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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 Muhammad, in the tradition of Thomas Paine, I have tried to explain the seemingly complicated in terms we can all understand.

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.

A Deplorable Example in the Toronto District School Board

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.

On January 1, 2017, I said I was out of here. Motion 103 is why I am still talking to you.

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.

Bizarre does not begin to describe it.

Can We Be Friends?

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.

From Ignorance:

I am not aware in the entire history of civilisation of a more gracious, more loving, more vibrant society than that of the Arabs before Islam … [it was a time] … of unbound freedom, lofty sentiments, a nomadic and chivalrous way of life, [a land] of fantasy, joy, mischievousness, bawdy impious poetry, refined love-making …

Ernest Renan, cf. Robert Montagne, La Civilisation du désert (my translation)

To Enlightenment:

They were a people of primary colours, or rather of black and white … They were a dogmatic people, despising doubt, our modern crown of thorns. They did not understand our metaphysical difficulties, our introspective questioning. They only knew truth and untruth, belief and unbelief, without our hesitating retinue of finer shades.

This people was black and white not merely in clarity, but in apposition. Their thoughts were at ease only in extremes … they never compromised; they pursued the logic of several incompatible opinions to absurd ends, without perceiving the incongruity.

They were a limited, narrow-minded people, whose inert intellect lay fallow in curious resignation. Their imaginations were vivid, but not creative.

T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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."

Bukhari 52.220

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?

The Feminisation of Radicalism

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.

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

The Fundamentalist

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

The Progressive

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 impose values that 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.

Complaint summary

I believe I am owed an explanation from the Globe and Mail for deactivating my account indefinitely following two comments I made which were favorably 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

The number one reason so many Muslim children have no one to call father has nothing to do with acts of terrorism which are emblematic of the Religion of Peace; but I digress.

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.

Priest/rabbi/imam: programmers.

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?


Boreal and Religion

Our willful ignorance will be our undoing, not the sword.

Why the Pessimism?