The Sock Puppets’ rebuttal drew some very heavy criticism and also lively debate including this friendly reply from Fatah to a Muslim adversary, Daoud [my emphasis]:
Jun 13 2008, 7:29 PM
Daoud wrote: "Tarek I like you too, and often think you have valuable things
to say, but making it into print is not worth insulting each other. There's a
reason the Quran commands us to use beautiful arguments and to avoid
Great stuff! Great advice!
Thank you for the advice, but I suggest it is misdirected.
The Quran is explicit in asking us to "speak the truth, even if it hurts you and your family."
The damage these guys have done to Muslim reputations and the image of Islam in Canada is collosal.
No one in Canada has problems with Islam; but I can assure you most Canadians, muslim and non-muslim want to rid our country of the Islamofacist theology imported from Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt and Pakistan.
Behind the mask of 'muslim solidarity' lies the doctrine of hating the non-Muslim and you and I both aware of as Muslims. As a brother I urge you to spend some time living in Saudi Arabia and then come back and share with us how it is to live under apartheid laws of sharia, where even office toilets are segregated between Arab and non-Arab; Muslim and non-Muslim. Where darker skinned Indo-Pakistani and African Muslims are referred to as 'Rafiqs' (Pakis) and 'Abdis' (N*****s) in public, and without guilt or shame.
This is what it seems Elmasry and his gang stand for and wish to impose, if not in Canada, at least inside the Muslim communities of Canada.
Using the Quran as a shield and to shower one's opponents with the label of apostacy, is a tried and tested method in the Middle East to silence poltical opponents or to scare them into submission.
These shameful tactics have now been introduced into Canada by Elmasry, when he said something to the effect that I was the number enemy of Islam.
It will not work. I have stood up to worst pretenders of piety. And the threats of law suits being cooked up against me will not scare me. Remember, I didn't go to Osgoode Hall, but I did spend time as a poltical prisioner in Pakistan, and have seen Saudi sponsiored hate first hand. So tell this boy-band to back off.
Perhaps you should write to the good prof form Egypt and suggest he stick to engineering. He has been president of the CIC longer than any of the Caliphs of early Islam. Tell him, its time to go.
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Update: Another very interesting comment from Tarek Fatah in the above thread:
Jun 14 2008, 1:27 AM
If the depth of Islamist infiltration into Canada's public and private institutions suprises you, then try this:
The officers in Toronto Police who are sent to investigate death threats against secular or liberal Muslims, sound and appear to be themselves supporters of the Islamist cause. This is for the record, and I am saying this without hiding behind any aristotlean identity. Recenty, when a Muslim UofT student heard of a death threat against me and another writer, and wanted to alert the cops, she was visited by two Muslim police officers who told her not to talk about the issue and keep it "within the community".
At an RCMP-CSIS community meeting, I was shocked to see a phalanx of Toronto imams and Islamists, including relatives and lawyers of the Toronto-18 at the able, only to find out later, they are part of an RCMP inner circle of advisers.
The circus like proceedings of this meeting were reported in the National Post for all to read...