The Toronto-based newspaper Arabic Meshwar reported (Issue 125, March 6, 2015 p. 20) that NDP leader Thomas Mulcair met (March 1) with representatives of the Arab community during his visit to the GTA.
According to the report, the meeting, that was initiated by the Canadian Arab Federation (الاتحاد العربي الكندي), took place in a hotel in Toronto and was attended by 8 representatives of the Arab Community, including Dr. Faris Ayyad, CAF’s National President and Monira Kitmitto, former board member of the Palestine House.
The following is an excerpt of the report (translated from Arabic):
“The [Arab] precipitants voiced their fear of the dangers emanating from the Anti-Terrorism Bill [Bill C-51] which was tabled in Parliament for its approval. Dr. Farid Ayad, National President of CAF, asked Mulcair to take a decisive opposing position against Bill [C-51] and to behave with transparency. He expressed the wish of the Arabs and Muslims to see the Canadian Government espousing unbiased policy in order to support peace and security in the world and especially with regard to the Arab – Israeli conflict and the non armed intervention in Iraq and Syria.
“The speakers stressed the concerns of the community and their children regarding the way in which their Arabic names are perceived by the society and the children at school and that they were provoked by some. They emphasized their rejection of the Anti-Terrorism Bill which grants the security agencies sweeping powers, saying that its danger lies in pushing some members of the [Muslim] community to the extreme line and radicalism in a way that anyone becomes accused till his/ her innocence is proved. Monira Kitmitto talked about the BDS movement against Israel and demanded from the Canadian government to stop siding with the Israeli Occupation State and to oppose the building of settlements.”
Monira Kitmitto, resident of Oakville, is a member of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) and until December 2014 served as a board member of The Palestine House in Mississauga (Ontario). She has worked in Palestinian refugee camps Lebanon and was an active member in the Union of Palestinian Women.
Following the news reports on the massacre carried out by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem synagogue, Monira Kitmitto posted (November 18, 2014) the following on her Facebook page (translated from Arabic):
“In al-Quds like in the Galilee, the [West] Bank, Gaza and the Negev, in spite of the consecutive tragedies there is a spirit of manhood in the air and heroism on the ground. Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal [the Palestinian cousins who murdered with a handgun, an axe and a knife 4 rabbis and wounded 8 in Jerusalem massacre], you are role model and an example [for others]. Glory to both of you and to all [others who committed similar operations].”
Monira Kitmitto also posted a poster featuring a man brandishing a long knife and the pictures of terrorists with the caption: [Ghassan and] Udai Abu Jamal, you are the pride of our nation.”
Kitmitto uploaded another cartoon, drawn by the cartoonist and Hamas member Umayya Juha, featuring a stereotype Jew trying in vain to protect himself from being killed by (Palestinians using) an axe, a knife and an AK-47 rifle or being run over by a car. Kitmitto added a line of her own saying (translated from Arabic): “All land under your feet is hell.”
Abdi Hersy is the Imam of Abu Bakr Musallah in Calgary and a prominent voice in Calgary’s Somali community. CBC reported(March 9, 2015) that Hersy is wanted in the United States on sexual assault charges.
Hersy, 46-year-old Somali national, denies the allegations that he sexually assaulted two women while working as a respiratory therapist in the United States in 2006, but says he has not been able to clear his name because of immigration issues. According to CBC report, Hersy has refugee protection status in Canada, but the federal government has tried to strip him of it after learning of the active warrant for his arrest in the US.
In his lectures at Abu Bakr Musallah [mosque], Imam Abdi Hersy explained to his congregation, men and women alike, the duties and rights of the husband and wife and advised them how to improve the marital relationship based on the Islamic Law.
Canadian gay activist S. Bear Bergman (@sbearbergman) writes an article at the Huffington Post with this headline:
I Have Come to Indoctrinate
Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda
(And I’m Not a Bit Sorry)
. . . I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie. . . . That is absolutely my goal. I want to make your children like people like me . . .
That is our job: to encourage people, especially children, to think differently about a subject than they do now.
Bergman is reportedly a “transman” (female-to-male transsexual) whose spouse, J. Wallace, is also a female-to-male transsexual. If either of them tomorrow declared themselves to be the resurrection of Napoleon Bonaparte, this would not surprise me because what else do we expect?They’re Canadians. Insanity rivals hockey as the Canadian national pastime, and far be it from me to interfere with the rights of insane Canadian lesbians to be as crazy as their fellow Canadians.
However, I do not believe my children should be required to “like” Canadian lesbians. In fact, hating Canada is a traditional American pastime rivaled only by (a) baseball, (b) football and (c) hating France.
When I went to check out Bergman’s timeline, s/he was ranting at Jeff Allen and, when I pointed out her Canadianism, she huffed: “I’m a US citizen, born in New York.” So she is a transnational transgender, an expatriate ex-woman and — for all we know — the resurrection of Napoleon Bonaparte. The question is whether we want these lunatics acting as “educators” teaching our children (or Canadian children or anybody’s children) what to think. Do you suppose that any school system in an urban liberal community would invite Republicans, NRA activists or conservative Christians to give presentations to young students to encourage the kids to “like” economic freedom, Second Amendment rights and traditional morality? Of course not.
Bergman, like many today, know no shame (Zep. 3:5). They parade what is shameful (Rom. 1:27) around in the open and expose young impressionable minds to it (Matt. 18:6). . . .
You can read the rest of that. Welcome to the 21st century, where anyone who believes the Bible is now a Thought Criminal.
Every year at this time I am privileged to appear as a guest lecturer for my friend Adam Daifallah’s course on the history of conservative thought at McGill University. Below are lightly edited excerpts from tonight’s lecture.
In his essay, “What are universities for?” philosopher Leszek Kolakowski writes: “The greatest danger is the invasion of an intellectual fashion which wants to abolish cognitive criteria of knowledge and truth itself. The humanities and social sciences have always succumbed to various fashions, and this seems inevitable. But this is probably the first time that we are dealing with a fashion, or rather fashions, according to which there are no generally valid intellectual criteria.”
The counter-culture of the 1960s drew a bright line between all past and present understanding of what universities were for. Standing on one leg, one might say that in the past universities felt it was their mission to teach students how to think, and in doing so it was considered natural to use as a teaching guide, as the 19th century cultural critic Mathew Arnold put it, “the best which has been thought and said” in our culture. Arnold’s dictum governed my own university experience in the golden age of university expansion between 1945 and 1960. My courses were blessedly free of ideology, and devoted to cultivation of students’ critical faculties through exposure to a variety of opinions.
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“We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity,” wrote Patricia Januzzi, in a Facebook post in which she warned that same-sex marriage is part of an “agenda” that aims toward the “slow extinction” of Western civilization.
Ms. Januzzi is a teacher at Immaculata High School, a private Catholic school in New Jersey. While I am not Catholic, I am sufficiently acquainted with their doctrines on marriage and the family to conclude that Ms. Januzzi said nothing in her rant with which the Pope would disagree. And having spent the past several months researching radical feminism, I can say with absolute certainty that the “agenda” is exactly what Ms. Januzzi says it is. But the 21st-Century Thought Police can’t let the truth be spoken:
SOMERVILLE, N.J. — An anti-gay rant by a religion teacher at a Catholic high school in New Jersey is drawing the ire of alumni across the country, including a former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member and New-Jersey-raised Susan Sarandon.
On her now-deleted Facebook profile earlier this week, the veteran private Catholic school teacher said gays or gay activists “want to reengineer western civ (sic) into a slow extinction” as part of their “agenda.”
“We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!!!!!” wrote Immaculata High School teacher Patricia Jannuzzi, adding that the argument that gays are protected under the 14th Amendment is “bologna.” . . .
Let me interrupt here to quote more of Ms. Januzzi’s post. She was reacting emotionally to a story (“Crass: Gay Activist Tweets THIS To Ben Carson Following CNN Interview”) that she linked on her Facebook page, and her point was not very clearly made. She said gay activists, after using the “born that way” argument to gain status under the 14th Amendment “equal protection” clause, will then “argue everyone should be able to choose” homosexuality. Anyone familiar with feminist theory knows that radical lesbians have never accepted the “born that way” argument, instead advocating lesbianism as a “challenge to male supremacy and its basic institution of heterosexuality,” to quote Professor Sheila Jeffreys. This feminist perspective was celebrated in a 1973 song by Alix Dobkin,“Every Woman Can Be a Lesbian.”
The radical “choice” view of sexuality advocated by lesbian feminists is seldom heard from gay males, who usually describe their homosexual desires as an uncontrollable urge. However, one finds across the spectrum of the LGBT rainbow a unanimous consensus on what we might call the Compulsory Approval Doctrine:
No one can ever be permitted to express a personal aversion or moral objection to homosexual behavior.
Disapproval is synonymous with “hate,” according to gay activists, and the cultural consequence of the Compulsory Approval Doctrine is tostigmatize heterosexuality as an expression of prejudice. Many gay people have convinced themselves that the “straight” person’s rejection of homosexual behavior is implicit proof of homophobia — an irrational fear — so that all heterosexuals are basically viewed as ignorant bigots afflicted with neurotic sexual repression. And if you dare cite religious injunctions against homosexuality, you thereby prove that you are certainly a hater. Quod erat demonstrandum.
The Compulsory Approval Doctrine of the gay-rights movement is exemplified by the thug mob reaction to Mrs. Januzzi:
The school has since forced Jannuzzi to take down her Facebook page, which was no longer visible Wednesday evening, but not before others took screenshots of the rant and shared it on social media.
Immaculata principal Jean Kline on Wednesday distanced her school from Jannuzzi’s comments and said that “through an investigation, we have determined that the information posted on this social media page has not been reflected in the curriculum content of the classes she teaches.”
In her statement, Kline said the school “takes this situation very seriously.”
“We are dedicated to creating a school environment that promotes mutual respect and provides a challenging academic program, rooted in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.”
It remains to be seen whether the school’s response will allay reaction by alumni, some of whom remember losing a gay classmate to suicide.
Former Real Housewives cast member Greg Bennett, who graduated from Immaculata in 2004 and who had Jannuzzi as a teacher his senior year, shared the screenshot of Jannuzzi’s post on his Twitter account, asking his 165,000 followers to sign a petition addressed to school administrators calling “for action to be taken and hate speech to stop at Immaculata.” . . .
Earlier on Wednesday, Sarandon, who graduated from Edison High School, shared a letter written by her nephew, Scott Lyons, to Jannuzzi, his former teacher at the high school.
“You have a responsibility as a teacher to lead by example and the words that you have been throwing out there are detrimental to the well being and health of the youth that you inspire,” Lyons, who has an adopted son with his husband, writes. “I am certain that the pope himself would take issue with your extreme point of view on homosexuality.” . . .
“I left this school after being told in religion class I must live a celibate single life if I had gay ‘feelings,’ ” writes Doug Bednarczyk of Marlton, N.J. “Around the same time, a gay classmate committed suicide.”
Lucas Bernardo, of Philadelphia, says he was 16 when he took a class taught by Jannuzzi.
“I didn’t feel comfortable in her class with the negative messages about gay and lesbian people she was preaching to us,” he writes. “I remember arguing with her about such topics and being in total disbelief that such blatant hate could be taught in a religion class.”
Read the whole thing. The Thought Police never bothered to disprove what Ms. Januzzi wrote. They offered no evidence to contradict her claims. Instead, they denounced her for engaging in “hate speech,” having an “extreme point of view,” teaching “blatant hate” and, they insinuated, Ms. Januzzi is responsible for teenagers committing suicide.
Look: I’m old enough to remember when a boy could be suspended from public school if his hair was long enough to touch his shirt collar in back. I remember when a girl could get kicked off the cheerleading squad if she engaged in PDA (public display of affection) by holding hands with her boyfriend. There was a time — and not really that long ago, either — when young people could not demand approval from their elders, and in fact teenagers were constantly subjected to lectures of adult disapproval for their adolescent wildness. Yet we did not commit suicide, nor did we organize petitions to get our teachers fired because they disapproved of us, inter alia, smoking dope and listening to Led Zeppelin.
Our parents and teachers told us we were hellbound heathens and, once we grew up and looked back on our misspent youth, most of us agreed they were right. God forbid any of my kids should ever go wild like I went wild in the ’70s. America was still a free country back then, and adults weren’t expected to tiptoe around lest they bruise the fragile self-esteem of a Special Snowflake. Back then, totalitarianism was a threat posed by the Soviet Union. Now the totalitarians are here among us, organizing to suppress dissent against the expression of opinions contrary to those of the progressive elite. It is not yet illegal to speak truth, however, and I will exercise my First Amendment right to say this: Damn the Thought Police. Damn them all to hell.
A Church of England vicar is facing a storm of protest from traditionalist Christians after allowing a Muslim prayer service to be held in his church.
Dozens of Muslims took part in the “Inclusive Mosque” event at St John’s church, Waterloo in central London, in what is thought to have been the first time a full Islamic prayer service has been held within the Church of England.
The vicar, the Rev Canon Giles Goddard, a prominent liberal cleric, joined in the event, reading a passage from the Bible and inviting the congregation to give thanks to “the God that we love, Allah”.
Canon Goddard, described the service, on Saturday, as “very moving” and said it was simply an expression of the church’s desire to offer people a “place to pray”.
But evangelical clerics were angered by the service which they said marked a breach with canon law which forbids any variation from the official liturgy if it contains “any departure from, the doctrine of the Church of England in any essential matter”.
It was also “offensive” to Christians being persecuted for their faith around the world, they said.