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Friday, February 29, 2008

Clueless Would-Be Censors Attack Mark Steyn Again

Harper's magazine recently published a selection of the "assertions and implications" attributed to Mark Steyn by the Canadian Islamic Congress's "Case Study of Media-Propagated Islamophobia." Harper's published the list without comment -- without, apparently, even bothering to note that much of the list is actually drawn from Steyn's review of Robert Ferrigno's novel Prayers for the Assassin, which was published in Maclean's.

Although I haven't read the novel myself, it's about an Islamic takeover of a large chunk of the United States after New York City and Washington, D.C. are destroyed by nuclear weapons. It sounds interesting, but I haven't had a lot of time to read fiction lately. Read about the novel on Wikipedia here.

Here's the list Harper's published. Click to get the full-sized image in a new window if this one is too small to read.


You can see Harper's published, without comment, a selection from a document that attributes to Mark Steyn the following claims, among others:

Etc. You get the idea. These aren't claims Steyn is making -- they're plot points he's reciting in his review of Ferrigno's novel!

As you can see, anyone reading the list in Harper's who wasn't already pretty familiar with Steyn's writing would think he's a Nazi lunatic. Of course, it's to the CIC's benefit to paint him in that light, but Harper's really shouldn't be helping them get the job done like this.

But here's what I'm really thinking: I suppose the CIC and its censor-happy allies like Warren Kinsella probably know that much of the complaint against Maclean's is based on the review Steyn wrote of Prayers for the Assassin. And if they think Maclean's should be dragged before the inquisition for publishing a basic recitation of the novel's plot, what do they think about the act of publishing the novel itself?

I mean, if a review of the novel is worthy of censorship, then surely the novel itself should be censored and kept out of Canada.

Why doesn't Prayers for the Assassin amount to hate propaganda?

Posted by Terrence Watson on February 29, 2008 | Permalink


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'Journalists' today are deathly afraid of questioning people's motives, they don't dare. Instead, 'journalists' get led around by the nose and are expected to bark and squawk at the correct times - and they do! What pathetic losers, it's no wonder people have stopped buying papers and mags.

Posted by: philanthropist | 2008-02-29 11:18:21 PM

A Muslim will star for the LA Lakers - Yeah right, like that's ever gonna happen !

I suppose after he retires he goes on to be featured in a campaign video for Obama -

Posted by: Nbob | 2008-03-01 12:30:50 AM

If anyone is interested, Vlad stopped by my blog as well to demonstrate his total ignorance of other matters, like statistics.


Posted by: Chris Vanoostveen | 2008-03-01 8:12:35 AM

Hey Chris,

I admire your patience. I can't believe even a guy like Warren Kinsella enthusiastically linked to Vlad. What a tool.



Posted by: Terrence Watson | 2008-03-01 10:11:27 AM

OK OK so i get it..Steyn is critical of Islamic extremism and uses artfully contructed prose to mock it's mire intolerant traits...so what I don't "get" is what Kinsella et al are saying about being Islamic intolerance....what is it Warren is saying?.... that this radical ideology produces boy scouts and Brownies? With the ashes of the twin towers barely swept away and the graves of Israli school children still fresh, Kinsella's equally obtuse myth of Islam seems even more disingenuous.

What exactly is it the CJC's legal brain trust WK, is defending about radical Islam? Or is it that the Kinsella-led army of progressive inebriates are just too mutt-stupid to know the difference between criticizing an intolerant suicidal ideology and the type of maniacal racism that suicide bombs Jewish children on school buses?

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux | 2008-03-01 10:34:54 AM


Thanks, for your comments and your post. I think I'm just about through with the "Commerce and Finance Specialist."

Isn't it odd how quick the "No To Hate" crowd are to align themselves with the likes of Mohamed Elmasry?


Posted by: Chris Vanoostveen | 2008-03-01 10:57:36 AM

I can't believe that Harper's magazine would make a mistake like this. You're right, Terrence, if I wasn't familiar with Steyn's writings, there is no doubt that I'd conclude that he's some sort of complete lunatic.

Hopefully, they'll print a retraction and/or clarification.

Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2008-03-01 12:36:28 PM

I've read the novel in question. I enjoyed it, and to be fair it did have a few sympathetic muslims in it. They weren't all of the headchopper variety that's for sure. So, to pick and choose plot lines from the novel is just dumb. Harper's rag should be burned in effigy at a big rally with lots of screaming men in beards and women in burkas! Oops, sorry I was thinking of something else...

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-03-01 2:00:46 PM

It has been a while since I took media in college, but shouldn't Kinsella, as a J-school grad (not to mention a lawyer) know the difference between a review of a novel, and, say, an opinion?

Oh? You say that he only took the word of another party?

Well, so do many people who end up getting sued by folks like Kinsella.

The world does go round, doesn't it?

Posted by: James Goneaux | 2008-03-01 4:16:43 PM

"It has been a while since I took media in college, but shouldn't Kinsella, as a J-school grad (not to mention a lawyer) know the difference between a review of a novel, and, say, an opinion?"

What we need is Truewest and Nbob here to help us enlighten WK.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-01 4:21:06 PM

If Warren had any friends, they'd stop him from looking so stupid. Then again, he relies on an idiot like Cherniak as an internet expert, so that makes sense now.

Remember the time just a few months ago when Kinsella posted a spam e-mail that he perceived as a death threat? Get the idea that his closet is full of penis enhancing drugs and he is on a first name basis with half of Nigeria?

Posted by: James Goneaux | 2008-03-03 7:55:48 AM

I just read Mark's book "America alone". It was pretty scary stuff.I sure hope governments are aware of this and act before it is too late

Posted by: David Johnstone | 2008-03-06 2:29:17 PM

I disagree, here is why: http://vladglebov.com/?p=127

Posted by: Vlad Glebov | 2008-03-08 10:29:39 PM

"In advance, I’d like to thank those extreme right wing conservative bloggers who link to my blog and ask people to post negative comments, it increases my readership and rating on Google, thanks guys!" - Vlad Glebov

Well thanks for visiting the Western Standard for the same reason, Vlad.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-03-08 10:36:55 PM

Vlad, as Terrence, myself and several others have noted, you have made an absolute fool of yourself here by accepting and promoting gross and deliberate distortions of Steyn's work (by a man who has said that all Israeli adults are legitimate targets for suicide bombers). Any credibility you had left was shredded on my blog, where you demonstrated your total ignorance of statistics, among other subjects.

I can't believe even Kinsella would link to you.

Posted by: Chris Vanoostveen | 2008-03-09 6:02:41 PM

If anyone is interested:


Posted by: Chris Vanoostveen | 2008-03-10 2:48:39 PM

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