CLAGARY: Ada Guan and Wes Branch regret seeking $50K in crowdfunding campaign

1st-time parents say they never meant to offend people by asking for donations through crowdfunding

CBC News Posted: May 17, 2015 4:50 PM PT Last Updated: May 18, 2015 8:00 AM PT

New parents Ada Guan and Wes Branch arrived in Vancouver before heading home to Victoria after Guan gave birth to baby Chloe on a flight to Japan on May 10. The couple has faced backlash over their attempt to raise money in a crowdfunding campaign, so reduced the goal to $5,000 from $50,000.New parents Ada Guan and Wes Branch arrived in Vancouver before heading home to Victoria after Guan gave birth to baby Chloe on a flight to Japan on May 10. The couple has faced backlash over their attempt to raise money in a crowdfunding campaign, so reduced the goal to $5,000 from $50,000. (CBC)

The Canadian couple who made international headlines when the woman delivered a surprise baby aboard an Air Canada flight headed to Japan regret seeking $50,000 through crowdfunding donations, and have dramatically lowered the goal.

Wes Branch and girlfriend Ada Guan, who are in their early 20s, were interviewed at Vancouver International Airport on Sunday morning on a stopover before a flight home to Victoria.

Ryan Fray files lawsuit against Manitoba Christian group alleging racial discrimination after failing 20 of the 52 questions on written test

Calls for lawsuit to be dismissed

By Joanne Levasseur, CBC News Posted: May 10, 2015 7:50 PM CT Last Updated: May 11, 2015 9:48 AM CT

Ryan Fray filed a lawsuit against the Manitoba and NorthwesternOntario District of the Pentecostal Assembly of Canada alleging racialdiscrimination.Ryan Fray filed a lawsuit against the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario District of the Pentecostal Assembly of Canada alleging racial discrimination. (Facebook)

A Manitoba Christian group denies it racially discriminated against youth pastor Ryan Fray when it failed to process his application for ministerial credentials he needed to become a senior pastor.

The group asked the judge to throw Fray’s lawsuit out of court and make him pay the legal costs.

Fray, who is a youth pastor at New Beginnings Church (formerly Evangel Chapel), filed a lawsuit against the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario District of the Pentecostal Assembly of Canada (PAOC) in November 2014.

Fray alleged that PAOC assistant district superintendent Andrew Porterfield told him in fall 2011 he took issue with granting him credentials because he was a “big creepy black guy.”

“[F]alse, vexatious and designed to be scandalous and embarrassing.”- Andrew Porterfield,  PAOC Assistant District Superintendent

In the statement of defence filed in January, Porterfield denied that he made the statement calling it “false, vexatious and designed to be scandalous and embarrassing.”

Fray’s suit also alleges district superintendent James Poirier told him the test in which he demonstrated the required knowledge didn’t matter because “we only give credentials to bright people.”

The district PAOC executive fired back in its court filing denying the remark and saying his test results did not demonstrate the knowledge to gain credentials. The statement of defence said Fray did poorly on the written examination failing 20 of the 52 questions “including failure on fundamental questions of faith and doctrine of the PAOC.”

Sociology professor Abdie Kazemipur suggests that creating same-faith ghettoes prevents Muslims from adapting to Canada

Multiculturalism helping Muslims adapt to Canada

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 BY MABELL, DAVE ON MAY 8, 2015.

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Canadians’ belief in multiculturalism is helping Muslim immigrants and others adapt to their new country.

But the current federal government isn’t providing much support for that ideal, a Lethbridge audience was told Thursday. And there’s danger that racist and anti-Muslim attitudes from Europe may spread to this nation.

To increase understanding, sociology professor Abdie Kazemipur suggested, the onus is on Muslims as well as their non-Muslim neighbours to learn about each other. Creating same-faith ghettoes, he told the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, Thursday, prevents that from happening.

“Both Muslims and non-Muslims have responsibilities,” he said. “We need a two-way process.”

Muslim Brotherhood gripping sections of Canada’s diverse Muslim community, says U.S. security expert

Beware of the Muslim Brotherhood, expert warns

Published on: May 16, 2015
Last Updated: May 16, 2015 6:36 AM EDT

Ihsaan Gardee, Executive Director of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) stresses his group has no ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Authorities should be concerned about the unseen hand of the Muslim Brotherhood gripping sections of Canada’s diverse Muslim community, says a U.S. security expert.

The movement has planted its revivalist interpretation of Islam, political ideology and activism among some Muslims here and sees itself as a minder and broker between them and the rest of society, Lorenzo Vidino, who specializes in Islamism and political violence, told the Senate’s national security committee recently.

“They basically aim to be the gatekeepers to Muslim communities, that whenever politicians, governments or the media try to get the Muslim voice, if there were such a thing, they would go through them, sort of the self‑appointed leaders of Muslim communities,” he said.

Vidino is director of the program on extremism at George Washington University and author of The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West (Columbia University Press, 2010). He sees no direct links to terrorism among the group’s western supporters. In fact, some work to prevent violent radicalization, he said.

“It would be an analytical mistake to lump them, as some do, with al-Qaida or ISIL. These are not organizations that plan attacks in the West, and actually in many cases they do condemn them.”

The problem is more indirect, Vidino said. “Generally speaking, the movement has not abandoned violence as a tool to advance its agenda.” Tactically, it doesn’t pursue violence, “but it’s not heartfelt,” he said.

“They have this narrative where they lump together foreign policy issues with issues like cartoons and so on as part of a big narrative that proves this point that the West hates Muslims and Islam. It’s that mainstreaming of this narrative which is very much the staircase to violent radicalization and the brotherhood does mainstream that. It provides somewhat of a fertile environment.

“That kind of narrative in the mind a 16- or 18-year-old is extremely dangerous, because violence is justified when Muslims are under attack. If it’s OK in Gaza and Afghanistan, why is it not OK in the West, where you’re also telling me that Islam is under attack?”

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The brotherhood is a banned terrorist organization in some Middle East and other countries, notably Egypt, where the movement was born. But it has different profile in the West.

To start, there is no group calling itself the “Muslim Brotherhood” in North America. Instead, a few hundred sophisticated, politically savvy and well-funded supporters in Canada have over the past 50 years created vocal and visible organizations that represent a very small part of the Muslim community. They exert a disproportional influence over mosques, schools and spaces where Muslims come together, said Vidino.

While they don’t take orders from any Arab capital, they “are part of an informal network where you have strong links based on personal and financial connections, and at the end of the day what matters the most: ideology. They all embrace a certain world view.”

Groups sometimes go to great lengths to sever or hide such ties, Vidino told the committee. He said they include the Muslim Association of Canada and what used to be called CAIR-CAN, now the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

Another group he identified is The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy – Canada, IRFAN. Its charitable status was revoked after the government alleged the organization sent almost $15 million to groups affiliated with the Palestinian terror outfit Hamas between 2005 and 2009. IRFAN has since been listed as a banned terrorist organization in Canada.

Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the NCCM, said Vidino is misinformed.

“The NCCM is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit grassroots Canadian civil liberties and advocacy organization with a public track record spanning 15 years,” said Gardee. “The NCCM is not a religious group and does not and has never had any affiliations, links, ideological or of any other kind, with the Muslim Brotherhood or any other overseas group.”

The Muslim Association of Canada did not respond to a request for comment. But its website traces its roots to the teachings of Egyptian Hassan al-Banna, who founded the brotherhood in 1928 to revive and integrate traditional Islamic teaching and practices, such as sharia law, with modern society.

Mohammad Shafia and his gang terrorize inmates to attend Friday prayers

Senate committee hears about Shafia, serving life sentence for 2009 murders of 1st wife, 3 daughters

CBC News Posted: May 05, 2015 11:22 AM ET Last Updated: May 05, 2015 12:42 PM ET

Mohammad Shafia, his wife, Tooba Yahya and their son, Hamed, were convicted in 2012 of the murders of the couple's three daughters and Shafia's first wife. A national security committee was told Tuesday that Mohammad Shafia intimidated inmates into attending prayers.Mohammad Shafia, his wife, Tooba Yahya and their son, Hamed, were convicted in 2012 of the murders of the couple’s three daughters and Shafia’s first wife. A national security committee was told Tuesday that Mohammad Shafia intimidated inmates into attending prayers.
The Montreal man serving a life sentence for killing his wife and three teenage daughters intimidated other prisoners to the point that one asked to be put in isolation, a Senate committee has heard. Psychologist Robert Groves, who worked in Kingston Penitentiary, testified Monday before the national security and defence committee hearing on security threats facing Canada. He said he met with one particular non-Muslim inmate who went to great lengths to avoid Shafia.

“It turned out that he felt so intimidated by Shafia and some of his lieutenants, that he chose to give up his relative freedom of movement on the range in the general population for a much more restricted life on a social isolation range,” Groves said. “He could no longer come to see me. I had to go to his cell on the isolation range. He advised me that confinement was worth it to avoid the hassle of dealing with ‘the Muslims’” After his first-degree murder conviction in 2012, Shafia took on a religious leadership role at the Kingston Penitentiary — the onetime maximum-security prison — organizing Friday prayers when the sole Imam permitted to minister to inmates in Canada was not available, according to Groves.

Tim Murray: The Truth Is Hateful

Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Truth Is Hateful

by Tim Murray

Jack Nicholson: You can't handle the truth

The Truth is hateful.

As such, it must not be heard. Especially in a multi-ethnic society whose government is intent upon making it even more diverse through mass immigration.

The juxtaposition of ethnicities with incompatible core values in ever more densely populated cities — fed by relentless in-migration — makes for a highly combustible mixture. Urban Canada is a tinderbox waiting to explode. Friction can become ignition. And unfettered speech can be the match.

Therefore frank discussion must be punished. It must be smothered in its tracks.

We cannot have a genuine conversation about race. We cannot give the truth a podium or an opportunity to rear its ugly head. We must not risk discord or sacrifice harmony on the altar of freedom of expression because if free speech is a right, then it must be balanced off against other rights. Rights like the right to live peacefully cheek to jowl with other ethnic enclaves. Harmony uber alles. It’s the Canadian way.

If necessary, harmony must be imposed. We cannot permit dialogue, lest the truth come out. We must not let the people understand that the superficially peaceful co-existence of mutually antagonistic worldviews and ethno-religious affinities is but a truce that cannot endure the test of serious adversity. We must not let them see through the veil, and realize that once the lid of imposed harmony is removed — as it was in Yugoslavia in the wake of Tito’s passing — ethno-nationalism and tribalism will break free and manufactured consent will be cast aside. Human nature will throw off its shackles.

Instead, any discussion about diversity must be a monologue about its inherent virtues. Citizens must be repeatedly reminded that cultural diversity is an unmitigated good, that “diversity makes us strong” and that there is “unity in diversity”. They must not learn what they already know to be true. That across the world, multiculturalism is a spectacular failure and that Canada is no exception — despite what they are told.

They must not be exposed to studies like those conducted by Robert Putnam or Robert Birrell or Frank Salter. They must not have their suspicions confirmed by the facts. They must not be provided documentation that ethnic heterogeneity erodes public trust, civic participation and social cohesion. They must not heed the advice of William Rees, that to establish the consensus needed to face the seemingly insuperable challenges ahead, Canadians, at the very least, must create “a more integrative model of multiculturalism”. To put it mildly.