Defense Minister Peter MacKay has cancelled a public talk by the executive director of the Canadian Islamic Congress, saying his organization is too “extremist.”
Montreal Gazette The Defence Department’s visible minority advisory group had arranged the small event for Monday morning at the National Defence headquarters. Folk dancers from Bosnia and Herzegovina were to perform for 30 minutes; Delic was to speak for 20 minutes; and then there would be more cultural demonstrations.
Instead, MacKay’s office released a terse statement late Friday saying: “Minister MacKay took the decision to cancel Imam Zijad Delic’s’s role based on extremist views promulgated by the Canadian Islamic Congress (which) has declared that Israelis over the age of 18 are legitimate targets of suicide bombers. These types of comments don’t support Islamic Heritage, they simply divide Canadians, promulgate hate and they have no place in Monday’s celebrations.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney singled out the group in a 2009 speech, saying it is part of “an ongoing review” by the government, citing the same comments.
Delic remarked: “It’s all motivated politically. There is no truth to what has been said (that the group is radical).”(YAWN)
He said he had hoped to talk about Muslim participation in the Canadian armed forces, and how it is important for Muslims to become involved in the international struggle against terrorism. (And it makes it so much easier to kill Canadian soldiers when you’re one of them)
“You do things that you think will contribute, and all of a sudden . . . now I am not compatible. To me it’s totally senseless. I’m still just gasping. It’s a big insult, it attacks the personality, the integrity.” (Boo fricken hoo) H/T Lee S