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  • National Post A lone academic dares to challenge accepted narratives about Canada’s residential school system Tuesday May 23rd, 2017
    As the token conservative on otherwise liberal panels, I have been a regular contributor to CBC radio’s comedy news trivia program, Because News, since September 2016. I was let go from this panel last week for my politically incorrect views on indigenous cultural appropriation (that I did not even express on CBC). I can now empathize (as opposed to merely sympathize) with t...
  • National Post Why does a report on ‘gender equality’ in mental health all but ignore the illnesses of men and boys? Tuesday May 16th, 2017
    In a column last March, I described the radical progressive mind’s inability to see iniquities on the left and its fixation with right-wing evil as the ideological equivalent of a neurological syndrome called “hemispatial neglect.” Those afflicted with hemispatial neglect lose recognition of space on one entire side of the body. It isn’t that they have a desire to see what’s on the side that is...
  • National Post Why does a report on ‘gender equity’ in mental health all but ignore the illnesses of men and boys? Tuesday May 16th, 2017
    In a column last March, I described the radical progressive mind’s inability to see iniquities on the left and its fixation with right-wing evil as the ideological equivalent of a neurological syndrome called “hemispatial neglect.” Those afflicted with hemispatial neglect lose recognition of space on one entire side of the body. It isn’t that they have a desire to see what’s on the side that is...
  • National Post “Stealthing”: Feminists open Pandora’s box of sexual assault double standards Friday May 12th, 2017
    As the definition of sex assault becomes broader and shallower, men become ever more vulnerable to the heavy hand of a legal system that is biased toward women.  “Stealthing” is an immoral behaviour practiced by both men and women, but only punishes men. Watch as I explain why what has come to be accepted in Canadian law as a form of “reproductiv...
  • National Post In landlord vs. religious Muslim couple, no one won. Everyone lost Tuesday May 9th, 2017
    Years ago, my then-lawyer son was seeking affordable lodging in Manhattan. He discovered many landlords wouldn’t rent to lawyers: too quick to litigate small grievances. This was a permitted form of rental discrimination? Yes, according to my son, who wouldn’t have conformed to that stereotype, but was penalized for it anyway.  I wondered about the discretion allowed to Canadian landlords....
  • National Post The problem with Handmaid’s Tale is that it’s not a believable dystopia. It’s sci-fi Tuesday May 2nd, 2017
    The current Hulu remake of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is getting rave reviews. But I passed on it. Handmaids projects a Christian theocracy — the Republic of Gilead — that has replaced American democracy, and consigned women to their most reductive biological roles as forced breeders in a mysteriously infertile society. I’m interested in artistic dystopias — the word alw...
  • National Post Pit Bulls Are Not Our Friends Tuesday May 2nd, 2017
    Pit bull–type dogs in Canada today are estimated to number in the hundreds of thousands. But in the 1990s, there would have been relatively few. So their characteristic mode of attack was practically unknown in the legal community when, in June of 1997, seven-year old Sharon Reynolds of Kingston, Ontario, was killed by a pit bull. Her mother, Louise, was wrongly charged for her dea...
  • National Post When pointing to CBC’s anti-Israel bias, there are plenty of examples Tuesday April 25th, 2017
    Marwan Barghouti is a bad man, which is why he’s 15 years into a 40-year prison sentence. He’s also a charismatic political activist.  In its April 16 Sunday edition, The New York Times published an op-ed by Barghouti, “Why We are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons,” with the byline, “Marwan Barghouti is a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.”  Israeli officials reacted furi...
  • 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 Coming Soon... Monday April 10th, 2017
    New recommended reading section coming soon...
  • 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 “A chastity belt worn on the head”: There is nothing wonderful about the hijab Friday March 10th, 2017
    While I am still free to do so without penalty, I would like to make what might one day be construed as an Islamophobic statement: I am very disturbed by a growing phenomenon in the west I would describe as hijab reverence – what seems to me a partly well-organized, a partly jump-on-the-bandwagon campaign among our left-wing cultural elites. There is nothing wonderful or cha...
  • 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 This teachers’ guide might be a “draft document” of Liberals’ M-103 Islamophobia “study” Thursday February 16th, 2017
    M-103, the motion now being debated in Parliament, was carefully structured to look like an innocent show of solidarity with all victims of racism in Canada, with the casual addition of “Islamophobia” as a special cause for concern.  In fact, for those who crafted the motion – and whether it was MP Iqra Khalid, its ostensible mother, or the Pr...
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