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‘ISLAMOPHOBIA’ HYSTERIA IN CANADA, by Howard Rotberg (FPM)

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Feb. 1, 2018

Offensive Holocaust comparisons have gone too far.

…”Canadian writer Diane Weber Bederman has tried to clarify just what is the meaning of the term “Islamophobia” that seems to be as often used as a weapon against the West as it is a shield to protect the innocent.  With motion M103 certain Muslims are seeking to give “Islamophobia” a specific protection not mentioned in the motion for other religions or racial or ethnic groups.

And so, the use of the term “Islamophobia” tends to arise when Muslims seek special privileges in our schools or assert that Sharia law or cloaking women or other matters that are as much custom as religious doctrine should override Canadian laws or customs.   We must ask however:   Is there an agreed upon definition of Islamophobia that we Canadians can agree on before we engage in the collective mea culpa that Dr. Khan seems to expect?   In fact, Canadian writer Diane Weber Bederman recently contacted four major media outlets in Canada and asked them to share their working definitions of Islamophobia.  The National Post and the CBC did not reply.   The other two, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail said they don’t have one.  She asks, “How can we have a meaningful conversation about Islamophobia if we not agree upon a definition.”…
…”In my recent book, The Ideological Path to Submission … and what we can do about it  (Mantua Books),  I assert that what we really should fear is not the many Muslims who hold Canadian liberal freedoms and justice system as the highest priority, but those who we call “Islamists” because they follow the ideology of “Islamism”.   Islamism as a political and religious ideology connotes supremacist doctrines – Sharia Law instead of the laws of Western nations, hatred of gays, Jews, Christians and Hindus (or at the very least holding them to be “infidels”), abuse of women and children, the desire for a world-wide Caliphate and a host of illiberal actions and beliefs.   This distinction is also used in the important new book by Professor Salim Mansur of London’s Western University, entitled The Qur’an Problem and Islamism (Mantua Books).   It is also the distinction embraced by most of the reformist Muslims about whom one can read in Canadian Christine Douglas Williams’ book entitled The Challenge of Modernizing Islam:  Reformers Speak Out and the Obstacles They Face (Encounter).”…
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