Nazis had the guts to wear Uniforms and Badges to show where they stood on genocide and killing homosexuals,but these Islamists hide among us in civilian clothes and will slaughter anyone from babies to a seniors.
The CBC has now purged any mention of 9/11 being done by Muslims, even when the 19 muslim said THEY were muslims.