Fortunately, the Canadian government denied Naik a visa this year. Still, more than 10,000 proponents of Shari’a Law are expected to attend the Journey of Faith Conference in Toronto, July 2-4.
That may sound benign, but that fact alone should alarm this entire country. The conference, sold as one of the largest Islamic conferences in North America, headlines speakers with such vile and repugnant views, that to repeat them almost smacks of satire and farce.
Dr. Zakir Naik, a popular Indian Muslim televangelist, who has — thanks largely to the alarm raised by Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress — been denied a visa to come to Canada.
Naik, billed as an expert on the Qur’an on the conference website, has said “every Muslim should be a terrorist,” that gays and lesbians should be sentenced to capital punishment, that a man has the right to beat his wife, though he warned his devoted followers to avoid leaving a mark or hitting her on the face, and, surprise, surprise, he says that Jews are the “staunchest enemy” of Muslims. He is, ironically and comically, the founder of Peace TV. You couldn’t make this stuff up. It’s as Orwellian as, well, Orwell’s 1984 in which the Ministry of Truth promoted slogans like: “War is Peace,” “Freedom is Slavery,” “Ignorance is Strength.”
Despite being denied a visa to Canada and being banned from Britain where he was to attend a “Peace” conference there, Naik was still listed as the headline speaker on the event website until Friday morning and he dominates the benign-looking posters covered in Barbie-doll pink splashes of colour that are apparently still hanging in Toronto subway stations.
The conference organizers sought out Naik because he’s considered an expert on the Qur’an and that’s the theme for this year’s event — “The Holy Qur’an.”
Now, that the jig is up and Naik’s livelihood — so reliant on the wilful blindness of the tolerant West — is being jeopardized, Naik is saying his comments about terrorism were taken out of context. You be the judge. Here are Naik’s exact words from a 2007 video: “But if you ask my view, if given the truth, if he (Osama bin Laden) is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him. If he is terrorizing the terrorists, if he is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist.”
So, naturally, it’s a huge relief that Naik isn’t allowed into the country, right? Not at all, says Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, which fights Islamism.The other lecturers slated to speak — while not as high profile — are a pretty scary bunch as well, with no less repugnant views about homosexuals (they should be killed), Jews (they are “filth” and should “go to Hell,”) and Americans (they are terrorists).
“Every participant in the event is guilty of endorsing gay-bashing, Jew-hatred and the second-class status of women,” explained Fatah on Friday. “These young men and women may not be the infantry of the worldwide Islamist jihad against humanity, but they are certainly its cheerleaders and are playing the role of termites undermining the foundations of Western civilization.”
Saying repugnant things is — and must be — allowed in Canada. However, urging people to break the law by beating their wives, becoming terrorists and advocating the killing of gays and lesbians are not acceptable forms of speech. It’s one thing to say, “I hate (fill in the blank),” and quite another to urge people to kill them. Calgary Herald H/T LEE