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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. Scriptures Essentials

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

Submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Motion 103 (PDF)

To counter the inevitable accusations of racism I have included the story of my friendship with a black working girl from West Africa. I could also have reminisced about Audrey, but she had nothing to do with my future desire to get close and personal with a holy book; the same for my Indian damsel in distress. Then there are my recollections about how Sohrab and I became friends and my time with Bob and Marina.

I will admit to not including the story about how a priest saved my life which may have betrayed an agnostic’s bias towards the teachings of one man in a submission which is very much about religion and how we must remain on guard against the worst it has to offer.

"We need to talk about Islamophobia, white supremacy and far-right terrorism" Shaista Aziz, Special to The Globe and Mail, June 20, 2017

Islamophobia Extended Edition

(Coming soon)

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.

Boreal Vindicated By An Honest Cleric

Countering extremism requires political honesty from Theresa May,
Shaista Aziz, Special to the Globe and Mail, June 5, 2017

In response to the accusation implied in the headline and within the text of the solicited opinion that it is lies spread by Western leaders which invite terrorist attacks in the name of Islam, a reader provided a link in the comment section to a video on YouTube as rebuttal.

"This comment did not meet civility standards" we were informed by Canada's newspaper of record after it promptly removed the link, but not before some of us copied it:

The video is from a debate between two Muslim clerics, Dr. Jamal Rifi and Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi, hosted by Australia’s Channel Seven following the Manchester massacre, in which the two argue the role religion played in the attack. Listen closely to what Sheikh Tawhidi has to say.

On the radicalisation of the Manchester bomber and his generation:

Basically we need to be very realistic when dealing with this matter. You have a twenty-two year old who gets radicalised over two, three sermons in a Friday mosque gathering … this age is an age when someone would expect people to be going out, having fun. But no, we have a large number of youth that are being radicalised. This happens because of the books that we have, the Islamic scriptures that we have; they push the Muslim youth to believe that if you go out there and kill the infidels, that's how you will gain Paradise.

On the massacres being a continuation of a very old war:

For the past one thousand four hundred years we have had a religion of war, that is exactly what we have had, this is not something I am imagining, these are facts. We’ve had many wars. How did Islam spread from Saudi Arabia down to Indonesia and Bosnia, all spread by the sword. We had many wars. For someone to come and say that Islamic scriptures have nothing to do with it, I mean, that’s against the facts, that’s not true. Islamic scriptures are what is pushing these people to behead the infidels.
Let me tell you something, the people that are beheading, that mister, the person that killed the young girls in Manchester did so believing he was going to dine with the Prophet Muhammad that very night, that is what the Islamic scriptures tell them.


Firdaus is where the Prophet and Abedi probably dined on the night of the massacre. An eat-and-dash I expect with the young bomber anxious to have a go at the facsimiles of the girls he killed.

There is no end to the obscenity.

The Road to Hell

"people are born good, evil is a learnt behavior" Sohrab

"religion makes good people do bad things" Weinberg

The focus here may be on Islam, but the premise is not!

Following the July 7, 2005 London bombings which saw 52 mainly Christian commuters killed and more than 700 injured (many horribly maimed), the British Parliament passed legislation sheltering mainstream religious texts, whether the message be one of love or of hatred, from criticism.

With the new race and religious hate laws coming through [after the London bombings] it could be considered illegal if Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice is deemed an attack on a person’s religious belief.
A British publisher's explanation for their change of heart after expressing a willingness to take on Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice.

The British government tried appeasement again, with predictable results. Almost from one day to the next, the country that fought a world war to preserve us from fanatics simultaneously became a more tolerant and intolerant society, more tolerant of violence-prone religious zealots and less tolerant of their critics, and the slaugther continues with no end to the escalating carnage.

Manchester attack: 22 dead and 59 hurt in suicide bombing
Twenty-two people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed and 59 injured when a suicide bomber attacked concertgoers at Manchester Arena.
BBC May 23, 2017

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.

Does the vilification of Christians in the Koran encourage their slaughter and the murder of even lesser believers who are equally maligned by scriptures which praise those who submit as the superior believers with commensurate rights over those who don’t? Rights which include killing them!

Masked militants riding in three SUVs opened fire Friday on a bus packed with Coptic Christians, including many children, south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 26 and wounding 25, the Interior Ministry said.
The Associated Press, May 26, 2017

We have to be allowed, even encouraged to talk about it. Of all human endeavors, religion has the greatest potential to change our lives for the better or for the worst. By giving all citizens the freedom to question the authenticity, the relevancy, the meaning and application of religious dogma we guard against the worst.

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.

Motion 103 may take us even further down the abject road taken by the British, the reason for my submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Fighting a Losing Battle

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 ...
Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No-one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels. There is no excuse for any Muslim not to migrate to the Islamic State ... joining is a duty on every Muslim. We are calling on you either to join or carry weapons [fight] wherever you are.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an audio message made public May 14, 2015
Britain Vows Crackdown after terror attack kills seven.
BBC June 4, 2017

Good luck with that. Unless you are willing to reign in the propaganda on the street, in the prisons and in the schools emboldened by legislation favouring the religious over the secular and which has proven a god-sent to a supremacist, fighting religion's recruitment efforts in the Land of War, then all is lost.

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) ... " Bukhari 52.220

Christine Archibald, a young woman from British Columbia has been identified as the Canadian killed in the London attacks. Soon you may not have to travel to England to be slaughtered by the obscenely devout with the Trudeau government seemingly intent on taking us even further down the wretched path chosen by the British.

Looking for Answers to the Slaughter of Children as Witnessed in Manchester

What we saw was mainly war wounds … the kind of wounds you would see on a battlefield … shrapnel wounds and the shrapnel included things like nuts and bolts and nails … and to this day we continue to operate on some children.
Dr Ibrar Majid lead trauma and orthopedic surgeon at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital has spoken to the BBC. June 1, 2017

How was it that an outwardly normal young man could be convinced that showering children with shrapnel was a good thing?

Deceiving the Children and Ourselves

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?

Islam's impact on the behaviour of men is appalling if somewhat predictable if you are familiar with its scriptures, but there are no words to describe or explain the unspeakable evil women will perpetrate in its name.

Women Who Bite Children to Death

The Canadian Media and the Big Lie

Change Your Religion, Change Your Race - In Canada Anyway

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.

Persona Non Grata at Canada's Newspaper of Record

Conservatives argue motion to condemn Islamophobia impacts freedom of speech
Globe and Mail, February 15, 2016.

My Comments:

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.
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 Globe and Mail's Response:

This account has been disabled indefinitely.

With the likes of the Globe and Mail having his back, is it any wonder the Prime Minister is going ahead with his planned paved road to Hell.

On January 1, I said I was out of here. But where will you find a reasoned response to the big lie now that Canada’s newspaper of record, the flagship of Canadian mainstream media, has declared me persona non grata.


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?