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Justin Trudeau is slated to speak on December 22 at a Toronto Islamic conference sponsored by IRFAN-Canada, which, according to the Canada Revenue Agency, is “an integral part of an international fundraising effort to support Hamas.” DAVID BOILY/AFP FILES
Despite protests from the Muslim Canadian Congress and B’nai Brith, it seems Justin Trudeau will be speaking at the Islamist convention in Toronto on Saturday, one that will feature a who’s who of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and pro-Hamas speakers from around the world.
The Toronto conference was sponsored by IRFAN-Canada, which the Canada Revenue Agency maintains “is an integral part of an international fundraising effort to support Hamas” and has “maintained partnerships” with organizations that have direct ties to Hamas.
With no sign of the storm subsiding, Trudeau’s pro-Hamas hosts had the perfect solution; they simply airbrushed the evidence out of existence. With the stroke of a mouse, the words “IRFAN-Canada” disappeared from their website. Erasing facts is not new to authoritarians.
Trudeau’s back-room handlers must be pretty pleased with the deft handling of the controversy by IRFAN-Canada.
But not so fast. Exit IRFAN, enter CAIR.
Before IRFAN-Canada was made to evaporate, another Islamist organization with a questionable record had entered the fray, declaring critics of the Islamist convention as “anti-Muslim.” Pro-Hamas CAIR has branches across North America. Its Canadian branch, CAIR-Can, came out swinging in defence of the convention, labelling criticism of IRFAN-Canada’s sponsorship of the event as “yet another example of Islamophobic vitriol aimed at marginalizing and vilifying Muslims.”
CAIR-Can’s bullying did not end there. In a letter Tuesday to MP Marc Garneau, another Liberal leadership contender, who refused to join Trudeau at the Islamic convention, CAIR accused him of painting “Canadian Muslims as un-Canadian.” It said Garneau’s words contributed to the “corrosion of the social fabric” of Canada. The stepped-up hyperbole accused Garneau of pre-judging “nearly one million other (Muslim) Canadians.” While Islamists targeted Garneau, their allegations were factually incorrect.
CAIR-Can inaccurately tried to portray all Canadian Muslims as one large flock of sheep, devoid of independent thought.
But it saved its harshest criticism for the Quebec-based blog Point de Bascule for exposing the work of Islamists in Canada.
Claiming Point de Bascule has an “Islamophobic bias,” CAIR-Can accused the group of taking “aim at Muslims using misinformation to foster fear and suspicion.” Again, not true. Point de Bascule has organized two conferences in Montreal with Muslim speakers.
Some of us Muslims are quite used to being labelled as anti-Muslim.
Accusing a Muslim of apostasy is the ultimate slur and a scare tactic. Many Muslims have been killed by Islamic radicals based on such false claims.
What is troubling is an aspiring leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, who wishes to be prime minister, is willing to put his stamp of approval on these veiled charges of apostasy.
Case in point, two Muslims in Saudi jails and many more in Iran face death for merely questioning clerical authority.
Let us see if Trudeau denounces these attempts by Islamists to silence Muslims.
Will Liberal Trudeau demand immediate release of Raef Badawi of the “Saudi Liberal Network,” who rots in prison facing death on charges of being an anti-Islamist Muslim?
Or how about Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari, who faces the gallows on similar charges?
On Saturday, Trudeau will have a choice.
He can either side with us liberal Muslims, or he can back the ultra-right Islamists of the Islamic world and the West, who condemn us as apostates.