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Islamist Watch
 
October 13, 2008
 
Free Speech 3, Canadian Islamic Congress 0

by David J. Rusin

After a weeklong hearing in June and months of deliberation, a human rights court announced Friday that a venerable Canadian newsweekly will not be sanctioned for publishing a piece by Mark Steyn that at least one Muslim lobby group had failed to enjoy:

Maclean's magazine has won a human rights complaint filed against it over an article that the Canadian Islamic Congress claimed incited hatred against Muslims.
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National Post (Canada)
 
October 8, 2008
 
The Third Jihad
We cannot disarm Islamists if their presence is not acknowledged

Barbara Kay

The first great jihad petered out with Islam's expulsion from Spain in 1492, the second in 1683 with the decisive (and to Islamists, still freshly humiliating) defeat of the Ottoman Empire in Vienna.

We're presently experiencing the terror-focused third great jihad, which seeks to recreate the triumphalist dynamics of Islam's muscular 7th-century ascendancy. How or when this great jihad will end we cannot say, only that realism insists it will not be soon and that the mission to replace secular democracy with Islam proceeds apace inside our borders as well as abroad.
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Citizen Warrior
 
October 14, 2008
 
Why I'm Worried About Islam But Not Christianity

FIRST LET me say right up front: I am not a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu, or a Buddhist, and I never have been. But whenever I talk about Islam to people here in America they almost always bring up Christianity. They compare Christianity with Islam, basically implying that I am criticizing Islam but Christianity is just as bad. Even Christians say this to me.

People who know nothing about Islam try to defend it just because they think of Islam as the underdog, and they instinctively want to defend any group against discrimination or "racism" (even though Islam is not a race http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2007/11/critique-of-pure-islam.html).

While Islam looks like other religions westerners are familiar with — Judaism and Christianity — and portrays itself as such, it is profoundly different in important ways.
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The Jewish Daily Forward


U.S. Mounting Effort To Counter Limits on Speech Critical of Islam
Worries That Muslim Leaders Use U.N. Resolution To Stifle Dissent

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration, European governments and advocates of freedom of speech are ramping up efforts to counter what they see as a campaign by Muslim countries to suppress speech about religion, especially Islam.

The debate focuses on a United Nations resolution called “Combating Defamation of Religion,” sponsored by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference. The resolution was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2005 and is up for renewal in the next couple of months. While the resolution stresses the need to fight defamation against all faiths, Islam is the only one explicitly mentioned.
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