September 29, 2015

WATCH: Mark Steyn in Denmark, on the "Mohammed Cartoons" 10th anniversary

Rebel Staff
 

Amid tight security, Mark Steyn addressed an event last weekend, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the so-called "Mohammed cartoons."

In some ways, it was a somber gathering, as many of those who should have been in attendance -- cartoonists from Charlie Hebdo and other publications -- had either been murdered by Muslim terrorists or gone into hiding.

As Steyn notes in his talk, the British Foreign Office issued an advisory, warning travelers against attending the event.

Even the newspaper that first published the cartoons declined to participate.

In his stirring speech, Steyn hailed "Rebel Commander" Ezra Levant for being one of the few publishers brave enough to run the cartoons, in his magazine The Western Standard.

At his website, Mark Steyn wrote:

[W]e were a merry band, all things considered, at Christiansborg Castle. I thank my friend Katrine Winkel Holm, of the Danish Free Press Society, and her delightful sister, Marie Krarup, defense spokeslady for the Danish People's Party, for arranging to host us behind the fortress-like walls of Parliament -- so nobody could bust in and shoot us, as they did at a similar free-speech event in February.

I was heartened to meet fellow free-speechers who had traveled from Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Britain and even Canada. My fellow panelists included Henryk Broder, author of The Last Days of Europe; Vebjørn Selbekk, whom the quislings of Norway's government treated disgracefully for publishing the cartoons; and Douglas Murray, who's already written up the event in The [UK] Spectator:

"My main message for the audience was to keep in mind that freedom has never been particularly popular. Most people prefer their security and comforts to freedom and although history shows that although everyone benefits from being free, it has always been a small minority who actually pursue and protect the cause. (...) Perhaps by the 15th anniversary things will be better."

Perhaps. On Europe's present course, though, the security we'll need in 2020 doesn't bear thinking about. But I'll be there.


(Photo of Mark Steyn: eyvind.dk)

 

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commented 2015-10-01 15:28:26 -0400
We used to have a smattering of Danish in Canada and there was no problem. They worked hard and fit in well. If they wanted to speak their own peculiar language or engage in the annual ‘exchange of socks’ they did it in their own homes, behind closed doors.
Now we need laws to ensure that they do not serve raw ground beef in restaurants. Unless we are vigilant they will be agitating for legalization of raw eggs.
By the way, more than 160 countries world wide do not accept Danish as an official language!
commented 2015-10-01 00:01:30 -0400
Good news. People have realized.
Cuba rejects first mosque.
Angola is the first country to ban Islam
Norway deporting Muslims to fight crime
Germany last year, 81 attacks on mosques
Austria arrested 13 jihad recruiters
China sends 22 imams to jail for spreading hatred 5-16 years
China executes 8 jihadists
Japan refuses citizenship to Muslims
British Home Secretary prepares Anti-social behaviour order to strip extremists of citizenship
Czech republic doesn’t want Islam
Alabama bans foreign laws including sharia law
North Carolina bans sharia law
Poland legislating ban to sharia law
Northern Ireland Muslims leaving to avoid anti-Islamic violence
Harper knows what’s going on!
commented 2015-09-30 21:47:47 -0400
It is amazing, how anyone can stand and speak in front of people that have lost loved ones to Muslim terrorism , make them laugh and still drive home the fact that the Western World , and all that we believe in—is under Attack.
Mark Stein has this ability. I wonder when it will be appreciated?
commented 2015-09-30 17:24:04 -0400
Excellent talk Mark. It is truly refreshing to know that there are some principled men willing to stand up for what is right and true.
commented 2015-09-30 17:17:32 -0400
Thank you Mark for your fight for freedom.
Marty Ashford, being a liberal is a person in a state of mental instability. Some have come to their senses but the elitists and media are working 24/7 to prevent this from happening. But with people like Ezra, Mark, Pamela Geller, etc. there is hope that things will change.
commented 2015-09-30 12:59:43 -0400
Mark I enjoyed your talk so much. So much truth in your words, I just wish that there were more people like you in political positions, especially the ones that are so called leaders like Mulcair and the dope. But that is a pipe dream if ever there was. However, I believe that people who call themselves Liberal and all those that oppose our PM Mr. Harper should be forced to watch and listen to your talk. By the same token I wonder if it would make any difference in their little brains – if they have any.
Thank you for your frankness and truth, both you and Ezra.
commented 2015-09-30 11:53:51 -0400
John Zealand, Bill C51 is Quebec provincial legislation. Quebec does not have an effective Tory provincial party and has not for some time. The justice minister is a feminist divorce lawyer.

As a parting shot Irwin Cottler tried to table a virtually identical bill in federal parliament. Unfortunately this bill is all but a done deal in Quebec because there is virtually no opposition to it.

Unfortunately there is no Mark Stein nor Ezra Levant in Quebec.
commented 2015-09-30 09:09:55 -0400
We need more people like Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant to knock sense into the decaying civilization called the west. Harper is on the right track with support and a strong majority he could make change, bill C51 is a start. Love listening to Mark he tells it like it is.
commented 2015-09-30 00:31:02 -0400
I share the same sentiments as most everyone else who has posted. Well done Mark Steyn! He never seems to disappoint.
commented 2015-09-29 22:53:48 -0400
I always like hearing Mark Steyn speak. He is one of the few that speaks common sense and isn’t bound up by political correctness. Plain speak.
commented 2015-09-29 22:44:48 -0400
One of the most talented writers active today!
commented 2015-09-29 22:11:08 -0400
Thank you for sharing, doing the work you do, thank you for working for Canada, thank you for caring and acting. Thank you
commented 2015-09-29 20:27:40 -0400
An excellent speech by Mark Steyn to a brave intelligent audience.
commented 2015-09-29 18:12:10 -0400
Well said Bill Elder, it is the MSM and all the progressive bed wetters that are islamophobic or homophobic for sticking up and relinquishing our rights to these bullies
commented 2015-09-29 17:42:01 -0400
The MSM hate Steyn because he is a reminder of how frightened they really are of the radical Islamism they apologise for. They’re gutless hypocrites who refuse to even stand up for the right they always use as an excuse to spew their distorted narratives – freedom of speech/press is everything – unless a radical threatens you with a gun then you clam up and enable their sociopathy. The 4th estate is the realm of the gutless wanker.
commented 2015-09-29 16:50:58 -0400
Congratulations Mark Steyn, on Your excellent Speech. You expose Left Wing, Politically Correct, Progressive thinking Politicians for what they really are. I think that the Western World, has become so complacent, it has lost the willingness to live.
commented 2015-09-29 16:45:39 -0400
The cartoons are only a tiny drop of what is to come.

And the tramp steamers and now passenger boats are loading up in Libya and heading to Europe. The flow is not slowing down – it is increasing – at a pace that cannot be turned off without the use of force now – Europe is doomed.

Blame Germany for this.

Blame the EU for this.

Pray our own politicians do not allow this to start.

Tell them you want to follow the Australian model – or pirated oil tankers carrying thousands could end up on our beaches – overwhelming the entire social net.

Avoid Europe and the UK – especially if you are female.

Rape is about to become the new culture – because all male islamics believe non believer females are whores and ripe for the taking.
commented 2015-09-29 16:40:15 -0400
We must never shut up and never back down.
And that’s no joke.

Thank you Mark Steyn from the bottom of my heart. Both you and Ezra show us what real men are made of