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.
, a devout Muslim, says he
has essentially been excommunicated by Calgary's mosques because he
is too tolerant of others.
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