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Re: Incompatibility of Islam and Democracy (letter to the editor, National Post)

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Feb. 7, 2015

Re: Montreal Imam Demands Apology, Feb. 4. If Hamza Chaoui was truly touting the holy ways of Islam, he could have emphasized that democracy allows the election of Muslims who can be a peaceful influence for good in Canadian society. That is where Islam and democracy intersect.

But Mr. Chaoui is obviously not interested in peace. By claiming Islam and democracy are “parallel lines that never intersect,” he is covertly sowing seeds of discontent with Canada’s political system, thereby implying Muslims should reject democracy.

By preaching that democracy allows the election of “an infidel or homosexual or an atheist who denies the existence of Allah,” he incites division, discrimination, disrespect, extremism and holier-than-thou perceptions in vulnerable Muslim youths and converts, giving them licence to do all manner of evil against non-believers of their extremist views.

Rights of free speech are a privilege to foreign-born citizens of Canada and gained through pledging allegiance to our democratic constitutional monarchy and its values. Preaching otherwise is in direct opposition to these principles. This man is guilty of false representation as he holds to ideas and values that are contrary to his pledge. His citizenship should be revoked and he should be deported.

Jennifer Asimoudis, Ancaster, Ont.

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