Children and the Koran - The End of Empathy
A day after I announced the publication of what will undoubtedly be my last book on the Koran I received the first of what I expect will be many accusations of bigotry.
Associating criticism of Islam with bigotry and racism is a favourite if notorious tactic of those looking to silence critics with what they hope will be discussion-ending slurs. Slander is the lesser inevitable evil. The greater, a Charlie Hebdo-like silencing in the tradition of the Prophet.
I hope my comprehensive argument against exposing children to the hate, violence and brazen sadism until they are old enough to decide for themselves if unbelievers are deserving of the Koran's merciless animosity will be received in the spirit it was intended: to make our world a more peaceful place and avoid ISIS-like atrocities on a scale not seen since World War II.
Islam - Excerpts, Essays & Comments
The Canadian Experience
The Arrogance and The Agony
Bride-to-be claims venue violating religious rights by denying all-halal menu CTV News February 13, 2017
A Dartmouth, N.S. woman says her religious rights are being violated because her request to have a fully halal menu at her wedding venue is being denied...
Ashley says the hotel told them they can offer only some halal foods. She asked if she could bring in her own caterer, but the hotel told her it could not allow outside caterers into the kitchen because it would then have to suspend food preparation for the rest of the hotel’s guests...
Ashley says she is furious her request is being denied. “I honestly feel that it infringes on my basic human rights. And my universal human right is my freedom to practice religion. I can't say enough how upset I am.”
Halal meats need to be prepared in a certain way, with the animals hand-slaughtered with a cut to the throat, accompanied by an Islamic prayer. “It's supposed to be a very quick, painless death,” explains local halal retailer, Jibran Khan.
IT IS NOT! It is a long excruciatingly painful agony as documented in a study done by the French government: Animal Protection In Slaughterhouses: The Question of Ritual Slaughter.
The arrogance, emblematic of the obscenely devout, in getting upset because a Western hotel cannot guarantee that all meat served at a wedding reception will be from animals that have been tortured to death; and in insisting that this is an infringement of a basic human right and a freedom to practice a religion which demands such gratuitous cruelty as a sign of devotion!
Report on Motion 103
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in its report Taking Action Against Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination Including Islamophobia which it released on February 1, 2017 would have the government (recommendation 30) proclaim a National Day of Remembrance (for the mosque murders) and Action Against Islamophobia, a term whose definition it could not agree upon nor provide any empirical evidence of an entrenched phobia to substantiate the claim made in the motion by Ms. Khalid.
You have to wonder why the Committee would insist on an annual commemoration to fight something they cannot define nor provide concrete proof that whatever problem it represents is widespread. Will Trudeau, after showing some restraint (see Unhelpful Reminders), follow through?
Recommendation 30 has the potential to be the most divisive, but the most worrisome has to be recommendation 25.
20:2-3 We have not revealed the Qur’an to you [Muhammad] so as to make you unhappy. But only as a reminder to him who fears.
Every year believers around the world are powerfully reminded through centuries-old celebrations and commemorations where the Koran is omnipresent e.g. Ramadan why they hate.
Trudeau has done right by all concerned in refraining from declaring January 29, the anniversary of the mosque murders, a National Day of Remembrance. It would only have reinforced an irrational fear of Christians i.e. Christianophobia; reminding those who swear by the Book of admonitions to be wary of those whose scriptures tell them to love unconditionally.
Like a modern day Muqawqis whose clandestine admiration for the Religion of Peace facilitated the Muslim takeover of Egypt, the Prime Minister seemed bent on leading us down a similar path. Motion 103 will be a test of whether he is still intent on taking us further down that road paved with his good intentions or has he finally reigned in a desire to please, beyond what is judicious, a religion which puts limits on love and a deity whose mercy comes with a large string attached.
The glacial pace of Canadian justice (Bissonnette, a year on, still has not had his day in court) is bound to make headlines for years to come and will be a recurring reminder that Christians are to be feared until Islam’s inevitable triumph if the believers heed Allah's warnings.
36:69-70 We did not teach him (the Prophet) poetry, nor did it become him. It is only a Reminder and a Manifest Qur’an; So as to warn those who are alive and the word may be fulfilled against the unbelievers.
The Girl with the Cut Hijab Exposes a Lie
A Toronto police investigation has concluded that an incident reported by an 11-year-old girl who claimed her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school did not happen.
The Canadian Press January 15, 2018
My first reaction when reading about this hoax was that it was orchestrated by the mother who, to me seemed too keen about getting the media involved. But one thing was wrong. The attacker was identified as being from a visible minority. An adult would have had the wherewithal to make the attacker white to get the maximum mileage from the deception.
South Asians were the most visible protesters against the Peel school board’s decision to allow Friday prayers and sermons on school property. The school this girl attends has a sizable population of South Asians e.g. Tamils. I suspect that someone may have made fun of her hijab and it was her way of getting back. This would also explain the police not pursuing their investigation with no explanation forthcoming.
This incident may be another sign that the pushback against Trudeau accommodating Islam beyond what many think is reasonable and prudent if we are to maintain a separation of church and state will be from visible minorities. This would be a good thing, assuming children are not involved, for no longer could Islamists spread the lie that a fear of Islam is about race not scriptures.
If we survive the end-times apocalypse the believers yearn to see engulf the world so that a promise made in scriptures of a replacement Paradise in the Hereafter for those who hasten the destruction of the one here is fulfilled, we may still call ourselves Christians, Jews and Muslims as a reminder of the criminally naive people we once were.
Christian: someone who once believed in the Gospels.
Jew: someone who once believed in the Torah.
Muslim: someone who once believed in the Koran.
Faith: "believing in something you know to be untrue"Twain
Religion: how you get good people to do bad things.Weinberg
What if we became the Christians, Jews and Muslims of tomorrow, today and avoided the apocalypse altogether. One can always hope ...
These are the times that try men's souls. The Crisis, Thomas Paine
In my books, essays and comments on the Koran, the Prophet and Islam, in the tradition of Thomas Paine, I have tried to explain the seemingly complicated in terms we can all understand in a solitary campaign against the willful ignorance that will be our undoing.