Toronto Synagogue Backs Out of Hosting Conference on Threats to Freedom: It’s ‘Islamophobic’
“A prominent synagogue in Toronto,” reports the Canadian Jewish News, has pulled out of a controversial event that it was scheduled to host in March.” The conference was set to focus on three threats to freedom: “[T]he radical left, radical Islamists and the radical right.” However, “after the event was criticized due to some controversial figures who were scheduled to speak at it, the congregation withdrew, citing security concerns.”
Toronto’s Beth Tikvah Synagogue has provided yet another example of the fact that speaking about the jihad threat today is the last taboo: It simply isn’t allowed in polite society.
The conference has not been canceled, but it will not be held at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. Reportedly this was because there were not only “security concerns” -- which is bad enough, as kowtowing to violent intimidation only invites more violent intimidation -- but there were also charges of “Islamophobia” from Michael Coren, the ex-Catholic author of Why Catholics Are Right.
Maybe one day the establishment Leftists whose favor Coren is so assiduously courting will forget that one of his other books is entitled Hatred: Islam’s War on Christianity. Coren has become much more enlightened since the days when he featured me weekly on his Sun TV show. Now Coren knows there is no jihad threat, only one of “Islamophobia,” and he has joined the fascist ranks of those who believe that dissent from his views should be denied platforms and forcibly silenced. It’s an odd position to take for someone who has shifted sides as often as Coren has.
Coren does have the residual decency in his hit piece to omit any comment on one of the featured speakers: Jihad Watch writer Christine Douglass-Williams, his former colleague at the Canadian Television System. He likely knows that charges of “bigotry” against her are even more ludicrous than the charges that he did include in his article against others who were scheduled to speak at this conference.
Note this passage: “Also slated to speak is broadcaster Christine Douglass-Williams, who last year was fired from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s board of directors over comments she made about Islam.” The Canadian Jewish News conspicuously fails to mention what exactly Christine Douglass-Williams said about Islam, inviting the reader to imagine lurid “fear-mongering” and “hate speech.” In reality, she was fired for writing for Jihad Watch, and for warning about false moderate Muslims, who manifestly exist.
The fact that she was fired, and that this synagogue has refused to host this conference after the “Islamophobia” charges were published, are two more indications that any critical word regarding Islam, no matter how accurate, is denounced as “Islamophobic” nowadays. No matter how genuine the jihad threat, Leftists endeavor to silence it forcibly.