Motion 103 Cautions
The less deserving a religious icon’s reputation for propriety, the greater will be the demand to silence his critics.
Email: July 21, 2017
Carleton University has provided the following information on evening lectures for the Fall of 2017. I am not sure if Bernard saw the lecture which is offered – see highlighted.
FALL 2017 SESSION I (September 11th – October 23rd) Lecture Series:
1. "Fifteen Fascinating Muslims", with H. Masud Taj
Email: July 23, 2017
Thank you for the heads-up...
It is unfortunate that the philosophers among the fifteen are not representative of the ideas which inspire modern Islamic extremists e.g. Ibn Taymiyyah (b. 1263 - d.1328).
For a more complete overview of fascinating Muslims, both the good and the not so good, from a Western perspective, I have written a short appreciation of Muhammad Mojlum Khan's seminal contribution to the rankings of the greatest Muslims of all time, The Muslim 100 - The Lives, Thoughts and Achievements of the Most Influential Muslims in History which you will find here: History Through Rose Coloured Glasses.
A Poisoned Legacy
Ottawa may have no choice but to repatriate, prosecute captured Canadian ISIL members: experts
Ottawa Citizen, July 21
The problem of returning jihadists may be overblown.
The horrific violence experienced by many returning jihadists has done what deradicalization programs, which author David Thomson calls "a joke", could not do, transform holy warriors into pacifists.
Thomson is a former reporter with Radio France International (RFI) and author of "Les Revenants" (The Returners, my translation) a recently published book, which is reportedly flying off the shelves in France, about French citizens who joined Islamic State and who have, or are making their way back to civilization.
Tell you what, Bernard, you want them back? THEY SHACK UP WITH YOU THEN YOU FUCKING SCUMBAG.
Jay … Edmonton, Alberta
The Prime Minister’s bonasse (pronounced bone·ass, generous to the point of being foolish) payment to Khadr may have poisoned any rational discourse on what to do about returning young men and women who joined Islamic State. His attempt to stifle the truth with Motion 103 about why young people join a society of sociopaths on the promise of Paradise for killing and dying in its Owner’s Cause will only make matters worse, much worse.
The Attraction of Bad
Two Canadian women among ISIS fighters captured in Mosul,
Ottawa Citizen, July 19
It's Ghostaphobia, Not Islamophobia!
Quebec imams condemn vote against Muslim cemetery!
CBC July 17, 2017
Rejected Muslim cemetery: Even in death, we find no peace
Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque. Special to The Globe and Mail, July 18
It don't believe it was an anti-Muslim vote as a complacent media would have you believe, but a vote not to allow a development that could adversely affect property values. “Only those whose properties adjoined the proposed cemetery site were eligible to cast ballots.”
It's what some real estate agents refer to as "Ghostaphobia". Backing onto a golf course increases your property value, a cemetery has the opposite effect as someone said in response to Nawaz's accusation of Islamophobia and racism because the vote was not to her liking.
A "No" majority was probably inevitable no matter what religion asked to bury its dead next to where you barbecue.
Largely overlooked is the fact that 16 out of 35 landowners voted in favour of a Muslim cemetery even if it meant risking a drop in their net worth and enjoyment of their property. That would not fit with the narrative, of which Motion 103 is emblematic, that whenever people who wish to live by the Book do not, on a rare occasion, get their way it is because we hate them.
Québec City and area has four non-denominational cemeteries that have Muslim-only burial sections. Sharing a cemetery with unbelievers represents a close proximity danger for those who wish to live by the Book and who consider Allah’s warning to “guard against them fully” as keeping as much distance between you and those who "will spare no effort to corrupt you [3:118]" even during your shared zombie-life existence below ground.
By associating other than economic motives for the "No" vote we are encouraging a paranoid fear of unbelievers and distrust all-around.
A Cold Shower of Oriental Fetishism
A great liberal betrayal is afoot… I call them regressive leftists; they are in fact reverse racists. They have a poverty of expectation for minority groups, believing them to be homogenous and inherently opposed to human rights values. They are culturally reductive in how they see Eastern —and in my case, Islamic—culture, and they are culturally deterministic in attempting to freeze their ideal of it in order to satisfy their oriental fetish.
Maajid Nawaz in conversation with Sam Harris, Islam and the Future of Tolerance, Harvard University Press, 2015
On This, Sheema Khan and I Can Agree
"Polite silence in response to dehumanizing speech is equivalent to acquiescence" Sheema Khan
The Battle for Hearts and Minds Goes National
‘It is a battle for hearts and minds’: Trudeau’s $35 million gamble to counter radicalization,
.... After a lengthy delay, the Liberals are expected to launch the new office — currently called the Office of the Community Engagement and Counter-Radicalization Coordinator — in the near future, pledging $35 million over five years to support intervention efforts, counter-narrative campaigns and research.
.... Amira Elghawaby, a spokeswoman for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said her organization has been getting regular updates on the counter-radicalization office and is so far encouraged that Ottawa seems to be taking an inclusive approach to the problem. “We’re all in this together.”
Ottawa Citizen, June 12, 2017
Who has the ear of the Trudeau government is evident here as it is in his support of Motion 103. That and what is happening in our schools does not inspire confidence that the Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Coordinator will not be more than another advocate for further accommodation.
Having said that, the Coordinator of OCOCC should be a non-believer or a Muslim with an impeccable record of support for the separation of Church and State and Canadian values and traditions e.g. Bencheikh.
If a non-Muslim, his or her first order of business should be getting thoroughly acquainted with the Koran and the sayings and example of the Prophet as they relate to the conduct of war against the unbelievers so they will not be taken in, as was the RCMP when it gave, then later withdrew its support for a publication, United Against Terrorism, which was ostensibly aimed at combating radicalism.
Islamophobia: Two Definitions
Wiki defines a phobia as “an irrational fear”. Therefore, a straightforward definition of Islamophobia is “an irrational fear of the religion of Islam”.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s definition is not as succinct or to the point:
Negative stereotyping and discrimination as a result of pre-existing perception of Muslims as “different” from the rest of Canadian society, along with negative association of their communities with violence and terrorism.
I suspect that the Parliamentary Committee tasked with substantiating the accusation made by Ms. Khalid of rampant Islamophobia among Canadians will adopt the convoluted misleading definition, or a variation thereof, of the organization most responsible for the confusion that now exist about the separation of Church and State.
Why would the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage do this?
Equating Islamophobia with an irrational of fear of people who are “different”—racism being implied—means they can ignore inconvenient truths about a "rational" fear grounded in scriptures and in the actions of those who swear by them.
The difference between an islamist and a jihadist and why you should be more worried about the former
Of those who swear by the book, the most dangerous are probably those whom Maajid Nawaz, author of Radical, My Journey out of Islamist Extremism labels “Political Islamists”
Islamism is commonly expressed as the desire to enforce a version of Shari’ah as law … An Islamist attempts to impose his version of Islam on society, and a jihadist is an Islamist who attempts to do so by force … Political Islamists seek to impose their views through the ballot box, biding their time until they can infiltrate the institutions of society from within.
Our Parliaments is one place where you will find them, but it is in the school system where intimidation of compliant officials has proven as effective as electing your own that this infiltration is the most worrisome.
Change Your Religion, Change Your Race
Quebec byelection poster assailed as racist
A candidate in a Quebec provincial byelection has triggered controversy with a campaign poster that criticizes Canadian multiculturalism and shows a photo of a woman wearing a niqab.
The poster has the slogan Choose Your Quebec above two photos of the same woman — one in which she is sporting a blue tuque with the Fleur-de-lis and the other in which she is wearing a niqab. Below the photos it is written Canadian Multiculturalism, No Thanks.
The Canada Press, May 23, 2017
The Canadian media may be largely to blame for our Members of Parliament now parroting the dangerous absurdity promoted by those who would muddy the debate, that expressing reservations about the ultimate objective of the religion which brooks no equal is an expression of racism. To argue otherwise is to invite ostracism.
"people are born good, evil is a learnt behavior" Sohrab
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. Hope springs eternal!
Our willful ignorance will be our undoing.