“A myth is a fixed way of looking at the world which cannot be destroyed because, looked at through the myth, all evidence supports that myth.” — Edward de Bono
In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Thomas Woodley tells his readers that “Islamophobia” is defined as a “dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.” My question is, Who says I have to like Islam or even Muslims? I don’t like Trotskyites, nor do I like Montreal Canadiens (on or off the ice), and I sure as hell don’t like Liberal Party of Canada members, especially not our Prime Minister. Is my dislike of all these people some sort of phobia? The Liberal Party of Canada is also a “political force,” and I am nauseated at the very thought of any of their members coming to my door around election time, asking for my vote. But is my dislike for these people and this “political force” somehow immoral, even so much as to deserve the imposing attention of the state?
The anti-Islamophobia petition in Canada is being presented with the premise that Islam is, and of itself, a salubrious ideology and constructive for Western society. But I don’t see it that way. I have heard many people echo the overused argument that “the terrorists have hijacked Islam” and that, of itself, Islam is a “religion of peace.” Well, I am not writing this article to go into all the proofs against such naive and grossly imprudent views. Been there, done that. My point here is that if I should boast that I live in a democratic country, I must also have the freedom – as an inherent right – to voice my objections to the many obtrusions of Muslims and their imperialistic cultural whims into Western societies, both in Europe and North America.
Omar Alghabra is now one of PM Justin Trudeau’s top advisors. This is a man who, as Paul Lungen reports in the Canadian Jewish News, condemned “CanWest newspapers for labelling Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.” Lungen goes on to reveal of Alghabra that, during an interview with B’nai Brith’s Jewish Tribune back in 2006, “he declined to condemn suicide bombers; he said he didn’t believe Hamas was dedicated to Israel’s destruction; and he claimed UN Resolution 242 required Israeli withdrawal from all captured territories, which the clause itself leaves indeterminate, and that he’d criticized Toronto’s police chief for taking part in a charity walk for Israel. He also said he mourned the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. And when Ontario declined to permit the use of sharia law in Ontario, Alghabra said he was disappointed.” So, I must ask the question: am I commanded by the new anti-Islamophobia law to “like” Omar Alghabra and to condone his views on the terrorist entities Hamas and Hizballah simply because he is a Muslim (and a member of the Liberal Party of Canada)?
I haven’t noticed any petition condemning Judeophobia. During my time in the Jewish Defense League, I have seen many placards on the opposite of the street calumniating Jews, Zionism, and the State of Israel. Apparently such calumniation, if it’s directed at the Jewish people and the State of Israel, is permissible in Canada’s diminishing democracy. And after all, as many Jewish friends have told me over the years, the non-Jewish world (and especially the Muslim world) is quite comfortable with shameless and insouciant hatred of Jews and Judaism and the State of Israel. Funny thing is, though, the Western world is suddenly offended by certain perceptive individuals (i.e. Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller) pointing out the blatantly obvious connections between Islam and Jew-hatred, between Islam and today’s scourge of terrorism. Accusing Jews of every evil under the sun, condemning “Jewish settlers” for realizing their indigenous rights in their ancestral homeland, is permitted the Muslim, but conversely, pointing out the imperialistic sermons and barbaric tendencies of some imams residing in Canada is now prohibited by law with the threat of prosecution. How is this any different from 1933 Nazi Germany, where any public dissent against Adolf Hitler’s fascist regime was enough to land one in Dachau as a “political prisoner”?
The anti-Islamophobia bill will become a veritable rooftop podium from which Canadian Muslim groups supportive of Hamas and Hezbollah and other terrorist entities such as al-Qaeda and ISIL will push their anti-Israel and anti-democratic/pro-sharia agendas with an invigorated impunity. Anyone who opposes their views, who dissents from what always was and always will be their imperialistic objective; anyone who points out the intention of many Muslim advocacy groups, which is to obtrude their religiously embedded cultural practices into Western societies; will be prosecuted by the state and labelled as racist and “Islamophobic.”
The myth Canadians are now being forced to accept is that Islam is an innocuous and salubrious religion: Muslims do not have a history of violent imperialistic tendencies; and they really do like Jews, regardless what their Quran says. The way things are looking for Canadians right now, thanks to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party and Thomas Mulcair’s NDP, this myth will not be destroyed anytime soon, as any voice of dissent, any public objection to their myth, will be met with the full force of the courts. Welcome to Canada. Welcome to 21st century fascism.