Little Mosque on the Prarie

With an opening like this, Michael Coren’s column in the Toronto Sun catches your attention:

It’s the episode of Little Mosque on the Prairie that I missed. The one where the father is so angry with his teenage daughter for not wearing the hijab that he strangles her to death. Perhaps it will be in the special features section of the DVD version, released just in time for the holiday that used to be known as Christmas, but not any longer because the word might hurt someone’s feelings.

Furrther examples follow (do read it all), concluding with this:

Only a bigot would argue that every Muslim was violent or opposed to Western freedom. But only a coward or a liar would argue that there was not a profound and deeply worrying link between conservative Islam and myriad acts of terror, intolerance and hysterical anger.

It is not I who say this but the countless Muslims who take to the streets at the drop of a cartoon to scream for blood and war; or the Muslims who preach jihad in North America and Europe, where they enjoy open societies founded on Christian enlightenment.

They may represent a minority, but the harm they do is incalculable. This dysfunctional venom does not come from Christian, Jew, Hindu or Buddhist and fatuous relativism will only blind the foolish. It is time for free discussion in this free country, whether it offends or not.

He’s right. It’s a discussion we need to have. One act of genuine evil after another is being acted out around the world in the name of Allah. Where will it end?

It will not end by itself, any more than cancer will cure itself. We cannot be craven and afraid to speak.

We need the courage of our convictions to fight this evil wherever we encounter it, and that courage begins with the courage to speak out.

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