(Ottawa, Canada – December 12, 2012) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today condemns the attempts of anti-Muslim bloggers to smear Canada’s largest gathering of Muslims at the annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) Conference.
“With 30,000 attendees last year alone, the RIS conference has become one of the leading events of its kind, anywhere in the world,” says Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN’s Executive Director. “To suggest that there is something untoward about a conference that invites leading thinkers like John Ralston Saul and Karen Armstrong to speak on topics such as inter-faith dialogue and mutual understanding is ludicrous. This is yet another example of Islamophobic vitriol aimed at marginalizing and vilifying Muslims.”
Point-de-Bascule describes itself as a “non-partisan” website that “defends our liberties by educating people on the Islamist threat”. However, its Islamophobic bias regularly takes aim at Muslims using misinformation to foster fear and suspicion.
The blog’s attempt at using scare tactics in calling the conference ‘Islamist’ in order to prevent guests like Liberal MP Justin Trudeau from addressing thousands of Muslims, many of whom are young people, should be rejected, says Mr. Gardee...
As for Mr. J. Ralston Saul--there's no accounting for him.