July 16, 2017

What if Bernie Farber didn’t equate fictional Islamophobia with real anti-Semitism?

David MenziesMission Specialist

I was reminded of the goofy “What If?” comic book series from Marvel that never gained traction after reading Bernie Farber’s recent piece of speculative fiction in NOW Magazine, Toronto’s weekly paper for social justice warriors

Farber, former head of the Canadian Jewish Congress, now runs the Mosaic Institute, a self-billed:

“think tank that creates platforms for learning and dialogue among diverse Canadian communities to advance justice, promote peace, and reduce conflict.”

I told you about a Farber column last November when he wrote that America’s Jewish and Muslim communities are now embracing one another due to the election of Donald Trump and the impending “white-lash” that would erupt any day now.

He outdoes himself in the speculative fiction department with his latest column though.

Farber lambastes parents who picketed in front of John Fraser Secondary School in Mississauga over the issue of the school board’s accommodation of Muslim prayer and religious practices.

He begins by suggesting they’re bigots and then ventures into the realm of the super-hypothetical by asking the reader to imagine in the not-too-distant future, Orthodox Jewish children in a similar situation seeking accommodation in a public school.

The fatal flaw in Farber’s argument is of course that we’ve never heard of any Jewish groups or Jewish individuals fighting for Jewish prayer accommodation in public schools.

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commented 2017-07-17 22:43:53 -0400
Michael, what are you saying? You insult Ezra and a few others on his payroll, and … what? Is there some point in that, other than that you don’t like Ezra or others like him (despite somehow paying enough attention to comment)? Is there anything in there about what the Menzoid was talking about? Is there anything other than hatred for Ezra et al in your head? Michael? Anyone home?
commented 2017-07-16 20:01:49 -0400
Where are we going from there, .. people with the same brain that I have , just don’t share the same logic,,..fffew…
commented 2017-07-16 19:58:00 -0400
This imam says that Muslims who accept laws that are contrary to Alla’s sharia law, will burn in hell. That’s a bit of a problem, wouldn’t you say?
commented 2017-07-16 18:17:33 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt commented – “This troll is obsessed with Ezra & Viktor”

I think they’re , desperately lonely abandoned kids and Ezra is their father figure.

The other trolls that come here (pun intended) are just pathological masturbators .
commented 2017-07-16 18:08:09 -0400
What’s the difference between a Nazi and an orthodox Nazi? Is it like a Liberal and an NDP? I’ve always wondered…
commented 2017-07-16 17:13:45 -0400
The Islamic State Canada will soon ban all religions in our Schools, for they intend to introduce the Death Cult called Islam to enlighten our Children. The UK did the same, starting in 2012 and since that year there have been 12,000 acid attacks in the City of London. The last one being against a Woman sitting in her car at a stop light, with the car window open. She is blind now.

Thanks Justin.
commented 2017-07-16 16:48:50 -0400
Sharia and Now. Now that would be funny to see.
commented 2017-07-16 16:37:45 -0400
Can’t wait until NOW is under Sharia control.
commented 2017-07-16 16:37:09 -0400
Michael Greenville still waiting for all this evidence you are pushing.
commented 2017-07-16 16:35:30 -0400
Kelly Weber if schools just taught and did not preach either way then i agree with you, but that is not the case. And some kid praying in school on their own time is not forcing anything on anyone. Your comment is an affront to basic freedom.
commented 2017-07-16 16:34:13 -0400
Kelly Weber you are right when it should be all or nothing, but what makes secularism the one to go with? They kill and force others to their views more than religious people do. And people choose which schools to support , so it is a free choice, why is that bad. And Catholic schools tend to teach better and get better results in subjects. How is pushing secular progressive crap any better than asking kids to follow some moral rules. Many secular parents send their kids their so they will actually learn.
commented 2017-07-16 14:30:11 -0400
I suppose that when the Jews start terrorist attacks against the west and western values, and the Hebrew Bible starts demanding beheadings, stoning sand death to the infidels, maybe then this ‘What If’, trash-paper owner might have something that normal people would believe.
commented 2017-07-16 14:08:03 -0400

To a certain extent we are in agreement on this one. It is either all religions receive accommodation, or none.
commented 2017-07-16 13:57:46 -0400
“[Farber] begins by suggesting they’re bigots and then ventures into the realm of the super-hypothetical by asking the reader to imagine in the not-too-distant future, Orthodox Jewish children in a similar situation seeking accommodation in a public school.”

One does not even need to imagine the educrat reaction to an esoteric minority like Orthodox Jews seeking religious accommodation. One can look at the Christian Academy of the Battle River School Board in Alberta to see that religions other than islam are not accommodated, even though education in a Christian context is the charter school’s mission. Or more generally, the banning of the ’Our Father" and invocations in schools.

If all religions were given equality to be accommodated, no one would care; except specialized atheists who oppose Judeo-Christian beliefs, but promote American Indian and islamic beliefs. It is the specialized treatment of one that is opposed.
commented 2017-07-16 13:55:13 -0400
All religions should be banned in public schools. They should do away with the Catholic school board too. You don’t even have to be Catholic anymore to attend catholic school. You want to pray go to church.
commented 2017-07-16 13:12:43 -0400
Well said Bill Elder. This troll is obsessed with Ezra & Viktor.
commented 2017-07-16 13:05:20 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt commented – “Michael J Grenville, back up your slanderous post with facts” You know trolls never provide evidence, they operate on slander (discredit by snide innuendo) As always, they try to delegitimize the message by slandering the messenger. This one has an obsession with Levant and stalks him – so consider the source as about as impotent as his thinly disguised mania.
commented 2017-07-16 13:04:55 -0400
Michael J Greenville, Since Mark Steyn and Ezra were taken to various Human Rights commissions years ago, I’ve been looking into Islam and it’s affect on both the West and on Muslims. I also studied it in university. I didn’t like Islam then and I don’t like Islam now.

What I hear on the Rebel is correct! Perhaps because many modern-day Jews are still Marxists, they’ve joined the unholy alliance of Feminist/Leftists and Islamists, both of whom want to tear down this society and replace it with something else.
commented 2017-07-16 12:31:13 -0400
Farber’s reasoning is deeply conflicted. The man has no sense of shame.
commented 2017-07-16 12:29:11 -0400
Michael J Grenville, back up your slanderous post with facts. You made the comments, it’s up to you to to prove it.
Others have already told you this….are you slow ?
commented 2017-07-16 12:24:39 -0400
Farber’s arguments are laughable, thanks for reporting on this David Menzies. Farber seems to be counting the days until legislation arising from M-103 is enacted. What a truly misguided/warped socialist…another Bernie with an agenda!

Seems Bernie Farber took the steps in the article below to heart, instead of reading it with reality lens firmly in place. The author wrote an excellent sarcasm piece!
Become a Successful Left Wing Muslim Apologist With These Six Steps!
commented 2017-07-16 12:20:54 -0400
Ezra Levant is a proven liar. Another columnist on this website is a convicted fraudster. It is no surprise, then, that this Menzies whatsisname, who is known to spread lies about people he wants to trash, is given a spot on this website.

Children, you may have read my comments here before. If you are still wondering what my assertions are all about, I challenge you to go out, do your own research, and then get back to me. I know there will be some of you who will blindly trash me without doing any research. It’s alright for you to call me names. I can take that. What does sadden me is when someone does that out of ignorance of the facts. 😎