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Another Victory for Free Speech

It looks like there was a happy conclusion to Mark Steyn’s ongoing legal problems in Canada, as the case against him has been dismissed :

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruled Friday that a controversial article about Islam in Maclean’s magazine did not violate the province’s hate speech law.


 The Canadian Islamic Congress, which brought the complaint, has previously failed in two other jurisdictions: Ontario, which said it did not have jurisdiction over printed material; and federally, where the complaint was rejected as without merit.

With the publication of The Jewel of Medina earlier in the week and now the dismissal of the charges against Mark Steyn, this has shaped up to be a pretty good week for anyone who’s tired of seeing zealots using the courts and the threat of violence to stifle speech that is supposedly “offensive” to their religion. You can read more, including a PDF of the actual decision over at Mark Steyn’s website (sorry, no permalinks).

(H/T: Instapundit. I’ve previously written about this here and here.)

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