Remembering Mark Harding, the man "sentenced to Islam" before 9/11

Mark Harding and friend. (Photo: Blogwrath) Mark Harding and friend. (Photo: Blogwrath)

Tonight I'll be attending a memorial service for Toronto pastor Mark Harding.

A friend remembers:

Let me just say now that what shortened his life and caused his untimely death was his passion to help others. He was one of the first Christian ministers to see the threat of the militant Islam. He didn’t hate Muslims – he saw them as misguided souls in a need of help to get out of their trap. Some of them loved him back and appreciated his efforts, others, and they were the majority, hated him and did everything in their power to destroy him. In 1997, through the efforts of the Muslim fanatics, he was convicted for “hate speech” over criticizing Islam

As his "community service," Harding was sentenced to study the Koran for over 300 days.

I'm not kidding.

Here's Ezra Levant with Harding's story, and a conversation with the man himself: