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OTTAWA — After protesters at the University of Ottawa prevented Ann Coulter from giving a speech on Tuesday night, the American conservative writer said it proved the point she came to make — free speech in Canada leaves much to be desired.
Then she said what she really thought of the student protesters who surrounded Marion Hall, making it unsafe, in the view of her bodyguard, for the pundit to attempt entry.
“The University of Ottawa is really easy to get into, isn’t it?” she said in an interview after the cancelled event. “I never get any trouble at the Ivy League schools. It’s always the bush league schools.”
Ms. Coulter said she has been speaking regularly at university campuses for a decade. While she has certainly been heckled, she said this is the first time an engagement has been cancelled because of protesters.
“This has never, ever, ever happened before — even at the stupidest American university,” she said.
Ms. Coulter remarked on the reception she has had since entering the country.
“Since I’ve arrived in Canada, I’ve been denounced on the floor of Parliament — which, by the way, is on my bucket list — my posters have been banned, I’ve been accused of committing a crime in a speech that I have not yet given, I was banned by the student council, so welcome to Canada!”
It's all about financial frugality or something. As well as an obvious tweak of the RNC.
"While this decision has not been an easy one, recent events regarding Republican National Committee fundraising at Voyeur, an LA based lesbian bondage themed nightclub finally tipped the scales.
"As I have said for well over a year, it is time that our government and our tax policy begin rewarding entrepreneurship and creativity again. It is time again to inspire positive risks and out-of-the-box thinking in the interest of growing a strong economy and a strong America.
"For me, this spirit can be summed up in the RNC's investment of donor funds at Voyeur.
"As someone who has worked extensively in both the club and film side of the Adult Entertainment Industry, I know from experience that a mere $1900 outlay at a club with the reputation of Voyeur is a clear indication of a frugal investment with a keen eye toward maximum return.
"And I firmly believe that it is precisely this type of creative and calculated investing that we, as taxpaying Americans, should expect not only from our political parties but from our government. The American taxpayer deserves consistent conservatives who reject wasteful spending and unwarranted government intervention in the private sector.
"As is the case with so many of my fellow Louisianans, I have been a registered Democrat throughout my life. But now I cannot help but recognize that over time my libertarian values regarding both money and sex and the legal use of one for the other is now best espoused by the Republican Party."
Alhamdillullah [Praise allah]: David Letterman and NBC Say “There is No Palestine” : Debbie SchlusselLabels: David Letterman» NBC Universal
David Letterman and NBC have stated in signed federal court documents–signed by their attorneys–that there is no “Palestine.” That’s the argument that Letterman and NBC are making, and it’s a valid one, which has been upheld in virtually every federal court, whether at the trial level or on appeal.
...read the rest via debbieschlussel.com
What do you think folks at MSNBC are thinking right now?
Another attempt to blame America for Islamic extremism and act as if it isn't Islam that is to blame. The Wahabis and the Mullahs are nothing new. America's mistake is being tolerant to a religion that we didn't understand... and it is obvious that Stephen Schwartz doesn't understand it either. We should not of done business with the Wahabis, but that mistake was because our country listened to the likes of people like Schwartz. We will keep on making the same mistake until we respect other cultures enough to take what they say seriously.
Most Canadians and many Americans are familiar with the jibe alleging that Canadian identity is defined negatively, as “not American.” Some Americans apparently have felt so embarrassed by their citizenship that when visiting Europe they pretend to be Canadian. Before the star of President Barack Obama faded, the seldom-funny American satirical writer Garrison Keillor wrote on Salon.com that U.S. citizens travelling abroad could now, with Obama in the White House, celebrate ourselves: “No need anymore to try to look Canadian.”
Since Obama has taken office he has managed to not turn one enemy and has pissed off allies. the latest apparently is Karzai... but don't let me obscure the rest of this guys diatribe against the U.S.
I have been visiting Canada for almost 35 years and have no idea how one would try to “look Canadian,” except perhaps by putting on a maple leaf backpack patch. I like Canada and find its approach to multi-ethnicity fascinating. In one immediately relevant way, Canada is different from the U.S. today: in its Islamic communities. Canadian Islam is more moderate, more diverse and more open to debate than American or even British Islam.
hard to believe this is a
American Sunni Islam functions under the domination of a “Wahhabi lobby” of organizations financed by radicals in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, while American Shias cleave to the line set out by the Iranian clerical regime. British Islam, as I have learned by direct observation, is deeply divided between radicals, who account for about 30% of the Muslims attending mosques in the U.K., and a large moderate majority. (so all those terrorist attacks in the U.K. were an illusion? wha?) How did it come about that Islam in the U.S. became the playground of Wahhabis, representing the most reactionary, exclusivist, fundamentalist and violent phenomenon in the recent history of Sunnism? The “Wahhabi lobby” includes the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which was established and is sustained with Saudi support; the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA), ISNA’s predecessor; and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which also benefits from Saudi largesse. ISNA and MSA established the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), which holds title to mosques around the U.S. As stated on its website, NAIT “facilitates the realization of American Muslims’ desire for a virtuous and happy life in a shariah-compliant way.”
The “Wahhabi lobby” took direction of American Islam for demographic as well as geopolitical reasons. Real Islam, both Sunni and Shia, in contrast with the “Islamic” cultural fantasies of the so-called “Black Muslims,” began to expand in the United States after immigration reforms that were adopted as the 20th century came to a close. With the opening of immigration, numerous South Asian and Arab Muslims came to the United States, and the number of recognized mosques reached some 1,200. Many of these newcomers sought to get away from radical Islam in their countries of origin. I believe most of them were astonished to discover that American Islam was Wahhabized. They quite logically supposed the U.S. would not encourage Islamist extremism on its territory.
But migrants from South Asia and the Arab lands underestimated the influence of Saudi Arabia on American policy, because of energy issues, as well as the consequences of American blindness to the role of Pakistani radicals in the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan — and I supported and still support the U.S. assistance to the Afghans against the Russians. When Islam in America began to expand, the Saudis recognized a gap — the absence of community structures. They stepped in to fill that void, and the Saudis created the “Wahhabi lobby.” The Shias generally dislike Wahhabis, but in the U.S. the dominant Shia communities, which are Iraqi and Pakistani, have surrendered to Wahhabi dictation.
American Islam is, at the same time and paradoxically, very American, in being “corporate” Islam — it stands for financial, political and other institutional interests outside the country, rather than the spiritual challenges facing American Muslim believers. American Muslims are in the country, but not of it. American Islam is intellectually impoverished. There is more debate in the mosques of Saudi Arabia, which often serve as refuges for private conversation, than in any American Sunni Muslim community, aside from the Balkan Muslims, who are fully European. Among Shias, we see Iran in upheaval as its people wrestle with the moral and political decadence of the clerical regime. But the public silence of American Islam has also prevented Iraqi, Pakistani and Indian Shias in the U.S. from favouring the Iranian freedom movement.
American Islam has produced no serious exponents of the faith; it leaves articulation of its destiny to Arabocentric academics who dominate Middle East Studies in the colleges and universities. Aside from them, American Islam produces demagogic preachers. It is mentally and psychologically inert. To compare the nullity of American Islamic imagination and publications with the literary heritage of American Catholics, Jews and Buddhists — to cite others who began as minorities — is, for a Muslim, to despair.
No religious community has ever been distinguished by anything but the inspired discourse of its acolytes. Erecting overbearing mosques in the Saudi style, and manipulating South Asian believers to produce income and other benefits for Pakistani jihadist movements has accomplished nothing positive for American Muslims. Rather, these blandishments have aggravated the suspicion felt toward American Muslims by many of their non-Muslim neighbours.
America has always been a home to different faiths, and a seat at the big table of American religions would never have been denied Islam. But the “Wahhabi lobby,” in addition to being radical, is separatist. They do not want a seat at the American table. They want a table of their own. And the American media and political leaders have effectively granted the “Wahhabi lobby” special status, by including its representatives in the high councils of U.S. government. Ingrid Mattson, president of ISNA, who wears a headscarf more elaborate than those typically seen in many Muslim countries, was welcomed to participate in Obama’s inauguration. Dalia Mogahed, another woman in an exhibitionistic head covering, gave a U.K. television interview by telephone, praising public shariah as a protection for women’s dignity — after her appointment to the American President’s “Office of Religious Partnerships.”
ISNA president Mattson was born in Canada, but it is probably no accident that she has risen to prominence south of the border, because Canadian Islam is different. While CAIR-Canada is active in the media scene, ISNA and MSA have a lower media profile in Canada than in the United States. Their place has been assumed by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), which has distinguished itself by its campaign to exploit Canadian laws against hate speech, by attacking such mainstream media as the National Post and Maclean’s. This is the dark side of the Canadian difference. Unlike Canada, the U.K., and many European countries, the U.S. adds extra punishments for “hate crimes” — violence and other violations of law in which a prejudicial motivation can be proven — but does not criminalize any form of speech except incitement to immediate, physical harm. America only punishes acts of personal aggression, including murderous assaults as well as terrorist conspiracies.
Still, the CIC has not succeeded in intimidating Canadian media. Although I disagree strenuously with both the non-Muslim Mark Steyn and the Muslim “dissident” Irshad Manji, both are more widely read, proportionately to their audiences, than any non-Muslim critic or Muslim dissenter in the U.S. Full disclosure here: In 2003, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation produced a four-way debate including myself, Manji, Sheema Khan of CAIR-Canada and Dr. Jamal Badawi, the latter being one of the most extreme Sunni fundamentalists in the English-speaking world. Such an encounter on national television is almost inconceivable in the U.S. In addition, Salim Mansur, columnist for the Sun Media newspaper chain, is a prominent member of the organization I founded, the Centre for Islamic Pluralism. Mansur provides a lively and informed Muslim perspective absent from the American dailies, which are typically satisfied to offer Muslims space only for “politically correct” presentations of an Islam without problems. A Canadian Muslim and former student of Mansur at the University of Western Ontario, Imaad Malik, works on prison issues for CIP.
Every honest Muslim knows the worldwide Islamic community faces serious challenges, as represented by Saudi and South Asian fundamentalism, whether known as Wahhabism or Deobandism, as well as the peculiar mix of Arab nationalism and Wahhabi-style fundamentalism embodied in the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and Iranian radicalism. The umbrella term “Islamism” is not very helpful to Muslims in dealing with these ideologies — it is vague, and in conflicts such as that affecting the future of global Islam, wisdom consists of making distinctions rather than confusing them. Nor, in my view, is the condemnation of “political Islam” particularly useful. Before moderate Islam in the West can defeat the radicals and emerge as a normal faith community, moderates must become “political.” Indeed, Muslim anti-radicalism is as “political” as Muslim jihadism, by its very nature. The Saudi hardliners, terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iranian tyrants and competitors in fanaticism like the Egyptian MB and the Turkish Justice and Development party will not be defeated by a withdrawal of Western Muslims, much less those in their own countries, from public life. Spiritual Sufis may continue to emphasize their individual cultivation of religiosity. But Sufis have been notable public combatants for moderate Islam in the Balkans, Morocco, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and now Iran.
Still, what makes Canadian Islam different? I think the answer lies in encouragement of two streams of Muslim immigration that differ from the influx to the U.K. or the U.S. Numerous Canadian Muslims came with Commonwealth passports to English Canada from countries in Africa and elsewhere, their forebears having been harried and even killed by nationalist dictators. Their Islam had always been heterodox, and they included Ismaili Shias, many of them known as Khojas. Some obey the guidance of the Aga Khan, the world Ismaili leader, who has endowed a foundation to support Muslim social progress. Others are Bohras, a different Ismaili variety. Khojas and Bohras alike have blended their Shia Islam with Hindu traditions. Yet another group in Canada, like the majority of moderate Muslims in the U.K., follow the Qadiri and similar Sufi traditions.
In addition, Quebec has drawn French-speaking Muslim immigrants from countries like Tunisia, which is secularist, and Algeria, which underwent a brutal terrorist assault in the last decade of the 20th century. Unfortunately, few such moderate, much less heterodox, Muslims have a significant voice in the U.S. For Americans, including many who oppose radical Islam, the “Wahhabi lobby” continues to be seen as the only authoritative Islamic voice. We should be glad that Canada is different, and offers a place where Muslim sanity is prized, rather than dismissed. Finally, a real transformation of the lands of Islam may benefit most from social reforms in Saudi Arabia and Iran, along with a rescue of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey from religious nihilism. Yet Canada may still offer a more positive example of Islamic community life in the West than either the U.S. — where Muslims are well-off, atomized and conformist in the face of radical manipulation — or Britain, where Muslims are marginalized by their class and religious status, and government has chosen to appease rather than to oppose radical Islam.
blame everything but the source... yawn. Blame America for Islam. Did you expect them to blame anything else?
so let's see what is really going on in Canada... shall we?
Baron Bodissey passes on a Facebook entry from a student named Nick at Carleton University in Ottowa.Tonight I went out to the bars downtown. It was a great night with my roommate Mark Klibanov. Around 1:45am, as we were leaving the bar, and we heard the shout of “Zionist” in Arabic. As it stands now, we weren’t sure if the shouts were directed at myself, a known a supporter of Israel, or Mark, an actual Israeli.Continue reading here.
Quickly, we both responded that yes we were Zionists. All of a sudden we were surrounded by 10-15 men who began to shout at us in Arabic. We tried to back out and run away. All of a sudden, I was struck in the back of the head. I’m not sure if it was a fist, a rock or a pipe but it left me dazed and bleeding.
We quickly ran back to the bar and stood beside the bouncers. The crowd of anti-Israel thugs dispersed.
About 10 minutes later, assuming that it was safe, we began to walk home. We were walking through a parking lot when a car pulled up next to us. The driver shouted “I f***ing hit you, you Jew.”
Women march topless in Portland without incident | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday TelegramLabels: feminism
A group of women and men who had shed their tops march down a Congress Street sidewalk from Longfellow Square to Tommy's Park. They were promoting the freedom of women to be topless in public. The group attracted many amateur and professional photographers.
Ty McDowell, who organized the march, said she was "enraged" by the turnout of men attracted to the demonstration. The purpose, she said, was for society to have the same reaction to a woman walking around topless as it does to men without shirts on.
However, McDowell said she plans to organize similar demonstrations in the future and said she would be more "aggressive" in discouraging oglers.
the denied correlative is that these women do not respect difference. the idea is to get equal rights. these women want equivalent rights. that doesn't respect difference
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