From the Investigative Project on Terrorism:
They say the Mounties always get their man. But do they sometimes get the wrong imam?
This is one of many questions coming out of the second annual “Muslims of Tomorrow 2009” conference sponsored in part by Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police on June 13. (…)
It is far from clear, for example, that similar resources and publicity have gone into preoccupations of other “at risk” immigrant groups, or that a federal police agency has any business getting involved in determining what tomorrow’s Muslims should look like, sound like, dress like or believe in.
Even those who think government should be in the business of religion, will not soon expect similar quantities of RCMP dollars and prestige to flow into “Hindus of Tomorrow” or “Christians of Tomorrow” conferences.
(…) the RCMP advertising of the “Tomorrow” event boasts that Dr. Bedeir is Imam of British Columbia’s Burnaby Al-Salaam Mosque. This Mosque appears to have been the site of “Parents of Today: Protecting the Muslims of Tomorrow,” a March 2008 forum that was, according to its publicity, “Sponsored by RCMP Advisory Committee.”
A listed “key speaker” was Bosnia-born Imam Dr. Zijad Delic, National Executive Director of the Canadian Islamic Congress, one of the most radical of Canada’s fraternity of Islamist organizations [NOTE: this is the group that charged Mark Steyn with “Islamophobia”] . Radical, maybe, but apparently good enough for an RCMP “Advisory Committee” dedicated to keeping youth away from, well, radicalism.
Do read the whole thing. Address any questions or concerns to:
The Minister of Public Safety (which oversees the RCMP).
Hon. Peter Van Loan
Minister of Public Safety
Superintendent Lloyde Plante
Assistant Criminal Operations Officer – National Security, E Division