Professor Mahfooz Kanwar Opposes Multiculturalism

Professor Mahfooz Kanwar seems to be the kind of Muslim who might allow us to coexist, without having to submit to Islam:

This unusual Muslim not only admits that “Yes, Islam condones wife beatings,”- Kanwar also warns us that multiculturalism ‘creates nations within a nation’ which got him in trouble with his coreligionists.

The  obsequious efforts of Toronto police Chief Bill Blair not to “offend” Muslims are, in Dr Kanwar’s view, contemptible.

“That is an absurdity. Political correctness has gone too far. Political correctness threatens our society,” said the Pakistani-born Kanwar. “It is the responsibility of the minorities to adjust to the majority, not the other way around,” added Kanwar. (Source)

And now this:

"If you want to live under sharia law, go back to the hellhole country you came from, or go to another hellhole country that lives under sharia law," says Mahfooz Kanwar, a member of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

“If you want to live under sharia law, go back to the hellhole country you came from, or go to another hellhole country that lives under sharia law,” says Mahfooz Kanwar, a member of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

Calgary Herald

About one dozen families who recently immigrated to Canada are demanding that the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg excuse their children from music and coed physical education programs for religious reasons.

The families believe that music is un-Islamic – just like the Taliban believe and then imposed on the entire population of Afghanistan – and that physical education classes should be segregated by gender even in the elementary years.

The school division is facing the music in a typically Canadian way – that is, bending itself into a trombone to try to accommodate these demands, even though in Manitoba, and indeed the rest of the country, music and phys. ed are compulsory parts of the curriculum.

Officials say they may try to have the Muslim children do a writing project on music to satisfy the curriculum’s requirements. The school officials have apparently consulted the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, and they have also spoken to a member of the Islamic community suggested by those very same Muslim parents.

In any event, the school district is trying to find a way to adapt the curriculum to fit the wishes of these families, rather than these families adapting to fit into the school and Canadian culture.

Mahfooz Kanwar, a member of the Muslim Canadian Congress, says he has some better ideas.

“I’d tell them, this is Canada, and in Canada, we teach music and physical education in our schools. If you don’t like it, leave. If you want to live under sharia law, go back to the hellhole country you came from or go to another hellhole country that lives under sharia law,” said Kanwar, who is a professor emeritus of sociology at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

That might be putting things a little more forcefully than most of us would be comfortable with, but Kanwar says he is tired of hearing about such out-of-tune demands from newcomers to our country. “Immigrants to Canada should adjust to Canada, not the other way around,” he argues.

Kanwar, who immigrated to Canada from Pakistan via England and then the United States in 1966, says he used to buy into the “Trudeaupian mosaic, official multiculturalism (nonsense).”

He makes it clear, that like most Canadians, he is pleased and enjoys that Canada has citizens literally from every country and corner in the world, as it has enriched this country immensely. But it’s official multiculturalism – the state policy “that entrenches the lie” that all cultures and beliefs are of equal value and of equal validity in Canada that he objects to.

“The fact is, Canada has an enviable culture based on Judeo-Christian values – not Muslim values – with British and French rule of law and traditions and that’s why it’s better than all of the other places in the world. We are heading down a dangerous path if we allow the idea that sharia law has a place in Canada. It does not. It is completely incompatible with the idea and reality of Canada,” says Kanwar, who in the 1970s was the founder and president of the Pakistan-Canada Association and a big fan of official multiculturalism. Kanwar says his views changed when he started listening to the people who joined his group. They badmouthed Canada, weren’t interested in knowing Canadians or even in learning one of our official languages. They created cultural ghettos and the Canadian government even helped fund it.

“One day it dawned on me that the reason all of us wanted to move here was going to disappear if we didn’t start defending Canada and its fundamental values.” That’s when Kanwar started speaking out against the dangers of official multiculturalism. He has been doing so for decades.

So, it’s no surprise that Kanwar is delighted with the recent speech British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered to the 47th Munich Security Conference on Feb. 5.

“Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism,” said Cameron, “we have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values. So when a white person holds objectionable views – racism, for example – we rightly condemn them. But when equally unacceptable views or practices have come from someone who isn’t white, we’ve been too cautious, frankly even fearful, to stand up to them. . . . This hands-off tolerance,” said Cameron, “has only served to reinforce the sense that not enough is shared. All this leaves some young Muslims feeling rootless and . . . can lead them to this extremist ideology.”

Kanwar actually credits German Chancellor Angela Merkel for being among the first of the world’s democratic leaders to take the courageous step in October to say that official multiculturalism had “failed totally.”

It appears leaders are getting bolder. During an interview with TFI channel on Feb. 10, French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that the government policy that encourages immigrant groups to foster distinct societies within France “is a failure.”

“If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France,” he said.

“We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him,” Sarkozy added.

Kanwar says for years, some “non-whites like me” have felt comfortable pointing out the failings of official multiculturalism. What’s encouraging is that now “whites” or the majority culture and its leaders are starting to sound the alarm.

Cameron ended his speech by saying: “This terrorism is completely indiscriminate and has been thrust upon us. . . . We need to confront it with confidence.

“At stake are not just lives, it’s our way of life. That’s why this is a challenge we cannot avoid – and one we must meet.”

That democratically elected leaders are at long last starting to sing a different tune is sweet music to Kanwar. Here’s hoping those poor kids in Winnipeg will get to hear some of it.

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4 thoughts on “Professor Mahfooz Kanwar Opposes Multiculturalism”

  1. He is a professor of sociology. His words on the social impact of multiculturalism, taken on their own, should be viewed as highly authoritative.
    If the practice of Islam is limited to the 5 pillars, and eliminates the imperatives of Jihad and destruction of the infidel, then Muslims have a ghost of a chance of living and surviving in the West.
    Failing that, Islam in the West is truly doomed.

  2. Let us consider the hypothetical situation that ALL Muslims at present living in the West, accepted the call to clean up their communities of extremism. They even went further and made the changes in their teachings of the Koran and the jihad. Such an outcome would no doubt come as a relief to many on this site, the government, the MSM, and elsewhere. But I counter, that all such changes were being done merely to protect the ummah while it grows at ever-increasing pace in the West. Once a near majority is achieved, that future generation of Muslims will simply revoke any changes, and return to the traditions of the unchanging and unchangeable Koran i.e., the canonical texts of Islam that cannot be changed, but only protected when under duress. That future generation of Muslims in the UK, or in any Infidel nation, will even praise this generation of Muslims for having done what was necessary to protect Islam.
    Islamic ideologues take the long view – in several decades or centuries, or more. It is only right that we as well consider options keeping in mind Islam’s long-term goals.

    Now this professor may be genuine, but I counter that people such as he, merely delay the day, and thus put us in greater danger, when we have to do what is necessary to save our society.

    Muslims and Islam have no place in the West, which has been formed by Christianity. Our fore-fathers knew that very well. It is only our idiot politicians who seem to think they know better.

  3. I agree with DP111 110% with his observation. Take the case of India and China. Islam was in India and China for close to 1,400 years and the Muslims have not assimilated. In India the moment they achieved majority status in north-west India they agitated for a separate state and they got it at tremendous loss of Hindu life. In the case of China the Chinese flooded the Muslim majority province of Sinkiang with ethnic Han Chinese and today the Hans are in the majority. This has put paid to the dream of an independent Sinkiang for the next few decades at least but the Muslim Uighurs of Sinkiang breed like pigs.
    Unfortunately the West has no such solution because they are not even producing enough children to replace themselves. The only solutions I see is to admit that a terrible mistake was made in allowing the Muslims to settle in the West and rectify the mistake by deporting the Muslims en masse to their sharia compliant hell-holes.

  4. I too am an immigrant and I do not understand the Canadian governments stand on political correctness. My understanding when I chose to relocate was that I find a way to fit in and to make Canada’s decision to accept me, worth its’ while. I simply do not understand that this is even under debate.

    Good, decent, hardworking people apply every day to come to Canada and miss out on the points system for whatever reason. And yet, we put up with demands and bow to calls for respect of diversity from a people who have no respect for our way of life, our religions, our customs, our traditions; from immigrants – most of whom were able to enter the country under protection. One would think that if you have the need to escape your country for whatever reason, that you would have gratitude toward the people that took you in. And that your allegiance would automatically extend in the same direction.

    I applaud Professor Mahfooz Kanwar for his stand.

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