The Corner

Moderation in Everything

On this Dominion Day, The Calgary Herald’s Licia Corbella spends some quality time with her fellow Canadians:

I had been invited to attend the event by both Bilal Philips himself, who sent me two complimentary tickets to the conference called: Power of Unity – Islam in a Multicultural Canada, taking place this entire weekend, as well as by Abraham Ayache, chairman of the Muslim Council of Calgary, who was putting on the event… Philips, a Saudi-educated cleric, was born in Jamaica and raised in Ontario, where he converted to Islam. He is considered controversial because he is on the record saying that all male homosexuals should be killed for their deviant behaviour…

Shortly after his sermon about the importance of gratitude, Philips clarified his views on homosexuality in a one-on-one interview.

In short, he only thinks homosexuals should be executed in Muslim countries and only after four people have witnessed the homosexual act.

“The media tends to take my words out of context,” Philips said.

In my recent foreword to Geert Wilders’ fine book, I remarked on the extraordinary efforts in Britain, Australia and elsewhere to expel from polite society anyone who merely associates with Wilders and other targets of Islamic intimidation. Best to do as the head of the Calgary Police “diversity unit” and various representatives of Canadian officialdom are doing this weekend, and stick to hanging out with less controversial figures like Imam Philips.

Aside from “moderate” Canadians, there were also some “moderate” Americans in attendance:

Shaykh Hatem Alhaj lost his job recently at the Mayo Clinic because he wrote papers in support of female genital circumcision, which is illegal in North America. He later clarified his position by saying he only supports nicking the clitoris, not cutting it right off.

Indeed. If that doesn’t fall under the US Government’s taxing authority, I don’t know what does.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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