Canadian Jewish News interviews Robert Spencer in advance of his appearance in Toronto with Pamela Geller on September 17:
Spencer said when human rights commissions in British Columbia and Alberta agreed to hear complaints by Muslim groups against journalists Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant, the “commissions were, wittingly or unwittingly, pursuing an agenda of placing criticism of Islam beyond the pale of acceptable discourse.”
Asked whether he agreed with U.S. Mideast analyst Daniel Pipes’ formulation that “radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam is the solution,” Spencer replied: “If moderate Islam existed, it would be the solution.
“Right now, while there are many moderate Muslims, there is no mainstream sect or school of Islamic law that teaches that non-Muslims and Muslims should live together peacefully as legal equals in a secular society, or that women should have equal rights with men, or that apostates from Islam have a right to live. Until such a mainstream sect or school emerges, moderate Islam cannot be the solution because it does not exist.”