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The Clash, the Media Etc.

The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions or a clash of civilization. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between rationality and barbarity.

It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on one hand and the violation of these rights on the other. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings …

Wafa Sultan, outspoken Syrian-American woman during a debate broadcast on Al-jazeera.

A civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.

Jean-François Revel

Doing the Work of the Extremists

2015

Québec's Defense of Secularism and

Goldwater on Fighting Extremism with Extremism

Quebec crackdown on violent extremism reopens secularism debate.

The government presented legislation Wednesday in the National Assembly amid calls for calm from the four political parties in the house. But even the simultaneous introduction of two bills with divergent goals – one to promote secularism, the other to fight terror, both clearly aimed at Muslims – reopened divisions.

The Globe and Mail, Jun. 10, 2015

Allain Finkielkraut author of The Unfortunate Identity (my translation of L'identité malheureuse) argues that if we are to avoid the disastrous religious conflicts of Mark Lilla's The Stillborn God we must work towards a secular society where everyone learns to think for themselves.

Quebec is on the right track to avoiding a disaster, where biblical will be inadequate to describe the devastation, with its defense of secularism.


Substitute "secularism" for "liberty" in the following and see if you don't agree with Québec's modest approach to stopping those who would enforce "their own version of heaven on earth."

Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies.

Extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice ... Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

From Senator Barry Goldwater’s acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate.

2014

What are they teaching them at the mosque?

Arctic mosque lands safely in Inuvik. The world's most northern mosque has arrived by barge in Inuvik, N.W.T., giving Muslims in the Arctic town a proper place of worship.

CBC Sep 24, 2010

Canadians in Algerian gas plant attack identified

The attack by the two Canadians (Xris Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej from London, Ontario) and 30 other militants linked to al-Qaeda left more than three dozen refinery workers dead, the final 10 of whom were reportedly tied to gas plant piping and killed in a massive bomb blast…

One former school acquaintance who ran into Katsiroubas in 2009 [after Katsiroubas conversion to Islam] recalls "it was really hard to relate to him at that point. He wasn’t the same. He had other interests — kept saying let's go to the mosque.”

CBC April 1, 2013

Visits to a mosque seem to have profound effect on impressionable young men whether that mosque is in Gaza or London, Ontario.

The religion which promised the young men who committed the 9/11 atrocity an eternity of debauchery, since that awful day, has been portrayed in the Western media in an increasingly favourable light, with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation going probably the furthest in depicting Islam as a religion of innocent fun and games and morally superior to all other religions in its series enticingly titled Little Mosque on the Prairie.

What distressed young men, other than those seeking the thrill of killing another human being with God's approval, would not be attracted to such a religion after such an introduction? To find out more, all he had to do was walk into the local mosque which proliferated after 9/11 with the promise that a message of peace would be preached not A Pitch for Martyrs.

During that period, Canada got its first Arctic mosque and the Americans that in-your-face Ground Zero Mosque and the number of young people adopting Islam's violent ideology has grown, as if in lock-step with the proliferation of Allah's houses of prayer where the Koran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad are front and center.

Related: Terrorism as a Force for Change,

Mainstream Media Misinformation

Quebec values charter takes a beating at opening day of public hearings Globe and Mail Headline Jan. 14

Don’t believe it! Three of the first five witnesses on the first day of hearings spoke in favour of the Charter. This is not the first time the Globe & Mail ignored the facts where Québec is concerned.

Quebec's view on niqab creates fault line: English-speaking Canada assails province's opposition to headwear Globe and Mail, March 19, 2010

An online poll taken at about the same time on the same subject will not get readers to agree with the paper's misleading headline even when nudged in that direction by a loaded question (the questionable phrase is in italics):

Do you support Quebec's movement to expel the niqab from much of civic life, which some in English Canada have called pure intolerance?

Official results: Yes: 79.5% (12,410 votes) No: 20.5% (3,216 votes)

Sanctimonious Outrage

Quebec religious symbols ban proposal roundly condemned

Charles Taylor, a well-known political philosopher who co-presided over Quebec's commission on the accommodation of minorities, expressed outrage at the policy.

CBC August 20

The Bouchard-Taylor Report on reasonable accommodation was roundly condemned, and rightly so, in the Québec press for its flawed conclusion that more accommodation for religious beliefs was what was needed, not less.

The self-righteous English media should be wary of quoting Taylor’s condemnation of Québec’s proposal to limit in-your-face display of religious symbols in the public sphere.

Québec has gone the furthest of any province, at great risk for the the future, in promoting religious diversity in the public school system and should be given the benefit of the doubt that when the legislation is introduced, it will attempt to strike a reasonable balance.

The Charter and Canada’s Reputation

The hostess of our traditional New Year’s eve dinner is so nice and generous that when she started bemoaning that Québec had again sullied our reputation with the Europeans with their Charter of Values, I resisted telling her that she was wrong.

Many European countries have laws similar to what Québec wants to enact, with the largely Muslim Kosovo at the forefront of initiatives which seek to place limits on religion's influence in schools and public institutions.

As to Canada’s reputation, it could not sink much lower thanks to Conservatives in English Canada giving their unqualified, unthinking support to a leader whose foreign policy is grounded in Biblical folklore and who pursues an irresponsible, the world-be-dammed domestic agenda in the Tar Sands which risks bringing about his longed for End Times.

Tempest Beneath a Chador

Houda-Pepin on the Charter of Values and more.

2013

It's about religion, not race!

Globe and Mail

A photograph courtesy of Canada's self-proclaimed national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, of people opposed to Québec's Charter of Values.

Like much of the English media, they care not or cannot differentiate between race and religion?

Canadian-style multiculturalism makes it easy to confuse race, culture and religion may be partly to blame. In Canada, raise an objection to the granting of an exemption under the law for Muslims for example, and you risk being accused of racism, as if Islam was a race not a religion.

Trudeau Nonsense

Trudeau not sorry for comparing resistance to Quebec charter plan to civil rights movement.

Globe and Mail, August 29

A self-serving trivialization of a momentous, often bruising struggle for equality, with race, not religion the focus of the fight.

Trudeau-the-younger is either ignorant or shameless.

Bernard Payeur

The Ottawa Citizen

Values vs. Votes

Worrisome Poll

Veiled Voting