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Will quoting Canadian Imams become Islamophobia, insult to Islam?

On Feb 9, 2017 CIJnews, the Canadian Investigative Journal, posted my article Why are Trudeau, Islamic groups silent over Quebec imam’s prayer to annihilate Jews?

Included in the article were prayers said in a Mosque in Quebec by Imam Sayed AlGhitawi (سيد الغتاوي) from the Al Andalous Islamic Center:

O Allah, destroy the accursed Jews

O Allah, show us the black day you inflict on them

O Allah, show us the wonders of your power and ability inflicted on them, O the most Merciful

O Allah, show us how you do to them what you did to [the peoples] of ʿĀd and Thamud [ancient peoples that perished by Allah because they didn’t heed the warnings of the prophets]…

O Allah, make their children orphans and their women widows”

The congregants responded to the supplications by saying Ameen. As happens in Christianity and Judaism the response means “agreement with” or “may it be so”.

At the time of writing this article, afternoon of February 12, there have been 102 tweets, 28 emails, 158 shares and more than 8,300 likes as well as 281 comments.

Here is one of the comments posted:

Tadhg Morris: Did he pray for the annihilation of CIJ English News? Because if he did, he should totally get the Order of Canada.

Isn’t it an implicit call to kill? Who though? The publisher? The author?

Is this under the rubric of free speech in Canada? Is this acceptable speech today?

Does Tadhg Morris feel the article was insulting to Islam?

The owner of the Youtube channel voluntarily and proudly published online the videos in question alongside hundreds of other videos featuring present and former imams at the mosque.

The article provided a translation of segments of two supplications recited by the Imam without further details or interpretation.

Does Tadhg Morris believe that the Imam’s sermon is Islamophobia and an insult to Islam?

Should Canadians be prohibited from quoting the Imams’ statements?

The Canadian government is in the process of passing Motion 103 that separates perceived anti-Islamic comments- now called Islamophobia-from other hate speech; as if negative speech about Islam is more serious than about other groups.

Text of the Motion: to be tabled on February 16:

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making, (ii) collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and that the Committee should present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Note that the motion also includes the Canadian government’s support of petition e-411.

e-411Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:

· Islam is a religion of over 1.5 billion people worldwide. Since its founding more than 1400 years ago, Muslims have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the positive development of human civilization. This encompasses all areas of human endeavors including the arts, culture, science, medicine, literature, and much more;

· Recently an infinitesimally small number of extremist individuals have conducted terrorist activities while claiming to speak for the religion of Islam. Their actions have been used as a pretext for a notable rise of anti-Muslim sentiments in Canada; and

· These violent individuals do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam. In fact, they misrepresent the religion. We categorically reject all their activities. They in no way represent the religion, the beliefs and the desire of Muslims to co-exist in peace with all peoples of the world.

We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to join us in recognizing that extremist individuals do not represent the religion of Islam, and in condemning all forms of Islamophobia.

This petition went forward as Motion 103 despite the fact that our Charter already protects all people in this country:

Whereas Section 15.(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that “every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.”

Will implicit death wishes, like the one made by Tadgh Morris, become common place because of, or in the name of, Islamophobia?

Tadgh Morris is a Professor at the University of Toronto. According to his LinkedIn account he is a Course instructor at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto,St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto since 2011.

Before that he was an afternoon Shift Foreman at Bank Note Company/RR Donnelly Financial Printing and before that a typesetter at Richard De Boo/Carswell Publishers.

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About Diane Weber Bederman

Diane Weber Bederman
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground:The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community. " Diane Weber Bederman is the author of the book "Back to the Ethic:Reclaiming Western Values" (https://www.amazon.com/Back-Ethic-Reclaiming-Western-Values/dp/1927618053) copyright dianebederman.com

23 comments

  1. #FreeOurChristianLands #BeChristianProud #BanIslam #BeIslamophobicProud

  2. We are going down a slippery slope, it’s called motion 103 .

  3. The very fact that Islam denies the diety of Christ, is bot only insulting but blasphemous! But Christians aren’t demanding people to stop insulting Christianity. Why?

    • Because sis Muslims don’t believe thier prophet can stand on his own or there religion aka political ideology therefore must be defended with killing of infadels Jews and Christians especially

  4. The Imams are the insult to all Canadians that know where the the lies start ….. and I add the fed govt as well to blame for it all. Little history is this , Islam was in bed with Hitler and they haven’t left …wake up and smell the stench , it reaches down to hell .

  5. Islamophobia. A phobia is an irrational fear. So fear is to be a criminal act?

  6. Is this (CIJ) fake news? I shared something from someone else she posted from this site and my friend in Canada told me it is fake.

  7. Like to say something , but ,,

  8. Lets face it, the proposed Anti-islamaphobia law is Islamic Blasphemy law, the first step in establishing Sharia Law in Canada. This is not about stopping alleged hatred, it is about control!

  9. This will show the world their hypocrisy

  10. Well put Amy. However the real problem is why aren’t those “regular” Muslims taking a stand saying we don’t agree with that Imam. That is the problem. This law is ridiculous because we already have freedom of speech where hate laws exist. You cannot speak like that Imam did promoting violence and hatred, yet the police and govt have done nothing about him. That too is a big problem

    • why don’t ALL christians respond to this abstinence only nonsense?!

    • tom yea why is it that all the butts in the seats listening to this garbage not take action, we certainly have laws already in place re hate speech but our PM pushes an agenda to prevent us from speaking against this crap whether it is one or many.

    • Just to be clear it’s not a law it’s a motion but the bigger issue is that it only specifies one group. The major concern should be what does this represent? To me it seems to be the start of censorship and I find that quite disturbing.

      • Stephen: Based on how the sneaky politicians operate, this “motion” is just a preamble to legislation, IMHO. What p***es me off is the singling out of Islam for special treatment. In any case, i am a firm believer that anything can and should be examined, tested, and where required – strongly critiqued. Religions – whether it Islam or any other belief system – should not be exempted. In my world, you either have freedom of expression or you don’t! Period!

  11. Depends, are you quoting an Imam and saying “what this Imam said is wrong and offensive!” or are you quoting an Imam and saying “what this Imam said obviously represents what every single Muslim believes and we should judge all Muslims for what this Imam said”? Because the first one is reasonable speech and the second one is Islamophobic prejudice.

    • There’s an old Jewish saying. When someone says they are going to kill you, believe him. And when an imam says it to the people he is preaching to it is an incitement to violence. Read Sura 9:5 if you want to see what the moslems believe when it comes to kuffirs.

    • It seems like Allah is forgiving if you convert to Islam, if you are an “Infidel” then you basically have a target on your back. This is 2017, to think that something written 1400 years ago about wiping out entire races is still relevant today is asinine and backwards, and has no place in today’s society. Laws should apply equally to everyone. It seems the puppet Trudeau and his marionettes have the imams pulling their strings. Another case of the tail wagging the dog. They grow bolder every day. I feel sorry for all the moderate Muslims who want to live in peace in an open, free, democratic society like Canada and are being bullied by these radical, out of touch, imams.

    • A phobia is an irrational fear. There is nothing irrational about fearing the followers of Islam. Just ask the Yazidis and Arab Christians.

    • you are totally ignorant about their religion! well hopefully that you will not be one of those women that will be raped in groups and later on they will say, that it is in their koran to do it!

    • Dr. Peter Hammond’s – Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: FYI

      Can a Muslim be a good American or Canadian?

      Theologically – no, because his allegiance is to Allah.
      Religiously – no, because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam (Qur’an 2:256).
      Scripturally – no, because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Qur’an.
      Geographically – no, because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
      Socially – no, because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.
      Politically – no, because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders) who teach the annihilation of Israel and the destruction of America, the great Satan.
      Domestically – no, because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat his wife when she disobeys him (Qur’an 4:34).
      Intellectually – no, because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
      Philosophically – no, because Islam, Muhammad, and the Qur’an does not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist! Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.
      Spiritually – no, because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ we are referring to the Christian’s God and not Allah.

      They obviously cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans or Canadians; they cannot and will not integrate into the great melting pot of America or the multicultural Canada either.

      The religious war Jihad is bigger than we know or understand. Muslims everywhere have said they will destroy us from within. ‘Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world and all of us against the infidel.” Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’

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