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Free Mark Steyn! (Relatively inexpensive Mark Steyn, anyhow)

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Today begins the showtrial of Mark Steyn before a ‘human rights’ tribunal. He wrote an article critical of Islam in Maclean’s magazine, which was enough to generate a complaint under British Columbia’s Human Rights Code. Per the code, “A person must not publish, issue or display, or cause to be published, issued or displayed, any statement, publication, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that…is likely to expose a person or a group or class of persons to hatred or contempt.”

Got that? Contempt is illegal in Canada. I cannot tell you how much contempt that makes me feel.

If he’s found guilty, he can be forbidden from writing about certain topics (in this case, Islam) under pain of imprisonment. I believe Steyn is a naturalized American citizen, so good luck with that one, Canuckitards.

This demo leaflet from Covenant Zone is a good refresher, if you need it.

I don’t know how interesting the blow-by-blow is likely to be, but Andrew Coyne of Maclean’s will be live-blogging it beginning at 12:30 today. I believe that’s Eastern time. Just keep refreshing.

Other interested blogs that will surely have something to say: Free Mark Steyn, Ezra Levant, Five Feet of Fury and Small Dead Animals.

I believe it’s scheduled to go on all week, so we’ve got something to read about other than the freaking ’08 elections for a damn change.

June 2, 2008 — 10:32 am
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