Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tarek Fatah: Canada's Media Provide Enough Platforms To The Islamist Far Right

"It is not just the Toronto Star that has left readers to believe right-wing orthodox and conservative Muslims are the only true face of Islam in Canada. The Globe and Mail's only regular Muslim columnist is Sheema Khan. Khan is a former president of CAIR, the U.S.-based Islamist organization that receives Middle East monies and has been declared an unindicted co-conspirator in a Texas terror trial. Of course, Sheema Khan is no longer with CAIR and has written some excellent op-eds and has a bit more courage to write the truth than the men in the movement have.

"There is more. Khurrum’s guru, Elmasry, had a regular column in the National Post until the good professor declared all Israeli civilians valid military targets on live TV.

"The SUN group of newspapers has a Muslim columnist in Prof. Salim Mansur, but I guess the good professor is too good-looking to be considered an "authentic" Muslim. Similarly, the Hamilton Spectator has a bi-weekly column by Pakistan-Canadian poet and writer Tahir Aslam Gora. I suppose he too is not ugly enough to fit Khurrum’s definition of a 'brother.'

"Khurrum suggests there is no place for him to air his views. Really? There are over 12 weekly Arabic newspapers in Canada, including one that is the voice of Hezbollah in Canada. There are 24 newsweeklies in Urdu, seven in Bangla, a dozen in Persian and many more in Turkish and Somali that churn out hundreds of pages every week. In addition, there are at least a dozen TV shows dedicated to Islam, which churn out propaganda for Islamists under the cover of multiculturalism."

An excellent essay.

The same point appeared here in only a slightly different context. Also here.

And here: "A 'curtain of fear' has descended upon Canada's intellectual class . . . partly because multiculturalism has rendered many Canadians incapable of recognizing fascism when it comes in an 'ethnic' or 'religious' guise. . . there is a certain tendency, especially among leftists, to regard radical Islamism as a defensible response to western imperialism."


Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

Was a great piece, nice to see Tarek tearing a strip off them.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Another piece well worth reading:

"Raheel Raza . Don't fear Islamophobia

The wide-scale persecution of Muslims in Canada occurs mainly in the minds of an aggrieved and politically motivated few"


5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

somebody has a sense of humour

Part 1

Part 2

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