Fatah has in the past offered articulate criticisms of Sharia law in Canada and Islamic banking in the West. He now weighs in on the attacks on free speech in Canada with “Tarek Fatah: Islamists who have a problem with free speech should leave,” in the National Post June 10:
When Mohamed Elmasry declared a few years ago that there was more press freedom in Egypt than in Canada, it took me some time and effort to lift my jaw up from the floor. However, since then I have become accustomed to the outlandish statements and claims of the good science professor from Egypt.
Now, he has managed to pass on his rare talents to his political apprentice Khurrum Awan.
An Islamist law student, known for his exaggerated and forced sense of victimhood, now threatens Canadian newspapers with legal “consequences,” if they refuse to be bullied into printing what Islamist groups want to publish. Referring to the media, Khurrum Awan of the pro-shariah Canadian Islamic Congress, said, “You might be liable for a few million dollars.”
Khurrum suggests the mainstream media is ignoring “Muslims” and their message. Ironically, he made this claim as he sat next to the Toronto Star’s Haroon Siddiqui. Siddiqui writes a twice-a-week column, more of a diatribe, where he seems to me to be advocating the agenda of the Islamists. This includes supporting shariah law in Canada, admiring the Saudi royal family in a series just months before the Saudis struck New York on 9/11, making the Iranian regime look like an innocent victim, all while lambasting liberal and secular Muslims, including QuÃ©bec legislator Fatima Houda-Pepin.
It seems a twice-a-week column on the editorial pages of the country’s largest newspaper has failed to satiate this Islamists” voracious appetite for attention and a sense of entitlement. Perhaps a Toronto Star daily column for Khurrum Awan on its front page might let the newspaper off the hook when it comes to legal bullying and non-stop whining.
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.
So what is the sock puppet complaining about? He has an insatiable appetite for attention and the need to impress the other members of his boy band. How can you cater to the tantrums of a spoiled brat, set up by a puppeteer who chooses to hide behind a burqa while manipulating a naive and guilt-ridden liberal elite that includes Barbara Hall and the three commissars in the B.C. Human Rights Commission?
Khurrum Awan says, free speech in Canada is “really a far-right Republican argument being imported ” into this country! If free speech is such a problem for these Islamists, why don’t they find soil that is fertile to their authoritarian spirit, which it seems they miss so much.
Why can’t we tell the Bin Laden fan club in Canada: “You are free to migrate to Iran or Saudi Arabia… How can we help you?”
Canada is a country where Muslims are respected and accommodated like in no other land on Earth, including Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is immoral for the Islamists to slander my country with the slur of Islamophobia. As Statistics Canada has shown, incidents of racism in Canada are far more likely to affect Christian black Canadians and Jewish Canadians than Muslims. However, truth is the first casualty in this propaganda war being waged against Canada by its own Islamists.