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.