So much wrong with this one hardly knows where to begin. Maher Arar, who holds dual Canadian and Syrian citizenship, was sent back to his other country by the US, where he alleges that he was tortured. For this reason, the Canadian government felt compelled to pay him something like $10,000,000.00 for his trouble and one of the things he does with it, is publish a magazine.
He recently published an article about Ottawa’s Free Thinking Film Society and some of the guest speakers it has brought.
Let’s do a little fact checking.
From his magazine Prism:
Anti-Islamic propagandists Anne Coulter of the U.S. and Geert Wilders of the Netherlands had their say not long ago in Ottawa. They warned Canadians against being nice to Canadian Muslims. Now others are following suit.
1. Ann Coulter never spoke in Ottawa. A collection of anti free speech Muslims and leftists stopped her with a fire alarm among other things before she could speak one word in Ottawa. Unless he meant some other woman who does have an E at the end of her name then I have no idea about it. But Ann Coulter never spoke in Ottawa at all.
Here is an associated Press video showing the cancelation:
As to Ms. Coulter telling people not to be nice to Muslims, well we know thats utter fabrication as we have established that she did not speak in Ottawa. Below, the speech by Geert Wilders in Ottawa. Please let me know if any of you can find anything he says which remotely says that “people should not be nice to Muslims”. However one can find a great deal of instruction in Koran, hadiths and especially, Reliance of the Traveller, advising Muslims to not take friends of the unbelievers.
Moving on to the second paragraph:
“Another function in Ottawa was then sponsored by The Free Thinking Film Society to feature Bruce Bawer and Hege Storhaug. Bawer’s recent book, Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom“, labels Islam a threat. Hege Storhaug is disturbed by the “Islamization of Norway.” The Free Thinking Film Society’s website describes Sharia, or law based on Islam, as akin to Nazism. Their rantings are wildly inaccurate.”
Well I’m glad he got one thing right. Bruce Bawer does indeed consider Islam a threat. The article does not say to what though. I think it would be safe to say that Mr. Bawer considers Islam a threat to modern multilateral liberal democracy. He may say that because pretty much every Muslim leader states that as often as they can when they have a Muslim audience. Mr. Bawer is also gay. He also no doubt considers Islam a threat to his rights as a gay person. Given the number of hangings in Iran of Gays and murder by stoning and other methods in the rest of the Islamic world and open declarations of areas being “homosexual Free Zones” in recently conquered territory by Muslims such as Tower Hamlets, London. However I challenge anyone to find a single reference to sharia law as being “akin to Nazism” on the Free Thinking Film Society’s web site. For the record, I think sharia law is very similar to Nazism in some ways while not being similar in others. Nazism for example, really liked most art, especially classical representative art while sharia law would have it all destroyed as blasphemy and idolatry. So in that way they are different. But in terms of, kill all the jews and make the world one uniform perfect utopia based on our image and kill or enslave all who do not agree” well in that way, Islam and Nazism do indeed have a lot in common. Just have a quick look at the huge amount of diversity of cultures and beliefs within Islamic nations for example. Of which, when you remove the slaves, there is none to speak of.
Here is the article from Mahar’s site. See how far you can get without needing an anti-emetic.
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