As riveting as the speakers were–and, indeed, they were–for me the high point of the evening came toward the end. By then, the question period had gone one for around an hour, and many people had already left. Then–the next to last questioner, a large, somewhat chubby chap, white-haired, wearing a sky-blue shirt.
“My name is Mark Harding,” he said into the microphone. At that stage, I gasped. “Do you know who that is?” I said to Rochelle Wilner, who I had been chatting with at the back of the room. “That’s the Christian guy who, back in 1997, was convicted of a ‘hate crime’ for speaking the truth about Islam. He spent time in jail, and afterwards they sent him to an Islamist imam for ‘re-education’.”
Needless to say, after the program had officially ended, I sat myself down next to Harding and introduced myself…
UPDATE — here’s video of Bat Ye’or’s appearance in London, Ontario the previous evening.