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Canada: After Islamic chants, Hindu hymns now chime in Mississaugaa

Sunday 30 August 2020, by siawi3

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After Islamic chants, Hindu hymns now chime in Mississauga

Tarek Fatah

Aug 19, 2020 • Last Updated 10 days ago

Photo: Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie speaks at the Ontario Liberal Party’s 2019 AGM in Toronto on Friday June 7, 2019. Photo by Chris Young /THE CANADIAN PRESS

However, the core principle of our current existence is that we have kept race and religion out of politics, even as we face the onslaught of a religious war on our civilization by jihadi zealots of the Islamic State, Al-Qaida, Al-Shabab, the Taliban and also Turkey fuelling the fire to re-establish the Ottoman Caliphate.

But there is concern that Islam in Canada has tried to make its presence felt by elbowing into politics at all levels, including the municipal stage too where it seems its easiest to make their mark.

On May 6 this year, I wrote about how Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie rejected the advice of her administrators and in a drive-by vote managed to pass a unanimous resolution amending the city noise bylaw to legalize the blaring of “Allah O Akbar” on loudspeakers at all Mississauga mosques.

When Mississauga councillors Sue McFadden and Ron Star sought to overturn the first vote and have a discussion, they were somehow persuaded by the mayor into changing their mind. They did. The fact is that critics of mosque loudspeakers were labelled racist and Islamophobic, a charge that has silenced many and would scare the bravest amongst us.

The city’s decision triggered a citizen’s revolt led by one person, Ram Subramanian, who announced a plan to launch a constitutional challenge against the change of Mississauga’s noise laws. He has recruited over 10,000 people and aimed to raise $120,000 before he went to court.

He was joined by Muslim Canadian Congress spokesperson Munir Pervaiz, who said the loudspeaker has little to do with Islam and everything to do with Islamism — the use of Islam for political purposes.

However, Subramaniam’s efforts came to null last week when an obscure group called the Hindu Forum Canada failed to stand up for the separation of religion and state, instead demanding that just as Muslims had won the right to establish their presence via mosque loudspeakers, Mississauga should give Hindus too the right to broadcast Hindu hymns on loudspeakers atop Hindu Temples.

Rao Yenbamuri, leader of the seven-member Mississauga Hindu group, had earlier called the Islamic loudspeaker prayer “a violation of our secular values,” but they changed their mind. Now the conflict between Hindus and Muslims has been permanently entrenched into the Hindu and Muslim ghettoes of Mississauga.

I urge Muslim mullahs and Hindu priests to read the sermon of the 17th century English puritan Richard Baxter titled, The Vain Religion of the Formal Hypocrite, and the Mischief of an Unbridled Tongue.

Just reading the title should suffice.