Views from the Beltline: Islamophobia—what’s in a word?

Words don’t always mean what they say. For example, anti-Semitism says “against Semites,” but it means “against Jews,” who actually only make up a small part of the Semite community. Yet confusion never arises because the word has become so firmly established as meaning anti-Jew. That is not the case with the word “Islamophobia,” defined ...

Views from the Beltline: Islamophobia—what’s in a word?

Words don’t always mean what they say. For example, anti-Semitism says “against Semites,” but it means “against Jews,” who actually only make up a small part of the Semite community. Yet confusion never arises because the word has become so firmly established as meaning anti-Jew. That is not the case with the word “Islamophobia,” defined ...

The Canadian Progressive: Van Jones Unleashes His Love Army Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

So far, more than 100,000 people have joined social justice champion and longtime civil rights activist Van Jones’ #LoveArmy campaign against Donald Trump racially-loaded exclusionary policies targeting immigrants and other vulnerable groups. The post Van Jones Unleashes His Love Army Against Trump’s Muslim Ban appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Views from the Beltline: Guess which country dodged Trump’s travel ban

President Donald Trump has manifested his regime’s Islamophobia with a ban on the nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. The choice of countries is odd. Not a single citizen from any of these countries has ever committed a terrorist act in the United States. Not one. On the ...

Views from the Beltline: Guess which country dodged Trump’s travel ban

President Donald Trump has manifested his regime’s Islamophobia with a ban on the nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. The choice of countries is odd. Not a single citizen from any of these countries has ever committed a terrorist act in the United States. Not one. On the ...

A. Picazo: Colin Powell’s Lesson For Republicans

This column ran in The National Post on August 11, 2016. Sixteen days before the 2008 presidential election, George W. Bush’s former secretary of state, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press to reveal his much-coveted endorsement. Powell felt Barack Obama and John McCain were equally fit for office, both distinguished, patriotic ...

Bill Longstaff: Is Christ Christian? Reflections on the niqab debate.

Pondering the late unlamented election debate about the niqab, I took to wondering just what a religion is. Not the dictionary definition or what theologians say it is, but how it is practiced by its followers. Take Christianity, for example, the religion that has surrounded me all my life. As someone who has no religion, ...

LeDaro: Donald Trump is trumping his own trump.

Donald Trump will ban all Muslims entering U.S if he is elected president.This time G.O.P has taken notice and many Republicans have condemned his remarks.

Left Over: Don’t Send Us your Tired and Poor….

More than 30 U.S. states refusing Syrian refugees on ‘shaky legal ground’ In wake of Paris attacks, governors of at least 31 U.S. states announce plans to bar Syrian refugees By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2015 3:02 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015 7:35 PM E I am  so disgusted by US ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Not all immigrants created equal in Canada…and that needs to change

Originally posted in the Common Sense Canadian By Rafe Mair Before starting, let me state that there is no excusing the massacre in Paris, nor 9/11. When it comes to death of innocent civilians Read more…

Politics, Re-Spun: Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

Racist. Ignorant. Clueless. Donald Trump has just levelled up. He has acquired his Hitler badge and is proudly displaying it for all to see. You’re fired. Denounce the Donald. Send this to everyone; we all need to denounce him and the Republican horse he rode in on. Donald Trump said tonight he’d implement a database ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Islamophobia: Donald Trump Reveals His Inner Hitler

Racist. Ignorant. Clueless. Donald Trump has just levelled up. He has acquired his Hitler badge and is proudly displaying it for all to see. You’re fired. Denounce the Donald. Send this to everyone; we all need to denounce him and the Republican horse he rode in on. Donald Trump said tonight he’d implement a database ...

Bill Longstaff: We’re on the international stage—for our bigotry

The latest issue of Press Progress includes an article commenting on the attention the Prime Minister’s divisive anti-Muslim politicking is getting around the globe. For instance, The Economist carries the headline “Muslim-bashing is an effective campaign tactic” and goes on to say, “The fuss is a godsend for Stephen Harper, who hopes voters will re-elect ...

wRanter.com: Cultural and religious issues dominate as election day nears

Thank God for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I say that not because trade is an inherently Jewish issue, nor because I know for certain the recently negotiated deal will be good for Canada, especially since its details have yet to be released. Irrespective of its long-term effects, the TPP might be our only hope to ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair Have Got it so Wrong on ISIS

Recently the Toronto Star posted a piece on Thomas Mulcair and the fight against ISIS:  Mulcair Would Pull Canada From U.S. Led Mission in Mid-East if Elected. This is a big mistake, not only politically, but from a humanitarian angle.  There is no argument that George Bush’s ill-conceived war in Iraq, or in fact the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair Have Got it so Wrong on ISIS

Recently the Toronto Star posted a piece on Thomas Mulcair and the fight against ISIS:  Mulcair Would Pull Canada From U.S. Led Mission in Mid-East if Elected. This is a big mistake, not only politically, but from a humanitarian angle.  There is no argument that George Bush’s ill-conceived war in Iraq, or in fact the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Why Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair Have Got it so Wrong on ISIS

Recently the Toronto Star posted a piece on Thomas Mulcair and the fight against ISIS:  Mulcair Would Pull Canada From U.S. Led Mission in Mid-East if Elected. This is a big mistake, not only politically, but from a humanitarian angle.  There is no argument that George Bush’s ill-conceived war in Iraq, or in fact the ...

Bill Longstaff: Why Britain is culpable for the slaughter of its citizens

British Prime Minister David Cameron is enraged at the massacre on a beach at the Sousse resort in Tunisia last week. And well he should be: thirty of his countrymen and women were slaughtered. He has pledged a “full spectrum” response, whatever that means. But while Mr. Cameron is engaging in his full spectrum response, ...

Bill Longstaff: Oaths, niqabs, and respecting the rules

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander made a curious statement recently when being asked about the government’s proposed Bill C-75 which states that a person taking the oath of citizenship must “swear or affirm the oath out loud and with their face uncovered,” and furthermore, “If a person is required to take the oath of citizenship at ...

Bill Longstaff: Zehaf-Bibeau had a point

At the risk of being investigated by the 130 agents RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has working on the Michael Zehaf-Bibeau case, I must say I think the man made a valid point. After watching his now famous video, or at least the portion big brother has allowed us to see, I cannot dismiss all the ...

Left Over: Can’t Tolerate Bigotry…

Time to put the brakes on our slide to intolerance: Tim Harper A government which deals with only symptoms and refuses to look at root causes is part of the problem. By: Tim Harper National Affairs, Published on Sun Mar 01 2015 (with thanks to Montreal Simon’s blog for the reference:  montrealsimon.blogspot.ca)   What has ...

Bill Longstaff: Harper fails Conservative citizenship criteria

Over the signature of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander, the Conservative Party of Canada recently emailed a petition to its supporters, rallying them against face covering during citizenship oaths. Apparently Conservative ire was raised by a Federal Court of Canada decision that struck down the ban on Muslim women wearing niqabs when taking ...

Bill Longstaff: ISIS and the grand imam—not so different

That ISIS is a scourge of major proportions is agreed on across the globe. Driven by some religious mania, they persecute other religions, behead infidels, burn enemies alive—all with sickening zeal and an obsession with publicity. Other Muslims are as outraged as any of us. A host of Arab governments and Muslim religious authorities have ...

Bill Longstaff: French hold most favourable views of Jews and Muslims

How the French view their minority populations after the violent events earlier this month will probably take a while to sort out. But a poll conducted last year suggested they were about the most tolerant in Europe. Eighty-nine per cent of French men and women hold a favourable view of Jews and 72 per cent ...

Bill Longstaff: The legitimate anger of the jihadis

As the season of wallowing in warrior worship wanes, we might think upon those warriors we love to hate—the young Muslim men from around the globe migrating (or trying to migrate) to the Middle East to fight for ISIS. Their motivation is much discussed. Some, alienated from their society, seem driven by nothing more than ...