Monday, November 15, 2010 | Categories: Books |
In October, the Canadian Military was celebrating Islamic History Month and as part of its celebrations, had invited Iman Zijad Delic to deliver a talk to a forum it had organized.
Hours before Iman Delic was to deliver his talk, Defence Minister Peter MacKay cancelled the invitation to speak saying through a spokesperson that Iman Delic's organization, The Canadian Islamic Congress, promotes violence.
The decision to cancel the speech, probably attracted more attention that the speech itself would have. The copy of the speech released by the Canadian Islamic Congress is just a little bit more than five pages long and is filled with references to pluralism, multiculturalism and religious tolerance and diversity.
But that wasn't the view of Tarek Fatah, journalist and founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress. He applauded Peter MacKay's decision to cancel the speech by Iman Delic and went further suggesting that there are Muslim groups in Canada condoning armed jihad and that the circles of outreach created by the Department of Foreign Affairs, National Defence and the RCMP have been "thoroughly infiltrated by Islamists".
As a journalist and Author, Tarek Fatah is no stranger to arguments about free speech. He is a long time advocate of arguing in the public square and confronting wrong ideas and hateful speech with better ideas and tolerant speech.
His latest book makes a strong and compelling case that faulty thinking; hateful thinking and hateful speech all lay behind Muslim Anti-Semitism. The Jew is Not My Enemy has just been published and this Sunday. He was in our Toronto Studios.