Mosque Talk. Part 1.

Sep 11, 2011

Mosque Talk. Part 1.

National news sources are now inundated with ten-year dedications to 9/11. They seem less like a memorial, and more like an effort to justify a decade-long traipse down the oh-so-very-wrong path.

The so-called 'War on Terror' has bankrupted America, and has increasingly militarized our own Canadian economy, with no end in sight.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, seemingly immune from factual reality, recently noted that 'Islamicism' remains the biggest threat to Canadian security. Statements such as this serve to not only scapegoat a sizeable percentage of the Canadian population, but also pave the way for increased security measures, included pre-emptive arrests, meant to protect us There is no 'other' anymore.

How must it feel to be at the receiving end of all this nonsense? How must it feel to be a Canadian Muslim, ostensibly free to practice Islam, but sensationalized and vilified at every turn? To have never done anything against anyone, and yet be asked to take responsibility for acts of 'terrorism', as though you yourself had pulled a trigger?

I headed to the local mosque, and interviewed four Muslim friends about just such matters.

For the sake of size, the interview appears in two parts.