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Islam vs. Man’s Best Friend?

It's not only the dog who's in for it...

by
David Solway

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August 28, 2012 - 7:00 am

As I’ve said, they had no stake in the matter. But what I was thinking was that they had no stake in the culture either. “Elsewhere” meant not only 50 miles away from the small town in which I live, but an apparently unbridgeable distance from the history of my country and the culture which had taken root on its shores over the centuries. No less than the Muslim taxi drivers in Dearborn, Michigan, who refuse to accept blind people accompanied by seeing eye dogs into their vehicles, these two young women had not only refrained from integrating sufficiently into the folkways of their adopted land but, exploiting the enclave mentality of the multicultural ideology, were convinced of their right to assert the primacy of their own norms and habits.

The BlazingCatFur website reports on another such distasteful episode. A Toronto resident walking his dog by a public park where a crowd of Muslims was celebrating Al-Quds Day found himself arrested by the police, as he writes, “for ‘offending Islam’ by walking in a PUBLIC park with my dog. Apparently, Muslims do not like dogs. I was warned by a few demonstrators not to go near them. Of course I ignored them and reminded them this is Canada, not Pakistan.” Nonetheless, the man was “dragged off and handcuffed.” The police alleged that he was “insensitive” and “inciting a riot.” “Imagine this happening in Canada?” he continues. “Walking a licensed dog on a leash at the park in front of our Provincial Legislature and being arrested for that simple act!” (The dog, incidentally, is a therapy dog of the kind we find doing their good work in hospitals.)

Canada may not be Pakistan, but it is no longer Canada. The same is the case for many other Western nations. We live in a society that is clearly and inexorably going to the dogs — though not in the honorific way in which I would like to use the phrase. And this is plainly not an issue involving merely man’s best friend. The assault on Western attitudes, ordinances, conventions, proprieties, civil codes and manners proceeds along the entire gamut of social conduct and political supposition, as the provisions of Sharia law insinuate themselves ever more intimately into daily life. We now live in a culture of fear—fear of offending and fear of violent reprisal. Admittedly, many people may bridle at the aggressive liberties that Muslim immigrant groups have taken at their expense, from the erection of mega-mosques (often in small communities), to prayer rituals in public thoroughfares, separation of the sexes in public facilities, special treatment in the schools, the regular practice of lawfare, the heavy drain on welfare entitlements, and the outrage of cordoned-off city districts or “no-go zones,” functioning as Islamic mini-republics, in places like Paris, London, Oslo and Malmo, among others. But our political and intellectual elites, whether from electoral calculations, the timidity of political correctness or sheer stupidity, have proven to be distinctly accommodating to the vehement and incendiary strangers in their midst.

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