Trudeau courts votes – and controversy

ez tutIn 2013, when he was campaigning in a Muslim mosque in Calgary, Justin Trudeau bragged about how many mosques he visits in his hometown of Montreal.

He listed them: the Bangladeshi mosque, the Pakistani mosque, the North African mosque and the Wahhabi mosque.

The first three are geographical locations. But Wahhabi Islam is an ideology, not a place.

Wahhabism is to the rest of Islam what the Ku Klux Klan is to the rest of Christianity. It’s an extremist fringe that believes in violence. Or, as it’s called in Arabic, jihad.

Wahhabism was an obscure sect until the dictators of Saudi Arabia decided to bankroll it. Over the past 30 years, an estimated $100 billion of Saudi oil money has been pumped into mosques around the world, on the condition that they follow Wahhabism. That includes mosques in Canada.

It would be as if Texas were a theocracy that spent $100 billion in oil money setting up little KKK churches around the world. That’s what Saudi Arabia has done.

And that’s what the Wahhabi mosque in Montreal, called the Al-Sunnah Al-Nabawiah mosque, is like.

A 2006 documentary by CBC investigators showed the mosque pushing vile Wahhabi propaganda on its members. The mosque believes in death for infidels and stoning for gays and adulterous women. The CBC showed the anti-Semitic propaganda that mosque was handing out to little Arab children. More recently, the mosque was named in a leaked U.S. Pentagon study as one of the nine world centres of recruitment for al-Qaida.

This is the mosque that Trudeau went to campaign in, for votes.

When Sun News asked Trudeau about this last week, he dug in his heels. He said he was “proud” to have campaigned there. He said the U.S. is known for making “mistakes” in who it labels as terrorist sympathizers, though he had no evidence to the contrary. He boasted of his visit.

Trudeau has made a big deal about rooting out pro-life Christians from his party, saying they’re forbidden from running as his candidates. But he wants people to know he’s fine with Wahhabi Islam.

This isn’t the first time Trudeau has associated with Muslim extremists linked to terrorism. He accepted an invitation to speak at a conference in Toronto that was initially sponsored by IRFAN, a Muslim group that had its charity status revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency for transferring funds to the Hamas terrorist group. (IRFAN withdrew as sponsor just before the conference.) Trudeau accepted the invitation, and indeed spoke there – never condemning Hamas. He has also appeared at events sponsored by other terrorist-linked groups.

Once could be a mistake. Twice is careless. But again and again Trudeau happily goes to the most extremist Muslim groups in Canada – and never to chastise them. He’s either tone deaf to Canadian concerns about terrorism or he truly has no problem with extremists, or at least courting their votes. Remember, Trudeau’s first reaction to the Boston Marathon terrorists was to tell Peter Mansbridge that they had likely been “excluded” from our western society, and that’s what drove them to violence. He blamed us, the victims.

Other Liberals with better judgment realized how bad Trudeau looked, especially when Hamas’s terrorism is on TV each night. Ralph Goodale, the last Liberal MP in Saskatchewan, said the U.S. terrorism report only came out after Trudeau visited the mosque, and that in any event, it was “trivial.”

But the Al-Sunnah Al-Nabawiah has been in the news for more than a decade. It’s where the Ahmed Ressam, the convicted Millennium Bomber, prayed. It has received international coverage, in PBS, the Associated Press, and in a half dozen Canadian newspapers for extremism, going back to the year 2000. And then there’s that major documentary on Montreal CBC in 2006.

Maybe Justin Trudeau didn’t know any of that. But he knows now. And he is very clear, no matter what Goodale says. He still says he’s “proud” to campaign at the Wahhabi mosque. We should believe him.