8.18.2010

The Religion of Intimidation Crosses the Border

The religion of peace has shown its true colors once again, this time north of the American border. 

The growing debate over the proposed Ground Zero Cordoba House mosque in New York has become international.  And so have the threats.

Raheel Raza, a Canadian and the founding member of the Muslim Canadian Congress, had previously spoke out against the mosque idea, calling it "“a deliberate provocation".

As reported in the Sun, after returning from a meeting in N.Y. regarding the mosque (Raza was joined by Maureen Basnickim, a Canadian widow of 9-11), Raza says she received a phone call from a man who said his name was Sharif El Gamal.

"He accused me of 'jumping into’ the meeting he called and then said 'May Allah protect you.’ I was shocked and hung up.” said Raza.

“Why would I need Allah’s protection?”

I have often accused so-called 'moderate Muslims' of being conspicuously silent when it came to the more radical elements of their religion.  For the most part, I still believe that the majority of the people who follow the Islamic doctrine are doing themselves no favors by standing on the sidelines.

However, it is obvious that fear and intimidation await common sense Muslims who dare speak out against actions such as the 9/11 attacks and the offensive construction of the Ground Zero 'Victory Mosque'.

While groups such as the SIOA are doing a yeoman's job in bringing the matter - and valid opposition - to the public forum, this incident proves that it is people like Raheel Raza, a female Muslim no less, who show true courage by voicing the truth.

And for it, she receives not-so-veiled threats.

Contacted via telephone by Sun writer Brian Lilley in New York, El Gamal denied ever making the call.  Naturally.

Religion of peace?  Maybe.  Religion of intimidation?  Definitely.

* hat tip to Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau

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