A Letter to the Prime Minister About a Day
January 8, 2018
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister,
I have read in the Citizen that the National Council of Canadian Muslims has requested that you declare January 29 a national day of remembrance. To do so will only confirm for Muslims so inclined what Allah said about non-Muslims.
It would also test non-Muslim’s tolerance at again being unfairly maligned for being apprehensive of scriptures which would see people pay to keep on breathing (the jizya)… to being butchered on a cross as was carried out by Islamic State in Raqqa which the petitioners deliberatively equate with bigotry which the “Day” would emphasize.
5:33 Indeed, the punishment of those who fight Allah and His Messenger and go around corrupting the land is to be killed, crucified, have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land. That is a disgrace for them in this life, and in the life to come theirs will be a terrible punishment.
No official day of remembrance was declared to denounce the misogynous man who murdered thirteen young female students and one professor at École Polytechnique, whose faith the government and Canadian media went out of their way not to identify so as not to incite hatred against Muslims.
There is a lesson in that for The National Council of Canadian Muslims unless their intent is to further stoke the ambers of distrust and hatred of unbelievers. National days of remembrance as you are undoubtedly aware, such as November 11, are normally reserved to pay tribute to the many who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf and to heal old wounds, not to reopen them.
It is obvious from comments in the Ottawa Citizen that many feel that the petitioners for their own official day of remembrance have in you a sympathetic ear. Your natural inclination to want to please, especially where Islam is concerned, has only added to the mistrust and forestalled a much needed honest discussion about influential scriptures that rightfully trouble ordinary Canadians.
A national day of remembrance for an atypical heinous crime committed against one group, not unlike, sad to say, considerably worse mass-murders which are today much too commonplace, would only further divide us, and who would want that.
P.S. In the hope of convincing you of the urgency of having a discussion on the Koran, I have included with my letter a copy of Children and the Koran - The End of Empathy. It is about what children who should be enjoying Babar the Elephant or Cinderella are reading and why we should be concerned.