This October 27 CBC audio report, published the day before I entered Canada in order to speak, along with Jihad Watch writer Christine Douglass-Williams, in Grand Prairie, Alberta, is a case study of how the “Islamophobia” smear works. The CBC’s embed code doesn’t work, but you can listen to the report here.
The CBC interviews Martin Theriault of something called the “Research Group on the Far-Right and Its Allies.” It is taken for granted that my opposition to jihad terror and Sharia oppression makes me “far-right.” What, exactly, does it mean to be “far-right”? It is meant to suggest that the person to whom the label is attached is akin to Hitler, the quintessential far-right figure. But Hitler was racist, anti-Semitic, genocidal, and against free society and the freedom of speech. I am against all racism, strongly pro-Israel, and a consistent proponent of societies that uphold the freedom of speech and the equality of rights of all before the law. So how can both Hitler and I be “far-right”? It’s just a smear term; if the CBC were a remotely responsible news agency, it would not use it.
Note also Theriault’s case. He says I claim that the West is at war with Islam. I have never actually said that, and do not believe it is true, so one major element of his case is a plain falsehood. I have said that clearly significant elements of the Islamic world are at war with us, but that is not at all the same thing. He also says, several times, that I have noted that Islam is not a religion of peace. He thinks that should be grounds to ban me from the country. If he were consistent in that, many Muslim clerics who know full well that Islam is not a religion of peace, and preach accordingly, such as Toronto imam Ayman Elkasrawy, who recently prayed that Allah would kill all the Jews, would have to be banned as well. But Theriault would, of course, oppose that.
Theriault is also singularly inept at making his case, fumbling to quote me saying that modern-day jihadis believe that they are continuing a fourteen-century struggle (jihad) against the non-Muslim world, and ending up saying that I believe that jihadis are continuing a fourteen-year-long struggle. The CBC interviewer, not surprisingly, never calls him on his false statements or misstatements.
Nor did the CBC bother to reach out to me for comment on a story in which I was the single subject. When you’re condemned as an “Islamophobe,” you have no rights anyone is bound to respect.
How did the extraordinary situation come to be? How has it become taken for granted that opposing jihad terror and Sharia oppression is such an egregious evil that it warrants someone being banned from countries? (After all, I was banned from Britain for saying that Islam was not a religion of peace.) Find out what kind of society the CBC and Martin Theriault are enabling by stigmatizing criticism of Islam and jihad in my new book Confessions of an Islamophobe (preorder here now). I never expected that standing for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law would make me an international pariah. What happened? Find out in Confessions of an Islamophobe — preorder your copy here now.