Thursday, 20 October 2011

Feds being asked to keep anti-gay Muslim speakers out of TO

From the Toronto Sun, it looks like this will probably be a thing:
A protest is planned for Sunday outside the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA), on South Sheridan Way, in Mississauga, where the scholars will speak at a daylong event.
Hundreds are expected to turn out to hear IERA co-founder Abdurraheem Green, group trustee Yusuf Chambers, Hamza Andereas Tzortzis, Shaykh Hussain Yee, Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick, Shaykh Yusuf Badat, Shaykh Alaa Elsayed and Abu Hafsa Abdul Malik Clare.
The Quebec National Assembly last week tried to prevent Green and Tzortzis from giving a speech in Montreal on Friday due to “their homophobic remarks and speech trivializing violence against women”.
The speakers, as described by the Toronto Sun, do sound like they're more offensive than, say, the ads that the Toronto Sun ran during the last provincial election, so if we're going to criticize the Sun for that these men deserve at least as much opprobrium.
Of course, the Sun would be likely repelled by the suggestion that the state should decide which ads it runs. So it's a good thing the paper is merely reporting these calls for the state to control who says what in our borders, not making those calls themselves.

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