Not surprisingly, there's little enthusiasm among Ottawa Muslims and academics for Daniel Pipes' appearance in Ottawa Monday night. But neither are there any plans to protest his visit.
Indeed, one Ottawa imam contacted by the Citizen went so far as to welcome the topic — Islam versus Islamism — Pipes will address during a speech and panel discussion at Library and Archives Canada sponsored by the Free Thinking Film Society.
Pipes, an American scholar and president of the Middle East Forum, has been a controversial figure since the 1990s for his outspoken views about radical Islam. He has long been branded an Islamaphobe by critics, but denies that he is anti-Islam.