For the subject, for the topicality, for the importance—for its f**king brilliant language:
Never mind the “sheep-shagging” and “mosquito breeding”; that is all just SO December 2007. Now what REALLY offends these students (and, their rep insisted on numerous occasions, the entire Muslim community in Canada) was Steyn’s use of the word “fiercely” — as in a “fiercely bearded” imam.
“We’re here because of a goddam ADJECTIVE now?” I “asked” RightGirl, beside me.
My outburst caught the attention of one of the female law students on the dias, and we engaged in a evil eye staring match for the next 15 minutes. Heh. Made ‘er blink.
And of course, we had to hear about four different times about Ken Whyte’s “disgraceful” bankruptcy comment, which they are totally and utterly obsessed with.
See, this is why there hasn’t been a Muslim Reformation:
there must not be an Arabic equivalent of “Here I stand, I can do no other.”
When the lawyer recognized me during question time, it was — I am so not kidding you — just after he “answered” another question by reiterating his outrage at Whyte’s defiance.
“What do you make of such a thing? I ask you?!” the lawyer asked rhetorically, with faux outrage.
I raised my hand, and he nodded at me.
“Well, what I make of it is that there still may be hope for the right to private property in Canada.” (Titters from the peanut gallery.)
“In any event,” I continued, “can you explain why the man whose name actually appears on all three of these human rights complaints against Maclean’s, that is, Mohammad Elmasry, isn’t here today? Could it be because you’d like to distance yourselves from him, since he was captured on video declaring that all Israeli civilians were legitimate targets for Muslim terrorists?”
Their lawyer is so stupid, this was his actual answer:
“Why didn’t you ask me about the other students who aren’t here today because they had to write exams?
I refrained from replying “They can write??” and said instead,
“Because I don’t give a damn about them, I asked you about Elmasry.”
“Will you let me answer, madam?”
“Why didn’t you just answer when I asked you the first time?”
“That incident was investigated four years ago and was settled. I am representing Mohammed Elmasry here. Why don’t you call him on the phone if you want to talk to him so badly!”
Yes, he really did say that. A grown frickin’ man. What next? “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha”??
Even after seeing Midnight Express, I still traveled to Turkey. But I’m not sure I’d be up for a long weekend in Montreal after reading this.