The administrator of this site informed us today that, based on posting patterns, content, and [lack of] use of validated accounts, he has reason to believe that someone is impersonating this site. He has theories as to what end, but to us that really is immaterial.
Earlier this week this site was hacked. Certain plug-ins were uninstalled (spam filters), comment features changed, and passwords altered. We reappropriated the site from the domain server and reset everything.
Perhaps this was done in perceived retaliation for problems on other sites supporting Steyn. It does demonstrate the strong-arm tactics that Steyn supporters, incidently self-proclaimed champions of “free speech,” use against dissenters. This incident follows a similar one on the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) site last December. (Cited only to demonstrate that this trend is a general problem in society, not a series of interconnected events).
But this issue seems to have also sunk to new depths. For example, this commentator states,
$500 says “LawIsCool” …are in fact a couple of homosexuals in Toronto
They say that as if it would be a bad thing.
Other adjectives used include “nellies” and fairies, among other things, because apparantly standing up for marginalized communities to which one does not belong to is considered feminine (the women are especially offended).
All of this has resulted in us reviewing the situation and deciding that we will no longer be carrying content related to the Maclean’s case or Mark Steyn. Any legal information that appears similar to the case after this point is pure coincidental. Anyone posting under this name on other sites can assumed to be fraudulent.
The complainants in the case, of which only one is represented here in part, should be setting up their own site soon. Please hop over and take your feeding frenzy over there, and let us resume our academic discourse in peace. At least there you can hear first-hand from all of the complainants their issues, rather than neutral legal commentary that occurs here.
Of course Steyn responds to our withdrawal, taunting us all the way. He fails to appreciate that the very illegal activities of hacking into a site, combined with the blatant harassment afforded to anyone who dares challenge him (including some very foul language), only reinforce the need for legal intervention.
He similarly mocks Terry Downey Executive Vice-President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (she’s a woman, even though Steyn assumes as before she is a man) whose organization has supported the complaint, when she received harassing e-mails.
It would appear his social responsibility would be to dissuade such activities, not encourage them, but we’re sure there will be some bench in the future weighing in on that issue eventually.
To clarify, our position remains exactly the same as it was before. But the “defenders of free speech” have shown that anyone who dares to speak against them will be brutally crushed under their heels, using some very questionable tactics that include trying to shut down this site..
We have never suggested that Mr. Steyn himself was personally involved in any of the incidents (and challenge Steyn to produce evidence to the contrary). Only that his supporters obviously consist of some very unsavory characters.
Refusing to engage crude, racist, misogynist, racist bullying and brute force not concede defeat, but rather a victory towards civility and intellectual discourse.
You may wannabe us (or impersonate us), but we would never wannabe you.