In an essay I posted yesterday, I wondered whether fundamentalist Muslims—those who believe the Koran is the unalterable word of God—could ever live as law abiding residents in secular Canada. Today, I’m troubled by a National Post report that might signify that the answer is, no.
“Even if the use of violence is not outwardly expressed, the creation of isolated communities can spawn groups that are exclusivist and potentially open to messages in which violence is advocated. At a minimum, the existence of such [Islamist] mini-societies undermines resilience and the fostering of a cohesive Canadian nation.”
– Integrated Threat
Here, of course, we are not talking about all Muslims in Canada, for many in this country have come to terms with secular societies decades ago. These are what many might call heterodox Muslims to distinguish them from the orthodox (fundamentalist) Muslims who seem far more likely to become radicals.
Many Canadian Muslims are moderates who came to Canada from British Commonwealth countries in Africa, North African secular countries like Tunisia and elsewhere. They—including members of the Ismaili sect of Islam, some known as Khojas—are more heterodox than orthodox.
These moderate people have come here to participate in our democracy and share Canada’s vision and values, quite unlike the more hard-core followers/supporters/sympathizers of Islamist fundamentalist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb-ut-Tahrir, or the Sunni Islamic sect known as Wahhabi, which is financed from Saudi Arabia.
Fortunately for us, the Wahhabis are, apparently, not quite so influential in Canada as they are in the United States where they have an extremely influential political lobby. But even in Canada they reportedly receive a substantial amount of funding from abroad and are considered by many to be a potential threat to Western security.
The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamist movement and the largest political opposition in many Arab states. They are reportedly the world’s oldest and largest Islamic political group.
Hizb-ut-Tahrir is an international Islamic political organization, which seeks to unify all Muslim countries into an Islamic state (a caliphate) ruled by Islamic law. The National Post reports that last year Hizb-ut-Tahrir invited Muslims to a conference in Mississauga, Ontario to discuss the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.
While neither the Muslim Brotherhood or Hizb-ut-Tahrir advocates terrorist violence, they do promote an ideology at odds with Western values and norms.
Both the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb-ut-Tahrir are featured in the National Posts’ report. The report was written by the Integrated Threat Assessment Centre—a group made up of representatives from CSIS, the RCMP, Foreign Affairs, National Defence and other agencies—which monitors threats to Canada’s national security. This is the real McCoy. Apparently, a copy of the report was obtained under the Access to Information Act.
The report states in part:
“Some Islamists advocate isolationism and the establishment of a parallel society. Isolationism can lead to conditions where extreme messages can incubate and eventually become the catalyst for violence. At a minimum, isolationism undermines a multicultural and democratic society.”
Also noted in the report are the Mennonite and Doukhobor societies, which have also sought to isolate themselves from mainstream Canadian society and do not seem to present any threat at all to other Canadians. So why be concerned about Islamists establishing a parallel society?
I would remind readers that Mennonites and Doukhobors are not involved in thousands of violent terrorist acts around the world, but radical Islamists are. How many Mennonites have been arrested for plotting terrorist attacks against Canadians or our Allies? And, as far as I know, Mennonite and Doukhobor communities are not seeking to destroy Western civilization.
This most recent article in the Post reinforces what many Canadians already believe: Canada is faced with a clear and present danger from radical Islamists.
Who stands on guard for us?