Over 100 Mosques Petition Twitter to Ban Geert Wilders

The Turkish administration of a mosque in the Netherlands contacted Twitter on November 5 to formally request that the Far-right  politician Geert Wilders be removed from the online platform, Euro News reported.Continue Reading

Sentencing for Quebec mosque shooter delayed until early 2019

Alexandre Bissonnette, a suspect in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque, arrives at the court house in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, February 21, 2017. – Bissonnette, 27, was charged with gunning down six worshippers at a Quebec mosque in one of the worst attacks ever to target Muslims in a western country on January 30, 2017. (Photo by MATHIEU BELANGER / POOL / AFP) / —-IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE—– / GETTYOUT

Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder in 2017 attack on Islamic Cultural Centre

MONTREAL, Canada – The man who pleaded guilty to killing six Muslim men at a mosque in the Canadian province of Quebec will not be sentenced until next year.

Quebec Court Judge Francois Huot said on Friday that he needs more time to make a decision on sentencing for Alexandre Bissonnette, Montreal newspaper La Presse reported.

The sentence was originally expected to be delivered on 29 October.

“I intend to try to come to a decision by the end of January,” Huot said, as reported by La Presse. “I know the importance of this decision and it requires many legal considerations.”

Bissonnette pleaded guilty in March to six counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder in the attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City on 29 January 2017.

Six people were killed and dozens of others were injured in the shooting, which took place shortly after evening prayers.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims, a national advocacy group, said the delay in sentencing was “devastating” for the families of the victims.

“Devastating that the families must continue to wait for closure, but we are hopeful justice will come despite the delay,” the group said on Twitter.

The Crown, which has argued the attack was motivated by anti-Muslim hatred, has asked for Bissonnette to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole before 150 years.

Bissonnette’s defence team has questioned the harshness of such a decision, however, saying it amounts to a death sentence.

The next hearing in the case will be held on 21 November.

Another Candidate for Jason Kenney’s UCP is Now Under Fire for an Anti-Muslim Facebook Rant

UCP nomination candidate Mark Mantei’s rant is being denounced as ‘racist and Islamophobic’

Another nomination candidate for Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party is facing scrutiny after an anti-Muslim Facebook rant surfaced Friday.

Mark Mantei, a UCP nomination candidate for Calgary–Shaw, downplayed the significance of the Crusades and claimed Muslims are the only group that engages in extremism and violence.

The UCP nomination candidate’s remarks were immediately denounced by Alberta’s Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir, who described Mantei as “another racist and Islamophobe” running to be a UCP candidate.

“When will Jason Kenney make it clear to potential flag bearers of his part that these views have no place in Alberta?” Sabir asked in a Facebook post Friday.

The comments were made two years ago, while Mantei was serving as president of the Wildrose Party’s Calgary–Shaw constituency association.

The UCP hopeful was reacting to a Facebook meme likening the Crusades to modern terrorism, suggesting Christianity also has a dark and violent history – Mantei interjected to call the meme “complete crap.”

“I’d be more worried about violent extremism that is happening now than any debate about what happened literally centuries ago,” the UCP hopeful said of the medieval religious wars that historians estimate killed 1.7 million people.

“We need to stop saying that every religion is equally responsible for terrorism, they’re not,” Mantei continued. “We are not seeing acts of global terrorism committed by Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, etc.”

“The first step is to stop apologizing for calling things as they are.”

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Anti-Muslim campaigning in the US is a ‘losing strategy’: report

Muslim Advocates found 80 instances of ‘clear anti-Muslim rhetoric’ employed by political candidates in 2017 and 2018.

Republican candidates claiming that Islam is a political ideology rather than a religion. Super PACs broadcasting a slew of television ads linking Democratic candidates to “terrorism”. Anti-Muslim campaign fliers sent out in areas across the country.

With the US midterm elections slated to take place on November 6, a new pre-election report blasted these types of anti-Muslim campaigning tactics as a “losing strategy”.

Published on Monday by the Muslim Advocates civil rights group, “Running on Hate” describes a swell of anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric throughout the era of US President Donald Trump.

It documented 80 instances of “clear anti-Muslim rhetoric” employed by political candidates in 2017 and 2018, adding that 64 percent of the candidates held office before or enjoyed a presidential endorsement.

Scott Simpson, the public advocacy director of Muslim Advocates, explained that anti-Muslim candidates have vied for “every level of government” office in “every region” of the country in the past two years.

“Behind the world view pushed by these candidates is something very troubling: Muslims and non-Muslim allies are conspiring to take over the government to replace the constitution with Sharia law.”

Republicans comprised all but two of the 73 cases in which the report identified party affiliation, and more than a third of the candidates listed alleged that Muslims are innately violent or pose a physical threat.

“These conspiracy theories have had a constituency within the Republican Party for years,” Simpson said, adding: “Trump is an important part of this, but he didn’t originate it.”

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Police investigating hate crime after ‘hateful remarks’ spray painted on Brantford Mosque

Police are searching for two suspects after “hateful remarks and symbols” were spray painted on the walls and parking lot of the Brantford Mosque.

Investigators are describing the incident as a hate crime and say the painted words targeted Muslims.

“These messages were very hurtful to see because it was against our faith, our prophet, it was against us and our existence,” says Naser Hamed, vice president of the Muslim Association of Brantford.

Two suspects, who appear to be young males, arrived at the mosque on Greenwich Street around 2:20 a.m. on Oct. 21, according to police.

They’re described as slim and standing average height. Police say both were wearing long pants and hoodies, one of which had a bull head on the front.

Hamed says police have increased security at the Mosque since the incident.

Police say they’re taking the incident “very seriously” and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Community response
Hamed says that as horrible as the incident is for the Muslim community, there is a bright side to it. “It is a joy to see the response of the community abroad. The reaction of the community was overwhelming, supporting, loving.”

Hamed says there have been offers to raise funds to buy paint and have students help with repainting the vandalized walls.

This is not the first time something like this has happened says Hamed. “Every time we are in the news then we get these graffiti hate messages, it has happened before.” Hamed says the Muslim community’s response is to do more outreach.

This time around there will be a special service held on Friday to which community supporters will be attending as an act of solidarity.

Canada: Attack on Canadian Muslim being probed as Islamophobic hate crime

A Muslim father remains in intensive care in a Toronto hospital after a horrific beating that police confirmed Wednesday is being investigated as a anti-Muslim hate crime.Continue Reading