"The Christmas holidays are a time when Canadians of all backgrounds and religions have the opportunity to think about what's important to them, and to spend time with their loved ones...“While it is a religious holiday specific to Christians, as Canadians we all benefit from thinking more about the overall well-being of our families and communities.”But here comes NCCM head honcho Ishaan Gardee to rain on Amira's "outreach" parade:
Christmas can pose a challenge for Canadians of other faith traditions who do not celebrate the occasion.
“It is important to also recognize that there are families, or individuals, who come from Muslim majority countries where Christmas is not celebrated in the same way - if it is celebrated at all,” Ihsaan Gardee, Executive Director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), told OnIslam.net.
“They may not be used to the festivities, or the highly commercialized nature of the holidays.”
“This may also concern Canadian Muslim families who are struggling to inculcate a love for their own faith tradition in their children,” added Gardee.
“Families and communities may feel at a loss when trying to create a similar level of excitement around their own faith and cultural celebrations.”
The time of year can be especially difficult for families with young children who may feel excluded from the festivities.Thanks for that blast of truth, Ihsaan. It's clear that for the NCCM (CAIR-CAN, rebranded), the "we're the victims" narrative prevails over the "Christmas benefits us all" one.