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Canada: Chair of Alberta Human Rights Commission asked to resign over 2009 ‘Islamophobic’ book review



This is the ridiculous state of the public discourse today: Colin May has been asked to resign because of a book review he wrote in 2009, because the book in question speaks honestly and accurately about Islam’s jihad imperative and how Muslims have carried out that imperative over the centuries, and such truths are now deemed to be “Islamophobic stereotypes.” A society that stigmatizes the truth and demonizes those who tell it is in an advanced state of decay.

Note the reference to attacks on Muslim communities. Innocent Muslims are being attacked because of an obscure thirteen-year-old book review? No. But the Left’s idea is being reinforced, that speech that dissents from the Left’s line and agenda is tantamount to violence, and thus must be suppressed.

“Attorney General Tyler Chandro asks Alberta Human Rights Commission chairperson to resign,” FGN News, September 13, 2022:

Attorney General Tyler Chandro has asked the chair of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, Colin May, to resign, in response to concerns raised by more than two dozen Muslim organizations.

In July, May came under fire after a 2009 book review surfaced he wrote that critics say highlighted anti-Islamic ideas.

In response, May said in a statement that he was committed to meeting the Muslim community in Alberta “to learn more about their experiences living in Alberta and to work to overcome discrimination against the Muslim community.”

However, the An open letter signed by 28 Alberta-based Muslim organizations It was published on Monday alleging that May had failed to meet Muslim leaders.

“Upon receiving the letter, Secretary Chandro requested an explanation from Mr. May,” Chandro’s press secretary Joseph Dow said in an emailed statement. Having seen the explanation, Minister Chandro requested May’s resignation.”…

CBC received a letter threatening legal action from May over an article published on July 16 about the book review controversy.

The open letter describes May’s actions as “simply unacceptable”.

“At a time when brazen attacks on Muslims in Alberta, specifically targeting veiled black Muslim women, are on the rise, Mr. May’s decision to threaten to sue his critics, while at the same time suggesting outreach to Alberta’s Muslim communities, was exceptional and shocking.” The message states.

May, a Calgary lawyer, began his new five-year tenure as chair in July after serving on the committee since 2019.

Soon after, he was criticized for his review of the Israeli-British historian Ephraim Karsh Islamic imperialism: a history.

In the review, May highlighted Karsh’s anti-Islam stance that Islam is inherently militaristic.

“[Karsh] He challenges the multicultural illusion regarding peaceful Islam and goes to the heart of the matter. Islam is not a peaceful religion that extremists abuse. Rather, it is one of the most militarizing religions of man, and it is precisely this military heritage that guides the actions of extremists across the Muslim world,” May wrote in his 2009 report.

In an interview in July, Omar explained that the understanding of Islam is incorrect and that it is not the opinion of most Muslims, if any….