Anyway, Wahida, who can see what's happening here, and who is accustomed to being deferred to by Canada's "human rights" wonks (see this by Ezra Levant), is having none of it. She has written a letter to the Post that aims to put both Brean and Delic in their place:
Re: The CIC's Canadian Imam, Joseph Brean, Oct. 9.
The Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) has, since its establishment in 1999, prided itself as an indigenous, Canadian Muslim advocacy organization focused on civil liberties, democracy and human rights.Exactly. Even though it was an official loss, Wahida and her "human rights" enablers scored a direct hit on free speech, one whose ramifications have yet to be fully understood and that will be playing out for the foreseeable future. That said, the fact that Delic says he would not have resorted to the "human rights" bodies a la Elmo and Wahida, that he would have gone a different route, does not persuade me that he isn't equally committed to the CIC's mandate, albeit in a smoother, more "interfaith-y" way.
As part of this mandate, the CIC has endorsed a policy of integration. It has encouraged Canadian Muslims to actively engage with the democratic process and to be fully informed with respect to Canada's history and traditions.
In a post 9/11 environment, the CIC has advocated for laws and measures that do not unduly limit civil liberties and human rights. Simultaneously, it has encouraged Canadian Muslims to remain vigilant for fringe elements that could harm their community and Canadian society, and to fully contribute to preserving Canada's national security.
The CIC's directors and officers remain committed to preserving the organization as an advocate for civil liberties, democracy and human rights. The views expressed by Zijad Delic were his own and in no way reflect the views of CIC board.
Furthermore, in relation to the CIC's complaint in 2008 that Maclean's magazine was fostering Islamophobia, it should be noted that all efforts were made to settle the issue by negotiation. Failing to achieve the settlement, we had no choice but to got to a human rights commission. We lost the case legally, but achieved our goal in the form of comments by the commission.
Wahida Valiante, national president and chair of Islamic History Month, Thornhill, Ont.