Toronto: why Islamcists told Muslims to lie on their census form

BY , TORONTO SUN

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016 06:38 PM EDT | UPDATED: TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016 07:10 PM EDT torontosun.com

Who would have guessed Canada’s 2016 census would provide us with an insight into the darker side of Canada’s multiculturalism?

In an attempt to enhance the presence of one linguistic group over another, some Canadian Muslims of Pakistani origin encouraged their community to give inaccurate information on the census form.Census

They asked Pakistani-Canadians to disown their own mother tongue, which is “Punjabi”, and instead list “Urdu”, so as to enhance Islamic numbers in Canada.

In addition, they apparently didn’t want the Sikh community, who also speak Punjabi, to benefit from having more Punjabi speakers in Canada.

This ill-conceived advice to distort the census results could put anyone who followed it at risk.

I would have told them to tell the truth, as should all Canadians.

As Statistics Canada itself warns:

“Every person who … knowingly gives false or misleading information … is, for every refusal or neglect, or false answer or deception, guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both.”

The reason why most Canadians have no idea this happened is that the controversy occurred entirely within the confines of one religious and racial minority community, where few outsiders have access.

This is another curse of multiculturalism that encourages insular communities and linguistic ghettos.

The first indication an effort was afoot to distort the census came to me from a social media posting where the writer urged Pakistani and Indian Muslims, regardless of the regional language they spoke, to list Urdu as their mother tongue, so the government would count the total number of Pakistani and Indian Muslims living in Canada.

It also urged Pakistani-Canadians who are Christian to list their language as Urdu in support of other Pakistanis.

To most Canadians, this would seem to be a tempest in a teacup, but there is more to it than meets the eye.

The issue is not just one of competing languages, but the promotion of Urdu in Canada, a language that for the last century has become a symbol of pan-Islamism and has been used by Pakistan’s Islamists as the language of Islam, rather than of a people.

The use of language as a political, cultural and colonial tool has been documented by many linguists, including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Everett.

But the specific case of Urdu as an Islamist tool has been raised by Tariq Rahman, a Pakistani academic and author of many books on linguistics. As a native speaker of Urdu himself, Rahman writes:

“Urdu… is associated with Islam in South Asia. In Pakistan, Urdu and Islam are the main symbolic components of the Pakistani Muslim identity that resists the expression of the [indigenous] ethnic identities of that country.”

While the attraction of Urdu to Islamists is a powerful one, Urdu is the mother tongue of only about 7% of Pakistanis, and was a major reason for the country’s breakup in 1971.

Unfortunately, this beautiful language of northern India has today become a tool in the hands of the Islamists.

Those of us who know their workings, on the other hand, are widely dismissed by the political left in Canada as alarmists.

We are, in fact, the canaries in the coal mine. Ignore us at your peril.

Categories: Canada, The Muslim Times

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