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Dr. Mahfooz Kanwar

Wrong Dr. Mahfooz Kanwar?

Professor Emeritus

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Mount Royal College
4825 Mount Royal Gate Sw
Calgary , Alberta T3E 6K6

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  • Ph.D. degree , Criminology
  • B.A. degree , Political Science
  • M.A. degree , Sociology
  • another M.A. degree , Sociology/Criminology
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Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, 23 April 2004 [cached]
Mahfooz Kanwar (2009)
Mahfooz Kanwar (2009)
Professor Emeritus at Mount Royal College
Mahfooz Kanwar, Ph.D. is a specialist in criminology and sociology and Professor Emeritus at Mount Royal College. Dr. Kanwar continues to teach part time at the College and has frequently won Excellence In Teaching Awards. He is currently conducting a research project in Criminal Youth Gangs in Canada. Dr. Kanwar is a frequent contributor to radio, television and print media.
AnnaZ [cached]
Dr. Mahfooz Kanwar recently attended Calgary's largest mosque for a funeral.At one point in the proceedings, a man Kanwar has known for more than three decades led the prayers.
"He was saying in Urdu (the official language of Pakistan): 'Oh, God, protect us from the infidels, who pollute us with their vile ways,'" recalls Kanwar, a professor of sociology at Mount Royal College in Calgary.
Most Canadians and many Muslims would applaud Dr. Kanwar's righteous outburst.But guess which of the two men is no longer welcome at the Sarcee Tr. S.W. mosque?
Not the intolerant, hate-spewing semi-literate.No, it's Dr. Kanwar who's persona non grata.
That, says Kanwar, is just one of numerous instances he has experienced as a result of the culture of ignorance and intolerance that permeates so many mosques in Canada and throughout the world.
In light of the arrests two weeks ago of 17 young Muslim Canadian men who are alleged to have planned terrorist attacks against their fellow Canadians that included attacking Parliament, seizing the CBC and beheading the prime minister, Kanwar says it's vitally important for Canadians to start making more demands of those who immigrate to this country.
Kanwar says we now know one of the 17 accused was allowed to spew hatred and calls to violent jihad at a Toronto-area mosque and he was never once told by the leadership there to stop.
Six of the young men who listened to him are also charged in the plot.
Kanwar is pretty certain, if he spoke up at that mosque, however, with his message that Canada's culture is better than the culture found in any Islamic-based country, he'd be kicked out.
"The policy of official multiculturalism is a disaster," says Kanwar, who ironically once headed a government-funded multicultural organization in Calgary in the early '70s.
Every year, Kanwar's organization would host a large food and crafts festival in the basement of the Jubilee Auditorium.
"There were 52 tables, each with two flags on them -- Polish and Canadian, Ukrainian and Canadian etc.When the Alberta minister in charge of funding the festival showed up, I asked him, 'why is there not even one table here with a single flag -- why is there no Canadian table?'"
Kanwar has been questioning the government-funded official multicultural model ever since -- most recently through his 2002 book: Journey to Success, which is used as a sociology textbook at Mount Royal College and other post-secondary institutions.
Kanwar, a devout Muslim, says he has essentially been excommunicated by Calgary's mosques because he is too tolerant of others.
Kanwar agrees.He says the time has come for the Canadian government to tell new immigrants "once you're in Canada we expect you to be totally devoted to Canada -- no divided loyalties."
"This country," added Kanwar, "is a democracy and democracy is founded on Christian principles.
"Canada is -- like it or not, take it or leave it -- a country founded on Christian principles where the vast majority of citizens are Christians," said Kanwar.
Just A Matter Of Opinion, 2 Sept 2014 [cached]
Mahfooz Kanwar, a member of the Muslim Canadian Congress, says he has a better idea. "I'd tell them, this is Canada, and in Canada, we teach music and physical education in our schools. If you don't like it, leave. If you want to live under sharia law, go back to the hell hole country you came from or go to another hell hole country that lives under sharia law," said Kanwar, who is a professor emeritus of Sociology at Mount Royal University in Calgary. hat might be putting things a little more forcefully than most of us would be comfortable with, but Kanwar says he is tired of hearing about such out-of-tune demands from newcomers to our country. "Immigrants to Canada should adjust to Canada, not the other way around," he argues. If they did not like these things in Canada, why did they not go somewhere else? If they want Canada to be like their homeland why don't they go home?
Kanwar, who immigrated to Canada from Pakistan via England and then the United States in 1966, says he used to buy into the "mosaic, official multiculturalism" (nonsense). He makes it clear, that like most Canadians, he is pleased and enjoys that Canada has citizens literally from every country and corner in the world, as it has enriched this country immensely. But it's official multiculturalism - the state policy, "that entrenches the lie" that all cultures and beliefs are of equal value and of equal validity in Canada that he objects to. "The fact is, Canada has an enviable culture based on Judeo-Christian values - not Muslim values - with British and French rule of law and traditions and that's why it's better than all of the other places in the world. We are heading down a dangerous path if we allow the idea of sharia law a place in Canada. It does not. It is completely incompatible with the idea and reality of Canada," says Kanwar, who in the 1970s was the founder and president of the Pakistan-Canada Association and a big fan of official multiculturalism.
2. Kanwar says his views changed when he started listening to the people who joined his group. They badmouthed Canada, weren't interested in knowing Canadians or even in learning one of our official languages. They created cultural ghettos and the Canadian government even helped fund it. One day it dawned on me that the reason all of us wanted to move here was going to disappear if we didn't start defending Canada and its fundamental values. That's when Kanwar started speaking out against the dangers of official multiculturalism. He has been doing so for decades. So, it's no surprise that Kanwar is delighted with the recent speech British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered to the 47th Munich Security Conference on Feb. 5.
Kanwar actually credits German Chancellor Angela Merkel for being among the first of the world's democratic leaders to take the courageous step in October to say that official multiculturalism had "failed totally..
That democratically elected leaders are at long last starting to sing a different tune on official multiculturalism is sweet music to Kanwar.
Welcome to the Muslim Canadian Congress, 13 June 2011 [cached]
"Islamists will exploit this ruling to their advantage," says Prof. Mahfooz Kanwar
CALGARY - The Muslim Canadian Congress has expressed serious reservations at the recent decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal allowing photo-free driver's licenses to the Hutterite community. It is asking the Government of Alberta to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
Prof. Mahfooz Kanwar, a Calgary-based board member of the MCC said, the court's decision will set the wrong precedent for other ultra conservative religious communities who will use this decision to seek accommodations that have the potential of negatively impacting public safety and security.
EXPRESS MEDIA NETWORK, 9 Nov 2010 [cached]
Dr. Mahfooz Kanwar is a Professor Emeritus in criminology and sociology at Mount Royal College (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). He holds a B.A. degree in Political Science, an M.A. degree in Sociology, another M.A. degree in Sociology/Criminology, and a Ph.D. degree in Criminology. He has conducted research and published extensively in the sociological fields of marriage and the family, religion, crime, and social problems. He has published eight books, five monographs, and more than 100 academic and non-academic articles.
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