Elghawaby Appointment

Trudeau announces Amira Elghawaby as Canada's first representative to combat Islamophobia CBC Jan 26, 2023

From The Enemy Within, Remembering Uzza - If Islam Was Explained to Me in a Pub:

Gerry: So you agree that Islamophobia is real.

Uzza: A fear of Islam is real, and it is not a phobia, as Islamists and their patsies would have you believe.

Gerry: By patsies, you mean politicians?

Uzza: And well-meaning people who don't know any better. A fear of Islam is a legitimate fear. Fear is what non-believers who get close and personal with the Koran and Allah’s unrestrained visceral hatred and cruelty for their kind will experience, for that is the intent.

It is a fear nourished and amplified by the Author’s demands of believers when it comes to dealing with those for whom He has nothing but contempt: from avoiding them, to enslaving them, to killing them. Fear is what terrorism in the name of Allah is all about.

Instead of dealing with this fear in a forthright manner, Western governments preferred spreading the Islamic slander that a fear of Islam is an irrational fear, that of Islamophobia, or worse, racism, as if Islam was a race and not a religion.

Quebec calls for resignation of federal government’s anti-Islamophobia representative. The Canadian Press, Jan 30, 2023

The reason Québec wants the newly minted special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia (see Jan 26 entry) gone is because of her view that “the majority of Quebecers appear to be swayed not by the rule of law, but by anti-Muslim sentiment.”

In 2015 the Fort McMurray mosque welcomed a Saudi-trained imam to lead the congregation about whom the Globe and Mail wrote: "On his personal website, the imam has posted links to provocative essays, authored by other Saudi-educated scholars, which he has translated into English. One such essay, The Rules on How to Interact with Non-Muslims, starts out with an analysis of Sura 5, Verse 51 of the Koran – 'Take not the Jews and Christians for Friends.'"

(For more on this controversial verse and others like it see  Can we be friends)

That same year the Senate of Canada issued an interim report on countering terrorism in which it recommended the training and certification of imams in Canada. Ms. Elghawaby's over-the-top misleading response (especially as to witnesses who appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence), to which the Senate offered a calm and collected fact-based rebuttal, should have also disqualified her from ever being appointed the government’s expert on the rational fear that is Islamophobia.

Prime Minister stands behind newly appointed special representative on combatting Islamophobia Globe and Mail, Jan 30, 2023

"I am from Morocco ... I only got to know what fundamentalist Islam was when I came to Canada. It is here that I got to know the most intolerant, the best organized, the most structured and the best financed groups, with means and worldwide connections. It was quite a shock."

Fatima Houda-Pepin

The creation of the special representative on combatting Islamophobia may be due to this organized cabal that has the Prime Minister's ear and wishes to stifle any discussion about the expansion of fundamentalist Islam in Canada

Trudeau must drop Amira Elghawaby, get rid of anti-Islamophobia position, Bloc Leader Blanchet says Globe and Mail, Feb 3, 2023

When respected Algerian novelist and journalist Kamel Daoud, winner of the Goncourt prize, can be accused of being an Islamophobe is anyone safe from the slander that is becoming too common, and will become even more so with the creation of an office to stamp out what is, in essence, a rational fear of the irrational.

The government, with Ms. Elghawaby’s appointment, it is clear has no intention of dealing with an honest fear of a militant religion in a forthright manner and avoiding gratuitous, unhelpful accusations.

Trudeau and Islam

Quebec lawyers, activists throw support behind Amira Elghawaby as pressure for resignation mounts, CBC Feb 4, 2023

The only lawyer identified by the CBC as supporting Ms. Elghawaby’s appointment is Julius Grey who, in 2016, represented Muslim School of Montreal in a SLAP type lawsuit which, if it has been successful, would have seen journalists who questioned some of what is taught in madrassas in Canada face harsh financial penalties.

If You Can't Shut Them Up the Old-Fashioned Way, Sue Them