The Death of Free Speech: The West Veils Itself

“…Further, for Europe’s journalists and writers, it has become increasingly difficult to find publishers. This is true of, for instance, Caroline Fourest, author of the French book Eloge du blasphème. “The treatment of her work by the publishing industry shows how much has been lost” wrote the British journalist, Nick Cohen. “No Anglo-Saxon publisher would touch it, and only fear can explain the rejection letters.”

“No American or British publisher has been willing to publish the book” Mrs. Fourest told this author. “‘There is no market for this book’, I was repeatedly told, to justify their desire not to touch something explosive. It was an important project which Salman Rushdie tried to sponsor with his own publishing houses. It is alarming because more and more I see that my colleagues behave as useful idiots.”

  • Islam’s penumbra darkens Europe.

    • Islam darkens souls.

      • Cat is that NP Canada Post story okay? — I pasted the link below, couldn’t figure out what happened to it.

  • ‘There is no market for this book.’ The publishers are probably right (and not because they are afraid). Most conservative books are poor sellers for various reasons. Maybe the ordinary conservatives are too stingy or prefer free online articles. The rest of the population can still afford to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the issues raised by those authors.

    Ann Coulter’s book are well-researched and well-written, yet their sales are just a fraction of what Naomi Klein gets. And Klein excels only in new ways of spewing old anti-Western nonsense. The stampede of lefties willing to get their yearly dose of anti-capitalism outnumbers the rest of us. The same applies to criticism of Islam.

  • Tom Forsythe

    The only way the left will ever turn against Islam is if they attack Cuba.

  • I’m still trying to figure out what happened to the National Post “hate propaganda” link posted on Nightmouse’s “Continental Breakfast” — it was concerning a human rights complaint against Canada Post for allegedly distributing neo-Nazi material.

    It was deleted together with some of the comments — I don’t know why BCF pulled it.

    Very interesting story for those of us familiar with some of the names from the past re: free speech. What’s up Cat?

    Anyway here’s the link if it’s okay:

    • The name of a certain very litigious individual was repeatedly mentioned. In this case better safe than sorry.

      • FactsWillOut

        It is to our shame that some individuals continue to metabolize carbs, to the detriment of the rest of us.

        Metaphorically speaking, of course.

        • Will Quest

          Hear…hear she folds like an extremely cheap paper flower….origami …..

      • David Smith

        Irony escapes us.

      • Thanks Mamba.

        Just to clarify, I mentioned the individual because the news story mentioned them — honestly didn’t know the person was still on the warpath with the blogs after all these years since section 13 was struck down. Someone else referenced the individual in a way that could be perhaps “provocative” — I simply voted them up because I thought it was satire.

        Scary — possibly the only person on the entire globe whose name cannot be mentioned on a Canadian blog, not only here, but any Canadian blog. You can make fun of Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, but not “you know who”. Any doubt now to the disbelievers out there about censorship in Canada? And the absolute dictatorial power of the communist Human Rights Commissions?

        • It’s always on the warpath. I’d love to destroy it, but I haven’t the funds, nor does BCF. I understand, the whole situation is ridiculous.

        • Will Quest

          I would vote up your comment a billion times if I could .

        • Clink9

          Similar to Voldemort, can’t say the name!

  • Kathy Prendergast

    I guess the Pope submissively washing Muslim men’s stinky feet didn’t convince them he’s on their side.