Program suggestion for Studio 2
When I first heard about the formation a council of Muslims to apply
Shari'a in Ontario (and Canada), I thought of it only as an internal
matter within the Muslim community.
But the opposition, especially by Muslim women, was so intense that I
tried to find out more, but it was very difficult since the people who
were setting up this "Shari'a court" were keeping an extremely low
profile outside of the Muslim community.
I attended a panel discussion (Mar 7, 2004, 10 am to 7 pm) organized by
, an extraordinary woman, who almost single
handedly brought the matter to public attention. Even the Crown
Counsel admitted to only learning of the problem through her activities.
(Homa Arjomand, firstname.lastname@example.org
416--737-9500 , International Campaign Against Shari'a Court in
When I learned that Shari'a was being applied all the time by Mosques in
Canada, alarm bells went off in my head. If Shari'a was already
being applied within Muslim community, what was the purpose of forming
this new organization?
The results of my research is contained in my presentation "A Canadian
Objection to Shari'a Under the Arbitration Act... a Non-Muslim View" which
I presented at a 3 hour meeting arranged by Homa of 9 people and John
Gregory, Crown Counsel on March 24, 2004.
I am appending the presentation below, but the spacing is rather wanky.
I am also sending it as a Word Perfect attachment which will have the
Someone who read my presentation commented, "That's how Hitler began.
He was a nobody who went around quietly consolidating his power. He,
too, wrote down exactly what he would do."
This is not alarmist talk. We are facing a real problem here in
I actually see a three pronged attack on this problem.
- The Muslim community must educate the women especially through radio
and tv ads
- The government must provide funding for Muslim women's groups and must
also re-evaluate Canadian and provincial laws in view of the threat of
- The non Muslim sector of society must make sure that those Muslims and
apostates who do reach out get the appropriate support that they need.
While the problem tends to be stated in terms of Muslim women, it also
affect Muslim men, all those who say they are no longer Muslim and of
A Studio 2 program about "The Threat of Shari'a to Canadian Society"
would be an extremely important contribution to dealing with this