Justin Trudeau to speak with Islamists?
Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau is making another questionable decision.
Marc Lebuis of the Islamist-tracking website Point de Bascule (Tipping Point) reports that Trudeau will speak at the Islamic Relief conference later this month.
"A few days ago," Lebuis writes, "the Swiss bank UBS closed UK-based Islamic Relief’s account and blocked its donations for fear of being involved in the financing of terrorist activities."
On the controversial Tariq Ramadan, professor of Islamic Studues at Oxford University, who is set to take part in the conference alongside Trudeau, Lebuis points out the following:
"In 2011, in Dallas, Tariq Ramadan has openly enjoined his supporters to “colonize positively the United States of America… with our understanding of Islam, our principles...In a 2004 interview given to an Egyptian periodical, Tariq Ramadan described the Canadian legal framework as 'one of the most open in the world.' He suggested that Muslim leaders operating in Canada should take full advantage of it in order to discretely implement sharia principles one at a time. Ramadan added that 'for the time being,' it would be preferable not to openly mention the term sharia since it 'is laden with negative connotations in the Western mind.'"
Read more of Lebuis' report and listen to my interview with him by clicking play to the right.
This isn't a silly, Trudeau-esque brain fart. This shows a complete ignorance about the dangers of bringing religious extremists - Muslim or otherwise - into the political fold. There's obviously nothing controversial about speaking to the Muslim community, but these people don't represent mainstream, moderate Canadian Muslims. He shouldn't be speaking to religious fundamentalists of any faith. Trudeau doesn't need to pander to Islamists. He's likely to win the Liberal leadership race regardless.
Someone needs to have a chat with him about the people he's choosing to associate himself with. Or he could, you know, use Google and learn some pretty interesting things himself. Either way.