Sunday, 28 April 2013

A Nice Meal, Pleasant Conversation and Some Radical Islam!

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, wife of the Governor General of Canada, is coming to dinner at the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization for its 12th Annual Festival of Friendship Dinner Sunday evening. The proceeds are to benefit the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health,  which raising funds for the Royal Ottawa Hospital.
Sounds good, right? Dignitaries, like celebrities, regularly do their bit for worthy causes, and this, unquestionably, is a worthy cause. Except there are some who question if  Ms. Johnston is being used to lend legitimacy to a radical Muslim “camouflaged as a moderate.”
In a report published Friday by the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism, Ottawa lawyer David B. Harris observes that the dinner’s keynote speaker will be Ingrid Mattson, who holds the chair of Islamic Studies at Huron University College in London, Ont. The college is an institutional affiliate of the University of Western Ontario.
Mattson ...  “has been criticized as an “apologist for Wahabbism, the Islamist strain that fuels the Islamic-supremacist theology of Saudi Arabia.
Indeed, Stephen Schwartz, executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism and a former institutional historian of the National Endowment for the Arts, in a Feb. 2011 article in the magazine American Thinker, observes that “Mattson’s radical record includes endorsement of the ‘Islamic reformation’ image projected by the adherents of Saudi Wahhabism (even though Wahhabism is the theological inspiration for al-Qaeda), false claims that Wahhabi clerics have uniformly denounced terrorism, and denial that terrorist cells operate in the U.S. more here

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