1. Canadian Cleric Younus Kathrada: Congratulating Christians for Christmas is worse than murder
During a sermon delivered at the Muslim Youth of Victoria in British Columbia, Sheikh Younus Kathrada said that Muslims must be offended when people worship Jesus. He explained that congratulating non-Muslims on Christmas and other "false festivals" is tantamount to approving of them, and that it is a far greater sin than murder, adultery, and other major sins. At the end of the sermon, Sheikh Kathrada stressed that he never calls to kill non-Muslims, who should be treated justly. The sermon was uploaded to Muslim Youth of Victoria's YouTube channel on December 23, 2018. Sheikh Younus Kathrada was born in South Africa, studied in Medina, and is currently based in British Columbia. He is affiliated with the Vancouver-based Al-Madinah Islamic Society.
2. Justin Trudeau’s terrible new election rules will limit citizen activism
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government recently passed more than 200 pages of dramatic changes to the way Canadian elections work. Among other things, the new rules will further restrain the degree that Canadians can exercise their constitutional rights to free political speech and activism. Such regulations were passed with the standard progressive smugness that heavily regulating political speech and activity in the name of fairness and equality is unambiguously virtuous. Righteous self-confidence, however, does not negate the practical consequences of this fundamentally illiberal exercise of state power.
Trudeau’s final bill represents no improvement from the draconian first draft introduced in April. According to the Democratic Institutions ministry, the new legislation seeks to ensure that “political actors” operate on a “fair and level playing field,” and will impose “reasonable limits” on their budgets. Translated to English, this means government has devised new ways to punish politically motivated groups of Canadians, be they environmentalists, social conservatives, business or labor leaders, minority rights’ activists or anything in between, who engage in activities such as advertising or “canvassing door-to-door, making telephone calls to electors and organizing rallies” without first conforming to Ottawa’s rules.
3. President Trump delivers remarks To troops
Al Asad Air Base, Iraq
4. LEVY: Street count proves refugees taking huge toll on shelters
This year’s homeless count proves what we’ve been hearing for a year: That the influx of refugees and asylum seekers have taken a huge toll on Toronto’s shelter system.
The city’s recently released $250,000 Street Needs Assessment (SNA) — conducted the evening of April 26 and the fourth such survey since 2006 — showed that 2,618, or 40%, of the city-administered shelter spaces are occupied by refugees or asylum seekers.
In fact, minus the tremendous influx of refugees, the actual number of homeless using city shelter spaces increased by about 600 since the last survey in 2013.
This contrasts to the 2,400 shelter/motel beds, 600 24-hour respite site spaces and 102 shelter beds added in the past year or two.
The city report indicates that the 2,400 shelter/motel beds (at $105 per night) have been added “primarily to respond to increased demand from refugee/asylum seekers.”
5. Healthcare student, 22, is found guilty of trying to join ISIS after he was given a “gold card” by jihadi friend who plotted to assassinate Theresa May in a suicide attack
A healthcare student is facing jail after receiving a video recommendation to help him join ISIS from a terrorist planning a suicide bomb attack on Downing Street.
The film, given to Mohammad Imran, 22, was designed as a 'gold card' to help him join the terrorist group after his friend's death.
His friend, Naa'imur Rahman, 21, planned to launch a suicide bomb and knife attack on Downing Street in which he hoped to behead Theresa May.
Believing he would die in the attack, Rahman made a video recommendation, intended as a message from beyond the grave.
6. Escape from ISIS: Amsha's horror story
Amsha, a Yazidi mother, was kidnapped by ISIS with her baby after her husband was killed. Her harrowing story details her witnessing the rape and murder of other Yazidi women and children before she was able to escape to Kurdistan.
7. Sweden charges 3 men with plotting extremist attack
HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish prosecutors say they have charged three men with preparing an extremist attack, and they were also charged along with three other men for financing the Islamic State group.
The state prosecutor’s office said in a statement Thursday that the main three suspects allegedly acquired and stored large quantities of chemicals and other equipment “to kill and harm other people” among other things.
It noted that should the planned terrorist crime been carried out, “it could have seriously hurt Sweden.”
8. “Having a penis and competing as a woman is not fair”: Tennis legend inflames transgender fury
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was forced to apologize for comments she made on social media saying that natural born men who “proclaim themselves female” should not be allowed to compete against women.
9. Hungary’s Orban: Bringing Africa’s problems to Europe will “destroy 2,000-year-old culture”
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has warned mass migration from Africa would destroy Europe’s culture.
“[W]e should deliver help to Africa and not bring the problems to Europe,” he said in an interview with the Austrian media, adding that the conservative-populist coalition government in Vienna holds the same position as Budapest.
“Some people say that the solution is to bring migrants to Europe because they think it will be good for their country. The Hungarian position is that we don’t want this. There is an ideological difference,” he explained.
“This isn’t a solution for Africa, nor for Europe. In this case, our culture, which we have been cultivating in Europe for two thousand years, would be destroyed.”
10. Countdown: Top 10 Worst UN Actions of 2018 – Selected by UN Watch
UN Watch, an NGO whose mandate is to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter, has compiled it’s top ten list of the worst UN actions of 2018. The full list can be read HERE.