As I reported earlier, Mark Harding passed away a few weeks ago. He was a remarkable Christian preacher and evangelist, who dedicated his life to spreading his uplifting faith. His compassion for the suffering of the Christians in many countries in the world helped him see things that few people were aware of in the mid-1990’s, specifically the danger of Muslim extremism. At the time not many knew or were interested in what happens to the few Christians in Sudan or Afghanistan, but Mark saw as his duty to be the messenger of that bad news and help the plight of those martyrs. He also worked on liberating the Muslims from the Koranic deception.
That work brought him into the vortex of religious politics and he became one of the first to experience the rage of Muslim fanaticism in Canada. His work with Muslims and the opposition of introducing daytime Muslim prayers at a Toronto school (in a secular education system, from which Christianity and Judaism have been kicked out long time ago) caused a legal clash – his position was labeled “hate speech” and he was convicted. Not many were aware of the problems he raised and he didn’t receive the support he needed. It is symptomatic that the people who stood by him in that difficult time were the Christians whom he defended – for example, Pakistani Christian churches paid his legal bills after the trial.
He also fought against the corruption of children through age-inappropriate sex education in the 1980’s (a problem we are facing again in Ontario). Mark was a great friend of Israel and worked against the demonization and boycott of the Jewish State. He organized demonstrations in support of businesses selling Israeli products (like his annual stand in front of the Hudson’s Bay Company store in downtown Toronto).
In the video below you can hear him speak about his work. Last year Mark Harding had a presentation of about 2 hours at a Christian church in Mississauga, in which he covered his views on Christianity and Islam and his struggles. The video shows some of the important highlights of that talk.
After millions of people saw the true face of Islam and understood the dangers of its extremism, the work of Mark Harding became more and more popular. He gained many friends willing to help and support him. His untimely death – his health was ruined after years of persecution – left a void that will be hard to fill. To commemorate his life and work, JDL-Canada organized on April 20 a memorial in his honour.
Many friends and supporters of Mark Harding gathered to talk about his shared experiences with him. Meir Weinstein remembered how Mark stood alone against fanaticism and was attacked at the trial by many people (including the former boss of the Canadian Jewish Congress). He emphasized that despite everything, Mark remained a friend of the Jewish people and a staunch supporter of Israel.
The blogger Blazingcatfur recalled how Mark brought up and pushed the issue against the “Mosqueteria” – the introduction of segregated Muslim prayers at a public school in Toronto. In an emotional talk Sharon Isac shared her impressions of him, especially the bond and the beneficial influence Mark had with her family. The next video shows a few highlights from the memorial.
After the speeches, the attendees continued their talks with each other for a while. Here are a few pictures from the event:
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