Irfan Malik:

"I am Muslim live in Dublin i think Alan shatter is the man who is up above all religionsalthough he is Jew but he never put religion during his work he is extremely professional and old Irish born Jew so he is more loyal to Ireland as every Irish including so called fundamental ,..if uk can give nationality to every body so what are Irish in front of British must respect all human from different races."




Trudeau and BCMA make a mockery of piety and politics

By Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun, August 21, 2013

In the 2004 general elections, an ugly incident of bigotry took place inside a mosque run by the British Columbia Muslim Association (BCMA) that went largely unreported.

It would have remained so had it not been for the recent visit to BCMA’s mosque in Surrey, B.C., by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.Let’s go back nine years.

On Friday, June 11, 2004, Itrath Syed, the NDP candidate in the riding of Delta-Richmond East requested permission to speak to the BCMA mosque congregation and introduce herself as well as her party.

After all, not only was Syed the sole Muslim candidate in British Columbia, but she and her family have been long-time supporters and members of the BCMA.

However, instead of an opportunity to address the other Muslims attending the Friday congregation, Syed was not allowed to even approach the front of the mosque, let alone sit in the front row. Instead she had to take a back seat and endure what the website (MWU) described as a scorching sermon.

Her fault?

Itrath Syed was a woman and she supported the NDP platform on same-sex marriage.

The BCMA cleric told the congregation, Muslims who support same-sex rights that he described as a “fahisha” (an indecent sexual act) will never get the community’s support.

On the verge of tears, Itrath Syed left the mosque feeling humiliated and betrayed.Fast forward to August 2013. The same British Columbia Muslim Association that shut out a young Muslim women politician because she supported same-sex rights, rolls out the red carpet for a non-Muslim Justin Trudeau, who as it happens, also supports same-sex marriage.

Neither the BCMA nor Trudeau found this double standard a problem.

Next, Trudeau is welcomed to participate in the ritual prayer where we Muslims face Mecca and prostrate our heads to the ground to show our subservience to Allah and to proclaim our steadfast belief in Islam.

The Liberal leader sat next to the Imam, raised his hands Islamic style and prayed in the front row of the mosque while Muslim women sat in the back rows as second-class citizens. Trudeau had no problem with this gender apartheid. He was later permitted to address the congregation.

No non-Muslim is permitted to participate in our ritual prayers unless he has taken the oath of Islam and declared that Muhammad is the last Prophet of God and that the worst sin is ‘shirk,’ the belief that Jesus is the son of God.

Perhaps Justin Trudeau has in secret converted to Islam. After all, the Liberal leader in his own words told an audience in Calgary that he visits mosques in his riding of Papineau, among them a Wahabbi mosque to “deepen my understanding and knowledge of Islam.”

The fact that Wahhabi mosques preach the most dangerous form of Islam and anti-West hatred seemed to be of no concern to the Liberal leader.

What was equally bizarre at this mosque was that while Trudeau dressed up as a fake Pakistani, his hosts who were of Pakistani ancestry dressed up as fake Arabs.

What a mockery of piety and politics. As if God was being entertained at a fancy-dress competition.

My question to Mr. Trudeau: How did you reconcile with the gender apartheid being practised right before your eyes in the BCMA mosque?

My question to the BCMA is this: Have you reversed your position on same-sex marriage?

If not, why did you allow Trudeau to sit in the front row and speak to the congregation, while barring Itrath Syed, a Muslim sister of yours because she defended gay rights?

Tarek Fatah (Urdu: طارق فتح) (born November 20, 1949), is a Pakistani born Canadian writer, broadcaster and a secular, progressive and liberal activist. He is the author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State published by John Wiley & Sons. In the book Fatah challenges the notion that the establishment of an Islamic state is a necessary prerequisite to entering the state of Islam. He suggests that the idea of an Islamic state is merely a mirage that Muslims have been made to chase for over a millennium. Chasing a Mirage was shortlisted for the $35,000 Donner Prize for 2008–09.

Fatah's second book, titled The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism, was published by McClelland & Stewart in October 2010. The book won the 2010 Annual Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Book Award in Politics and History.

In May 2009, Fatah joined CFRB 1010. Later that fall, he joined John Moore's morning show as a contributor. Currently, he hosts The Tarek Fatah Show on Sunday afternoons. He also has a weekly column in the Toronto Sun and is a frequent guest on the Sun News Network.

Fatah is the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and served as its communications officer and spokesperson for several years, and was frequently quoted in the press as a result.

Fatah advocates gay rights, a separation of religion and state, opposition to sharialaw, and advocacy for a "liberal, progressive form" of Islam.
Fatah was born in Karachi, Pakistan.[citation needed] Although he graduated with a degree inbiochemistry from the University of Karachi, Fatah entered journalism as a reporter for theKarachi Sun in 1970, and was an investigative journalist for Pakistani Television. He left Pakistan and settled in Saudi Arabia, before emigrating to Canada.Fatah married Nargis Tapal, and they have two daughters, Natasha and Nazia. Natasha Fatah is a producer for CBC Radio's As It Happens.

He became involved in the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) and worked on the staff of Premier Bob Rae. Fatah was an NDP candidate in the 1995 provincial election but was unsuccessful. He subsequently worked for Howard Hampton. In July 2006, he left the NDP to support Bob Rae's candidacy for the Liberal Party of Canada's leadership. In an opinion piece published in Toronto's Now Magazine, Fatah wrote that he decided to leave the NDP because of the establishment of a "faith caucus" which he believes will open the way for religious fundamentalists to enter the party. However, after Rae's defeat by Stéphane Dion, Fatah condemned similar racial and religious organizing activity in the Liberal Party, arguing in a Globe and Mail editorial that Tamil, Sikh, Kurdish and Islamist Muslim leaders had engaged in "racial and religious exploitation" to "sell" the votes of their blocs of delegates "to the highest bidder."

At a press conference on October 2, 2008, Fatah sharply criticized the New Democratic Party (NDP). Fatah stated that he was a lifetime social democrat who had supported the NDP for 17 years but that he could no longer be affiliated with that party. He claimed that the NDP began opening its doors to Islamists under Alexa McDonough and that, underJack Layton, he had seen them "flood" into the party. Fatah stated that Islamists in the NDP have pursued a campaign to instill a sense of victimhood in Muslim youth.

From 1996 until 2006 he hosted Muslim Chronicle, a weekly Toronto-based current affairs discussion show on CTS and VisionTV which focussed on the Muslim community.Fatah interviewed notables such as journalist Husain Haqqani, author Tariq Ali, and Mubin Shaikh.

Fatah has also written opinion pieces for various publications including TIME Magazine, the Toronto Star, the National Post and the Globe and Mail.

He has also been a guest host of TVO's The Agenda filling in for Steve Paikin. In February 2007, Fatah was included by Maclean's magazine on a list of 50 Canadians described as "Canada’s most well known and respected personalities.". In December 2008, Canada's largest circulating newspaper, the Toronto Star, suggested to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that he appoint Fatah to one of the vacant seats in the Canadian Senate.

Toronto Star's senior editor Bob Hepburn wrote this about Fatah: "A prominent spokesperson for secular and progressive Muslim issues who would bring a much-needed unique perspective to the Senate."From May to September 2009, Fatah co-hosted the "Strong Opinions Show" on Toronto'sCFRB 1010. After the show's cancellation he joined CFRB's Moore in the Morning program as a commentator.

Starting in September, 2010, Fatah joined Ryan Doyle as a co-host of "Friendly Fire," the evening show on CFRB 1010. He currently hosts a Sunday afternoon show, The Tarek Fatah Show and appears as a commentator on other CFRB shows. He also writes a column for the Toronto Sun and appears on the Sun News Network as a frequent guest host and commentator.

In October 2012, Fatah created a petition for Malala Yusufzai to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. As of November 15, 2012, the petition has over 140,000 signatures.

Fatah was one of the founders of the Muslim Canadian Congress in 2001 and served as its communications director and spokesperson until 2006. In this capacity, he has spoken out against the introduction of Sharia law as an option for Muslims in civil law in Ontario, Sharia banking in Canada, which he has described as a 'con-job', promoted social liberalism in the Muslim community and the separation of religion from the state, and endorsed same-sex marriage. He resigned as the communications director of the MCC in August 2006, claiming that his public profile as a socially liberal Muslim had put him and his family at risk.

In 2003, Fatah engaged in a high-profile break with Irshad Manji in the pages of the Globe and Mail in which he repudiated the thanks she gave him in the acknowledgment section of her book The Trouble with Islam. Fatah wrote of Manji's book that it "is not addressed to Muslims; it is aimed at making Muslim-haters feel secure in their thinking." Manji replied saying that he told her in front of witnesses that "This book was written by the Jews for the Jews!"

However, Fatah recently said that he regrets his remarks and that he was unfair in slamming Manji's book. He now says that she was "right about the systematic racism in the Muslim world" and that "there were many redeeming points in her memoir, which I overlooked in my rush to judge it."

In January 2011, Fatah failed to appear for a scheduled face-to-face debate with Imam Sheharyar Shaikh, the President of North American Muslim Foundation (NAMF) and Imam of Masjid Qurtabah. Shaikh, who has openly defended polygamy and opposed secular education for Muslims, is a sharp critic of Fatah's secular views.

In October 2005, Fatah, in his role as communications director of the Muslim Canadian Congress, denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for calling for the destruction of Israel.

Fatah stated that "The mullahs who control Iran with an iron grip merely use the pain of the Palestinian occupation for their own advantage in diverting people's attention from other pressing matters. They talk about wiping out Israel, but in reality the only people they have wiped out are fellow Iranians by the tens of thousands. After a reign of terror that killed thousands and drove many more into exile, they have used torture, arbitrary arrest, vigilante justice and murder to silence fellow Muslims in Iran."

Fatah added that Ahmadinejad "insults Islam by usurping it to serve his own narrow political interests."

In 2010, the Toronto Star reported that Fatah believed in Israel's right to exist, but was calling for an end to "illegal" and "immoral" Israeli occupation on Palestinian territories. He believes Israel's actions are fueling antisemitism, though antisemitism in itself, he believes, "violates Islam's essence".

Tarek Fatah has said the Dalai Lama is endorsing Sharia law when he came to speak at a religious event in Canada.

Fatah stated that "The issue that has resulted in all the threats and allegations against us is our support for same-sex marriage. It's the central point on which the Muslim Canadian Congress and I have faced outright hostility, verging on violence. There is near unanimity in any religious group that this is the ultimate sin and, for them, this amounts to the ultimate betrayal." Regarding Islam and homosexuality, Fatah stated that "Our human rights cannot revolve around religion. It's not about our rights, it's about human rights."

Fatah also criticized the support of some gay and lesbian Muslims for Hezbollah, "There's the sudden romanticization of Hezbollah. But I cannot walk with, cannot even build a coalition with, a group which thinks gays and lesbians should be killed… I haven't ever heard them condemn what's happening in Iran and Saudi Arabia. I would like to see a demonstration outside the Iranian embassy by the gay and lesbian community."



Famous Nazis

Remember lessons learned at Dieppe  

By Simon Kent, Toronto Sun, August18, 2013

It speaks volumes for the Canadian character that when our soldiers hear battlefield gunfire they run towards it — not the other way.

It is in their training — some might say their national DNA — to actively go into harm’s way wherever it presents itself.

So it was 71 years ago when Canada made its opening land-based foray into the European theatre of the Second World War.

Just after 5 a.m. on Aug. 19, 1942, an amphibious force composed almost entirely of Canadian infantry went ashore near the French town of Dieppe and suffered an horrendous toll in a fight that was as good as over by 10:50 a.m.

In those five hours and 50 minutes, a total of 3,623 of the 6,086 men (almost 60%) who made it ashore were killed, wounded or captured.

The figures include 913 deaths and 1,946 captives, some of who died in German prisoner-of-war camps, according to Veterans Affairs.

It was a massive price in blood for the men of the Canadian Second Division who lost more prisoners than in the whole 11 months of the later campaign in North-West Europe, or the 20 months during which Canadians fought in Italy.

Canadian strength had already been tested elsewhere, with close to 2,000 men and women involved in the fall of Hong Kong. They had fought for 18 days but were eventually overwhelmed by superior Japanese forces.

In a way what happened at Dieppe was a continuation of that desperate fight to hold that British colony as the world desperately worked to find a way to halt the forces of tyranny.

Canada’s losses on the pebble shorefront at Dieppe were not in vain.Planners took away lessons on how to conduct an opposed amphibious landing and applied them with detail to D-Day.

Lord Louis Mountbatten, whose Combined Operations Command had planned and executed the raid, long maintained that the lives lost at Dieppe saved thousands more at Normandy.

“The battle of D-Day was won on the beaches of Dieppe,” he insisted, justifying it ultimately as “one of the most vital operations of the Second World War. It gave to the Allies the priceless secret of victory.”


What is more certain is Canada had asked for the Dieppe assignment and sought a purpose for the troops already stationed in Britain and anxious to play their part.

They knew the risks but as one of Canada’s last survivors of the raid told me last week, he was “excited” at the chance to take on the Nazis.

It was why Arthur Rossell had left the family farm and joined the Essex Scottish Regiment.Rossell told me he “wanted to fight for freedom and fight for Canada.”

The fact Canadians went looking for action has subsequently been confirmed by Victoria Cross winner Lt.-Col. C.C.I. Merritt.

He said after the war: “We were very glad to go, we were delighted.” Taken prisoner during the assault, Merritt recalled, “We were up against a very difficult situation and we didn’t win; but to hell with this business of saying the generals did us dirt.”

Canadians have been involved in conflicts since Dieppe including D-Day and Korea, more recently in the mountains of Afghanistan. There has been peace to keep as well in places as far apart as the Balkans and East Timor.

All combatants have been heirs of that Canadian tradition of moving towards the fight and not away.As for those who gave their lives at Dieppe, three simple words suffice.

Lest we forget.




Baird's just keeping it real 

Editorial, Toronto Sun, Aug 09, 2013

Baird defends gay rights

Canada is a defender of human rights. Full stop.

That's pretty much our response to REAL Women of Canada picking a fight with John Baird.

The foreign affairs minister has recently spoken out against the oppression of gay people in various countries -- such as Uganda, with their proposed "kill the gays" bill.

REAL Women don't like that. They think Canada has no business poking around in Uganda's affairs -- despite the fact we send them tens of millions in aid every year.

They also don't like Baird chastising Russia for their bizarre new law against non-traditional lifestyle propaganda -- whatever that means.

What it seems to mean is that gay people could be arrested for waving a flag, writing their opinions or having a parade.

Well, sorry ladies, but Canadian athletes will soon be heading to Russia and we should do all we can to make sure they compete and come home safe and sound.

Telling other countries what to do and wading into their social issues should be kept to a minimum. But sometimes you've just got to stand up for your values. And persecuting people because of their religion, gender, sexual orientation and so on, is one of the things we oppose as Canadians.

Cultural relativism doesn't cut it on this front. This is about as absolute as it gets.

That said, we're not rushing to call on Canada to boycott the Olympics.

Governments have pulled out of past Olympics for political reasons. In 1980 U.S. president Jimmy Carter called on a boycott of the Moscow summer games to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Soviets responded by boycotting the 1984 games in Los Angeles.

But if we do it too much it becomes something of a charade. Until the games are held in some neutral territory -- permanent facility in Athens anyone? -- we'll have to learn to all get along.

We'd rather see diplomacy prevail. Which is what Baird is doing.

We're looking forward to Canadian athletes -- regardless of their sexual orientation -- travelling to Russia and bringing home the gold. We'll be cheering them on no matter who they are.

Oh yeah, and REAL Women? Get real!




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