The sick mindset that breeds Islamophobia

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From Pope’s anti-Islam comments to Church signs saying, “You must remember, Islam is the enemy,” and “The Koran needs to be flushed,” a Church in west Windsor, Canada, came out in its true colors with publicly promoting anti-Islam hatred.

On January 11, 2007, Campbell Baptist Church organized a lecture of a purported former Muslim terrorist, Zachariah Anani, to warn the public that Islam is a religion of war being brought to Canadian soil.

Donald McKay, senior pastor at the church, said the event was organized simply to propagate what the church believes to be "absolute truth." So the “absolute truth” which the Church decided to propagate through Anani’s lecture, entitled The Deadly Threat of Islam, is that Islam teaches nothing less than the "ambushing, seizing and slaying" of non-believers –” especially Jews and Christians. [1]

According to Donald McKay, "We have no desire to be offensive. We have no desire to polarize people unnecessarily," it is, in his words, the Islamic faith that is "oppressive" and "vicious." [2]

It also shows that Anani was used as a puppet to validate and propagate which was already on the mind of the guardians of Campbell Baptist Church. Anani’s words reflected the mindset. He described Muslims worshipping a god who "fights and kills" and "strikes with terror," and allows no prisoners in battles against non-believers.[3]

An interesting point to note is the background of Mr. Anani, who, in McKay’s words, killed "hundreds of people in the name of Allah" before converting to Christianity.

An interesting point to note is none of these anti-Islam hate campaigners base their argument in logic and reason. Lies upon lies on the religious and political fronts reign supreme these days. Opportunists puppets, such as Musharraf, Karzai and a host of others are serving the purpose of Islamophobes on the political front.

Whereas, persons like Anani are helping Islamophobes on the religious front to give Islamophobes an opportunity to vent their hatred and poison minds against Muslims an Islam.

One can judge value of this anti-Islam, fear mongering work from the not so secret background of persons like Anani. Here are some of his major claims.

Zachariah Anani claims to be a  former Muslim, who joined  one of the many military groups in Lebanon when he was 13. Anani claims that he was "trained to fight and kill Jews, and to hate Christians and Americans," which he now blames on Islam.[4]

He claims to have killed 223 people in the name of Islam and gained points from his former militia for doing so. But the claim to dosing so in the name of Islam loses its value when he claims to also have shot and killed a Muslim for trying to make him get up for Fajr prayer. [5] Did he do that for Islam as well?

As for his knowledge of Islam is concerned, he claims that while he lived in Lebanon, Muslim leaders called him to the local mosque and interrogated him. He admits that the imam asked intelligent questions, and Anani felt the inadequacy of his own answers. "I knew nothing about Islam, nothing about Christianity," he is quoted as saying.[6]

Despite this, he actually claims to know Islam intimately and the church leaders see him fit to spew venom against Muslims and Islam as an authoritative figure. This speaks volumes of the sick mindset of not only Mr. Anani, but of his promoters as well.

This is a fine example of how collaboration of people with sick mindset are leading the pack of Islamophobes. Their work becomes very effective in an environment in which according to today’s Toronto Sun, a Leger Marketing poll commissioned by Sun Media, half of the Canadians admitted to at least being slightly racist [7] –” not to speak of the anti-Muslim bias in the post-9/11 era.

Such words and deeds of inciting hatred should have been seriously condemned and officially brought to account. But unfortunately, the same mindset prevails. It is only the matter of opportunity to bring it out of the closet under one or another cover.  The chances of peaceful co-existence are getting bleaker and the chance for a far more serious bloodbath in the Muslim world are increasing as President Bush deploys additional 20,000 troops to Baghdad, attacks Iranian offices and officials in Iraq, orders carrier battle groups to Gulf and annihilates Somalia, the poorest country in the world in an unreported military invasion and occupation. All within a week!!!.

It is obvious that the Church and State alliance is threatening the future of humanity. Besides churches of various denominations playing their own particular role, on the political front, whatever may be the human or material cost, Bush and company are not in a position to lose what they have stated with operation 9/11 and the subsequent invasions based on lies. Welcome to 2007. Fasten your seatbelts gentlemen.

The questions is: Why doesn’t the media report the subtleties that we point out. Gore Vidal has the answer: “The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity – much less dissent.”

Notes:

[1]. Dalson Chen, “Rage over anti-Islam rally: 130 attend raucous session,” 
Windsor Star, Friday, January 12, 2007. URL:
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html
?id=8f12e622-3aa5-47c8-86ac-6eecddd92b07&k=71255
 

[2]. Ibid. Dalson Chen.

[3]. Ibid. Dalson Chen

[4]. Shawn Smith, Montreal Muslim News, January 14, 2007.

[5]. Ibid. Shawn Smith.

[6]. Ibid. Shawn Smith.

[7]. Vivian Song, “Under our skin: Almost half of Canadians polled admit to at least being slightly racist,” National Bureau, Toronto Sun, January 14, 2007.
http://torontosun.com/News/OtherNews/2007/
01/14/pf-3362265.html

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