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Is Canada’s Justin Trudeau the Great Reformer of Islam?, by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi (JCPA)

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Nov. 18, 2018

  • Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, has become an icon of the West’s rapprochement with Islam and its openness to Islamic values.
  • Trudeau is perceived as a reformer of Islam, who, in the guise of displaying a clear affection for Islam, is attempting to inculcate the younger generation with liberalism. He seeks to create over the years a Muslim community that will adopt liberal values and distance itself from the religious leadership in a process similar to that experienced by other immigrant communities.
  • The foundations of the liberal policy executed by Trudeau, who enjoys the support of the Canadian Islamic establishment, are in contradiction to the principles of Islam.

Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, has become an icon of the West’s rapprochement with Islam and its openness to Islamic values.

Trudeau has unapologetically defended the right of Muslim women to wear a niqab, a traditional garment that covers the entire body and head with a slit for the eyes. He often visits mosques and Islamic centers, including those identifying with the Salafist movement and the Muslim Brotherhood, and he has praised the values of Islam, presenting them as compatible with Canadian values.

In recent years, Trudeau has consistently refused to attribute terrorist acts carried out by Muslims to Islam. According to him, Islam is free from extremism and violence. In an interview in 2014 with the publication Alameen Post in British Columbia, Trudeau advocated differentiating between terror and Islam: “He [Trudeau] feels that in light of the 9/11 incidents [al-Qaeda’s terror attacks on the United States in 2001, including the World Trade Center] and the lessons learned from it, that any time such an incident does occur there has to be a strong message needed to be sent to separate the Muslims from the terrorist.”1

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