Tuesday, March 20, 2007
  God Protect the MCC
My friends at the Muslim Canadian Congress have been receiving death threats. The lastest arrived by phone and promised slaughter to all the MCC members, naming in particular Farzana Khan and Tarek Fatah. (Hear a recording of the message here.)

This is not only shocking and disturbing; it is simply unacceptable, morally, Islamically, from whatever view point. Violence, intimidation, death threats have no place in Islam, or in an ethical approach to the world. Murder has even less place.

May God and the Canadian police forces protect the MCC, Tarek, and Farzana. And may all of us who are committed to a pluralism of voices, to freedom of speech and conscience stand beside them today.
Sorry to hear this, Pamela. It's a crazy world we're living in.
As a new Muslim (and a progressive), it is very scary to me to hear of things like this. It shakes my newfound faith.
Hi Bird,

The world is a scary place, I'll agree. Unfortunately, this kind of extremism is not unique to Islam... abortion clinic bombers come to mind... We just have to keep on standing up for peace and justice and hope for humaneness to win the day.
Interesting that you don't spell out that this is a Muslim-on-Muslim threat, not a violence against Muslims issue. And your link doesn't work. (Finding the link you meant showed that it was a person acting to be Muslim who made the threat.)

Good point, Bob! I was so wrapped up in the whole thing and distraught about it that I forgot no one else will have been glued to the newspapers/radio/tv coverage of this. Particularly people who don't live in Canada.

So, yes, it was Muslim on Muslim (thus the comments about how this really has no place whatsoever in Islam). This is, of course, nothing new. Progressive, or Moderate, Liberal, Secular, etc Muslims have been threatened and murdered in various Muslim countries, so I guess it is not surprising that it is migrating to the West. But it is very disturbing that people claiming to "defend" Islam so totally and thoroughly ignore basic Islamic principles. That goes for terrorists or vigilante defenders of any sort.

Thankfully some 30 Canadian Muslim organizations issued a statement of support for the MCC, Tarek and Farzana. Even the ones who MCC criticizes the most.
PS thanks for alerting me about the link. It should work now.
in various Muslim countries, so I guess it is not surprising that it is migrating to the West. But it is very disturbing that people claiming to "defend" Islam so totally and thoroughly ignore basic Islamic principles. That goes for terrorists or vigilante defenders of any sort.Thank's to the following guys !
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