Originally published under the title “Mulcair Lost by Bowing to Islamism.”
Former New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Thomas Mulcair defended the right of a Muslim woman to wear the niqab during her Canadian citizenship swearing-in ceremony.
Thomas Mulcair, the man who could have been Canada’s first New Democrat prime minister, will now be remembered as a blip in the country’s political history. Having lost last year’s election, and not having had the grace to step down as leader of the party at that time, Mulcair was unceremoniously dumped by party activists at last week’s NDP convention in Edmonton.
The conventional wisdom is he was fired by the NDP for losing the election by trying to steer the party towards victory along a path that sacrificed the party’s social democratic heritage.
The truth, however, lies elsewhere. Despite Mulcair’s lurch to the right, he could still have been prime minister had it not been for his outlandish support for the right of a Muslim woman to wear the Islamic niqab at her Canadian citizenship swearing in ceremony. The issue so captured the minds of Canadians that Maclean’s, in its Sept. 25, 2015 issue, labelled the campaign “The niqab election.”
By his own admission, Mulcair’s backing of the niqab cost the NDP ‘terribly.’
By his own admission to CBC radio on Feb. 13, Mulcair said his backing of the niqab cost the NDP heavily. He told Chris Hall on CBC Radio’s The House, “(The niqab) hurt us terribly … I can share with you that the polling we did showed we dropped over 20 points in 48 hours here in Quebec because of the strong stand I took on the niqab.”
Even in this admission, Mulcair made it sound as if he had stood up for Rosa Parks, not a Pakistani immigrant telling Canadians how we need to change our laws to accommodate her.
Even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as leader of the then third place Liberal party, also backed the niqab, there was more at stake for Mulcair because the NDP’s power base was in Quebec, where people were vocally against all things overtly Islamist.
Indeed, in the middle of the federal election campaign, at least four sitting MPs of the NDP from Quebec denounced the party’s niqab policy.
But this subject, central to the NDP’s election debacle, did not come up at last weekend’s convention. Not one word was said about Mulcair’s decision to defend the most misogynistic apparel on earth, one that stamps women as physical possessions to be protected from the supposed sexual depravity of men. Like ostriches, and similar to left wing parties around the globe, the New Democrats simply wanted to stay away from any culture war involving Islamists.
Islamism has become the new sacred cow of the left.
Islamism has become the new sacred cow for the left. No criticism of anything related to Islamic sharia is permitted, as if such discourse itself is blasphemy.
There is also a bizarre movement among left wing feminists to label oppressive anti-women laws written by Muslim men as a human right of Muslim women, with any criticism of these laws labelled as Islamophobia.
New Democrats had a chance to fight Islamist misogyny but instead chose cowardice and, post election, have avoided discussing the niqab issue as if it had never happened.
Canadians, especially the Québécois, will not elect NDP apologists for Islamism today or in the future.
New Democrats should recognize the elephant in the room for what it is — a challenge to secular liberal democratic society and individual liberty.
They should listen to Trevor Phillips, Britain’s former human rights commissioner, who popularized the term “Islamophobia” in 1997, but now admits he “got almost everything wrong” on Muslim issues, noting many followers of Islam are creating “nations within nations” in the West.
Tarek Fatah, a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress and columnist at the Toronto Sun, is a Robert J. and Abby B. Levine Fellow at the Middle East Forum.
A Sa’ar 4.5-class Corvette of the Israeli Navy fires its canons during a naval exercise off the coast of Israel.
Israel’s Defense Ministry on Sunday announced a series of deals for the purchase of combat systems from local defense industries in the amount of $420 million by the end of this year. This is part of a project to acquire warships whose mission would to protect natural gas platforms within Israel’s “economic waters” in the Mediterranean against military threats.
An Israeli soldier training in Krav Maga.
Several dozen members of the Indian military are currently learning how to protect themselves using the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga, India Today reported this weekend.
“I brought Krav Maga to India in year 2002 after intensive training in Israel,” Vikram Kapoor — the head instructor at the International Krav Maga Federation — was quoted as saying. “This is the only self-defense technique that is being evolved every moment and that is why it is the best.”
Culminating a three-year process, delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in Orlando on Thursday adopted a resolution titled “Seeking Peace in Israel and Palestine,” with approximately 98 percent voting in favor. The resolution calls on members to “avoid purchase of products associated with the occupation or produced in settlements in occupied territories.” It also establishes a process for the church to review its investments “for the purpose of withdrawing investments from companies that are profiting from the occupation.”
Rabbi Steven Wernick says Netanyahu recruited progressive Jews to find a compromise for the holy site; now that the PM has reneged, world Jewry won’t be silent
The fight for pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall is a battle already won by Jewry’s Conservative movement. For some 20 years, Conservative Jews have inhabited a spiritual home at Jerusalem’s contentious holy site, which they won through a series of Supreme Court cases — in a section allocated to the Davidson Archaeological
Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. (Photo credit: hebron.com)
In a secret ballot held at the World Heritage Committee’s 41st annual summit in Krakow Poland, on Friday, UNESCO voted twelve to three in favor declaring the Holy City of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs “Palestinian world heritage sites”.
The resolution described a Muslim history of the city while blatantly ignoring the Biblical narrative describing 3,000 years of Jewish connection to the site. Six countries abstained from the controversial vote which, at the request of Poland, Croatia, and Jamaica, was a secret ballot; a first for such a vote.
During last month’s 2017 Chicago Dyke March, the true face of “inclusion” among “progressives” finally surfaced. According to the Chicago based newspaper Windy City Times, the march proceeded calmly with people “of all races, genders and gender identities” attending, until “the Dyke March Collective ejected three people carrying Jewish Pride flags (a rainbow flag with a Star of David in the center).”
Something is terribly broken in the relationship between American and Israeli Jews. I say this as an American Jew who has lived in Israel for almost half a century. But if anyone thinks this started with Women of the Wall or PM Netanyahu’s recent – and I believe unfortunate – backtracking on the agreement over egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, he is suffering from selective memory, if not total denial.
gentleman from times gone by. He was soft-spoken, courtly, and wore his pants hoisted high and held up by suspenders; clearly, a European who had personally endured horrors in the last century.
Indeed, he had personally survived the Holocaust in Poland. Therefore, I could not immediately understand why he now attends a very left-wing synagogue—but, totally incomprehensible, was his unexpected and rather passionate defense of Poland and of the Poles. He argued on their behalf as if his very life still depended upon it.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s decision to visit Jerusalem but not Ramallah has prompted much comment.
The expectation of equal treatment goes back to the Oslo Accords’ signing in Sep. 1993, when the prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, represented his government in the handshake with Yasir Arafat, the much-despised chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. No one found it strange or inappropriate at the time but things look differently nearly a quarter century later.
Matthew Healy at the Atlantic, one of the few remaining liberal anti-censorship magazines, offers a disingenuous counterpoint to the debate over political correctness.
The attempts to silence dissenting points of view are counter-speech, according to Healy. And counter-speech is an important form of free expression.