June 21, 2016

WATCH: Openly gay Muslim tries to reconcile two communities after Orlando

Candice MalcolmRebel Contributor

Meet Shawn Ahmed. Shawn is a Canadian, he’s an anti-poverty activist, and he seems to have spent much of his life doing aid and volunteer work in developing countries. He’s clearly very liberal but as an openly gay Muslim, Shawn is also a bit of a rare breed.  

That should make him a darling of the left, exactly the type of modern, progressive, Western Muslim that the left hopes that all Muslim migrants will become. As long as Muslim newcomers integrate and become as liberal and tolerant as Shawn Ahmed, the disastrous open-border migrant policies won’t be as bad as many conservatives are warning.

But Ahmed has demonstrated just how wrong the left is about his religion.

After the Orlando ISIS attack, Ahmed tweeted the following:

“I’m gay and Muslim. I want to tell the Muslim community the Islamophobia being spewed now doesn’t reflect my values as a gay man.”

For good measure, he also tweeted:

“I’m gay and Muslim. I want to tell the LGBT community that the Orlando shooter doesn’t reflect my faith as a Muslim.”

Ahmed was trying to reconcile his two very different communities by sending out these two simple and optimistic tweets. He didn’t exactly get the response he was hoping for. Especially not from fellow Muslims.

The next day Shawn posted a note on Facebook saying he felt broken. He thanked his friends and family for checking in on his mental health and confessed that he’d received hundreds of awful messages from Muslims in response to the fact that he considers himself both gay and Muslim.

Watch as I review some of those messages, including wishes that he had been in the Pulse nightclub. But instead of cowering in the face of these threats, he spoke to Global News.

I don’t know Shawn Ahmed, but he seems like a really nice guy, clearly an idealist who refuses to turn a blind eye to the hateful and violent aspects of his religion.

Liberal Muslims have it tough. Rejected and ostracized by their community for having the gall to criticize Islam, they’re also often rejected by the left and fellow liberals who prefer to ignore their criticisms in order to maintain the false narrative that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.

It’s a bit of an odd alliance, where illiberal Muslims team up with the regressive left, and its only conservatives who defend the leftist liberal Muslims.

The world needs more Muslims like Shawn Ahmed. Too bad most Muslims disagree.

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commented 2016-06-27 14:03:14 -0400
Candice, please do the correction. Iman could be translated as “firm belief” or faith whereas Imam is the prayer leader. In the tweet the reference is to Iman Not Imam.
commented 2016-06-25 09:51:04 -0400
Young men like this are so naive…Canada cannot protect him from the true believers in Islam…He would already be dead in Iran…Islam has never been a religion of peace, ever, unless you consider the fields of corpses they have littered all over the world for 14+ centuries. I don’t believe any other religion has invaded and attacked others to such an extent like this religion of war led by Muhammad the man of war…they have engaged massively and actively in slave trade, extortion and warfare all over Europe for centuries and yet we are told this is a great religion…warfare may be a religion, but it is only great in the number of forced converts and their ignorant children who never had a choice…very similar to the years of Inquisition by Rome. These two religions grew largely by force, because they didn’t spread by extending belief in God but by fear and coercion. The only difference is that Christianity began in peace and Catholicism has now reverted to a more peaceful way again. Catholicism only made it a war after the Reformation pointed out discrepancies between the churches practice and the doctrines of the Holy Bible…which still persist, and the Muslim invasions that resulted in a few small wars with Rome, called the Crusades. These crusades pale in comparison to the multitude of wars proclaimed by Islam. Islam has always been at war with others and within itself…one has to hide to find peace in Islam. Like their Biblical ancestor, Ishmael, “And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; …And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
commented 2016-06-24 19:11:25 -0400
Shawn is NOT Muslim. It is clear from the tweets he received that Muslims who follow the Quran and the Hadiths will never accept homosexuality into Islam. To do so is to deny that Allah and His Messenger meant what they said.
commented 2016-06-22 19:46:32 -0400
Pt Phillips commented 2 hours ago: How’s about that folks? Another troll spinning for islam! As for the subject of the story? Commendable on many different levels, however doomed to fail against the satanic religion from the 7th century!
commented 2016-06-22 17:33:05 -0400
Kurt Andrews " truth doesn’t have an expiration date" ….wrong, wrong, and wrong. Let me assure you that as I sit in my tiny cubicle at the Ministry of Truth, your “truths” will last as long as it takes me to “amend” you talk and send the changes along up the pneumatic tube while burning the original. Yes truth does and will have an expiration date unless we have enough citizens committed and vigelent enough to prevent it from happening.
commented 2016-06-22 13:08:23 -0400
Islam will eventually accept all gay minorities. After their long struggle throughout history and just at this pivotal moment when societal acceptance is nigh; “after your tiresome journey all we Muslems wish you to do is strip out of your dirty clothing, place them on that bench, and enter our specially constructed nice warm shower where you will be cleaned for reassignment into society!”
commented 2016-06-22 12:05:03 -0400
@cathy “Because it’s Current Year!”

You know it doesn’t matter what year it is, right? Truth doesn’t have an expiration date.
commented 2016-06-22 10:33:58 -0400
Removed for violating rule:Be civil. No personal attacks.
commented 2016-06-22 09:25:16 -0400
The Koran and Sharia law are very clear on how to deal with gay people, there is no ambiguity just clear concise language. Either we accept Muslims for who they are or we reject them, we too must be very clear and concise in dealing with Islam, this pandering and pussy footing around will do extreme harm to our communities. We’d have more respect from Muslims if we rejected them outright for wanting to destroy the homosexual community. They see us as weak cowards who deserve no respect.
commented 2016-06-22 02:14:06 -0400
Boring! Candice, you are very boring. Reading out comment after comments only makes you sound more boring, especially after you have made your point. You are even more boring than Tiffany.
commented 2016-06-22 02:09:29 -0400
Well i admire your get go and you are brave for admitting that you are a gay Muslim, but your cause is like moving the earth to a new galaxy.
commented 2016-06-21 21:38:40 -0400
Highrises in Canada will be busy for gay pride.
commented 2016-06-21 19:37:52 -0400
Message to Shawn Ahmed, you are a Muslim of the 21st Century. Religious wars date back to the 7th and 8th Centuries. The World Society has matured beyond the 7th and 8th Century. The majority of Muslims are stuck in the 7th and 8th Century mentality. Fortunately there are a few 21st Century Muslims like Shawn Ahmed . There are a few radical Muslims in North America who teach and carry out the 7th Century Islam and unfortunately the majority of Muslim protect these 7th Century Imans and terrorists. The Muslim community needs the listen more to Shawn Ahmed.
commented 2016-06-21 19:34:12 -0400
Well, he’s dead. The media just put a target on his back.
commented 2016-06-21 19:33:37 -0400
My advice to Shawn is to stay away from tall buildings and stone quarries. and I think the pilgrimage to Mecca will have to be taken off his bucket list considering that they legally execute homosexuals in Saudi Arabia. the religion of peace?They must mean the religion of piece because I don’t see much that’s peaceful.
commented 2016-06-21 18:57:47 -0400
Canada will be at civil war soon
commented 2016-06-21 17:05:24 -0400
Ramadan Bombathon 2016 Day number 16

Muslims often insist that other religions are just as violent as theirs and that the bigger problem is “Islamophobia”.
We put that narrative to the rest each Ramadan with a running count of ALL terror attacks categorized by motive.

Motive – Terror in the name of Islam………………..Attacks = 122.….….Kills = 938
Motive – All other religions combined …………….Attacks = 0…………Kills = 0
Motive – By Islamophobes…………………………….Attacks = 0…………Kills = 0

Source: TheReligionofPeace.com

Those who live by the sword will be shot by those of us who have progressed.

Author unknown
commented 2016-06-21 16:46:42 -0400
Since 9/11 IN THE NAME OF ISLAM: Attacks – 31,172, Killed – 197,559, Injured – 277,437.
commented 2016-06-21 15:58:57 -0400
Maybe that’s the new leftard or Clinton bumper sticker… 🙉🙊🙈
commented 2016-06-21 15:57:43 -0400
For Islam to win all the people need do is stick there heads in the sand or turn away and do nothing… 🙈🙉🙊
commented 2016-06-21 15:54:16 -0400
Yeah — no That’s not going to work

Good to see and hear you every day now CANDICE
commented 2016-06-21 15:18:55 -0400
The immoral,mendacious, and odious Wynne is not a lazy bitch, Keith. She is an accomplice in the movement of Islamic Jihad. “You can’t fight Homophobia with Islamophobia” is her scatter-brained edict. She is morally and intellectually bankrupt.
commented 2016-06-21 15:14:54 -0400
Why did you not say the word “nigga” as it was written in the twitter, Candice.
I very much appreciate your commentary and point of view, but why are you practicing such petty political correctness? You said the word “faggot” fully.
If you were teaching Huckleberry Finn or the fiction of Flannery O’Connor, would you omit the use of the term “nigger”?
commented 2016-06-21 15:12:27 -0400
Now if Pig Wynne could only get off her fat ass and have that muslim hate monger at Yonge and Dundas arrested.

Lazy bitch!!!