As the whole Blogosphere knows, the Canadian magazine McLean’s is being sued by the Canadian Islamic Congress in an attempt to silence Mark Steyn. Stanley Kurtz has a good summary here: His conclusion is unarguable: “It is essential that there be widespread public condemnation of the attack on Mark Steyn. Not only does this ‘human rights’ complaint have to fail, it has to fail miserably and with embarrassment.”
It seems to me that the best way to make it fail “miserably and with embarrassment” would be widespread ridicule by masses of ordinary people. Why not start an umbrella organization dedicated to freeing Steyn from oppression and call it the Mark-e-Steyn Liberation Organization? Other groups under it would be the Mark-e-Steyn Liberation Front, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Mark-e-Steyn, the Mark-e-Steynian People’s Party, the Mark-e-Steynian Democratic Union, the Mark-e-Steynian Popular Struggle Front, and the Active Organization for the Liberation of Mark-e-Steyn, just to start with. If dozens or hundreds of demonstrators showed up to support him carrying signs with these names on them, the press would have to cover them.
The most obvious uniform for demonstrations would be the one article of clothing popular in both Canada and Palestine: the black woolen ski mask. However, that could be seen as both cowardly and threatening, so I recommend a flannel keffiyah in a nice lumberjack plaid pattern.
Of course, offensive weapons would be entirely inappropriate, but it might be best to carry something that would tend to repel hostile counterprotestors. Jars of holy water to baptize the unwary? (I don’t suppose Canon Law permits involuntary adult baptism, but would the average militant Muslim know that?) Water pistols charged with Molson or Yukon Jack? Pigskin briefcases? Porkpie hats? (They don’t contain any significant percentage of actual pork, do they?) There may be other possibilities. (Speaking of pork, if Fatah and Hamas ever made up their differences and combined into a single movement, they could call themselves FatAss.)
Sympathizers for Mark-e-Steynian rights could point out that Mark-e-Steyn was born in Canada, and later settlers have no moral right to dispossess him. Other slogans would practically write themselves. Perhaps the most obvious is “Insult those who behead for Islam”. The comments are open (though moderated) for further suggestions.