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Cowardly hijab attack provokes outrage, but does it fit the narrative?

January 2018

Re:  “Cowardly hijab attack provokes outrage” (Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, 13 January 2018):

Firstly, no one should be subjected to an assault, including the unprovoked attack on Khawlah Noman, an 11 year old girl who was stalked by an as of yet unknown male walking to her school in Scarborough, who cut her hijab with a pair of scissors and ran off.

Secondly, it’s funny how progressives are so quick to say this was an Islamophobic hate crime, yet every time a “lone-wolf” commits a terrorist act in North America in the name of Jihad, progressives always insist he must have been mentally-ill and not ideologically driven.

You can’t have it both ways.

Thirdly, we don’t yet know the motives or mental state of the attacker, but that doesn’t matter when you’re a virtue-signalling progressive. All we apparently have right now is an assault, but that hasn’t stopped our political leaders from pronouncing guilt without having all the facts.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has already stated, “This is a cowardly act of hatred, and it has no place in Ontario.  This does not represent who we are. We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab.”

Toronto Mayor John Torry and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have also spoken out condemning the attack, making note of the fact this wasn’t a simple assault, but Islamophobic in nature.

I don’t know if their comments were made before it was reported that the attacker was Asian and not white, as this goes against the usual progressive narrative that it’s only whites who are “Islamophobic”.

Does anyone remember the hijab-wearing Muslim woman who was attacked by another woman wearing a red “Canada” shirt in a supermarket in London, Ontario in June 2016?  The mainstream media and politicians went nuts over this incident, proclaiming it a hate-crime and Islamophobia, and it became a national news story.

That is until it was revealed that the accused spoke Farsi, a Persian language spoken predominantly in Iran.  Oops!

After it became apparent to everyone that the accused, Shelia Shaidae, was Muslim too, the mainstream media suddenly went dark.  It just didn’t fit the progressive narrative.

She was never identified in the mainstream media or even by police, even when she was arrested, despite there being no publication ban.

She was identified a week later by reporter and talk-show host Andrew Lawton of The Rebel Media after he accessed public court documents naming her.

Shaidae was declared mentally unfit to stand trial back in November.

This may indeed turn out to be a hate crime, but I guess we’ll have to wait to see how this one plays out.  In the mean time, let’s tone down the hyperbole.

Sources:   http://www.lfpress.com/2016/11/16/hijab-pulling-woman-charged-for-attacking-a-woman-in-a-hijab-declared-not-fit-to-stand-trial, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/muslim-woman-attack-london-1.3645580, “EXCLUSIVE: Media falls SILENT about that Islamophobic “hate crime” in London — is THIS why?”, The Rebel Media – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTXcuQl-6ek.


Update  15 January 2018:

Toronto Police issued the following brief statement. “After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described did not happen.  Our investigation is concluded and we don’t expect anything further.”

Fake News! A cautionary tale of rushing to judgement

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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