As Trudeau backs Harper’s anti-terror bill, a fight breaks out over focus on Muslims

“…The current batch of terrorists that this bill is designed to counter are not Jewish or Christian or Sikh (though Sikh terrorism is still a hot file on the Pacific coast). The current batch have, as their common denominator, a belief in a warped radical view of Islamist jihadism.

Trudeau acknowledged that fact Wednesday, saying, “I want to affirm again to our friends and fellow citizens in the Muslim community that Canadians know that recent acts of terror committed in the name of Islam are an aberration of your faith. Continued mutual co-operation and respect will prevent the influence of distorted ideological propaganda posing as religion.”

Harper, too, acknowledged the same fact but in a different way when he introduced the bill last Friday. He said the bill targets those who promote terrorism or recruit terrorists and “it doesn’t matter what the age of a person is or whether they’re in their basement or whether they’re in a mosque.”

A mosque, of course, is a Muslim place of worship but, in Thomas Mulcair’s view, simply stating such a plain fact is equivalent to fanning the flames of racist anti-Muslim bigotry.

“It was irresponsible of the prime minister to throw the mosques into his comments. It was a form of Islamophobia and it was wrong,” Mulcair said Monday, demanding Harper apologize.”

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