Moderate Muslims must denounce armed jihad

On Tuesday, Parliament was in turmoil debating Islamophobia, radical Islam and all the manifestations of Islam’s troubled nexus with Western society.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended his position on banning the niqab from citizenship ceremonies, while Liberal leader Justin Trudeau alleged such talk marginalizes all Muslims.

Yet the best way to fight Islamophobia is for moderate Muslims to step forward and candidly address real issues that plague and stigmatize the Muslim community, both in Canada and abroad.

Up to now, such efforts have been half-hearted and largely futile in the face of the seductively strident rhetoric of the extremists.