Another act of Islamic terrorism on Canadian soil the other day, this one taking place at an Armed Forces recruitment office in Toronto. Accused knifeman Ayanle Hassan Ali tried to make a political point by stabbing a couple of Canadian military personnel.
Fortunately, both victims will make a full recovery. But unfortunately as Ezra Levant noted, we again saw an overwhelming reluctance by both the police and many members of the media to use the I-word and the T-word together.
Self-censorship was applied. The assailant yelled something about “Allah” while carrying out the heinous acts but for the police and media party, “Islam” and “terrorism” make for a no-fly zone even though Islamic terrorism is the most pressing security concern today.
Maybe the Star chose not to focus on an individual’s religion as opposed to the individual himself? Perhaps, but why the glaring double-standard when on the same day they avoided the word “Islam” regarding the attempted double murder, they had no reservations using the word “Islam” in a glowing profile of an athlete in the Sports section.
It was about a female fencer on the U.S. Olympic team headlined: “U.S. Olympian who wears the hijab offers reposte to Trump.”, followed by the sub-head: “Ibtihaj Muhammad, heading to the Rio Games, says ‘ignorant’ presidential candidate is hurting her security at home.”
No examples of Muhammad’s security being hurt were given in the glowing article where the news angle wasn’t that Muhammad had won anything but rather, that she’ll be the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab at the games. Clearly a good thing in the Star’s view.
And though it appeared in the Sports section, it was less about fencing and more about the progressive pastime of taking potshots at Donald Trump while denouncing “Islamophobia.”
In the Star’s view, if a Muslim is involved in a crime, even one committed in the name of Islam, mum’s the word. But if a Muslim is on her way to the Olympics wearing the hijab, the Islam card will be played to full effect.
As for that nut-bar brandishing a knife and screaming “Allahu Akbar!”, just ignore that.