Same PreFab Vomit, Different Day
Students and Islamic Congress Make Settlement Offer to Maclean’s – Publish a Reasonable Response from a Mutually Acceptable Author
TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ – Today the law students who launched human rights complaints against Maclean’s made a public offer to settle the matter without a hearing before the quasi-judicial British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. The students and legal Counsel to the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), are testing the sincerity of Maclean’s editorial statement that the magazine’s editors were prepared to consider a reasonable response to Islamophobic content, including the October 2006 cover story, The Future Belong to Islam, by Mark Steyn.
Published after the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s condemnation of Maclean’s, the editorial refers to a March 2007 meeting between the students and Maclean’s senior editors, Kenneth Whyte and Mark Stevenson, in the presence of Maclean’s legal counsel, Julian Porter. In the editorial, the editors claimed that Maclean’s had been prepared to “give them (the students) an opportunity to have their say, but they gave us no opening for reasonable conciliation.”
“The assertion that the editors were prepared to consider a reasonable counter-view article to Mark Steyn’s Islamophobic polemic is a complete fabrication,” said Muneeza Sheikh, one of the students present at the meeting.
SHHH! Mohamed Elmasry, the prime-mover of these shenanigans
“They categorically refused to publish any response whatsoever, stating that they preferred bankruptcy.”
“Despite this response, we continued to try and resolve the matter. We wrote directly to Ted Rogers and asked for a meeting,” said Khurrum Awan, a member of the student group. “Our legal counsel indicated at our press conference last year that we were prepared to meet with Mr. Rogers or his representatives to discuss a resolution. And in our op-eds, we made clear that what we are seeking is a reasonable opportunity to respond.”
“Not once did Maclean’s reciprocate our desire to discuss a response that would resolve the matter,” said legal counsel Faisal Joseph.
“However, in light of the editors’ latest assertion we are making a fair and reasonable proposal today.
In exchange for Maclean’s publishing a mutually acceptable response to the Steyn article from an agreed upon author, we would be prepared to settle this matter.”
“We hope that Maclean’s will reciprocate our efforts to resolve this matter without a hearing before an independent quasi-judicial body in British Columbia,” continued Joseph.
For further information: Legal Counsel for the CIC, Faisal Joseph, (519) 672-4510
~ Steyn on this piece of theatre: Repositioning
~ Gyapong: “A potentially perilous moment“
~ Shotgun Blog: “The CIC’s Insulting Offer“
~ SoCon: “KoolAid Keeps Flowing“