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On July 1 Mark Harding, surrounded by supporters from different races and backgrounds, made an appearance in front of The Bay store at Queen and Younge. He was there to protest the spread of Islam in Toronto’s public schools and to make a stand against the attempts to force The Bay to stop selling Israeli products.
I shall admit that until recently I knew little about him. Many thanks to my reader Sharon, who a few months ago told me his story. His long ordeal resembles the suffering of the dissidents in the Soviet Union, making it hard to believe that something like that could happen in Canada.
It is very unlikely that another person in Canada would have the faith and dedication to go through the same prolonged nightmare (thus the title of this article).
Mark was persecuted and convicted for “Islamophobic” hate speech. It is difficult to link him to the standard image of a vile skinhead spitting out hate. He is a Christian Minister and he looks like a Santa Claus on vacation. When you talk to him, he sounds kind and polite and explains his point of view firmly but without raising his voice.
And his point of view got him into trouble – unfortunately, he deals with Islam, one of the most hostile and intolerant religions in the world.
In the 1990’s Mark tried to bring Canada’s attention to the harm that Islam could cause. Those were the years when the political correctness reigned supreme and the media didn’t want to have anything to do with criticizing any religion (except Christianity, of course).
In 1997 he found out that a public school in Toronto (Weston Collegiate Institute) had set aside a special room for Muslim students to pray while the non-Muslims were studying. He expressed his disagreement by creating pamphlets and giving away copies of them near the school.
In the pamphlets he wrote about the dangers of Islam and quoted facts about Muslim atrocities from Canadian mainstream media sources. The protest didn’t end up well – under strong pressure from the Muslim community, Mark Harding was charged with hate speech, he even had to spend two days in jail.
The case went to trial and he was convicted in 1998. He got two years probation and 340 hours of community service. The most humiliating fact about the service was that it consisted in Muslim indoctrination under the guidance of Mohammad Ashraf, general secretary of ISNA. (Such indoctrination was a common practice in Chairman Mao’s China, where educated people had to go through the same process guided by the young idiots from the Red Guards. How is this possible in Canada?)
ISNA stands for Islamic Society of North America, a notoriously corrupt organization with strong ties to the terrorists from the Muslim Brotherhood. Ashraf told Harding that he must follow everything he says, otherwise he would send him back to jail. One of those things was the ban to criticize the warmonger
Mohammed, the fake prophet.
He forced Mark to read the book Towards Understanding Islam, a junk treatise, hostile to everybody who doesn’t follow Islam.
The ordeal took its toll on Mark’s health, but despite several heart attacks, he had to continue to fight. He appealed his sentence all the way to the Supreme Court, but in the end the Muslim lobby won – in 2002 he lost his appeal. Mohamed Elmasry, president of the Canadian Islamic Congress (another notorious Muslim organization) was ecstatic that Harding’s “hate literature” was punished.
All that happened quite a few years ago and many things have changed since then.
First came the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, which showed that Islamism is really bad. Quickly Muslims established themselves as perpetrators of the vast majority of the terrorist acts in the world.
Then came the Internet and blogging, which helped people connect much better and showed fighters like Mark Harding that they are not alone.
What about the people involved in the drama?
Well, it turned out Mohammad Ashraf was a crook – a recent audit of ISNA showed a monstrous misuse of $600,000 of donation money (in a similar situation they would shut down a Christian charity, but ISNA is still going strong). Ashraf used money to pay for the health insurance for his daughters who don’t work for the organization. He diverted substantial funds to businesses in which he was a director, issued false tax receipts, etc., etc. So much about him being a moral beacon to Mark the Kaffir.
Mohamed Elmasry tried to launch a hate speech HRC complaint against Mark Steyn and Maclean’s Magazine. The OHRC reluctantly dismissed it, but Barbara Hall didn’t miss the opportunity to issue a pro-Islamic statement condemning the magazine. Then Elmasry openly stated n the Michael Coren show that all Jews in Israel over 18 are fair target for killing by terrorists.
And Towards Understanding Islam is still being handed out by the Muslim indoctrinators who preach in front of the Eaton Centre.
I guess it became a little bit more difficult to persecute people like Mark Harding. On the other hand, the Muslim extremists are still tolerated – last year the
authorities refused for months to file charges against Salman Hossain, a low-life Muslim from Bangladesh residing in Ontario. He used to run the site Filthy Jewish Terrorists, in which he regularly posted messages calling for mass extermination of all Jews. In the end he managed to leave Canada without being charged.
It’s a funny country we live in – a Christian Minister who warns us about the dangers of the Muslim cult is sent to jail and humiliated into taking indoctrination lessons from a charity crook, while people like Elmasry and Hossain, who openly incite to murder of a whole ethnic group, walk the streets totally undisturbed.
Nothing strange about that when you see that a leading federal politician like “Taliban Jack” Layton is not ashamed to associate with an anti-Semitic shia organization like CASMO, which placed David Duke videos to “educate” its members:
It’s a tragedy and thanks to Mark Harding and those who think like him, we still have some hope to change our country.
When the July 1 event was announced, Mark mentioned that it would be his last. He was planning to retire from his activities to probably write a book.
I asked him at the event why he was retiring. He replied that his plans changed – he just found out that a public school in Toronto runs a Friday mosque in its cafeteria and it even imposed halal food on all students (even non-Muslim). He simply couldn’t retire if something like that was going on.
It looks like his struggle has come full circle – he faces exactly the same challenge, which started him on his fight against Muslim fanaticism in 1997.
However, there is a big difference this time – he is no longer alone. Many will be watching and supporting him.
I hope the support would make his convictions even stronger than they were in 1997…
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