Month: January 2014

Time to get with the times

timesThough the face of Cambridge is changing with the influx of immigrants to our fair city, the Times remains mired somewhere back in the white-bread, 1980’s. Our local paper fails miserably to reflect the rich diversity that differentiates today’s multicultural mosaic from the boring old melting pot of yesteryear.  As a long time reader of the Times, I acknowledge that there have been a few letters to the editor from people bearing exotic names and an odd story or two of an expansion to a local mosque but that’s about the extent of it. The Times can stand to warm up the cold evenings of the polar vortex by featuring some spicy stories from the vibrant multicultural community of Cambridge.

 Why not have a regular guest columnist expressing the views from new cultures calling Cambridge home? The Times can arguably stand to have James Hagerty share fewer revelations from his boudoir and instead open the door to authentic revelations on the hereafter via an “Imam’s Corner” column. Modeled after the ever popular Hockey Night in Canada’s “Coach’s Corner”, an affable Imam could use his 400 words every week to showcase a Koranic lesson

or recount an instance of Mohammed’s exemplary behavior. This would certainly be a public service to new converts to Islam in Canada who have an alarming propensity to“self-radicalize” in exactly the same way and inexplicably run off to join Al Qaeda.

South Secondary School Alumnus, and short lived convert to Islam Xristos Katsiroubas

convert to Islam Xristos Katsiroubas Algerian jihad

Damian Clairmont aka mustafa-al-gharib-damier - Syrian front

Damian Clairmont aka mustafa-al-gharib-damier – Syrian Jihad

Andre Poulin aka Abu Muslim - Syrian Jihad

Andre Poulin aka Abu Muslim – Syrian Jihad

Walter Gowing can dedicate every 4th column to provide much needed context to explain the latest affront to cultural sensitivity that has been caused by some clumsy Islamophobe or expound on how intolerable Gideon Bible giveaways can be to newly arrived immigrants.  In the “Ask a Professional” feature of the Times, “how-to don a niqab” would be both wildly popular and topical.  In subsequent weeks the Islamic haute couture consultant can follow-up with “how to avoid running over pedestrians while driving with your veil” or answer the perplexing and uniquely Muslim Canadian question “is it immodest to wear your parka over your burka?” The editorial page should be used to elevate the social conscience of Cambridge citizens and rally them to address the pressing needs of pious believers in our previously secular community. If only readers understood the challenges faced by marginalized citizens who bear so many religious obligations and have so few public prayer rooms and foot baths to accommodate their needs, they’d be willing to pay higher taxes and zakat too. The editor could easily shame school boards, City Hall and Premier Wynne to make long overdue investments in barrier-free access for our religiously observant citizens.   The Times could be a leader in the Waterloo Region and be the first to provide Halal Classified ads section. We’d certainly be a world class city with adverts for cheap, alcohol- free flights for the Hajj, ads for Sharia compliant marriage counselors and post sisters-only swim times at our public pools!

The possibilities are endless so one must ask – isn’t a community newspaper supposed to reflect its community? When will the Times get with the times?

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7 signs your religion is seriously messed up

1 1. the rankings for the nations of the world where your religion is in the majority are weighted very heavily at the bottom end of the world quality of life index.

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The yellow areas in the map above showing the lowest quality of life look appear as red and orange  – extreme and high levels of human rights violations below: 

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and substantially like the the map of OIC. oic

2    2. your  co-religionists cannot coexist in peace with any other religion (or any other sect of your religion).

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world conflicts today

“Islam’s borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilisation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.”
Samuel P. Huntington

For every orange or red coloured country on the world conflict map above, there are headlines more often than not revealing the belligerents (often from both side of the conflict) as devout followers of the “Religion of Peace” ™ .

iraq kashmir

lebanon nigeria

philippines       syria thailand russia

When mainstream media identifies a terrorist group or a killer as “Islamic” you can be certain that there is overwhelming evidence linking the thug(s) to Islam.  Even when blood thirsty murderers are on video chanting allah akbar,  flying a flag declaring the Shahada or if a martyrdom video surfaces paying tribute to their newly deceased comrade on YouTube, the media will down play religion as nothing more than a curious coincidence.  The media reports Muslim converts by their chosen Islamic name (like Muhammad Ali) when they are a success  but ignores them in favour of their former Christian names when they become murderers (like Michael Adebolajo).

3.      3. it is a crime to abandon your religion and the punishment is death.

According to the Islamic best seller “Reliance of the Traveller”, the punishment for apostasy (IE leaving Islam) is death.

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 Text from the “Islamic Sacred  Law” addressing the “vile” crime of apostasy.

Is it any wonder then that so many pious folks around the world think in line with this sacred law?

78% of Pakistanis believe that apostates from Islam should be killed.

84% of Egyptian Muslims and 86% of Jordanians beleive that apostates should be killed.

But thankfully only 33% of British Muslim students believe that apostates should be killed.

4.       4.  crowds of your coreligionists gather in demonstrations to wish death upon their foes.

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Iran                  (photo credit – michaelmurray.ca)

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Europe             (photo credit nairaland.com)

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Above, Muslims from “moderate” Indonesia protest near the embassy of Myanmar in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters

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6.      5.  clerics in your religion are morally challenged.

abu hamzaAbu Hamza (right) – formerly Finsbury Park Mosque Imam is currently in jail in the US for instigation of terrorism and soliciting murder of non-Muslims.

Yemen al-Qaida

Anwar Al-Awlaki (below) – formerly imam at several prominent US mosques including Dar Al-Hijrah in Virginia, the late Al-Awlaki was spiritual advisor to several 9 -11 hijackers, the Christmas underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Fort Hood mass murderer Colonel Nidal Hasan.   Al-Awlaki was at one time hailed as a voice of moderate Islam and attended a Pentagon luncheon after 9/11 but was ultimately executed by the US and killed by drone in Yemen.

Imam Ahmad Afzali  – deported from US for covering up plot to bomb New York subways

Imam Hafiz Khan – sentenced in Florida for financing Taliban

Imam Luqman Abdullah  – shot by FBI agents in operation to bust stolen goods ring

Imam Mohammed Hanif Khan – found guilty of raping 2 boys in Stoke-on-Trent UK

Imam Luqman Abdullah
Imam Luqman Abdullah

Sheikh Hilali aka the Uncovered Meat Sheikh currently imam at Lakemba mosque in Sydney Australia and formerly Mufti of Australia gained notoriety for his infamous quotation delivered in Arabic in an Australian mosque addressing a series of rapes saying ” If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it … whose fault is it, the cats’ or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab,  no problem would have occurred.” Despite charges for smuggling goods into the Australia and delivering many controversial sermons, he was awarded “Muslim Man of the Year” Award in 2005.

7.       6. converts to your religion gain notoriety quickly –  for their murderous acts.

Pious murderer and convert to Islam

Pious murderer and convert to Islam Michael Adebolago   (Mirror UK)

Unrepentant murderer and convert to Islam Michael Adebowale (Mirror UK)

Unrepentant murderer and convert to Islam Michael Adebowale (Mirror UK)

Dimitri Sokolov aka Abdul Jabbar - bomber and convert to Islam

Dimitri Sokolov aka Abdul Jabbar – convert to Islam, Volgograd bomb maker and widower.

South Secondary School Alumnus, and short lived convert to Islam Xristos Katsiroubas

South Secondary School Alumnus, jihadist and short lived convert to Islam Xristos Katsiroubas

Colleen LaRose aka Jihad Jane - proud convert to Islam

Colleen LaRose aka Jihad Jane – proud convert to Islam

Wanted "white widow" Samantha Lewthwaite - convert to Islam

Wanted “white widow” Samantha Lewthwaite – convert to Islam

the late Damian Clairmont aka mustafa-al-gharib-damier - Syrain jihadist and passionate convert to Islam

the late Damian Clairmont aka mustafa-al-gharib-damier – Syrrian jihadist and passionate convert to Islam

There may be bad figs in every bunch but the small percentage of converts to Islam within the small percentage of Muslims in the West amounts to a very, very small proportion of the total population of the West yet these few people have made their actions known! Congratulations Religion of Peace – you are no doubt proud!

       7. you can’t read this without getting  offended.