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Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech, and the Twilight of the West

Author: Mark Steyn
• 2009 • 322 pages

In 2007, the Canadian Islamic Congress brought three suits against Maclean’s, Canada’s oldest news weekly, for running an excerpt from Mark’s bestselling book “America Alone,” plus other “flagrantly Islamophobic” columns by Steyn. A year later the CIC had lost all its cases and the flagrant Islamophobe had become a poster boy for a worldwide phenomenon – the increasing tension between Islam, on the one hand, and, on the other, western notions of free speech, liberty and pluralism.

In this book, Mark republishes all the essays Mohamed Elmasry, the Canadian Islamic Congress and their enablers in Canada’s disgusting “human rights” regime attempted to criminalize, along with new material responding to his accusers. He also takes a stand against the erosion of free speech in Canada, Britain and elsewhere, and the advance of a creeping totalitarian “multiculturalism”; and he considers the broader tensions between Islam and the west in a time of unprecedented demographic transformation.

Roaming from America to Europe to Australia, “Lights Out” is a trenchant examination of the intersection of multicultural progressivism and a resurgent Islam — and of the implications for liberty in the years ahead.

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