Category Archives: Islam is special

Quebec Judge Hears Bill 62 Arguments

 

Let the battle begin!:

A Quebec Superior Court justice promised on Friday to deliver a ruling as soon as possible regarding a request for a temporary suspension of Quebec’s controversial face-covering law.

Justice Babak Barin heard arguments on a challenge of the legislation, known as Bill 62, which forces people to remove face coverings when receiving or giving a public service.

Marie-Michelle Lacoste, a Quebec woman who wears the veil, as well as the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association launched the challenge last week.

Lawyer Catherine McKenzie asked the court for a temporary suspension of the section of the law that forces public sector employees and private citizens to have their face uncovered when giving or receiving public services.

McKenzie argued the article in question violates the right to equality and freedom of religion, which are guaranteed by the Quebec and Canadian charters, and should be declared invalid.

She said the matter is urgent, given the significant impact on Muslim women who wear the veil on a daily basis.

McKenzie added the damages to those women would be irreparable.

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Accused Edmonton Terrorist to Have Psychiatric Assessment

Mental illness defense, here we come!

A man facing several counts of attempted murder after a police officer was hit with a car and stabbed by an assailant is to face two psychiatric assessments.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was charged after a speeding car rammed through a barrier at a Canadian Football League game in Edmonton on Sept. 30 and sent an officer flying five metres through the air.

The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Const. Mike Chernyk.

Four pedestrians were hit and injured hours later when the driver of a cube van with police cars in pursuit sped down Jasper Avenue, one of Edmonton’s main streets.

A judge has agreed with Sharif’s lawyer that initial evidence suggests Sharif’s mental health needs to be assessed.

Sharif is next to appear in court on Dec. 13.

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Trudeau “Not Impressed” With Quebec’s Explanation of Bill 62

I’m sure people stay up all night thinking of how to sway a former substitute drama teacher:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared incredulous Wednesday at Quebec’s efforts to clear up confusion surrounding its law on religious neutrality, which is widely seen as targeting Muslim women who wear face veils.

The province’s justice minister said last week Bill 62 would oblige people riding a bus or the subway to do so with their face uncovered for the entire journey.

On Tuesday, however, Stephanie Vallee backtracked, saying only those whose fare requires a card with photo ID will need to uncover their face before riding public transit — and that they can put the veil back on once they’ve been identified.

Asked specifically in Ottawa about Vallee’s clarifications, Trudeau replied: “You call those clarifications?”  

Yes, Justin, she does, because she is an educated Westerner in what should be a First World Western country that eschews the eradication of identity based on how girlish one is.

His efforts to appear to be in charge only underscore his impotence and pandering.

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Comment: “A history of ‘Islamophobia,’ a word of dubious value”

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Pascal Bruckner, the French philosopher, who has spent a great deal of time working on this issue, summarizes his opinion in a few words: “There’s No Such Thing as Islamophobia. Critique of religion is a fundamental Western right, not an illness.” …

The word Islamophobia originated in the early 20th century. An early use was in a French biography of Muhammad (“islamophobie”). Sometimes it was used internally, within Islam, to identify a fear of Islam felt by liberal Muslims and Muslim feminists, rather than a fear or dislike of Muslims by non-Muslims. It was given an official imprimatur in 2004 when Kofi Annan, then the UN Secretary-General, said the word Islamophobia had to be coined in order to “take account of increasingly widespread bigotry.” From there on it was part of language, a word of dubious value.

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Islamist Leader Claims That Muslims Are the New Jews

The audacity!

On Sunday, an Islamist leader in Australia compared the plight of Muslims in the West today to that of Jews in Germany leading up to the Holocaust. He suggested that Muslims face the same fear and hatred that led Adolf Hitler to try to exterminate the Jews, and warned that a similar evil might be employed against Muslims in the near future.

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Racist Sign Found In Town That Refused Muslim Cemetery

Sure. Okay:

A sign has appeared outside a cemetery in the Quebec town of Saint-Honoré with an unmistakeable message, “Saguenay ville blanche.” The sign appeared shortly after the local Muslim association said it would attempt to revive a two-year-old plan to have space for Muslim burials in the town’s cemetery.

The incident isn’t the first time the “Saguenay ville blanche” sign has been found. According to the Montreal Gazette, a similar sign appeared in 2014, along with xenophobic stickers.

The town’s mayor has spoken out against the message behind the sign. In comments made to CBC, Saint-Honoré Mayor Bruno Tremblay said, “To have signs like this on our territory, it’s unacceptable.” The mayor was reportedly having breakfast at a diner when other patrons told him about the sign.

“In 2017, we need to be more open-minded than that,” said Tremblay, adding that he had sent a work crew out to take the sign down. “Whether it’s a Muslim cemetery or a Catholic cemetery, or both, what does it change? … We’re all humans.”

Much of the focus on cemetery spaces for the Muslim community only came to light after Alexandre Bissonnette killed of six worshippers at a Quebec City mosque while they were praying, one of the worst mass shootings in the country in years.

The posting of the sign comes at an time of increased polarization between Quebecers and Muslims residents of the province. Last week, residents of another small town in the province, Saint-Apollinaire, voted against overturning zoning laws to allow the construction of a cemetery space for Muslims.

 

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Opinion: “Free societies tolerate public expressions of faith, including Muslims praying in a park”

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On July 2, a controversy erupted over a group of Muslims praying in public at the Parc Safari zoo in Hemmingford, Quebec. According to one of the zoo’s spokespersons, the Muslims didn’t solicit other visitors, were not disrupting other guests or animals, and didn’t block any paths.

Nonetheless, some individuals objected to these Muslims praying in public after a video of their activities was posted on Facebook. Commentators posted statements like: “Can you just do this in your living room and not impose it on me please!” and “Go live your faith in your mosques, outside no one is interested.” Some went so far as to call for a boycott of the zoo.

Parc Safari president Jean-Pierre Ranger responded laudably to these comments. Having operated the zoo for the better part of 45 years, he said he was not about to change how he runs his business: “I’m very proud of what Parc Safari stands for and nobody is going to tell us how to behave, whether they’re Muslim or any other faith, or those do-gooders that think they can run the world.”

Yet, it’s troubling that some individuals fail to understand that a free society allows public expression of religious faith. The people who would like the government to ban strong criticism of Islam exhibit similar misunderstandings. While these two groups may have different reasons for wanting to limit expression, both are animated by a desire to restrict freedoms that Canadians enjoy.

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Quebec Imams Angry Over Cemetery Vote

The news of Sunday night’s vote opposing the creation of a Muslim cemetery in Saint-Apollinaire, Que. has been met with disbelief and dismay in the Muslim community, says a well-known Quebec imam.

“People are demoralized. Outraged. They’re outraged at how come only 19 people can decide the fate of thousands of people,” Hassan Guillet told CBC News on Monday morning.

Guillet said it’s important to recognize the decision was not a rejection of the Muslim community in Quebec, but rather the rejection of the creation of a cemetery by the people who live adjacent to the proposed project.

Still, he expressed his personal disappointment, saying he believed the area was well situated for a burial ground.

“I was very sad. Surprised and especially very sad and upset.”

Only residents who lived adjacent to the proposed site were allowed to cast ballots. The vote was 19-16 against the cemetery, with one spoiled ballot.

Quebec Muslims currently bury people in a cemetery in Laval. After the Quebec City mosque shooting last January, the mayor of the city vowed to create a burial ground for Muslims. 

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Man Rips Up Koran During School Board Meeting

(Insert Islamophobic comment here)

A school board meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, boiled over on Wednesday evening as protesters yelled Islamophobic statements and one man tore pages from a copy of the Quran.

The Toronto Star reported about 80 protesters attended the school board meeting to campaign against a 20-year Peel District School Board that provides Muslim students space and time to pray on Fridays. The video shows the protesters being loudly confronted by a parent, Christina Dixon, at the meeting. Dixon has since published a statement on Facebook about her experience.

School board officials collected the remains of the Quran and reached out to local Imams for advice on what to do with it. Brampton Makki Masjid imam Shaykh Omar Subedar said in a Facebook post that he would bury the religious text.

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Muslim police officer who claims he was called Isis leader by colleagues ‘fired for complaining’

A Muslim policeman claims he was fired after complaining about Islamophobic comments from colleagues.

Ramtin Sabet, who was let go by the North Chicago Police Department in February, said his colleagues called him an “Isis leader”, a “terrorist”, and would ask if he rode a goat to work.

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Autopsy Finds Drugs in Berlin Terrorist’s System

Oh, so that’s why he murdered people:

Results of a post-mortem examination on the Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri indicate he was a frequent drug user, an Italian official has said.

Amri, who ploughed the lorry into a busy Christmas market on 19 December and was subsequently shot by police, was a frequent user of both cocaine and hashish.

The official said it was not possible, however, to determine whether Amri had used the drugs before the massacre that killed 12 people and injured dozens more.

Amri had fled the scene following the attack, but was later identified after his wallet, identification, phone and fingerprints were found at the crime scene.

The 24-year-old failed Tunisian asylum seeker was killed four days later during a routine stop by police in a Milan suburb.

Investigations confirmed a video of Amri pledging allegiance to Isis that was released by the group following his death to be authentic.

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American Politician Asks Muslim Constituents: “Do You Beat Your Wife?”

A local representative in Oklahoma who once called Islam a “cancer” has issued a series of questions – including “Do you beat your wife?” – for Muslim constituents hoping to meet him.

Republican State Rep. John Bennett’s office distributed the questionnaire as Cair-OK, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, ran its third annual Muslim day at the Capitol building in Oklahoma City last week. Mr Bennett’s office presented the list of questions to three Muslim school students who sought to speak to him at his office.

One of the 18 questions in the form is reported to have read: “(The prophet) Mohammed was a killer of pagans, Christians and Jews that did not agree with him… do you agree with his example?”

The form invites Muslims to clarify whether they would denounce groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah and whether they believed former Muslims should be punished for relinquishing their faith. They were also asked whether they believed the application of Sharia law should extend to non-Muslims.

The questionnaire drew a swift rebuke from civil rights groups including Cair – the US’s largest Muslim rights group which has a 40,000-strong membership in Oklahoma.

“Nobody should be vetted with stupid, Islamophobic, hateful, bigoted questions before they can meet with their representative,” said Adam Soltani, the executive director of Cair-OK.

Mr. Bennett would not ask such things if people did not profess and practise them.

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Trudeau Keeps Showing His True Nature

He just never shuts up:

Canadians from different backgrounds should get involved in politics so that “no party gets to run against Muslim Canadians or any other group,” says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau made the comment during a roundtable discussion with Syrian refugees, sponsors and Matt Galloway, the host of CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning, to air on Monday.

Galloway asked the prime minister for his reaction to the proposal to screen immigrants for “anti-Canadian values” put forward by federal Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch.

Trudeau did not address Leitch by name. He said he told a group of Muslim-Canadians during a recent meeting that he was happy to have them as supporters. However, he said he suggested they encourage family members and friends to also get involved in politics, whether on behalf of the Liberals or another party that aligns with their values.

“The other two political parties have leadership races on now. I’d like to see more Canadians of diverse backgrounds engaging with parties that line up with their convictions and ideologies to make sure that no party gets to run against Muslim Canadians or any other group of Canadians and demonize them,” Trudeau said.

“And I think the way we do that is getting involved in the whole breadth of the political spectrum in Canada. I’m happy when people decide they are more aligned with me and my party, but they should also think about being active and aligned with parties that disagree with me on certain issues.”

Galloway also asked the prime minister about how his policy, which has brought more than 35,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in just over a year, contrasts with that of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and some politicians across Europe, who advocate for a more closed approach on refugees.

“I’m not going to answer whys,” he said. “I’m just going to continue to point out the facts that the way Canada is benefiting from welcoming in people who are so deeply committed to living up to the opportunity given to them.”

Bowed to his overlords: check.

Made slimy but transparent insinuation about a political opponent: check.

Outlined his ruination of the country: check.

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Trudeau Is Still Stupid

It’s a congenital thing:

“We should be past tolerance in Canada,” Trudeau said. “In Canada, can we speak of acceptance, openness, friendship, understanding? It is about where we are going and what we are going through every day in our diverse and rich communities.”

These are the same “diverse and rich communities” that Trudeau refused to call “barbaric” and do this to women who don’t cover up:

What Dano threw at her was sulfuric acid that melted her eyes to the sockets and left little of her face. Her nose and lips also disintegrated and one of her ears was severely disfigured. At the time, she was only fifteen, and her life would be changed forever.”

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Equally worried about the growth of the pro-Sharia campaign is Alan Craig, a former Newham councillor who has lived in East London for 30 years. He says: ‘This is the public tip of a hidden iceberg.’

He points to the example of street advertisements featuring girls in swimsuits, which are regularly blacked out by Islamic activists who paint burkhas over the models’ bodies. He says Muslim women have also been threatened with violence for not wearing burkhas.

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Women are not entitled to respect when they walk around without a Hijab. They are to blame for it when they are attacked,” Imam Shahid Mehdi said.

“All the crimes that occur against women is because they are not covered. When they are not covered, you have no respect for them. “

“She disobeys her master, there are two places in the Qur’an has ordered her to cover themselves (…) Women make a clean society dirty when they walk around without a Hijab. They are not entitled to respect and are not valuable as those who wear a Hijab. “

PM Trulander can play the ‘diverse” community card until his blue blood turns bluer. At the end of the day, he is much like his father in his views of women: anything goes as long as he gets his way (mouths shut and so forth).

No real man would defend this misogynistic thumb-in-the-eye-of-the-culture-at-large. A real man would have principles, not a voters base to exploit.

Also: Trudeau upstages a dying man and will do so at his funeral, too.

Guaranteed.

Gord Downie’s dad didn’t give him a band.

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