Kathy Shaidle

Canadian Journalist Resigns After Editors Spike His Anti-Jihadist Column

Posted on September 28 2010 5:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

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They don’t make ’em like Rory Leishman anymore. He’s one of those old fashioned newsmen you only see in black and white movies these days.

As a rare non-lefty Canadian journalist, he’s fought all the good fights, particularly against activist judges. Leishman was also battling our censorious, PC-mad “Human Rights” Commissions long before the rest of us took up the cause.

This week, Rory resigned as a long-time columnist for the London (Ontario) Free Press.

He’d submitted a column to run on (ironically) September 11, detailing the connection between the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) and the Muslim Brotherhood. The LFP said they’d only run the column if Leishman removed references to two local imams. He refused, the paper spiked the column, and Leishman resigned on principle.

You can read the spiked column, plus Rory’s supporting material about radical Muslims operating with relative impunity throughout Canada, and the correspondence between Leishman and his editor, at Rory’s blog. The entire post is well worth your time. Here’s an excerpt:

How could tens of thousands of Muslims living in Canada sympathize with Islamist terrorists who were plotting the greatest mass slaughter of civilians in Canadian history?

Part of the answer can be found in some mainstream Muslim publications in Canada. For example, in July, Al Bilad, a monthly newspaper published in Arabic and English in London, Ontario, featured a poem that glorifies an Islamist homicide bomber who pleads to her mother:

“Yumma, tell my son that I did not abandon him, never!
“I did it for his freedom and our peoples (sic) right to be able to live free, forever!
“Yumma, tell my husband that he will always be my all,
“I know he understands and he knows why I took that call.”

Following the publication of this ode to terrorism in Al Bilad, all Canadians alert to the peril of home-grown radicalization should surely boycott the newspaper. Yet the current issue includes advertisements for Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic [socialist] Party; Irene Mathyssen, NDP MP for London–Fanshawe; Khalil Ramal, Liberal MPP for London-Fanshawe; Jim Chahbar, Conservative candidate for London–Fanshawe; and Ed Holder, Conservative MP for London-West.

Reaction to Rory’s resignation was swift. I received lots of emails and even a few phone calls from readers who’d been enjoying Leishman’s columns in the paper since literally the previous century.

Mark Steyn interrupted his hiatus to comment on his site’s front page:

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