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Muslim moderates threatened in phone call
CTV Toronto ^ | Mar. 22 2007

Posted on 03/24/2007 9:49:06 AM PDT by Dan Evans

Police have launched a hate-crime investigation after a phone call was received by the Muslim Canadian Congress from a man who vowed to "slaughter" members of the group unless they stop speaking publicly about Islam.

The message warned organization members that they must "cease from your campaign of smearing Islam" or "I will slaughter you." It was left on the voice mail of the secretary-general for the Congress on Monday.

The caller mentioned Congress founder Tarek Fatah and current president Farzana Hassan-Shahid by name.

Both have openly criticized the politicization of Islam and alleged influence of Iran and Saudi Arabia in Canadian mosques. They have also been threatened in the past.

After publishing her book "Islam, Women and the Challenges of Today," Hassan-Shahid faced hecklers and had her home vandalized.

"But swearing by God that `I will do this and slaughter all of you,' that's pretty chilling," she told the Toronto Star.

"He said that we are a Munafiq organization. Munafiq really means a 'hypocrite' and to call someone like me a hypocrite I think is totally erroneous and fallacious," Hassan-Shahid told CTV Newsnet.

"I have a different understanding of my faith and it's not hypocritical. I've been articulating it in a very honest manner so I think that that in itself is a fallacy and he needs to overcome it," Hassan-Shahid said, when asked what she would tell the caller if given a chance.

Known for his opposition to Sharia law, Fatah campaigned against a 2005 effort to introduce the religious arbitration courts into Ontario law.

A threat last August convinced him to resign as communications director for the Congress.

Jason Kenney, Canada's secretary of state for multiculturalism, said he was deeply disturbed by Monday's threat and notified Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day of the incident.

"Threats of violence against individuals for their political or religious views have no place in this country," Kenney told the Star.

"It's totally unacceptable and I would hope the whole community - both the Muslim communities and the broader community -- would stand in solidarity with those who are being threatened."

Reports say both Fatah and Hassan-Shahid won't stop speaking out but they are frustrated with the lack of public debate and the inability to air their views without the threat of violence.


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Fatah and Hassan-Shahid won't stop speaking out but they are frustrated with the lack of public debate and the inability to air their views without the threat of violence.

Just in case anyone out there wonders why there aren't more moderate Muslims.

1 posted on 03/24/2007 9:49:07 AM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: Dan Evans

Ya gotta love dese holy guys. What they'll do for their moon god.


2 posted on 03/24/2007 9:54:56 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Dan Evans

"Jason Kenney, Canada's secretary of state for multiculturalism,....."


Oh boy. These are the idiots responsible for the environment producing this crap.


3 posted on 03/24/2007 10:06:05 AM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: Dan Evans

It time to stand up now or else "slaughter" will be a common thing.


4 posted on 03/24/2007 10:07:56 AM PDT by oyez (In politics perception is reality.)
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To: Dan Evans

Who's to say that things like this aren't set up by the muslims in order to draw attention to themselves?


5 posted on 03/24/2007 10:08:28 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Dan Evans

It's hard to be openly moderate when someone may saw the head of your child off.

There was the case in Tulsa a while back where the muslim was tossed out of his mosque for writing an editorial suggesting that muslims need to step up and help America fight terrorism.


6 posted on 03/24/2007 10:09:19 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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Poor bastards get it from all sides. The Islamists want to take off their heads, and the Islamophobe bigots brand them as unpersons ("there ain't no sucha thing as a moderate Mooselimb").

Worst of all the MSM almost completely ignores them. They only seem to want the Muslims from "central casting," i.e. fake moderates or open Islamists.

The latter is the most infuriating, and probably the most damaging. What are ordinary Muslims to think when see and hear even secular Western media branding the views of extremists and Islamists as normative?

Take for instance the cartoon controversy from last year. Nearly every media outlet reported as simple fact that Islam prohibits depictions of The Prophet (Mohammad) or showing his face. It's not like it would have taken a great deal of research to document the falsity of this, at least as a universal claim. There are pious depictions of Mohammad in museums and mosques all over the world that show his face. I've got a book on my own shelf that shows dozens of them.

7 posted on 03/24/2007 10:09:35 AM PDT by Stultis (I don't worry about the war turning into "Vietnam" in Iraq; I worry about it doing so in Congress.)
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To: Dan Evans
Muslims will do just fine if they change the name of their religion along with its god, prophet, holy writ, tenets of faith, sacraments, celebrations, and vestments.

9 posted on 03/24/2007 10:15:09 AM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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"Just in case anyone out there wonders why there aren't more moderate Muslims."

yeah right, this is why there aren't more moderate muslims.


10 posted on 03/24/2007 10:18:09 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: Dan Evans

11 posted on 03/24/2007 10:18:36 AM PDT by Gritty (Islam is a system in which there is simply no scope for individual reasoning Srdja Trifkovic)
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To: taxesareforever
Who's to say that things like this aren't set up by the muslims in order to draw attention to themselves?

Or to demonstrate what can happen to you if you stray from the flock.

12 posted on 03/24/2007 10:19:17 AM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: Stultis

Liberals are doing a great deal of damage to moderate muslims too.

Liberalism would do great things for the mideast. It certainly takes the fight out of a population. Unfortunately, western liberals only support those who oppose us no matter how brutal and backward they are.

If western liberals had any sense they wouldn't blindly encourage islamic extremists while discouraging moderates.


13 posted on 03/24/2007 10:20:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Stultis
Poor bastards get it from all sides. The Islamists want to take off their heads, and the Islamophobe bigots brand them as unpersons ("there ain't no sucha thing as a moderate Mooselimb").

A moderate Muslim is a heretic. That is why they will get killed along with the Infidels.

They are probaly more hated than us by the Muslims who follow the fundamentals of the religion. Which is subjugating , converting or killing non believers.

For a Muslim to make nice with infidels is forbidden in the Koran. - Tom

14 posted on 03/24/2007 10:23:41 AM PDT by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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Just in case anyone out there wonders why there aren't more moderate Muslims.

There are a few, but they are becoming fewer and increasingly more silent.

15 posted on 03/24/2007 10:25:37 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Dan Evans; fanfan; GMMAC; Clive

ping.


16 posted on 03/24/2007 10:49:19 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: taxesareforever

That's being a bit paranoid--personal opinion.


17 posted on 03/24/2007 10:52:22 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: spuriusferox

Some of the Dutch film included things which Christians should have objected to, had they been forced to see it.


18 posted on 03/24/2007 10:54:55 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: driftdiver
It is one reason.

And people such as you are another.

19 posted on 03/24/2007 10:55:50 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu; GMMAC; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...
Thanks for the ping Jedi.

Canada ping.

Please send me a FReepmail to get on or off this Canada ping list.

20 posted on 03/24/2007 10:57:00 AM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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