These are the times that try men's souls. The Crisis, Thomas Paine
In my books and commentaries on Islam, the Koran and the Prophet, in the tradition of Thomas Paine, I have tried to explain the seemingly complicated in terms we can all understand.
The Canadian Experience
The less deserving a religious icon’s reputation for propriety, the louder will be the call to silence his critics.
A Foregone Conclusion
If you do not fear Islam, you do not know Islam. It is a legitimate fear not based on race as the Motion 103 would have you believe, but grounded in what is written in a book and in the actions and views of those who swear by that book.
For example, in the book the author rails against those who commit “the foul act”. This bigotry is reflected in two 2016 surveys of adult Muslim’s attitude towards homosexuals. In Britain, more than 52% would not tolerate them; in Canada, in a survey conducted by Environics, that number has risen to 43% in step with another worrisome finding that “young Muslims are often more religious than their immigrant parent”.
A rise in homophobia among those who accuse their fellow citizens of being increasingly and needlessly apprehensive about the impact of the religion of Islam is telling in itself.
Yesterday, September 18, 2017 the Parliamentary Committee tasked with substantiating an aledged rise in Islamophobia started public consultations. My submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Motion 103 (PDF)
Expect the Committee to find that Islamophobia is real and growing while avoiding any meaningful discussion as to the why.
Fighting Early Childhood Hatred
Belgium: signs of radicalization in kindergarten
An internal report of a school obtained by the daily Het Laatste Nieuws highlights signs of Islamic "radicalization" in some children. What occurred in a school in Renaix, in East Flanders, prompted the school to express its concerns in an internal report.
The report documents observations made by teachers in 2016 about the behavior of a number of Muslim children. These include "death threats" to "nonbelieving" children, mimicking slicing their throat and calling them "pigs."
The children also recited verses from the Koran during recess, refused to shake hands, and some, to attend school on Fridays for religious reasons ...
Le Point, August 22, 2017 (my translation)
In the Koran you will find more than a sprinkling of chilling invectives against those who refuse to believe that whoever said all those nasty things about them, what would be considered hate speech under normal circumstances, is actually a god.
Gods are not like normal people which is why they can say they hate you and that you should be cruelly put to death, and that is considered completely acceptable. But, you can’t say you hate them back for that would be insulting those who believe the invitation to hate, murder and maim to be from an actual deity, therefore sacrosanct.
There is a way to stop one god’s pathological hatred for those who won’t believe he actually exist from making an indelible impact on a child’s conscious and unconscious mind and give rise to the jihadist or child suicide bomber, and that is to limit the exposure to that hatred.
If the Parliamentary Committee studying Motion 103 is serious about stemming hate propaganda before it has a chance to leave its mark, it should consider making the Koran for adults only. Provide more protection for a violent hate-filled text as the promoter of Motion 103 would like it to do, and it will be sealing, if not your fate, then that of your children.
If Motion 103’s attack on freedom speech is successful it will further foster a deficiency of empathy among Muslim children which in the long run may prove more foolhardy than pretending to fight the radicalization of youth by stifling a debate as to its root cause.
Children and The Koran
The End of Empathy
Fall 2017. Not a children's book!
Cover is from an 123RF stock photo which has been embossed for artistic purposes and to obscure the identity of the children photographed reading the Koran.
Nothing Left to Say
Of course, there is more to say, much more. But, if the arguments made here have not convinced you of the pressing need for Western nations to make the Koran for adults only, then there is nothing left to say, except, perhaps, "may the generations to come, who have yet to experience the end of empathy, forgive us our foolishness"
Will the Sacrilegious Be No Longer Sacred After Motion 103?
On January 7, 2015 gunmen shouting Allahu Akbar! (Arabic for “God is great”) shot dead 12 people at the Paris offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo for satirizing God's self-proclaimed last and greatest spokesperson and his fanatical followers.
Since the slaughter, the magazine has been reluctant to satirize the religion of the executioners. The vehicular massacre at Nice of 85 men, women and children was not enough, it took the Catalan crushing for the magazine to return to a semblance of its sacrilegious satirical self.
Needless to say, Charlie Hebdo's latest cover (August 22, 2017) has not gone unnoticed. You could publish such satire in Canada, I believe, without fear of prosecution in the traditional sense (more attuned to religious sensibilities Human Rights Tribunals are another matter) but, that may all change if the promoters of Motion 103 get their way. Dogmatic Distress anyone?
From the Master Race to the Master Believers
Civilization's Next Great Existential Struggle
“It … is important to shut down the spewers of hate.” Phil Gurski, writing in The Ottawa Citizen, August 18, 2017
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 ...
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.
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.
Within days of each other, two men, one a white supremacist, the other a religious facsimile drove vehicles into a crowd of people. The first killed 1 person, the other 14 in a scene reminiscent of what happened in Nice a year earlier where 85 men, women and children were crushed to death in Allah’s Cause.
Yes, it is important to guard against white supremacists propaganda, but their numbers do not represent the clear and present danger of countless cold-blooded scripture-quoting religious supremacists with a death wish, yours and theirs.
The best weapon we have against the latter is freedom of speech and expression and we should be careful in trying to eliminate the lesser threat to make it easier for religious supremacists to spread their message of hatred for lesser believers and nonbelievers.
Motion 103 must also be looked at in that light.
You have the example of Britain which, after the subway bombings, brought in so-called hate-legislation which curtailed criticism of religious beliefs in spite of opposition from Muslims themselves. It only emboldened the religious supremacists to spread their doctrine of a master religion which must eventually triumph against all others, over the "losers" dead bodies if necessary. They did, and continue to do so, secure in the knowledge that those who might protest run the risk of prosecution.
The threat posed by the advocates of a Master Faith is extraordinarily greater, in the long run, than that of the geographically confined NAZIs who tried to impose their master race ideology through slaughter.
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.
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.
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 which they equate with Islamophobia. To argue otherwise is to invite ostracism.
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.