February 16, 2017

Canadians from Iran, Pakistan beg Trudeau: Don't support M-103

Rebel Staff

Last night, approximately 750 Canadians from all walks of life came to the Rebel's Freedom Rally to protest M103, the Liberal motion to oppose "Islamophobia" — that is, the criticism of Islam. 

Speakers included Faith Goldy, Pierre Lemieux, Chris Alexander, Kellie Leitch, Brad Trost, Charles McVety, and Rebel Commander Ezra Levant.

Some of those at the event had been born in the Middle East and were distressed to see de facto blasphemy laws on the verge of coming to their adopted country.

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commented 2017-03-28 06:56:11 -0400
A few days ago the Liberals and NDP pushed through M-103 which is nothing more than a cover ploy for the eventual introduction of a Blasphemy Law in Canada. That is the true purpose of the motion and will be the ultimate objective of the committee that will be set up as a result of the Motion.

Interesting to note that M-103 was introduced by an MP who originally came to Canada from Pakistan, the same country that just arrested 3 bloggers and charged them with Blasphemy, which, in MP Khalid’s native country, carries the death penalty.
(http://www.rferl.org/a/pakistan-bloggers-charged-blasphemy/28390360.html)

This is what MP Khalid and the Liberals want to do to Canada. Create a law that restricts OUR free speech and makes Canadians AFRAID to speak the TRUTH !
Canada has a long and proud history of standing up to oppression and defending freedom. Whether it be against the Nazis in Europe or against Apartheid in South Africa, Canadians have not been afraid to stand up and have their voices heard.
THINK about that for a second. Imagine if an MP that was originally from South Africa had of introduced a Motion condemning criticism of Apartheid ?
If the Liberals were in charge, the motion would probably pass, just like M-103 recently did.

This Motion and the legislation the Liberals are sure to try and bring in next year, WILL seek to silence our voices, regardless of how justified the case may be.
Just like it does in Pakistan.
commented 2017-02-19 18:25:50 -0500
Correct Edward J — dig to the history of those championing the “Islamophobia” motion and you find a carefully orchestrated effort by a well organized group (or those with past associations in like-minded organised groups) interested only in bringing forth an overarching grievance narrative at a time most coldly calculated to succeed, for the purpose of separating Islam out as somehow being “more special” than other ideological / religious groups. Like I’ve said elsewhere, this is Standard Operating Procedure.

What happened in the mosque was disgusting. The Criminal Code has apt punishment for such actions. One has to wonder why any “political solution” (other than a unanimous show of condemnation from the House) over and above that is required, and, if one is, why the motion restricts itself only to Islam and not to ALL religions. Although no Jews have as yet been killed in synagogues in Canada I do believe stats will show they are the ones most subject to hate crimes; so why not make it a blanket motion, for the benefit of all?

The answer is fairly clear, I think; there is no interest in the proponents to be inclusive of any religion BUT Islam. Despite the much ballyhooed inclusionary nature of the “progressive” left and of the various Islamic organizations in Canada, the motion is, at its heart, exclusionary and self-serving. Proposed by Islamics for the sole benefit of Islamics. This is not simply a motion asking for condemnation or recognition that a heinous act has been perpetrated against innocent Muslims, but a motion that lays unfounded blame on the larger Canadian society of something not yet even defined. The cart is twenty miles in front of the horse.

The murders essentially green-lighted the opportunity for these organisations, via a convenient Parliamentary mouthpiece, to press forward with the Islamic narrative-in-waiting for maximum effect. And, couched as it is in language dealing with “Islamophobia”, it is also clear that those spearheading the motion were already of a mindset that that the larger Canadian society already suffered from “Islamophobia” (with whatever that actually encompasses to be determined through future lawfare, no doubt conducted via the various Islamic organisations). Even though, factually, it was the action of 1 out of 35 million, and even though, factually, the country has accepted tens of thousands of Islamic immigrants with open arms.

Again, Standard Operating Procedure. Facts don’t matter. Only the narrative does.
commented 2017-02-19 16:11:48 -0500
Canada on the verge of fascism perpetrated by the Liebranos!
commented 2017-02-19 10:49:03 -0500
Liza Rosie: I deeply appreciate the efforts Tarek has provided as well as the personal risk. I thought his expose on Sunera Ishaq was timely and relevant to the election. I also found the article Victor Lazlo posted showing Iqra Khalid’s associations to be very revealing and might produce a different public perception if they knew who these organizations were. “For instance, Irqa Khalid was President of the Muslim Student Association when she was a student at York University (early 2000s). The Muslim Student Association was founded by adherents of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1963. The Muslim Student Association has a series of alumni who have become suicide bombers, ISIS fighters and ISIS propagandists”. Quote from Victor Lazlo’s recent top 5
commented 2017-02-19 09:31:21 -0500
Here’s how Ottawa works. Lobbyists and political activists lead to motions in the House. Motions lead to laws. Iqra Khalid is a radical activist with past association with Muslim organizations supported by the Muslim Brotherhood and financing Hamas. She is not representing her constituents in Mississauga but is doing her job as a radical activist with Motion M-103. There are several of her ilk embedded in the Liberal Party.
commented 2017-02-19 09:12:48 -0500
The other night there was a tabloid on Fox News Channel where one of the three guests was a radical Imam. He boldly stated that the Quebec mosque massacre was a perfect example of how Christians are murdering Muslims in North America. Saw it on Fox….so it must be true! ( not). Do I really believe a hate monger set a fire to the side door of the mosque in Peterborough Ontario last year…. nope!
commented 2017-02-19 02:24:48 -0500
Just think of how the country has changed in the short time Justin has been PM. It breaks my heart.
His alliance with Islam is criminal.
The signs at that rally said “stop Islam” . Stop Islam. The police are investigating.

Sondra Solomon an apostate, was involved in that protest, she left Islam for Christianity. She is being vilified by the left as well as by Muslims. She gets death threats. So does Tarek Fatah, who speaks out against Iqra Khalid and m-103, as does Raza Raheel. TV host Asif Javaid argues that Khalid’s motion “echoes the agenda of Islamists.”

Canada’s Islamophobia Motion Targets Moderate Muslims
By TAREK FATAH
http://www.yonkerstribune.com/2017/02/canadas-islamophobia-motion-targets-moderate-muslims-by-tarek-fatah
commented 2017-02-19 01:49:59 -0500
I saw a series on TV not too long ago by Leah Remini (Kerry on King of Queens) which provided an excellent glimpse into religious organizations that get too much power over their followers lives and how they in extreme cases try to exert their influence and pressure over the media or lawyers and even judges who dare to oppose them. It is certainly worth seeing and gaining incites in to how these groups must not be allowed to usurp the law. Highlighting why no religion or ideology should be above criticism.
commented 2017-02-19 01:03:55 -0500
I think we need to fight back vigorously with the laws and at their attempt to prohibit our rights to free speech under the law with illegal harassment and malicious prosecution. If people are not making threats or breaking some existing law they need to lay off or face the law themselves. The police are not at their disposal to stop other’s rights to free speech or protest. For once I would love some of these defenders to explain how it is they believe people should be allowed to promote religious practices that infringe on the rights of women or the rights of those who want to leave the faith to not fear for their lives or how they can defend someone who teaches it is ok to toss gay people off a building? How does questioning that make us haters?
commented 2017-02-18 23:21:56 -0500
Lisa Rosie: The comment "I guess their fear is that the way they’ve treated those minorities for so many years when they came, they think that’s how they’ll be treated.” is a reflection of their own bigoted narrative. I certainly feel no angst based on the way I have treated minorities.
commented 2017-02-18 22:33:41 -0500
“Slay them one by one and spare not one of them”

“The solution to the global violence, extremism and oppression is Islam”
http://en.cijnews.com/?p=205803
Dr. Wael Shihab was appointed in April 2014 to a full-time resident Imam of the mosque Masjid Toronto.

This is the Imam of the Mosque that was protested Friday. The protesters are under investigation. The Imam is being made out to be a peaceful lamb.
http://bit.ly/2kKIkqm

‘Police are investigating whether an anti-Islam rally held on the doorstep of a mosque in the heart of downtown Toronto Friday had any criminal element and whether it could be considered a hate crime.’
commented 2017-02-18 22:02:26 -0500
Furthermore we have little confidence in a media that is so dishonest as to smear everyone as racist or Nazis. That is a complete misrepresentation and disservice to those of who have family members who fought against Nazis and to the many of us whose skin color has nothing to do with the issues being raised. Although I am light skinned my brother is very dark skinned due to native American genes at some juncture in the family history. I as most of us here condemn the racism that some of us have experienced directly or indirectly but to see the media try to spin this for their political masters feels like we got sucker punched. And sure you will always get a few loud mouth morons who by and large represent their own views but that is what free speech is about. Once you try to silence everyone you don’t agree with you are left with an increasingly small circle.
commented 2017-02-18 21:18:09 -0500
It is hard to take any criticism of the right’s concerns seriously when no one wants to deal with the radical Imams who are preaching hate from mosques here in Canada but would rather focus on us “phobics” who have no faith in what we have already witnessed nor any reason for optimism when those who are trying to create change are catering their legislation to their own preferred ideology and when those same people have hadlinks to radical groups who most of public have no idea about.
commented 2017-02-18 20:57:18 -0500
I sure would like to get my hands on some of the weed that PMO JR and his Liberal Party are smoking. Its obviously super strong, some could say mind altering. How in the hell can we consider making a bill to penalize the criticism of a religion when all other religions have never ask for or needed that protection. THE MOST INTOLERANT ARE DEMANDING TOLERENCE ! How crazy is that. These people hate EVERYONE WHO IS NOT THEM… Jews, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, transgender people, gays, lesbians, etc. There are already laws in place for everyone else’s protection. Are these same laws not good enough for these people, the muslims. Who else demands special treatment…. no one. If they did they would not get consideration let alone a bill before Parliament The fact of the matter is most will not make any real contributions to Canada, unless voting Liberal is a real accomplishment. They will be on the government teat with their 4 wife’s and pack of youngsters and the racists of Canada will pay ( working people ). Although JR will need EVERY vote he can scape up by the time the next election rolls around.This is exactly the agenda they have………..read some history. Europe waited 600 years to push back the muslims with the crusades. Reality check……………. we don t have 600 yrs
commented 2017-02-18 20:46:20 -0500
Get a load of this comment from this insane article from the cbc .

https://twitter.com/CBCToronto/status/833096297590702082

“M-103 is not a bill or a law and has no legal force, which is partly why mosque attendee Mehdi Sheikh is perplexed by the vehement opposition by some toward it.

Sheikh believes fear is what is driving that opposition.

“There’s a population who feel that they are becoming a minority even though, by far, white people in Canada are still the majority… I guess their fear is that the way they’ve treated those minorities for so many years when they came, they think that’s how they’ll be treated.”

“Minorities are welcomed in Canada,” he said. “If you become a minority, you will also be welcome.”

Hey thanks buddy. When Canada is completely tipped, becomes an Islamic state and we are the minority, Sheikh says we will be welcome! Isn’t that nice to hear?

No agenda in the Muslim community. Population jihad, what’s that?!
No arrogance in Sheikh’s comment.

Not going to fly while I still have breath in my body.
commented 2017-02-18 19:50:09 -0500
Matthew — my biased right wing crap comes from a review of dry history texts and an examination of the “befores” and “afters” of history, all that happened in between, and through application of the lessons of history to what is unfolding today. It doesn’t come from The Rebel, Breitbart, Ezra Levant or any other source.

Against that we have … Macleans.

Oh well, thanks for the debate though, at least you were willing to play on the merits of the argument.

There WAS a bit of a revelation. Real free speech scares the left.

I often wondered why those who disagree with posters on The Rebel seem to imply that somehow Ezra and his evil minions are the CAUSE of why folks post here and have the opinions they have. It seems obvious to me that Ezra has no influence on how I feel one way or another, that my opinions are my own, based on my own experiences and perambulations through life, and this website (unlike so many others on the so-called “progressive” left) will actually let you post content without having to pass by an “approved content” censor.

So the opinions on here, crazy to considered, are actually inherent to the people making them, and are passed off unfiltered. And that seems to scare the left silly, because not having everyone agree to an “approved / correct” group-think narrative is uncomfortable to the leftist dialogue that everything in life is a cause; so rather than examine the merits of an uncomfortable argument, instead simply diminish the status of the person making the objectionable viewpoint, or ridicule any site which would allow such commentary.

This is proven every time the mainstream media or posters to this site takes a shot at Ezra, his site, and those who post on his site. Blanket condemnations and ad hominem attacks are a cheap and easy way of not examining one’s own talking points.

Anyway, cheers. This was fun.
commented 2017-02-18 19:30:40 -0500
“I want Ezra to win – because his characterization of Khurrum Awan is harsh but true, and certainly truer than Christie’s “idealistic young law student”. And because, if Awan wins, the shut-up types will be emboldened."
http://www.steynonline.com/6161/a-barristerial-self-ambush

" It’s always important to recognize when somebody is telling you to shut up."
The modus operendi of Federal Human Rights Commissions.

That is rather old news and put into perspective only goes to prove the agenda for shutting down free speech has been going on for sometime in Canada. Kudo’s to both Ezra and Mark Stein for having the fortitude to stand up to it. A feather in both their caps.

Mathew I am sure you and your four kids will be just fine also. Compliance will ensure your safety and your love of Islam will never disillusion you I am convinced. Have a nice life filled with love, peace and acceptance and no whining when the sht hits the fan.
commented 2017-02-18 18:47:56 -0500
Hyancinth — thanks for the links, I think you nailed it. As the Standard Operating Procedure for any organisation with an axe to grind is grievance politics followed by lawfare, it would be cheaper for any magazine to not court controversy (and costs) by simply steering well clear of printing anything the litigious side would view as contentious.

Taking the history and surrounding language attributable to the various Islamic organisations involved with the Macleans litigation, let’s sit back and watch the ensuing fireworks and flurry of HRC activity surrounding the undefined concept of what is, or is not, Islamophobia once the action plans from this motion are put into gear. The spineless politicians will not define it one way or another (because it would cost votes, one way or another), so it will be left up to HRC tribunals to piece together a Frankenstein-like image of Islamophobia based on on a patchwork of case by case results.

Discussion will be stifled, resentment will grow, tensions will boil over, and the country will decline; not immediately, but give it a decade or two. How cheery! Whether we make it to our 2067 bicentennial as currently constituted will be interesting, but a moot point for me as I fortunately will have shuffled off to bigger and better things by then.
commented 2017-02-18 18:16:58 -0500
Haha. You read your biased right-wing crap, I’ll read my biased left-wing crap. My four kids will be just fine. My goal is to teach them to love others, not fear them irrationally.

Hyacinth. This might interest you:

“In her judgment against Levant, Judge Wendy Matheson of Ontario Superior Court ruled there is “ample evidence before me demonstrating express malice on the part of [Mr. Levant]”, especially the fact he “did little or no fact-checking regarding the posts complained of, either before or after their publication”. She found “that [Mr. Levant’s] dominant motive in these blog posts was ill will, and that his repeated failure to take even basic steps to check his facts showed a reckless disregard for the truth”. Levant “ought to have been aware of the serious ramifications of his words on the reputation of this law student. Yet, at trial, he repeatedly tried to minimize his mistakes and his lack of diligence.” The judge ordered Levant to remove the posts from his website within 15 days and pay Mr. Awan $50,000 in general damages plus $30,000 in aggravated damages.42

The Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed Levant’s appeal of the judgment on December 22, 2016, and ordered him to pay a further $15,000 in costs with all three judges on the panel ruling unanimously against Levant.43"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Levant
commented 2017-02-18 17:53:46 -0500
Alice BB — you are absolutely correct, we do have a right to be concerned. The experience for non-Islamics in an Islamic world has been amply proven though 1300 years of history. Semantics and convenient revisionism cannot erase what has occurred in the past, nor what is occurring (elsewhere, for now) in the present.

Islam is more than a religion however. Tied up inextricably with the pure spiritual / religious teachings of Islam are a system of governance based on theocracy, as well as a judicial system based on sharia. So Islam is actually more of a theocratic philosophy than it is just a religion; it provides spiritual guidance to its adherents, yes, but it also seeks to implant on Earth temporal governments and judicial systems based on the teachings of the Quran. Three for the price of one, as it were.

None of which in any way excuses violence or threats of violence against its practitioners; but likewise it doesn’t give Islamic practitioners a free pass to change fundamental freedoms of the larger Canadian society because one individual out of 35 million chose to cowardly kill folks in a mosque. We already have a justice system and Criminal Code sanctions to deal with the likes of him and any who may threaten harm.
commented 2017-02-18 17:49:54 -0500
“The author’s biases were clear from the onset; it is a highly slanted opinion piece, not an even-handed examination of both sides of a contentious issue. Not that I’d expect anything more out of Maclean’s; it’s just a place for those who are not telegenic enough for the CBC nor connected enough for the Globe and Mail to go and pretend to be relevant”

Jim, see my post regarding McLean’s, now you know why they swing so far left. They gave up the middle of the road to save their $$ in bogus lawsuits.
commented 2017-02-18 17:43:44 -0500
Here’s an interesting tidbit about Mclean’s magazine, mind you it is Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_complaints_against_Maclean%27s_magazine
Human rights complaints against Maclean’s magazine were filed in December 2007 by Mohamed Elmasry of the Canadian Islamic Congress with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Maclean’s magazine was accused of publishing eighteen Islamophobic articles between January 2005 and July 2007. The articles in question included a column by Mark Steyn titled “The Future Belongs to Islam. The Ontario Human Rights Commission ruled that it did not have the jurisdiction to hear the complaint. The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal heard the complaint in June 2008 and issued a ruling on October 10, 2008 dismissing the complaint. The Canadian Human Rights Commission dismissed the federal complaint on June 26, 2008 without referring the matter to a tribunal.”

I did find other sites about this:
http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/commission-statement-concerning-issues-raised-complaints-against-macleans-magazine
https://canadianchristianity.com/nationalupdates/2008/080103maclean.html
commented 2017-02-18 17:24:02 -0500
Liza, thanks for the kudos; copy and paste, call it your own if it expresses what you want to say. Anything I put on here is free to be adopted or dumped on, as the case may be.

And congrats for wading your way through all the verbiage!
commented 2017-02-18 17:16:03 -0500
No worries Matthew. Because you and I were lucky enough to engage in our debate in a society built on Western liberal, Judeo-Christian secularism we are able to walk away from the open debate and agree to disagree, without coming to blows.
I’m afraid the same cannot be so readily demonstrated in those countries where Islam has been elevated above all else.
If you have children / grandchildren, or intend to ever have them, think long and hard before embarking on a feel good campaign orchestrated by only those select few who will directly benefit from it; you may not suffer, but your kids / grandkids will.
And thanks for the link, but in what universe does that article come off as impartial (or even well written, if it comes to that)? The author’s biases were clear from the onset; it is a highly slanted opinion piece, not an even-handed examination of both sides of a contentious issue. Not that I’d expect anything more out of Maclean’s; it’s just a place for those who are not telegenic enough for the CBC nor connected enough for the Globe and Mail to go and pretend to be relevant. Otherwise, like the CBC and the Globe, they simply regurgitate the same leftist platitudes for the same progressive attitudes.
commented 2017-02-18 16:06:42 -0500
I totally agree Liza. What we need is to educate youth in mosques and schools. assimilate assimilate ….that is the challenge. Children go to public school then they do two hours of Arabic and Koran at their local mosques. look what imams like Sayed Al Ghtawi are saying….holy horrors.
commented 2017-02-18 16:01:17 -0500
Does Mclean’s have any readership these days? I thought they closed shop already.
commented 2017-02-18 15:58:44 -0500
Alice BB, “You can not legislate kindness. People need to be educated. We need to start young. I want my tax dollars spent on that.”

Alice, same thing. They are already attempting to insert programs to normalize Islam in the school system. Mutual respect can never come from unrealistic expectations. It is unrealistic to tip the fine balance of a cohesive ‘multi cultural’ society by dumping thousands of refugees into the mix, and be surprised at the resulting resentment. I don’t want Canada to be like Sweden where they are telling their people that they must change to accommodate the influx of people from a culture which is not compatible with their own on any level. Then for the numbers to be large enough that they begin to insert themselves into our governing bodies, seems to me a very bad atmosphere in which any kindness or respect could flourish. It is not even a logical expectation. Tip the demographic of a society at the peril of the country. No peace will be possible.
commented 2017-02-18 15:49:46 -0500
Thanks Jim for your reasoned explanation of your concerns. I have little time to debate today, but came across this article which sums up my feelings on this topic. Among other things, it covers:

1) the ridiculousness of The Rebel and it’s ardent followers,
2) the previously-mentioned race to the bottom in the Consrrvative leadership race
3) the concerns about the term ‘Islamophobia’ and ways in which the Liberals can still get their point across without watering down the intent
4) the need to recognize and combat a growing fear-based mentality about Muslims in Canada
5) the crazy-talk about Islam infiltrating the Librral party.

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/the-tories-approach-a-point-of-no-return/