A Muslim congregation in North Vancouver, BC.
News of the sad events in St. Jean sur Richelieu has rocked the Muslim community in Montreal.
Concerned there might be a backlash against their community, many hope to stress that Martin Couture-Rouleau’s murderous act of mowing down a member of the Armed Forces should not be connected to his recent conversion to Islam.
[Muslim community fears backlash over Couture-Rouleau’s vicious acts, CTV Montreal, October 21, 2014]
Of course not. Pure coincidence. And we don’t want a backlash against their community. After all, the Canadian community just got a bit of a backlash for opposing ISIS…
…The bottom line is that this isn’t a terrorism problem — it’s an immigration problem. Once you have a large Muslim population in your country, this kind of terrorism will be a low level threat for all time, regardless of what you do. As well known atheist Sam Harris (hardly a conservative) argues,
The idea that Islam is a “peaceful religion hijacked by extremists” is a dangerous fantasy—and it is now a particularly dangerous fantasy for Muslims to indulge. It is not at all clear how we should proceed in our dialogue with the Muslim world, but deluding ourselves with euphemisms is not the answer. [The Reality of Islam, by Sam Harris]
Here’s a suggestion — why aren’t Canadians portrayed as the wronged party? Why shouldn’t Muslims have to prove their good intentions to their hosts, rather than Canadians have to rearrange their entire society to soothe the hurt feelings of a hostile population?…