Sunday, February 08, 2015

Canada: Must not link terrorism and Islam

Two national Muslim organizations say they are troubled that Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week drew a link between radicalization and mosques.

Harper made the remark last Friday when he was answering a question about the Canadian government's new anti-terrorism legislation. The measures unveiled in Bill C-51 include criminalizing advocacy for or promotion of a terrorist act. Another measure lowers the threshold needed for police to arrest somebody they suspect may commit a terrorist act.

Asked how to distinguish between teens messing around in their basements and someone who is radicalized, Harper said it would be a serious offence "no matter who you are."

"It doesn't matter what the age of the person is, or whether they're in a basement, or whether they're in a mosque or somewhere else," Harper said Friday in Richmond Hill, Ont.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Muslim Lawyers' Association (CMLA) said in a press release Monday that they are "deeply troubled" Harper "implicated Canadian mosques as venues where terrorism is advocated or promoted." In a press release, the groups demanded Harper apologize.



Anonymous said...

Why have these offended muslims no condemned the barbaric acts of other muslims ?

Anonymous said...

If what the "good" Muslims say is true, why do they not show the same rage against fellow Muslims' who (they claim) dishonor the name of the Prophet, as they do against cartoonists? The answer is clear to those willing to acknowledge the obvious.

Anonymous said...

Me thinks the Muslim doth protest too much!

Anonymous said...

Certain mosques in the UK are known by the police to have imams radicalizing young men who go out to fight with ISIS.

Dean said...

IIRC some imams in the U.S. were doing the same thing here. There was good reason for police and other agencies to keep track of what went on in certain mosques.

Anonymous said...

The Muslims are deeply troubled? The should be. They belong to a religion whose koran directs them to kill anyone opposed to islam. I understand now why president Obama doesnt call the terrorists "radical" Muslims. They are not radical, they are doing exactly what their prophet did in the 7th century. Islam is a facist system which enslaves people.

John Mill said...

Not to mention 'basements'
I am deeply offended that he would insult basements and the people who spend time in them.
How dare he link basements to terrorism.

Stan B said...

Nazis never held majority in Germany, and a majority of Nazis members never saw the inside of a death camp or engaged in inhumane acts against anyone - yet the party was banned, and its symbols and literature purged from public purview in Germany after their defeat in World War II. Even today, displaying any sort of Nazi Sympathy is punishable by law.

Radicalized Muslims by no means form a majority of Islam, nor have most with "radical sympathies" ever strapped on a suicide vest or plated an bomb or shot a cartoonist. However, we must recognize that the radicals ARE a natural outgrowth of Islam, just as the torturers and murderers at Auschwitz were a natural outgrowth of Nazism.

Until we face that fact, we will be forever dealing with these nutjobs.

Anonymous said...

Radicalized Muslims may not be in the majority but they are actually doing what the Koran says.