So I was reading about Oskar Freysinger of the Swiss People's Party and the curious difficulty he was having in getting a hotel in Brussels when I got the news about certain, ah, last-minute changes to the venue of my speech in London, Ontario on November 1st. The front page of today's National Post leads with "Perils Of Speaking One's Mind On Islam" over mugshots of me and Juan Williams. As Adam McDowell reports: Centre Refuses To Host Steyn Lecture On Free Speech
From the London Free Press story, "Author Denied Hall Rental":
Controversial author Mark Steyn may be too hot a potato for one city-owned London hall...
Non-controversial reporter Kate Dubinski seems to have learned only one adjective at journalism school. Either that, or while I was sleeping some wag had my name legally changed to Controversial Author Mark Steyn. Whatever the reason, this is the way it is; this is "the path we are on". All London taxpayers pay for the London Convention Centre, but the London Convention Centre apparently does not serve all London taxpayers. It won't be too long now and, like Robin Hood and his Merrie Men, we'll be having to hold our get-togethers in a clearing in the forest on the edge of town. ... As Ann Coulter, Lars Vilks and other among the Canceled Class have learned, "security concerns" are the new black(out).
And, I would add, a classic cover-up for sharia.