Saturday, December 15, 2007

Little Mosque on the Prairie, Indeed

Denial Is Sickening
By Michael Coren

It's the episode of Little Mosque on the Prairie that I missed. The one where the father is so angry with his teenage daughter for not wearing the hijab that he strangles her to death. Perhaps it will be in the special features section of the DVD version, released just in time for the holiday that used to be known as Christmas, but not any longer because the word might hurt someone's feelings.

Not that we know why, or even if Muhammad Parvez killed his 16-year-old daughter Aqsa last week in Mississauga, Ont. But we do know that he has been charged with the crime and that friends told reporters there had been terrible arguments about Aqsa's refusal to wear Islamic head covering and that she wanted a different path from that of her family.

Most Canadian Muslim leaders immediately condemned what had happened but it didn't take very long for the usual suspects to explain on radio and television that the tragedy had nothing to do with the Muslim faith and that all religions contain extremism. Islam, we were told, is a religion of peace.

Which is probably just what the owner of a Christian bookstore in Gaza thought three months ago as he was murdered and his shop firebombed. Or Danny Pearl, shortly before the American journalist had his head cut off by Islamic terrorists -- who, naturally, filmed the whole thing and made sure their chants from the Koran were loud and clear.

Or the wretched gang-rape victim in Saudi Arabia sentenced to 200 lashes for daring to be in a car at the time of the crime with a man to whom she was not married or related. Or the women stoned to death for adultery. Or the Iranian men hanged because they were homosexual. Or the women who lived and died under the Taliban. Or the Christians persecuted and killed in Pakistan, Egypt and Sudan.

Or the young women in France, Britain and all over Europe killed by fathers and brothers for leaving Islam, dressing like other girls or dating non Muslims.

Or the teacher who allowed a student to name a teddy bear Muhammad, or Salman Rushdie's translator whose throat was cut from ear to ear, or movie director Theo Van Gogh who was slaughtered like an animal in the middle of a Dutch street.

And on and on. On until the denial is sickening. It's cultural, it's because of colonialism, it's because of Palestine, because of Iraq, because of misunderstanding. Because of anything other than Islam.

Only a bigot would argue that every Muslim was violent or opposed to Western freedom. But only a coward or a liar would argue that there was not a profound and deeply worrying link between conservative Islam and myriad acts of terror, intolerance and hysterical anger.

It is not I who say this but the countless Muslims who take to the streets at the drop of a cartoon to scream for blood and war; or the Muslims who preach jihad in North America and Europe, where they enjoy open societies founded on Christian enlightenment.

They may represent a minority, but the harm they do is incalculable. This dysfunctional venom does not come from Christian, Jew, Hindu or Buddhist and fatuous relativism will only blind the foolish. It is time for free discussion in this free country, whether it offends or not.


Blogger Michael Blaine said...

Only a coward or a liar would argue that there was not a profound and deeply worrying link between evangelical Christianity and myriad acts of terror, intolerance and hysterical anger.

Of course, prime among them is the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Michael Blaine, "Rudely Stamped"

11:21 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Your words prove NOTHING of what you claim and, as a result, you only wind up looking silly. Our going into Iraq wasn't done because of our faith--and it wasn't done because of the President's faith.

No one stood up and gave a speech that said 'God ordered us to invade Iraq'--and all the many diplomats, military personnel, government branches and civilians went along with it because they believe that, too.

Attcking Iraq had to do with his breaking 17 UN resolutions, not abiding by the treaty ending the Gulf War, his paying Palestinian suicide bombers, his dealing on the black market for WMD's, his attempt to further his supply of WMD's--which he'd already used on the Kurds--his harboring terrorists such as Abu Nidal, his not allowing proper UN weapons inspectors to do their jobs, and his threatening the United States and Israel with destruction.

I don't see 'God', 'faith', 'religion'--or any justification of the sort--within that rationale at ALL.

You have no facts with which to backup what you say--come back when you do.

11:48 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

P.S. On this blog, please first address the subject of the article under which you post.

This is not a sounding board for every unrelated crackpot bit of Bush Derangement Syndrome that drips off the Nutbar Left...

11:51 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

mb-The UN told us to go...and they haven't told us to leave yet, either.
I consider that a blatant giving away of our sovereignty. And that is more worrisome than going into Iraq.
If you hate Christianity so much, and probably Judaism as well, hurry off to Gaza, I'm sure that the PA and HAMAS will be happy to see you...or are you too much of a coward?
How about joining al quada in Iraq or Afghanistan? Don't just babble, ACT ON YOUR CONVICTIONS.
In the meantime(and I'll bet it's a VERY LONG meantime)go do your homework as far as the UN resolutions are concerned!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

Also, go talk to Iraqi's who are GOING HOME!

3:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Mike Coren! This was printed in the Toronto Sun? What a shocker! Islam IS horribly dysfunctional.


4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael you're not one of G-d's smartest creatures are you?

Worry not pal. While you whine, gnash your teeth, and curse those "terroristic and intolerant" Christians, they continue to take the fight to Allah's gangsters right in the middle of the viper's nest. This way you have the freedom to backstab them from your padded chair! What a guy.

This will probably make your day too. In addition to the TENS of thousands of brave young American Christians in the ME, there are thousands of Jewish soldiers and Marines. Believe me, I've seen a few muster sheets in my time.

I'll bet this just CHAPS your ass eh Mikey? Cheers!


4:52 AM  
Anonymous CHOMP - catfleas said...

"Little Mosque on the Prairie" features prominently on the ads of CBC ..Canada's popular tv station. It is written and produced by a Muslim woman. Perhaps, Canada should reconsider what it puts before it's citizens.

How long does it take to make Islam acceptable in Canada...or anywhere in the world?

7:13 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Morgan, TMW, you guys had me laughing like an ape this morning--you're both on a roll!

8:12 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

TMW--Praying you and Mikki up some decent weather, hon!

8:13 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

Excellent column, VerityInk!

As for Mr. Blaine, grow up, would you please?

Defending this nation and the rest of the world's Democracies requires invading evil countries who threaten our ways of life.

If you don't have the guts to join the fight, at least have the decency to sit down & STFU!

8:53 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

One more thing, Mike, don't bother advertising your stupid ass blog here. No one cares what a wimp traitor like you has to say about anything.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You ladies really let that piss ant have it! Well done, talk about a hearty laugh.


9:25 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

Well, I mean really, Morgan. These jerks are always exercising their rights to free speech when someone else's butt is on the line to protect them. They deserve to have those stupid asses of theirs kicked.

9:30 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

FW, THAT'S a touchdown! LOL!

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to that FW! This and the BALLOT BOX are how we can do it here at home without getting the police involved. I wonder how we'll keep the dead Dems from voting this year?
They sure do have some politically active corpses on their side...


1:39 PM  

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