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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lorne Gunther: It's not irrational or bigoted to expect Canadian Muslims to renounce terror

"No one expected every Catholic in Massachusetts to denounce terrorism each time the IRA blew up an office tower in London or a school in Ulster in the 1980s. Perhaps Massachusetts Catholics should have been asked to denounce terrorism more often. After all, North American Catholics — particularly those in the U.S. Northeast — were a significant source of funding for the IRA for decades. But the point is, they weren’t expected to, so why should Muslims?

Sheer volume, for one.As Clifford D. May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reminded us last Friday, “there have been close to 16,000 terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam since 9/11.” If Catholics worldwide had committed 16,000 terror acts in the past nine years, I would think it only fair that the Vatican be made to denounce terror over and over again."
Read the full column in The National Post

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