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  • National Post How academics portray Islam as a’ victim’ of oppression — even as they defend violent Islamists Tuesday April 18th, 2017
    April 21 marks the opening, at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, of the sixth annual academic conference on Islamophobia. If past conclaves are a guide, the conference will be marked by a morass of impenetrable academic jargon and an unremitting flow of anti-Western rhetoric. Here, if one cares to observe, one may see the academic pistons of the blasphemy-law promotional...
  • National Post How academics portray Islam a ‘victim’ of oppression — even as they defend violent Islamists Tuesday April 18th, 2017
    April 21 marks the opening, at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, of the sixth annual academic conference on Islamophobia. If past conclaves are a guide, the conference will be marked by a morass of impenetrable academic jargon and an unremitting flow of anti-Western rhetoric. Here, if one cares to observe, one may see the academic pistons of the blasphemy-law promotional...
  • National Post At the Vimy centenary, a rare (and dwindling) chance to celebrate male courage Tuesday April 11th, 2017
    The Vimy Ridge centenary dominated Canadian commentary this past week. It was stirring to read the many eloquent commentaries on this watershed event in our evolution as a nation. Some of the reportage of the ceremonial aspects of the weekend was written by women. But virtually all the editorializing on the event was delivered by male writers. In fact, it’s generally the male journalists who ha...
  • National Post At Ryerson, a rare win for Jewish groups on campus (and one with a pleasant twist) Tuesday April 4th, 2017
    Last November, at Ryerson University, Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association led a walkout of Ryerson Student Union’s (RSU) Semi-annual General Meeting in order to suspend quorum, when the group Students Supporting Israel (SSI) brought forward a motion endorsing Holocaust Education Week. Without quorum, the motion was unable to pass. It was later discovered that t...
  • National Post Mike Pence’s dining preference is ‘rape culture’? By that flimsy standard, what isn’t? Monday April 3rd, 2017
    Some years ago Tal Nitzan, a sociology student at Hebrew University and an ardent anti-Zionist, used her Master’s thesis to explore how Israel’s “racist” soldiers use rape as a weapon of terror and intimidation. There was only one problem. Once she began her research, she could not find a single documented case of rape by an Israel Defence Forces soldier of a Palestinian woman. Undet...
  • National Post A man who’ll stand up for the rights of other men (and boys) on campus and in society Tuesday March 21st, 2017
    On International Women’s Day a few weeks ago, I sat on a radio panel devoted to the occasion with two young women, both enthusiastically self-avowed feminists, who think we still live in a “patriarchy” in which men’s interests are better served than women. They were shocked when I demurred, dubbing our society a “matriarchy.” I explained that in the things that matter most to everyone — health,...
  • National Post Understanding the jihadi mind (I hope this column isn’t Islamophobic) Tuesday March 14th, 2017
    M-103 is a motion before Parliament that seeks to condemn (undefined) “Islamophobia” as a phenomenon distinct from hatred directed at individual members of all minorities. M-103 rests its case for particularity on wording from a petition, E-411, stating Islamist jihadis “do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam. … They in no way represent the religion.̶...
  • National Post Actually, it turns out that you may be less racist than you’ve been led to believe Tuesday February 28th, 2017
    I had the pleasure, a few weeks ago, of attending a seminar at Ryerson University as a specially invited guest to hear University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson address a colleague’s students on freedom of speech and gender issues that have made him a household name in Canada. I was of course already familiar with much of Peterson’s material from his videos, which didn’t dimini...
  • National Post Actually, one needn’t be a hysterical bigot to have concerns with M-103 Tuesday February 21st, 2017
    I have serious concerns about M-103, a private member’s motion currently before Parliament that would condemn Islamophobia. But I want to reassure my colleague Andrew Coyne that I’m not nearly as unhinged as he seems to think we critics are. Here is what Andrew wrote of the critics in his recent column on M-103: they’re a “most extreme voice” on “a most extreme p...
  • National Post Enter Milo Yiannopoulos, progressivism’s spawn and history’s pendulum in action Tuesday February 14th, 2017
    Freedom for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is an organization that defends freedom of speech for students and academics at American universities. They’ve tracked disinvitations and speech disruptions on campus over the last 17 years and recently published their findings. From 2000-2009 disinvitations and disruptions occurred almost equally from the left and the right (on the right mostly...
  • National Post Fascism in America? Sure, but not because of You Know Who Tuesday January 31st, 2017
    NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says Trump is a “fascist.” And so do countless others. Fair comment? No. It’s fair to say that all fascists are populists, but not all populists are fascists. When leftists say “fascist,” it often means “right-wing people or opinions that offend me.” In fact fascism can arise on the left or the right. I’ve seen several tweets linking Trump with the protagonist of Sincl...
  • National Post Betsy DeVos’ support of due process on campuses makes her an excellent pick for secretary of education Tuesday January 24th, 2017
    Barack Obama was the first president to make the advancement of feminist demands a priority. So the election of the sexist Trump has hit progressive women particularly hard. They fear that their hard-won battles for equality and rights will be rolled back by Trump through legislation or by the coming preponderance of conservative Supreme Court justices.   But there is one area that could s...
  • National Post For me, another 10 years or so sounds about right Tuesday January 17th, 2017
    There was a woman at our synagogue I knew superficially, a widow about 20 years older than me, a fine amateur artist. At long last liberated from onerous maternal and breadwinning obligations, her aging father’s needs began to consume the time she had finally carved out to devote to painting. She would bring her father to synagogue, one of the few pleasures left to him in his radically diminish...
  • National Post U of T’s ‘antipsychiatry’ scholarship — and not believing in mental illness — is an attack on science Tuesday January 10th, 2017
    In November, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), an all-graduate school at the University of Toronto, announced it had established a world first, a scholarship in the “field” of antipsychiatry, to be named after its primary instructor, Bonnie Burstow, an associate professor in OISE’s Adult Education and Community Development department. Burstow believes there is no prove...
  • National Post It should have been obvious all along that Obama really favoured Arabs over Israel Tuesday January 3rd, 2017
    Given Obama’s education, mentors and ideology, we should not really be shocked by his long-calculated decision to have the U.S. abstain from voting on UN Security Council Resolution 2334, ensuring its passage. Israel-censuring 2334 is an effective repeal of Resolution 242, which promised Israel a “right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries,” leaving unspecified which territo...
  • National Post Across North America, seeds of a religious rebound Tuesday December 20th, 2016
    My grandparents, immigrants from Poland and Romania, were Orthodox Jews and deeply observant. My parents, born here, joined a Conservative shul (mixed seating), and kept a traditionally Jewish home. My husband and I joined a Reconstructionist synagogue (liturgically traditional, theologically agnostic, anchored in Jewish “peoplehood”), and mainly express ourselves Jewishly through community vol...
  • National Post One gay man’s lonely fight against Ontario’s new law banning ‘mother’ and ‘father’ Wednesday December 14th, 2016
    LGBT rights and pro-pit-bull advocacy are niche passions for the Ontario NDP’s Cheri DiNovo. The latter cause was my introduction to the MPP. Today’s column is about the former, specifically the recently-passed Bill 28, DiNovo’s “All Families are Equal Act.” Motivation for the bill was the aim of bringing legislative compliance to a 2006 judicial ruling, in the case of MDR v. Ontario, to stop r...
  • National Post Curb the chivalric impulse, women don’t need it Thursday December 8th, 2016
    In a recent column, my colleague Colby Cosh took Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s proposal that Canadians be allowed to carry chemical mace and pepper spray for self-defence a step further (or backward depending on your perspective): He would offer the privilege only to women, writing: “Perhaps I’m a little more feminist than she is: I would be comfortable making the carr...
  • National Post Driverless cars are coming — but what about the fight for the right to drive your own vehicle? Tuesday December 6th, 2016
    Since 1982, alcohol-related fatalities in the U.S. have come down 52 per cent overall, and 79 per cent for drivers under the age of 21. What should be cause for satisfaction, however, has been overtaken by what economists call technological biteback, what happens when tech innovations improve our lives but also bring “grim and often unanticipated side effects.”...
  • National Post When reaching out to the Muslim community, choose your ambassadors carefully Tuesday November 29th, 2016
    Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) was founded in 2004 to develop strategies for enhancing community safety, addressing problems like violence against women, neighbourhood gangs, abuse of the disabled and hate crimes.   Between January and November of this year, according to Staff Sergeant Dave Zackrias of the Diversity and Race Relations Unit (DRR) of the Ottawa Police Servic...
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