On January 1, 2017, I said I was out of here. Motion 103 is why I am still talking to you.
Cops in Schools! Who's To Blame?
Why police now attend my son’s Muslim prayer space at school by Shirren Ahmed, Globe and Mail, Apr. 26, 2017
My eldest son is in Grade 11 and attends Jummah at his high school (Peel school district). On Fridays, he gets up early, showers and wears clean clothes, usually jeans and a shirt that does not require ironing. Some weeks he is the khateeb, the person who delivers the sermon (or khutbah). He loves it and I am happy he has an opportunity to practice his faith in a safe space …
I never thought these Friday rituals would become a trigger for self-proclaimed secularists and I certainly never expected that Jummah would become a reason to manipulate and terrorize children.
Imam: Allah is not a sadist... Enjoying seeing wicked people getting what they deserve is not sadism, it is celebrating the triumph of good over evil and there is nothing wrong with that. And as to children, they too will not be spared the terror of Judgement Day. Allah said: "73:17 So, how will you guard, if you disbelieve, against a Day which will make children white with fear?"
Who is responsible for cops in schools? A work-in-progress explanation which you should eventually find in Remembering Uzza:
Uzza: Bernard Lewis wrote in What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East that believing women were inferior to everyone else. He is wrong. You are!
Gerry: Does that mean you would rather kill me than kiss me?
Johnny: Sorry to interrupt, but what about mothers?
Gerry: What about them?
Johnny: I'm talking to Uzza.
Uzza: For mothers, standing up for Islam and encouraging their children to do the same has more to do with demonstrating to their sons and daughters that they are not the simpletons they are made out to be in the Koran, than any pleasure they might get from bullying their inferior.
Johnny: If we no longer have a secular school system it is thanks to these determined mothers who after indoctrinating their children sent them off to school with a mission they considered so dangerous that they demanded the presence of the police to keep whom they considered despicable secularists in check.
Gerry: That, and Motion 103 which gave rise to legislation which finally got the cops out of the schools by making it a serious crime to, among other things, objecting to student preachers spreading the Word and leading students in prayer on school property during schools hours .
Bob: [who finally clues in] Are you telling me that it is mothers who teach their children that girls are stupid?
Uzza: [objecting} Yes, it is a mother's responsibility to expose her children to the entire Koran before they reach the age of seven or less. But the Koran does not say that women are stupid, only that they have difficulty remembering things and are inferior to the men.
Bob: Sounds like stupid to me.
Gerry: Bob, shut up, we are trying to have a serious discussion here. Sorry about that, Uzza, Bob can be a real jerk sometime.
Johnny: Bob has a point. The Muslim mothers I know are decent people, that they would perpetuate such a negative stereotype of their sex … I don't understand.
Uzza: That is because you have never read Alice Visits a Mosque to Learn about Judgement Day by Bernard Payeur where such incongruities are explained by the imam she meets there.
Johnny: But that book is banned for spreading lies about Islam.
Uzza: In the Islamic municipalities that ban is not enforced.
Johnny: Why not?
Uzza: It is important to know what others are saying about your religion, especially the pertinent observations you find in books like Alice Visits a Mosque. We know everything about you and you know next to nothing about us except what we would like you to believe. This willful ignorance on you part is why you are so easily taken in. You would like to believe that we are just like you, but we are not. Jesus was no Muhammad!
Johnny: [taken aback by the boldness of her response] Uzza, why are you here?
Prophet Medicine and the Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau, the prime minister, engages in cupping ...
National Post, April 24, 2017
Motion 103, which, in essence, seeks to make expressing a fear of Islam a crime would not have had the full support of the governing Liberals without the enthusiastic backing of the Prime Minister.
Justin Trudeau's affinity for the Religion of Peace is well known, his spending Christmas as a guest of the Agha Khan being the latest public manifestation of that affection if you exclude cupping, a cure for whatever ails you favoured by the founder of the religion which has all the answers if you know where to look.
Yes, it is true that this ancient therapy has become popular among athletes e.g. Michael Phelps, but for a Prime Minister to advertise this widely discredited practice is so irresponsible that some will look to the example of the Prophet for a reason why he would do so.
DDS and Motion 103
The Feminisation of Radicalism Revisited
2007 was the year men decided their interest would be better served if they sent women to man the barricades. That was the year of the Hérouxville Fourteen. It was an inspired decision. The motion introduced by women in the Canadian Parliament and in the Ontario legislature condemning Islamophobia and racism in the same breath is the result. Misogyny never had more determined and effective champions. But there is more to it than that.
In a forthcoming segment of Remembering Uzza tentatively titled Women as Bullies in Allah's Cause, she explains why females have gladly become the public face of extremism.
Extremism on Display at a School Board Meeting
Ontario school board’s Muslim support fuels hate, threats
The Globe and Mail, April 18, 2017
48:28 It is He Who sent forth His Messenger with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He may exalt it above every other religion. Allah suffices as Witness.
One of the many women who showed up in support of the Peel schools board's decision to allow male students to both preach, and demonstrate through worship females' inferiority on school property during schools hours, wore a t-shirt with a warning about what to expect if we refuse to accommodate the misogynous teachings of the religion of truth within the public school system, or everywhere for that matter.
You should be able to make out the all caps promise "RESPECT EXISTANCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE" The Arabic is assumed to make the same threat, and not contain any deliberate typos.
Glenn Lowson/The Globe and Mail
There are three overriding conditions which mandate active resistance on the part of believers, the most worrisome and intimidating for the Western World is the third prerequisite, "to remove any government that will not allow the free practice of Islam within its borders" (the other two conditions you will find in Killing Unbelievers Halal).
The Religion of Truth will not be denied. Ms. Khalid, in refusing to change a single syllable in her motion, displayed the same uncompromising self-righteous arrogance demanded by Allah if His religion is to triumph over all other creeds as the young woman in the t-shirt and her fully and partially cloaked co-religionists in the background..
The Hatred That Isn't
Anti-Muslim hatred has no place in my Canada
Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail, Apr. 03, 2017
This is not about people; but beguiling scriptures which instil a yearning to kill and be killed, demonize unbelievers, old and new, calling for their elimination or enslavement, demean women demanding they be disciplined in the manner you get an animal to whom they are compared to behave ... and would redefine what it means to be us.
Islamophobia and Peace In Our Time, or Else!
A fear of Islam usually manifests itself in two ways:
1) a visceral fear based on its glorification of violence directed at the reviled unbelievers in its core religious text (read If You Do Not Fear Islam, You Do Not Know Islam!);
2) a fear not unlike that expressed by sociologist Mathieu Bock-Côté of "becoming strangers at home".
Legislation seeking to dampen a fear with its origin in a book will have the opposite effect, nurturing a suspicion in the minds of those who have not read the Koran that those who have are correct in raising the alarm. Only an honest dialogue as proposed in our mission statement will dampen this fear.
The second fear is also real, but we only have ourselves to blame.
Viola Desmond made history and will now be the first woman, apart from the queen, to be prominently featured on a banknote for standing up against a bigoted policy of blacks to the back in public theaters in Nova Scotia.
The day before Motion 103 received Parliamentary approval, people in Toronto protested (read A Lie Exposed in Real Time) against females being sent to the back of the room, and even further back if they are menstruating to listen to a member of the superior sex (revelation 2:228) lecture them* on the revered ways of a misogynous man and the instructions he conveyed from a deity with the same mindset.
Just as in the time of Viola Desmond, governments at all levels are siding with the bigots, with discrimination based on one's sex for all to see and applaud replacing discrimination based on the colour of one's skin.
This is another giant step backwards for many, and unlike the racism during Viola Desmond's time which is largely a thing of the past, despite the accusations in 103, there is a fear that a line is being crossed and there may be no turning back if we continue to favour dogma over the fragile exception thereby allowing the irrational to dominate if not completely smother its opposite.
The type of people who demonstrably expressed their fear at a meeting of the Peel school board will not go down without a fight even with the odds stacked against them with activists who also understand what is at stake in a position to make changes to our laws which would silence their opponents (the ultimate intent of Motion 103) with the unwitting assistance of those who should know better e.g. MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers**.
The second fear is a result of government policy and only government can put an end to it. Seal the breaches between Church and State that has allowed a militant religion to invade the secular space and promise to be more vigilant in the future and that fear will simply dissipate. Try to repress it, or simply continue spouting platitudes about unreciprocated tolerance and avoiding value judgements, when values is what this is all about, while allowing the invaders to claim more and more territory in the name of peace in our time, or else, and the "or else" will be inevitable.
* It is forbidden for a female to lead the believers in prayer or deliver the Friday khutba i.e. sermon if even one man is present, no matter his qualifications or mental acuity. The most famous sermon in all of Islam is the Prophet's last khutba, but I digress.
** A month before their counterpart in Ottawa, with the kneejerk support of the NDP for such resolutions, passed Motion 103, the Liberals at Queen's Park approved MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers' copycat Motion 37 condemning a fear of Islam.
Ten Letters and Twenty Books
The following letter, along with the two books mentioned within, was mailed on March 31, 2017 to the Honourable Hedy Fry, Chair of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage and the other nine members of her committee who have been tasked with substantiating the accusations made in Motion 103 and reporting back to Parliament no later than November.
March 31, 2017
The Honourable Hedy Fry
c/o Mr. Andrew Bartholomew Chaplin,
Clerk of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage
Sixth Floor, 131 Queen Street
House of Commons
Ottawa K1A 0A6
Dear Ms. Fry,
Re: Motion 103
Please find enclosed my contribution to an informed debate on Islamophobia.
It may be presumptuous on my part, but I consider it essential that committee members, as moderators of this milestone discussion, be fully conversant with what it means to be a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew according to Islam's core religious text.
You will not find a more comprehensive account of what they have in common and where they invariably and irrevocably diverge, as revealed in the Koran, than in Shared Prophets, Boreal Books, 2012.
Shared Prophets brings together revelations i.e. immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god, about the Biblical heroes, and the odd villain, whom Allah invited to strut their stuff on His stage, the Koran. Do not assume that because you have read the Bible, you know their story. Allah's varied recollections of what they actually said and did will both amaze you and fill you with a new understanding of what it's all about.
Islamophobia implies a fear of Islam. It is my contention that this fear originates, in part, in what people believe the Koran has to say about making war on unbelievers. Find out what you need to know about Allah's ground-breaking concept of a near perpetual unrelenting holy war, how it was first put into practice and its modern often old-fashioned singularly cruel manifestation*, in Jihad in the Koran, Boreal Books, 2012.
I hope you will accept my books in the spirit that they are given, and that you will find them helpful.
Enclosed: Shared Prophets, Jihad in the Koran
* Old-fashioned refers to one of the methods used by the Prophet, whose example is a precedent for those who would rule in Allah's Name, to eliminate his opponents and impress the living who would deny the supremacy of the new religion: the mass beheadings, e.g. the Massacre of the Banu Qurayzah.
The first to do as God's Messenger did was his immediate successor Abu Bakr during the revolt of the Apostates. His kin in name and in outlook Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi continues that terrifying tradition, knives replacing the sword with accomplished swordsmen not as common today as they were then making today's slaughter of unbelievers, where guns are not used, more gruesome and agonizing than need be.
Allah, like His acclaimed last and greatest spokesperson is all for an exemplary mass beheading of unbelievers before proceeding with the enslavement or release of the lucky ones: revelation 47:4. Holy warriors should not be in a hurry to claim enemies of Allah as their chattel until a reasonable number have been slain; His warning to His Prophets, revelation 8:67, is also applicable to them, if not more so.
Please note that the preceding explanation was not part of the letters.
How Did We Come To This?
Motion 103: That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination …
For: 201 Against: 91
Canada has welcomed so many immigrants and refugees that foreign-born citizens now make up 20% of the population. No other Western nation even comes close. Yet, today, Thursday March 23, 2017, at 4:01 pm, Parliament passed a resolution which, in effect, says that Canadians did this in spite of their despicable selves, their generosity and compassion masking a people filled with hatred for those they helped.
Motion 103, an initiative of a Member of Parliament who greatly benefited from Canadians' kindheartedness and understanding accuses her benefactors of abetting a culture of racism i.e. "systemic racism", of religious discrimination (against Muslims mostly is assumed), of Islamophobia, fearing the hundreds of thousands of believers they rescued from dire economic straits and life-threatening situations.
103 will now be referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for study and recommendations to the House of Commons for changes to our laws, if necessary, which could, in effect, make expressing a fear of Islam a crime and providing the Faith and its Prophet protection from criticism not unlike that which they enjoy under the Sharia's blasphemy laws.
A worrisome sign, every party in Parliament now incorrectly refers to fear of a religion as racism, and who does not like laws which combat racism, even when they don't!
How did we come to this? You will find one explanation here!
A Lie Exposed in Real Time
Bias towards those who would rather answer to a higher law has been the norm in Canada since a 1980 Supreme Court decision made it an imperative that the preferences of those who wish to live their lives according to revealed truths i.e. immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god be accommodated everywhere.
The Supreme Court of Canada has been extremely diligent in putting into practice what the Charter later explicitly recognised as the Supremacy of the Church over the State. The acceptance of the face-covering-veil, the niqab, during the citizenship ceremony a testament to the enduring legacy of discrimination in favour of believers, not the other way around as Motion 103 would have it.
On the day that Parliament voted for a resolution which gave credence to the lie that the religious e.g. Muslims are discriminated against, events in Toronto provided real time proof of the opposite. That same afternoon, the Ontario Liberal government issued a statement in support of the Peel District School Board's decision to allow the religion that will not take no for an answer to hold religious services on school property during school hours.
It did this in spite of an animated protest the day before against an undertaking which gives Islam a beachhead where thoughtful parents expected their children to be safe from the bombardment of the word of god: the ostensibly secular public schools system.
Québec was the first province to compromise the education of its children, and its future, in order to satisfy a religion that seeks to be present everywhere as the Koran's demands, which may explain why some protesters took issue with that intractable book in their insistence that the Board respect its primary mandate and to leave religion out of it.
Intimidated by an unwavering persistent religion, politicians at all levels of government have and continue to surrender rights they should be defending leaving their constituents to take matters into their hands. This is not a good thing.
What Does the Prime Minister Have To Do With It?
Ms. Iqra Khalid could not have gotten her damning indictment of Canadian society through Parliament without the wholehearted support of the Prime Minister's Office. The Minister of Heritage being the most visible and perhaps unwitting sign of Trudeau's commitment to her cause.
Does the Prime Minister really believe that in a functioning egalitarian democracy Pakistan-born Iqra Khalid and Somali-born immigration minister, the Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, are the exception to an unwritten rule and made it to the House of Commons in spite of a rabid Islamophobic electorate?
Earlier this year, the Prime Minister was not forthcoming about being a guest during the Christmas break of the Agha Khan on his Bahamas estate, and it was not the first time.
Before the election, he was not as circumspect in courting the believer's vote nor later when, as Prime Minister he cancelled the Conservatives' request to the Supreme Court to rule on the right to wear the face-covering veil, the niqab, when taking the oath of citizenship.
Trudeau's rapprochement with Islam has made him the darling of activists who rightly perceive him as a leader who is receptive to their argument that Islam's' rituals and goals are either beneficial or benign and should not be impeded by those who think otherwise. Motion 103 fits right in with that understanding.
Don't Be Played!
Novelist and essayist, Chahdortt Djavann left Iran for France in 1993. In a scathing book she lambastes the intellectuals and "useful idiots" who, according to her, are being played ... How to effectively combat Islamic ideology would show how, on the issues of the veil, Islamophobia and terrorism "Islamists have mined the debates and any intellectual and political discourse."
Le Point (my translation), Nov. 26, 2016.
After the July 7, 2005 London bombings which saw 52 mainly Christian commuters killed and more than 700 injured (many horribly maimed), in the face of opposition which included prominent Muslims, the British Parliament passed legislation sheltering mainstream religious texts, whether the message be one of love or of hatred, from criticism. Perversely, by making scriptures beyond reproach Islam is free to vilify other faiths at will for its scriptures came after and are often openly contemptuous of those which came before, the Gospels in particular.
Activists here, with the support of Djavann's easily played, would raise the ante using Canadians' revulsion at the heinous mosque murders and carve in Canadian law an inviolate place for the religion which claims exclusivity of the truth and would supplant all others.
61:9 It is He Who sent His Messenger forth with the guidance and the religion of truth, to make it triumph over every religion, even though the idolaters may be averse.
103 in a Nutshell
Motion 103 accuses those whose scriptures tell them to love unconditionally of hating those whose scriptures tell them to avoid those who love without reservation lest they be corrupted.
3:118 O believers do not take as close friends other than your own people (other than your co-religionists); they will spare no effort to corrupt you and wish to see you suffer. Hatred has already been manifest in what they utter, but what their hearts conceal is greater still. We have made clear Our Signs to you if only you understand.
Freedom of Speech Attacked in the House of Commons on Women's Day
"For the first time in history, 338 young women filled every seat in the House of Commons in honour of International Women’s Day as part of an initiative called Daughters of the Vote, organized by Equal Voice, which advocates to elect more women in politics." On an occasion ostensibly dedicated to the advancement of women, Islamophobia, reading the Globe and Mail's reporting on the event, took center stage.
In his address to the gathering, the Prime Minister did not challenge statements about Canadians being raving Islamophobes or a baffling observation, if you are not familiar with Islamic scriptures, that Canadians, in their defence of freedom of speech, are favouring the growth of a "culture of ignorance".
In Islamic scriptures the period before Islam is generally referred to as Jahiliya, the time of ignorance when world views as numerous and as varied as the colours of the rainbow flourished on the Peninsula. The Prophet’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 with his followers marks the alleged transition from ignorance to enlightenment. The year of this exodus is known as the Hijra or Hegira. The Hegira begins the Muslim calendar and is represented as 1 AH or 1 al-Hijra. For the believers, Western Civilization’s questioning, multi-coloured world-view is a product of the time of ignorance.
Wilferd Madelung in his seminal The Succession to Muhammad - A study of the early Caliphate, Cambridge University Press, 1997 comes to a conclusion supported by Leone Caetani (Sep 12, 1869 – Dec 25, 1935), the great Italian-Canadian scholar and "pioneer and founding father in the application of the historical method on the sources of the early Islamic traditions "wiki that without the massive expansion outside the Peninsula and the brutal suppression of dissent at home after the death of the Prophet, the Arabs would have returned to that wonderful world they once knew.
The great conquests outside of Arabia had turned the mass of the Arabs, deprived of their former freedom and reduced to tax-paying subjects by the Quraysh (the tribe from whom Muhammad hailed and from which, with the short exception of the caliphate of Ali, the early rulers of the believers would be chosen) and the ridda (War of the Apostates) into a military caste sustained by a numerically larger non-Arab, non-Muslim subject population. It may be questioned whether the caliphate of Quraysh would have lasted very long without this imperial expansion … the successful diversion of all energy into vast military conquests, in the name of Islam, kept any longing for a restoration of the past at bay.
Making no claim to the high road, Trudeau used the occasion to stoke the fires he claims he wants to put out, not omitting to take a swipe at those in Parliament who would not back Motion 103 i.e. the Conservatives because of its implication for freedom of speech:
Do we have a problem with Islamophobia in this country? Yes, we do ... If everyone had just agreed [to Motion 103] and we’d moved on, maybe we wouldn’t be addressing the very scary and real spike in hate speech. Maybe we wouldn’t be challenging each other as politicians in the things that we’re saying, in the choices we make as leaders to play up divisions and fears.
Words Matter. No Kidding!
"Words matter' said the Minister of Heritage. She followed up this truism with a promise to seek ways of restricting words, starting with those expressed on social media in opposition to her government's support of a motion, if carried to its logical extreme, would make expressing a fear of Islam a crime.
While Joly called the reaction to her support of the motion “completely unacceptable,” the minister said she decided to ignore the comments directed at her, and instead would try to prevent more messages from being posted, and work with social media companies to see what actions could be taken to curb abusive language online.
National Post, February 18
Motion 103's Islamophobia accusation could be considered a veiled attempt to legitimize an implicit and sometimes explicit restriction enforced through threats of bodily harm, even death, against expressing a distressing opinion about Islam, its scriptures or its Prophet. The motion is a not unfamiliar attack on freedom of speech and expression in the name of a thin-skin religion. Joly would further curtail this right, this obligation in a democracy to speak your mind to protect the sensibilities of thin-skin legislators.
Those Who Should Be Taken to Task
A Christian who hangs a cross around his or her neck when appearing in public is advertising that he or she believes in the Gospels; a Jew who wears the yarmulke or even more extravagant headgear when appearing in public is advertising his belief in the Torah; a Muslim who wears a scarf or more expansive head covering other than as a fashion statement when appearing in public is advertising that she believes in the Koran.
The words of the Gospel being mostly about loving your neighbour, even your enemy as you love yourself, are as benign as holy words can be. The words of the Torah are worrisome only for those who live in the so-called Promise Land, for that holy text favours their extermination (Deuteronomy) so that God's alleged "chosen people" have the place all to themselves.
The words in the Koran are in a different category altogether in their advocacy of a universal brutal war if necessary against those who will not accept them as the truth and the only truth so help you god.
Those who fear the impact of those words have no need to justify their fear, the explanation is self-evident; those who wear clothing advertising their belief in those words and who maligned with impunity those who are frightened by them as fear mongers i.e. Islamophobes should be the ones who are taken to task.
If You Do Not Fear Islam, You Do Not Know Islam!
If the Minister of Heritage is serious about saving us from words, perhaps she could start with a concentrated overabundance of words meant to terrify.
In a short, archaic often brutal book in which a belligerent deity demands that non-believers be subdued by hook, by crook or by death, Allah, on at least a dozen separate occasions, bellows "fear Me", if you know what is good for you.
A fear of Islam is a legitimate fear. Fear is what most non-believers who get close and personal with Islam's core religious text will experience. Its quite normal, for it is the very emotion that the author of the text wants the reader to be left with as He describes, in great details, the terrible things He will do to you if you don't take Him seriously.
4:56 Those who have disbelieved Our Signs, We shall surely cast them into the Fire; every time their skins are burnt, We will replace them by other skins, so that they might taste the punishment. Allah indeed is Mighty and Wise!
Horror filled passages of unbridled sadism like those that permeate the Koran are particularly effective in the indoctrination of children who will grow up with terrifying pitiless images forever etched in their minds. Lest they forget, as young people and adults, they will be reminded through their daily devotions, which mostly consist of literally shouting Allah's revelations in a crowd, that this god does not fool around.
The fear is also meant to encourage believing adults and young people into becoming activists in Allah's' Cause and increase their chances of avoiding the promised pain by helping Him make believers of unbelievers by whatever means at their disposal including killing them if they fail to respond to their entreaties to submit to the Will of Allah.
As an added bonus, murderers of obstinate unbelievers are legally entitled to abscond with their property which includes their wives, which they are encouraged to rape, their daughters and sons who have yet to grow the telltale hairs whose visibility also makes them candidates for murder as adults if they refuse to become Muslims.
Those who would slander their benefactors after Canada welcomed and sheltered believers fleeing god-inspired violence in their homeland in their tens of thousands would like you to think that a fear of Islam is an unfounded fear.
Not unlike the MP who introduced a motion in Parliament condemning Islamophobia and racism in the same breath, they seek to mask a rational unease with one which is not: racism. Express a fear of Islam and you risk an end-of-discussion accusation of racism, as if Islam was a race not a religion.
Unless we come to grips with the fact that it is not people, believers and non-unbelievers who are the source of the turmoil which threatens to engulf us all, but a dissonant text from the Dark Ages, there is no hope.
In Defence of a Minister's Ignorance
A fear of Islam is a legitimate fear and IS NOT "a hatred of Muslims" to quote the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly; but such is the ignorance of Djavann's "useful idiots".
12:2 We have revealed it as an Arabic Qur’an, that perchance you may understand.
The Koran is a small book by holy book standards at about one tenth the words of the Bible, the King James' version. You would not guess that by the size of most print versions available for sale. Most translations of the Koran contain the complete Cairo Arabic source since any rendition of Islam's core religious text is also meant to be a teaching aid in the study of Arabic and an indoctrination tool.
Nevertheless, it is not this artificial imposing bulk which seems to be the major deterrent to non-believers curling up with this good book, but what Thomas Carlyle [1795 – 1881] described as “a confused, jumble, crude, incondite (disorderly), endless iteration" and Edward Gibbon [1737 - 1794] of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire fame as "toilsome a reading as I ever undertook; a wearisome confused jumble."
Gibbon's "confused jumble" is largely the result of a concept very much unique to Islam, that of an omniscient deity repeatedly changing his mind, and never for the better where unbelievers are concerned.
The Koran is, for the most part, the story of one man’s struggle to get his Meccan kin, the Quraysh, and neighbours to not only abandon their smorgasbord of gods and goddesses and to worship only Allah, but to accept him as a legitimate prophet and messenger of the one and only god.
When his delivered message did not meet with the expected enthusiasm, his kin suspecting that it was a ploy to make himself their dictator, the god for whom he spoke toughened His disposition towards those who would not buy into what was on offer and revealed truths, immutable facts revealed to a mortal by a god, were changed or simply abrogated to reflect this hardening of the heart, adding to the confusion of Carlyle's "incondite endless iteration" where God appears not to be able to correctly recall what He revealed earlier.
The last straw for Allah appears to have been the attempt to smother His Messenger with the stomach of a dead camel.
THAT IS IT! Convert or die, the Verse of the Sword being His last word on the matter, with a modicum of mercy to be shown those who believe in a variation of His Eminence. Jews and Christians, and members of an obscure sect called the Sabians, could continue breathing and worshipping their facsimile as long as they "submissively" paid the right-to-live tax, the jizya, for "not professing the true religion."
It is this overriding pitiless exploitive message of the Koran which those who have been radicalized seek to carry out and the persistent call to martyrdom that has people who have overcome the obstacles described by Carlyle and Gibbons and attentively read the Book justifiably spooked.
The Koran does not only radicalize in one direction, transforming inherently good people into holy warriors bent on death and destruction, but also has an impact on ordinarily decent individuals who will chose to strike out fearing being overwhelmed by those who hold sacrosanct a book which sanctions their murder, and that of millions of others, using the same tactics which God's Messenger praises as being the most effective.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand."
Read the Book even if you risk being radicalized by it. If enough of you do so perhaps you can force an honest discussion about the Book, the why of Boreal, before Ms. Joly's government makes it’s a crime to express your thoughts about what you have read and the feelings it engendered.
Teach Your Children Well Vindicated
The sponsor of the resolution accusing Canadians of racisms and Islamophobia came to Canada from Pakistan as a child and was elected to Parliament before the age of thirthy. Her success would not have been possible if Canadians are what she says they are.
The absurdity of this slanderous accusation was evident during an interview on Radio-Canada about the mosque murders in the words of University of Montreal Professor Nadia El-Mabrouk, one of many Muslims who would deny the slander.
"What really hurt me was that it was so easy to blame everyone for the massacre. When talking about other tragedies such as those committed in the name of Islam we are careful not to generalise. In this instance however, we gave the impression that all Quebécquers were responsible. That hurt me, because I have always been welcome here, so I felt I had to speak out … to say no, that Quebécquers are not racists, that they are not responsible [for the murders]."
Tunisian-born Nadia El-Mabrouk is a member the Quebec Associations of North-Africans for Secularism (my translation of Association québécoise des Nord-Africains pour la laïcité) and a contributing author to What you don't know about the course on Ethics and Religious Culture (my translation of La face cachée du cours Éthique et culture religieuse).
What you don't know ...echoes a warning made eight years earlier in Teach Your Your Children Well about exposing non-Muslim children in public schools to the teachings of a militant uncompromising religion; that it makes radicalization more likely, not less.
At a time when the government is trying to prevent radicalization, stopping indoctrination in schools is becoming a pressing necessity (my translation).
Women Who Condemn Those Who Hate a Religion Which Hates Them!
On Friday, February 24, 2017 another young woman, Lilly Chin, beat out two young men to win the Jeopardy College Championship. What must the Prophet be thinking?
I mention this in passing because the day before, the Ontario Legislature approved a motion sponsored by Liberal backbencher Nathalie Des Rosiers which mimicked one sponsored at the federal level by Ms. Iqra Khalid and which condemns people who hate a religion which hates them.
Are women like Des Rosiers and Khalid living up to the Prophet's assessment of their sex or are they simply misinformed? And what does this say about the men and women we elect who vote in favour of such motions?
Negotiating a Minefield
Canadians, by and large, are not racist; Ms. Iqra Khalid's claim to the contrary, with which her Liberal colleagues in Parliament agree, notwithstanding. Accusing non-believers of being both Islamophobes and racists is simply one of the ways, as mentioned earlier, that activists in Allah's Cause, in the words of Chahdortt Djavann, "have mined the debate" by equating a rational fear of Islam with an irrational fear of people with a different complexion.
Patricia Crone in Slaves on Horses writes that Islamic scriptures have "an extraordinary capacity to resist internal criticism, a feature unparalleled in either the Skandhara [the life of the Buddha] or the Gospels, but characteristic of the entire Islamic tradition, and most pronounced in the Koran: one can take the picture presented or one can leave it, but one cannot work with it."
In defending yourself against accusations of racism for admitting to a fear of Islam to a Commons Committee which will be tasked with substantiating Ms. Khalid's assertions about Canadians, insist on being allowed to present those off-limits facts . If enough of you do this, the Committee may still not listen to you, but at least the charade will be exposed, and that would be a good thing for all, including progressive believers which governments and the media will simply not listen to.
As a proud Canadian and a member of the Ummah explained to me years ago when I first started writing about the Koran, it was up to non-Muslims to makes certain things known if we are to save our country from the fundamentalists, for, while there is a risk for a non-Muslim to do what I have advocated here, for a Muslim, he said, "it is a death sentence."
The Fundamentalist v. the Progressive
It’s time for Quebec to kill Bill 62, and stop targeting religious minorities.
Globe And Mail, Editorial, Feb. 17, 2017
Quebec opens another difficult debate over the place of religion and minorities in the province with hearings Tuesday into a proposed law that would ban veiled women from receiving government services.
Globe and Mail, October 18, 2016
Bill 62: An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality and, in particular, to provide a framework for religious accommodation requests in certain bodies.
Lepage: But what is the link between the wearing of religious apparel and the fundamentalists?
Houda-Pepin: For the fundamentalists, a woman must not be seen in public, right. If, by chance or by necessity a woman must go out in public, she must be invisible. She must, when going out [in public], wear her prison and that way we don't see her figure, we don't see her beautiful face or her hair because it's [sexually] seductive and so on and so forth … This means that the public space is not for these women …
It is a segregation [of the sexes] that is done in the public space. We in Québec and in Canada went to the United Nations to denounce apartheid regimes, segregation based on race was unacceptable and I would not accept segregation based on sex because that is what it means, the chadors, the burqas and all these imported ways of dressing which are meant, in the name of freedom of religion, to p are alien and from another century.
Freedom of religion, for me, leaves some things to be desired. We will eventually have to confront this reality.
I believe that the state's neutrality in religious matters is our best guarantee of freedom of conscience and religion which is why it is so important to define limits and what those limits mean and write it in the [Canadian] Charter of Rights so that it applies equally to all.
Fatima Houda-Pepin, from an interview with the former Muslim member of the National Assembly.
The Subject Was Islam
As of this morning February 16, 2017, I have been banished from the Globe and Mail's Comments section. You would think that a newspaper-of-record would be more accommodating of different perspectives on national issues. But then again, the subject was Islam.
The remarks which appear to have triggered my expulsion are now the object of an appeal to the National Press Council. The Council has never categorically upheld a complaint against the daily with the largest weekly cross-country readership.
I believe I am owed an explanation from the Globe and Mail for deactivating my account indefinitely following two comments I made which were favourably received by its readers pertaining to their headline "Conservatives argue motion to condemn Islamophobia impacts freedom of speech", February 15, 2017:
1) As we accept more and more refugees and immigrants whose values and beliefs are often at odds with our own, which one will change the other for the better, and who is to define what the better is. Today, to favour one over the other, even if you are Muslim, is to invite accusations of being an Islamophobe or of spreading Islamophobia.
2) If there is a fear of Islam it is not of the person, but of its sacred texts, the Koran in particular. If a discussion of Islamophobia leads to a discussion of the Koran it will be time well spent. For years I have argued on my website for such a discussion. The world desperately needs an honest discussion about Islam, starting with an unfettered dialogue on the Koran, if we are to allay the fear of the other and foster a trust in the other that is sadly lacking and a reason to fear that the worst is yet to come.
The Mosque Murders - The Danger in Slandering your Benefactors
In The Fractured Nation Interviews it is the murder of a Muslim at a mosque in the province of Quebec that a guest of Johnny MacDonald maintains was the seminal event which led to the breakup of Canada.
If Sunday night's confrontation between two guests of Guy A. Lepage, host of Québec's most watch current affairs program Tout le monde en parle is any indication, the real life heinous murder of six men may turn out to be just that if activists in Allah's Cause do not tone down their accusations of racism and xenophobia on the part of the society which welcomed and sheltered believers in their thousands e.g. during the Algerian civil war (1993 and 1998), and continues to do so, .
Within seconds of the start of a discussion ostensibly about promoting religious tolerance and understanding after the mosque murders came the accusations of racism, with the now ubiquitous champion of a religion which considers them stupid and evil, the hijab wearing activist accusing the Parti Québecquois of xenophobia.
A polite rebuttal by another guest of Mr. Lepage, none other than Martine Ouellet an elected member of the Parti Québécois who is seeking the leadership of the Bloc Québécois in Ottawa who said she was deeply hurt by Ms. Dalila Awada's accusations. Ms. Awada, when confronted, mollified her accusations of racism and xenophobia somewhat but the intent was clear.
Unfounded accusations of racism to camouflage a religious agenda, as was evident when the discussion shifted to whether the gains made by the Quiet Revolution towards a more secular society must be abandoned to accommodate Islam, must eventually rebound on the accusers. And when that happens, the separatist movement will have found a new raison-d'être, safeguarding the gains made by a Revolution started by the Liberals of Jean Lesage.
The Quiet Revolution Part II, if The Interviews are any indication, may not be as quiet as when progressive politicians confronted a church that was willing to take NO for an answer.
February 13, 2017
Enough Canada and Québec Bashing, Already!
3:85 Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.
Terror and the promise of more brutal horrors has been very successful in changing society, for better or for worse depending on your point of view. For reasons expressed in Terrorism as a Force for Change the six innocent men shot to death in a Quebec City mosque will not further the killer's objective, but have the opposite effect.
Within 24 hours of the shootings, Konrad Yakabuski of the Globe and Mail, in writing about the massacre, suggested that this would be a good time for the government to abandon legislation which would require those who dispense and/or receive some government services to show their faces.
Since the mosque murders, Canadians in general, and Quebecquers in particular, have been blasted in the English media for our alleged Islamophobia, with Canada's newspaper of record leading the charge with some of the most inflammatory misleading headlines and content. Example:
A message to the Muslim children left fatherless
Despite our best efforts to alert decision-makers that we feared the rise of Islamophobia in Canada, including in Quebec, it wasn’t enough to save your fathers.
Amira Elghawaby, Communications Director at the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Globe and Mail, February 5, 2017
Also, to say that Québec has not done enough to counter a legitimate fear of Islam is grossly unfair. It was the first province to introduce mandatory Islamic studies in the public school system. In effect, sacrificing gains made during the Quiet Revolution to accommodate the Religion of Peace, after denying the Catholic Church the right to interfere in the public education system.
And what of the Supreme Court of Canada condoning the doing away with a secular public education to allow Islam to be taught to non-Muslim students. No other Western country has yet gone this far, risking their children's education in values they hold dear to accommodate a religion which brooks no equal.
A Post-Apocalypse Dictionary
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
Rituals: what automatons do.
Dogma: a robot's soul; its coded instructions.
Religion: how you get good people to do bad things.Weinberg
What if we adopted these definitions now and became the Christians, Jews and Muslims of tomorrow, today and avoided the apocalypse altogether and saved Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World from annihilation?
Our willful ignorance will be our undoing, not the sword.