Deceiving the Children and Ourselves

In my submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Motion 103 (download a PDF version)  I write: "Our Pakistan-born daughter of immigrants could serve, as a young woman, as the Poster Child to our failure to bring the kids around to our way of thinking, and children, to use an abused cliché, are the future."

More damming evidence that we have abysmally failed to reach the children of immigrants can be found in Sheema Khan’s account of Canadian boys’ reaction to the slaughter of 186 Russian children.

Khan is the Globe and Mail’s goto insider and blame deflector when a biased explanation supported by questionable evidence as to why Islamic terrorists do what they do is called for to allay the fear of an increasingly skeptical populace that the latest massacre of unwary citizens of a Western democracy has nothing to do with scriptures.

On Sept. 3, 2004, I had just finished speaking about the life of Mary – regarded as one of the best women in history – to a group of Muslim teens. Hours before, though, news of a violent end to the Beslan hostage crisis in southern Russia had broken, in which 186 children were killed. Armed Islamist groups had stormed a local school a few days before, held teachers and students captive without food or water and wired the gym with explosives.

Rather than continue further discussions about Mary, I wanted to ask the youth about the murder of innocent civilians – especially children – in Beslan.

The males were unequivocal: The Russians got what they deserved, for their brutal war against the Chechens. It was revenge, pure and simple.

Stunned, I asked: Did Prophet Mohammed ever kill children and unarmed adults? No, they answered. Did he condone such acts? No. Did he condemn such acts? Yes, they answered. I concluded: So, who will you follow? Mohammed, or the opposite? They acknowledged the former.

I thought of this exchange following the terrorist attack in Manchester last week. Much has been written about the life of the assailant, Salman Abedi, a second-generation Libyan born and raised in Britain. His sister surmised that he had acted in revenge for the killing of Muslim children by coalition forces in the Middle East.


How the Muslim community can tackle the scourge of extremism, Sheema Khan, Special to The Globe and Mail, Tuesday, May 30, 2017

We are compounding our failure to reach the children by literally making room for in them in the public school system, encouraging them to shout out in unison prayers which must inevitably, as they pray their way through the entire Koran, include verses which demand that the hated unbelievers be dealt with harshly and that includes children.

It is not only from the Koran that boys learn that murder, even the mass murder of men, women and children is acceptable in the struggle in Allah's Cause (Killing Unbelievers Halal).

The Prophet orchestrated the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed men e.g. Massacre of the Banu Qurayzah, and encouraged others to assassinate men and women whose only crime was questioning in song and rhyme his claim to being an intimate of the Almighty and who no longer posed any threat: Dead Poets, Mecca Surrenders.  

Khan is technically correct that the Prophet, to my knowledge, did not personally participate in the murders committed on his behalf or at his insistence. But, he does condone such murders, her argument to the contrary notwithstanding! His example, even as a bystander*, is meant as a guide for the believers and many dutifully follow its most wretched expression to this day e.g. the mass murders committed by Islamic State, the Charlie Hebdo murders...

As to Khan’s portrayal of Mary as more than a pawn in Allah's plan to diminish the role of her Son so as to elevate that of the Prophet Muhammad, what can I say: Mary, Who Venerates Her More?

By allowing a religion that does not even consider children worthy of compassion to be praised in a public school setting we are not only accomplices in our own deceit but in deceiving children into becoming the pitiless protagonists of Khan's article.


* The Prophet's sayings and example, including his silent approval of actions taken in his presence of which he was aware but did not object, along with the Koran is the basis of Sharia Law, and for the true believer, nothing else matters.

Bernard Payeur