June 15, 2015

Liberal hypocrisy on display during Parliament debate on face covering

Richard KlagsbrunRebel Blogger

Liberal MP John McCallum said on Thursday in the House of Commons that Conservative Immigration Minister Chris Alexander "assumes that all Muslim women who wear the veil are terrorists."

That accusation was part of the debate over the Conservative government's proposal to ban face coverings at the oath-taking ceremonies for new citizens.

McCallum's conflation of the issue was as preposterous as it is dishonest, and Alexander invited the Liberal Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration to repeat his accusation outside the House of Commons, where he would have no protection from a libel suit. The fact that McCallum has failed to do so says a great deal about the nature of his accusation and the integrity of his comments.

Recent polls indicate that Canadians overwhelmingly, to the extent that nine out of ten, agree with the government's requirement for people to show their faces at citizenship ceremonies. More than seventy percent of Canadians agree with Prime Minister Harper's statement about the niqab and burqa being symbols of oppression.

It was an exploitative effort by McCallum to play identity politics and stoke the flames of supposed "Islamophobia."  McCallum referenced hate crimes against Muslims, and tried to blame and vilify the government over them.

This distortion of perspective is incredible considering that the statistics McCallum invoked actually show that the group most frequently targeted in Canada for hate crimes due to religion are not Muslims but Jews. That number is all the more alarming since there are more than three times as many Muslims in Canada than Jews, but hate crimes against Jews are three times the number of those against Muslims.

What does John McCallum have to say about that?  Good luck finding anything on that subject.

McCallum's divisive pandering to one community at the expense of others and worse, at the expense of fairness, reminded me of an incident from three years ago in which he played a minor role.

In 2012, members of two Canadian ethnic communities that feel they are the targets of discrimination and prejudice, both from each other and the population at large, came together at an event that was supposed to promote mutual understanding.

That sounds great. But the North American Muslim Foundation's speech competition on the topic of "Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia" was a fiasco that would be comedic if it weren't so horrifyingly indicative of the Jew-hate running rampant in Muslim communities.

The featured guest speaker at the event prior to the competition was none other than John McCallum, MP. At the event McCallum headlined the speeches by Muslim students made reference to anti-Semitic texts as if they were factual reports about the behavior and practices of Jews.

According to the account of one witness: "Almost all the speeches were misguided about anti-Semitism. Most of them said it was something that happened in the Holocaust but has ended. The most egregious speech quoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as if it were true. Many talked about Jewish money and power. "

After reading about the incident, I called McCallum's office to inquire about it. Eventually, I was able to speak with him, and McCallum invoked the Sergeant Shultz Defense, claiming he knew and heard nothing about those speeches.

Of course he didn't, and how very fortunate for John McCallum. If he had perchance been listening to the speeches at which he was the featured guest speaker, the ensuing narrative would have messed up his entire agenda.  

Unlike 72% of his fellow Canadians, including many Muslims, McCallum hasn't been able to figure out why the niqab, a vestige of medieval tribal culture that requires women to completely enshroud themselves so that they don't provoke men into a sexual frenzy, is oppressive.

To the casual observer, it might look like a number of Liberal MPs have made a habit of accusing the Conservatives of pitting one group against another for political purposes, while hypocritically engaging in that practice themselves to a far greater extent.

But perhaps, I'm being too cynical and maybe we're not seeing divisive, sleazy politics from the Liberals. As soon as they start donning niqabs and burkas to demonstrate that such garments are, as they claim, not oppressive, I'll believe them.

But I'm not holding my breath until it happens.


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commented 2015-06-21 14:44:17 -0400
In my opinion, this is the “left” trying to do what the democrats did in the U.S. Cause a discrimination war! Look at the groups now all vying for the victim edge. In Toronto, it is carding; in Canada it is the indians and the muslims and the gay nazis. In all of their speeches, the liberals and the ndp want these groups to cry “racism”. The best way to stop this is the way Mr. Harper handles all of them. SAYING NOTHING!!
commented 2015-06-17 18:19:12 -0400
Just herd on the 6pm News. One European Country has completely banned the Burka. Unfortunately I did not hear what Country this was but they have instructed Police to collect all Burka’s for sale in the stores and to burn them. Let us hope that PM Harper was listening to the same News item.
commented 2015-06-17 18:01:59 -0400
One thing that the author of this piece forgot to mention was the fact that just about EVERY one of the targeted crimes and harassments against Jews that was investigated and solved by police was committed by moslems. And generally not punished to nearly the degree that it would have been had it been committed by a white neo-nazi skin head.

I think that as a gesture of showing the respect that Canada has for the religion of peace…that ANY moslem who presents herself at the citizenship ceremony insisting on wearing face covering should be given a free trip for her and her family….the trip of a lifetime….something that all Islamists dream of…a plane transport to attend the Hadj pilgrimage in Mecca…..one way.
commented 2015-06-17 13:18:30 -0400
McCallum is an idiot, being a Liberal probably explains this. He yells Islamophobia, an Islamic invention. If you are not scared of someone who would like to cut your throat and hack off your head, with a Butcher Knife, you need to see a Shrink. Where is the Phobia.
Not all women who cover their heads and faces with the Niqab and Burka are Terrorists but all Terrorists cover their heads and faces. It is possible that these, we assume, females are just ugly Son’s of Bitches or perhaps the Old Man just beat the crap out of them, a national pastime for Islamic males.
All head and face coverings should be banned, Canada wide, permanently.
commented 2015-06-17 00:30:00 -0400
Good article, Richard….but try setting your spellcheck Language to English (Canada) instead of English (US), will ya? Looks like an article from Yankeeland, with the spelling. :)
commented 2015-06-16 12:09:40 -0400
All hat and no cattle
commented 2015-06-16 12:02:21 -0400
John McCallum? What a joke…
I remember when he was in charge of Revenue Canada, I had sent a letter to his office about the illegality and immorality of income tax in Canada – it was a temporary war measures act in WWII that was to be rescinded after the war – it wasn’t…
I got a 6 page letter back fairly quickly…The first two pages were a thinly veiled threat to pay my taxes or else, and the next 4 pages were a “Facts and Myths” diatribe – I wish now I had kept it.
The lack of integrity and manliness exhibited by the John McCallums of the world should be all we need to know about his ilk and ‘liberals’ in general!
“To the casual observer, it might look like a number of Liberal MPs have made a habit of accusing the Conservatives of pitting one group against another for political purposes, while hypocritically engaging in that practice themselves to a far greater extent.”, I believe this is referred to as ‘psychological projection’…the liberals and Liberals have so little in their intellectual, moral and political philosophies’ arsenal, that they are forced to trot out has-been losers like McCallum and his ugly rhetoric!
When he says, “I know nusink”, he ain’t lying…
commented 2015-06-16 09:20:34 -0400
With the groupy mentality and the forced anti Canadian values rhetoric, divide and conquer agenda All women will be forced to wear burkas, that’s the caliphate plan aided and embraced using the anti human rights courts/commission. EVIL must be stopped and exposed! Free speech must be personally enforced and promoted, Easy I reject all idiots that use PC as opposed to truth.
commented 2015-06-15 21:43:44 -0400
" “assumes that all Muslim women who wear the veil are terrorists.”"

Well, there are numerous examples of men dressing as islamic women in Europe to gain entry and commit crimes.

And if you do not need to ID yourself because you are declaring yourself an islamic and it is cultural – then I personally want equality – I do not need to do it either. Next time I buy a vehicle, cash a cheque, buy a firearm, get a drivers license and more – I want the same rights and privileges – no ID required.

What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.

I demand equality for me as well!

Stupid is as stupid does. If you come here, adhere to OUR customs – islamics left their country for a reason – do not make my country into what you just left. Happy to see you leave if you do not want this.
commented 2015-06-15 19:34:50 -0400
If you do not need to show your face when swearing your Oath of Citizenship, why would you need to prove your identity to buy a gun, or get a drivers licence, get married, during a traffic stop? Any number of places where one might have to provide ID should also be exempt right?