I have no idea what Jawaad Faizi stands for as a writer – he could be an “Islamic Moderate”, he could be an anti-Israel leftist. But I do know that he should not be beaten with a Cricket bat for criticizing Islamic moonbats (literally moonbats…see below). From Canadian Press’ Colin Perkel, “Journalist beaten with cricket bat fears for life”:
Faizi, 35, said the threats began after he wrote in January about a lecture at a Toronto-area mosque given by a Pakistani cleric, Muhammad Tahir Ul Qadri, leader of the international Islamic-based organization, Minhaj ul Quran.
Two weeks ago, Faizi wrote a critical column based on news reports from Pakistan about charismatic claims made by Ul Qadri, who often visits Canada, that he had inscribed the name of the prophet on the moon.
That sparked further telephone threats accusing him of apostasy, prompting Faizi and Post editor Amir Arain to complain on Monday to police, who advised them to be careful.
On Tuesday, just as he arrived at Arain’s Mississauga, Ont., home, Faizi said two men attacked the vehicle. They smashed the windshield and windows, leaving him with cuts and bruises on his head and arm. They fled when he dialled 911 on his cellphone.
Editor & Publisher, America’s venerable journalism insider’s mag, tells the story succinctly with its headline: “Islamic Fanatics Beat Journo in Canada“.
As reported last month by CBC’s Joan Leishman, this is a problem that seems to be growing. Silencing dissent through violence and intimidation has no place in a free and democratic society. Memo to Islamists: we express our differences in Canada through, at most, vigorous debate; if you can’t agree, then simply leave each other alone.