In a January 30, 2017 Huffington Post op-ed, Thomas Woodley, President of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urged the Canadian political right to reflect on its role in a January 29, 2017 mass shooting at a Quebec mosque during which six congregants were killed by Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old student at Laval University.
In Woodley’s opinion, the shooting was a culmination of the increase in harassment against Canada’s Muslims, and he urged Canadian politicians to be careful not to say things “that inflame latent prejudice against Canada’s Muslim community”.
Woodley harshly criticized Conservative MP Kelley Leitch for stoking anti-Muslim sentiment “for years” and for “upping the anti-Muslim rhetoric” by proposing that all potential immigrants and refugees be screened for “anti-Canadian values”.
He also accused former Prime Minister Harper for playing off the danger of extremist Islamic terror by stating that “Islamicism” is the biggest threat facing Canada. Woodley also asserted that Harper blocked Muslim refugees from entering Canada. In reality, from 2009 to 2016, the Harper government welcomed over 23,000 Iraqi refugees – the largest refugee resettlement program in Canadian history since 60,000 Vietnamese boat people were welcomed to this country.
Woodley concludes by saying that Canadian Muslims, who have first-hand experience and oppression in their home countries and who “often the most ardent defenders of the liberties that many Canadians take for granted”, are targeted by conservative politicians in Canada.
While CJPME accuse Canadian politicians of inflaming anti-Muslim sentiment, they also recognize that “Islam worldwide has a problem of radical extremist violence”. In three separate factsheets (click HERE, HERE and HERE) CJPME warned Canada against radical Islam that is being disseminated globally by Saudi Arabia emphasizing that the Saudi legal system is the Qur’an. The following are excerpts from CJPME’s factsheets:
Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressive governments in the world that is governed by Sharia (Islamic religious) law.
Saudi Arabia is home to Wahhabism, a highly literal and pietistic Islamic conservative movement dating back to the eighteenth century preacher Muhammad ibn Abdel Wahhab.
Wahhabism is a radical, exclusionist form of puritan Islam.
The Saudi regime publicly supported certain jihadist causes in the past, such as sending fighters and arms to Afghanistan in the 1980s, but has actively combated Al Qaeda’s jihadist ideology.
Decapitation is the preferred method of execution.
The Kingdom systematically discriminates against religious minorities, the Shiites being the primary target.
Saudi Arabia violates international law in terms of torture and other cruel punishments, the equality of women, unfair and secret executions, religious liberty, freedom of speech, the rights of human rights groups, freedom of the press, the right to a fair trial, and arbitrary detention.
Wahhabis believe they must politically enforce their religious beliefs.
Both Wahhabis and other extremist groups consider themselves some form of Salafi. There are many ideological similarities between Wahhabism and extremist groups such as ISIS.
Saudi Arabia has very much leveraged its oil wealth in order to disseminate globally its Wahhabi ideology.
Canadian government should note that rather than protecting the rights of all Saudis through a constitution, the Saudi legal system is the Qur’an.