Lethbridge Herald: Multiculturalism helping Muslims adapt to Canada

Canadians’ belief in multiculturalism is helping Muslim immigrants and others adapt to their new country.

But the current federal government isn’t providing much support for that ideal, a Lethbridge audience was told Thursday. And there’s danger that racist and anti-Muslim attitudes from Europe may spread to this nation.

To increase understanding, sociology professor Abdie Kazemipur suggested, the onus is on Muslims as well as their non-Muslim neighbours to learn about each other. Creating same-faith ghettoes, he told the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, Thursday, prevents that from happening…

…Muslim immigration to Canada is a relatively recent trend, he adds, and some newcomers have not adapted readily to their new situation. It may not be until the second or third generation that families really integrate into their chosen community…

…Responding to questions, he said multiculturalism has been a cornerstone of Canadian life. But that legacy is seemingly “not appreciated” by the federal Conservatives today, as it shifts Canada’s policies on immigration – and Canadians should be watching carefully.

“It’s crucial to pay attention to small changes,” he warned. “They can have drastic implications.”

Maria Fitzpatrick, the newly elected [NDP] MLA for Lethbridge East, voiced a similar concern.

“Fearmongering is showing up politically right now,” and Canadians should reject that mentality…

Dreamers. Some Muslims — the ones who stop believing in Islam — will integrate. The true believers will never integrate. They don’t want to: as they say themselves, Islam is more than religion, it’s a complete way of life.

The Internet is littered with pictures like this (search ’Islam is way of life’)