Canadian Islamic Congress files formal complaint against Mark Steyn

Canada’s largest non-profit Islamic organization launches complaints over Mark Steyn’s article, “The Future Belongs to Islam”

The Canadian Islamic Congress—Canada’s largest non-profit Islamic body—has launched two human rights complaints against Maclean’s and its editor-in-chief, Kenneth Whyte. The complaints’ subject is “The Future Belongs to Islam,” an excerpt from Mark Steyn’s book “America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It,” which appeared in the magazine’s Oct. 23, 2006, issue.

Complaints were submitted to Human Rights Commissions in B.C. and Ontario on the grounds that “the article subjects Canadian Muslims to hatred and contempt,” according to a CIC press release. In the release, the CIC labels Steyn’s article as “flagrantly Islamophobic.”

Faisal Joseph is the CIC’s legal counsel on the matter. “In Canada, we have 750,000 law-abiding Muslims,” he says. “When you read that article, it sounds to some people [like] there’s an attack from the ‘Muslim’ world against the ‘non-Muslim’ world. We take real issue with that type of characterization and the implications of it.”

In response, a Maclean’s spokesperson provided the following statement: “Mark Steyn is a thoughtful and experienced journalist, and the piece was a commentary on important global political issues. It was not in any sense Islamophobic, and Maclean’s is confident that the Human Rights Commissions will find no merit in the complaints.”

At this time, the B.C. Commission has accepted the complaint, Joseph said. He will argue the matter at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearings from June 2 to 6.

December 1, 2007 | 8 Comments »

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