‘Premier Looking For ‘Moderate’ Mohammedans’

“Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is facing criticism from Muslim community leaders after saying there is a link between Islam and terrorism. 

Unfortunately, you cannot disconnect this type of event — terrorism — from Islam in general,” Couillard said.

“He pointed to remarks made recently by French President Emmanuel Macron, whom he said was

“very eloquent about this when addressing the Muslim community in France.”

“He told them ‘It’s also your responsibility to act on the theological front to explain to your people that this is not part of the religion — that it’s contrary to the teachings of the religion,'” Couillard said.

“The comments represent a departure for the Premier, who normally calls for unity in the wake of such events…

“In an attempt to explain himself, he said there were

“very bad moments in our history linked to the Christian religions.”

“Inquisitions, religious wars in Europe — horrible. But the religion was able to distance itself from that and come back to its principles. I expect the same will happen.”

“Couillard’s remarks were poorly received by prominent figures within Montreal’s Muslim community.

“While agreeing that Islam, like all religions, has a responsibility to fight extremism, Hassan Guillet, spokesperson for the ‘Council of Imams of Quebec’, said drawing a connection between Islam and terrorism is wrong.

“Islam is a religion and terrorism is a crime,” he said.

“Mehmet Deger, President of the ‘Dorval Mosque’ in Montreal’s West Island, echoed Guillet’s view, saying such acts are in no way linked to Islam.

“This is not Islam’s fault, {?}he said. “Islam has nothing to do with such acts {??}.”

“Deger said Muslims “condemn such acts all the time” and are themselves often the targets of terror attacks.

“Couillard made the comments Thursday in Quebec City. He was asked by a reporter whether he was concerned Quebec Muslims could face a backlash following the arrest of a Montrealer in connection with an attack earlier this week at a Michigan airport.

“On Wednesday, U.S. authorities identified Amor Ftouhi, 49, as the suspect in the stabbing of a police officer at Flint’s ‘Bishop International Airport’.

“The FBI is treating the attack as an act of terrorism and said the suspect shouted “Allahu akbar” as he drew his knife, which is Arabic for “God is great“.

“When he was asked for comment on Ftouhi’s arrest, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre was more circumspect.

“We have to await the investigations, but at the end of the line this person wasn’t known … he was liked, and that’s why we always have to ensure that we’re being vigilant,” he said.

“In light of what we’ve been hearing from the start, this is someone with no history. Was there a mental health issue? {Is it not insulting Islam to always use the mental health issue when a Muslim is involved?} We’ll have to wait to know more about that.”

–‘You can’t disconnect terrorism from Islam, Couillard says in wake of Flint attack’.
Benjamin Shingler and Stephen Smith, CBC News, June 22, 2017

Feature IMAGE: Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, June, 2017.
(Jacques Boissinot–Canadian Press)


See also:
Infiltrating Canada’ {Radical Muslim Literature) {August 24, 2016}:
‘Extremist literature common in mosques, Islamic school libraries, study says’

“The study says Canadian Muslims with humanist and modernist outlooks are being drowned out by those with extreme views.

“The study, titled ‘Lovers of the Death’? — Islamist Extremism in Mosques and Schools’, says what worried them was not the presence of extremist literature, but that they found nothing but such writings in several libraries…”


Muslim Suburb In Montreal?{November 17, 2016}:
“…non-Muslims will be welcome to live there so long as they share the same values…
There must be some modesty in the way you dress. We don’t want women living there going half-naked down the streets. We don’t like that. {Women could choose whether to wear the headscarf but they could not walk around in a halter-top and shorts} … If they want to do that, let them go and live in downtown Montreal.”

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