Law is Cool: Islamophobia in Canada: A Primer

by Fathima Cader and Sumayya Kassamali Ten years after September 11, 2001, the term “Islamophobia,” once largely obscure, has become all but inevitable when discussing contemporary politics. As Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden became household names, Western fear of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims has also grown. Canada has been no stranger to this phenomenon. ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Meir Weinstein, Ron And The Other Skinny Hindi From The CHA, Arnie And Kathy

…feel free to blow me.  The kids at Valley Park Middle School still get to have their Friday prayers on the property.  Canadian compromise wins out again!  Booyah!  And, for my American readers, if I have any, I hope you enjoyed your Sharia Turkey this Thanksgiving.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Valley Park Middle School Protesters Import Yankee Wingnut

 The media advisory from NoIslaminschools.ca, the folks behind various protests re Muslim prayers sessions at Valley Park Middle School, describes the “mystery” speaker for their upcoming  fundraiser as: …a 9-11 Survivor & 1st Responder on the Bucket Brigade will be the Keynote Speaker. A leader in the fight against the New York City, Ground Zero Mosque, he has been on ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Valley Park Middle School Update: Canadian Hindu Advocacy Vows More Protests!

 And their leader, Ron Banerjee, doesn’t care whose prayers get interrupted: “We’ll picket in front of the school when they begin praying. Let’s see how much praying they can do with our loudspeakers and hundreds of people there. We want to make it clear we don’t approve of prayer and gender apartheid inside the school. ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Did Horwatch Step Into Toronto School/Mosque Debate?

 Actually, given her earlier statement here, I think not.  But some guy up in Orangeville is on about the Islamist menace and yada yada yada and says: “Timid” Tim Hudak’s response to the ‘discovery’ of public school mosque-activity is entirely lacking, totally inadequate for someone seeking to become premier of Ontario, which position has direct ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Meet Canadian Hindu Advocacy

Yeah, that’s both of them right there.  Bannerjee to the left and, presumably Naresh Patel to the right.  And you can tell its all of them because when the interviewer, at about the 1:30 mark, challenges Bannerjee to scare up another Hindu from the crowd, he can’t. They are, incidentally, protesting the prayer sessions offered each Friday ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Canadian Hindu Advocacy = 2 Skinny Hindi

 …Naresh Patel and Ron Banerjee, so their promise to erect “massive pickets” outside Valley Park Middle School, which brings in an Imam for Friday prayer services , can safely be met with wild gales of laughter.  As for whether the service offends the notion of  public schools as secular space, I am of two minds.  Their does ...