Hence, this, in today's Globe and Mail:
Bernie Farber, executive director of the Mosaic Institute, a think tank that promotes diversity, and former chief executive officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said the fact that these allegations were false "does not in any way diminish the fact that Islamophobia is rampant in this country and we need to find a way to stop it."And this, from our numbskull prime minister:
The Prime Minister's Office said Monday that "we have seen an unfortunate pattern of increased hate crimes in past months directed toward religious minorities, particularity toward women. We need to take this issue extremely seriously as this pattern is a warning sign of increased intolerance."And this, in the National Post:
There used to be a news maxim that “Jews are news,” which made sense when anti-Semitism was the greater cultural concern. Now, it is the hijab that is guaranteed clickbait.Also this--the Mock-averse letter I sent in response:
“Today we’re experiencing the very same thing with Muslims,” said Karen Mock, an educational psychologist and human rights consultant who chaired the committee that developed the Ontario government’s hate crime strategy. “These things do get blown out of proportion when it’s a marginalized or racialized group.”
I'm sorry to have to break it to Joseph Brean and Karen Mock, but according to the most recent Statistics Canada data, it is Jews, and not Muslims (or any other minority group), who are most often on the receiving end of a hate crime in Canada--and by a wide margin.Update: To be fair to Mock, she does raise some possible reasons for the fabrication:
Thus, if "Jews are news" no longer, it's not because anti-Semitism has been consigned to history's dustbin; if anything, there's more of it around than ever. It's because there's a "sexier" victim group out there, and because Liberals like Karen Mock and Justin Trudeau see a benefit in catering to it, and to waggling their fingers at Canadians whom they accuse of harboring "Islamophobic" feelings toward Muslims.
That's why, instead of asking why an 11-year-year old girl would be motivated to fabricate a story about how her hijab was slashed by a non-existent "Islamophobe," they are still intent on slamming Canadians for our (largely) non-existent Islamophobia.
How pathetic--and how insulting.
Mock similarly said the case should not be ignored because a child lied. Perhaps she was being harassed or bullied and no one was listening to her. Perhaps she herself wanted to get rid of her hijab. Perhaps this was meant as a call for help. Could this be crying wolf to the principal, and being unable to walk it back once the news cameras arrived in her school?And if we find out that the girl was prompted to do it by one or both parents who saw a value in playing the victim card (not that we ever will find it out, given that the cops have announced that it's case closed), then can we pass judgment?
“We don’t know and nobody should be passing judgment until we find out,” Mock said.
Update: Robert Spencer comments:
See how the establishment media narrative works? When racist, bigoted “Islamophobes” supposedly target Muslims, Muslims are victims. And when Muslims fake “Islamophobic hate crimes,” Muslims are victims. Not only that, but when Muslims scream “Allahu akbar” and murder infidels, Muslims are victims. Always and in every situation, Muslims are victims, to be appeased and accommodated in every possible way. Once you understand, we can all lock arms and march together into our glorious multicultural, diverse future.Yup. That's exactly how the Trudeaupians unpack it.
Update: The Toronto Sun's Anthony Furey says that the hijab hoax girl and her family owe Canadians an apology.
If I know one thing for certain, it's this: that is never going to happen.