Human rights tribunal called out for racial discrimination


When a Toronto imam commanded Muslims to do business only with Muslims, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) dismissed the blatant bigotry, saying that a complaint based on such statements is outside of the organization’s jurisdiction.

They further noted that such speech “does not appear to allege discrimination.”

Try making a public call to “buy from whites or Jews only” and see how the HRTO would come down on you for shockingly “racist” and “intolerant hate-speech.” Yet in its efforts not to appear “racist,” “Islamophobic,” “xenophobic,” or opposed to “diversity,” the HRTO essentially says it will ignore Imam Rageah’s call.

Eric Stanley Brazau filed a complaint earlier this week, alleging discrimination by Imam Said Rageah, after hearing the religious leader urge Muslims to hire and do business only with Muslims, in a sermon he made at Abu Huraira Centre in Toronto.

“In a sermon uploaded to YouTube, Rageah called on Canadian Muslims to unite and translate their demography into a political and economic power which will enable Muslims to implement Sharia Law in their communities and change Canada’s foreign policy,” Jihad Watch reported on Thursday, noting, “This is a blatant call to undermine the state, and destabilize Canadian society. Rageah will receive no penalty, but ignoring this amounts to an open invitation to continue such treason.”

HRTO responded with a letter saying that a “review of the Application and the narrative setting out the incidents of alleged discrimination fails to identify any specific acts of discrimination within the meaning of the Code allegedly committed by the respondent(s).”

HRTO further informed Brazau that his Application “does not appear to allege discrimination with respect to any of the social areas identified in the Code (services, goods and facilities; accommodations (housing); contracts; employment; membership in vocational associations).”

Rageah, who was born in Somalia, and moved to North America in the late ’80s, holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies and a master’s degree in Sharia law, according to the report. Since then, he has served as the chaplain the University of Calgary, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and as an imam at the Abu Huraira Mosque in Toronto.

In a sermon uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 8, 2009, Rageah called on Canadian Muslims to unite and translate their demography into a political and economic power that will enable Muslims to implement Sharia law in their communities and change Canada’s foreign policy, according to the report.

Rageah urged his congregation to follow the example of a Sikh neighborhood in Edmonton, Alberta by bringing the Muslim community to live together in one area, in which authorities will be unable to make any decision without the approval of the residents.

The imam went on to urge Muslims to hire only Muslim workers, to buy products or services only from Muslim-owned businesses and to avoid advertising with media outlets owned by kafirs (infidels). This will pave the way for Canadian Muslims to strengthen themselves and live according to Islam, he said.

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