A patriotic Canadian Muslim defends freedom | Salim Mansur

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Nov 022020
 

While most Muslims elected to office are primarily on the Left and of the Islamist tradition, it is refreshing to know that there are those of the Islamic faith tradition who have embraced the classical liberal values of the West. Professor Emeritus Salim Mansur is one such man.

An outspoken critic of Leftist multicultural policies and a life-long defender of individual freedom, Professor Mansur has devoted his life and career to further the values of Western society.

Although born in Calcutta and raised in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) Professor Mansur has adopted a patriotic Canada First political philosophy having immigrated to Canada almost 50 years ago. Regardless of his decades of promoting freedom, he has faced an uphill battle trying to convince those who purport to be on the side of freedom and capitalism that he is the genuine article. Rejected by the Conservative Party of Canada in 2019 he ran for Parliament under the People’s Party of Canada banner becoming a bit of a cause célèbre for his outspoken criticism of the Islamization of Canada, globalism, and the Liberal Party’s policy of open immigration.

Salim was in conversation with Just Right Media’s Robert Vaughan to discuss the backlash he has received from the so-called ‘conservative’ public for his faith, confronting the mistaken prejudice that all Muslims must be Islamists and on the Left.

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674 – Religiously defending freedom in revolutionary times

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Oct 012020
 


Two Roman Catholic priests in the United States have ignited a controversy not only within their own church, but on the worldwide stage as well. Father Robert Altier (Crystal, Minnesota) and Reverend James Altman (La Crosse, Wisconsin) each expressed views to their congregations that contradicted the official Left narrative on two of the most sensitive issues to the Left: continuation of the COVID-19 lockdowns and the coming presidential election.

Altier’s sin was to proclaim that “we have been lied to” about the COVID-19 shutdowns, while Altman’s sin was to suggest that one can not be Catholic and also vote for the Democratic Party.

The controversy puts a spotlight on the unjust way Christian groups in particular have been targeted and prevented from free assembly, while public assemblies by groups on the Left are openly supported, aided and abetted. It has also exposed a philosophical conflict within the religious community that parallels that of the broader general community. Each faces its own polarized environment pitting Left against Right.

Perhaps consequently, and on a positive note, both the secular and religious Right are discovering that they have more politically in common than not. At the root of their commonality is the philosophy of freedom, a value shared by those who acknowledge that every individual has a free will and the right to exercise it.

The sooner they begin working together politically the better. Because in the end the only forces that can stop this fascist political pandemic are those that are Just Right.

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639 – Iran’s love affair with America — Behind the mask of an Islamist theocracy

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Jan 302020
 


Given the government of Iran’s repeated shouts of “Death to America,” you might be surprised to learn that the Iranian people themselves love Americans. How do we know this? Because when asked (and even often when not), they say so – openly, freely, and without reservation.

Since the killing of Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s ballistic missile response in Iraq, and its subsequent downing of Ukrainian Flight 752, the eyes of the world have been focused on Iran. And yet, despite all the attention, few can actually see what the people of Iran are really like.

The world outside Iran finally got a glimpse of how Iranians feel about their own government when thousands protested in the streets in response to the shooting down of Flight 752. This was a far cry from the previous public demonstration in Iran where the world saw thousands grieving the death of Soleimani.

It occurred that perhaps a similar contradiction masks the way Iranians actually feel about the West, and about America in particular. Sure enough, after sidestepping the politicians and speaking to ‘the people’ of Iran itself, that’s exactly what we discovered.

When it comes to understanding the heart of a nation, forget the politicians; listening to its people is the way to paint a picture that’s closer to being Just Right.

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Safe Spaces vs. Sacred Spaces – Rachel Fulton Brown

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Jun 052019
 

“Our students are going mad. We’ve brought them into a place where we systematically expose them to the terrors of existence,” so says Professor Rachel Fulton Brown of the University of Chicago in this public presentation which took place in London, Ontario on May 3rd, 2019.

Professor Fulton Brown makes the claim that many students do not fully comprehend that the purpose of a University is not to provide a ‘safe space’ for them to hide away from any idea which might make them feel offended but to provide a ‘sacred’ place for them to ponder the more substantive questions in life – a place to answer not just the questions of What and How but the more important question of Why.

This is the first Chris and John Furedy Lecture sponsored by the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship. Just Right was there to exclusively record the event.

DMS 044 – The Qur’an problem and Islamism

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Jan 202019
 

Two recent events, the swearing-in of an American congresswoman on the Quran, and the formation of the Islamist Party of Ontario, have generated numerous conversations about the ultimate meaning and significance of each. Danielle and Robert discover that they have a difference of opinion in that regard.

Citing distinctions between the Qur’an, Islamism, and Sharia Law, Robert suggests that swearing an oath on a document that one personally values is acceptable, since it affirms the ‘veracity’ of the oath. And, he suggests, political Islamists would prefer to run for a party like the Liberal Party, as they already have – not for an ‘Islamist’ Party of Ontario.

In contrast, Danielle argues that the book or document upon which someone swears an oath should represent a set of values shared by the body to which an allegiance is being sworn. She objects to swearing an oath on a book that represents the ‘antithesis’ of what it is supposed to uphold. And, she fears, a party like the Islamist party may have a larger constituency than some expect.

Whatever one’s views on the significance of these developing events, it’s simply not possible to picture any compromise between the basic tenets of the Qur’an, Islamism or Sharia Law – theocracy – and a free society that could ever be Just Right.

586 – Resurrection – Danielle’s story with Guests: Danielle Metz and Bob Metz

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Dec 132018
 

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One year ago today (Dec 13, 2017), Danielle Metz was rushed to hospital by ambulance and not expected to survive the day. What preceded and followed that event is a personal story that many may find uncomfortable, but as we often remind ourselves, some issues are black and white and visit us right at our very doorstep. Like life and death.

For reasons revealed in today’s broadcast, Danielle’s story has not been made public till now. Even as a growing number of fans of The Danielle Metz Show were beginning to enjoy regular releases of her then just-launched podcast, little would they have guessed that Danielle was near death in the hospital intensive care unit for two months, to be followed by further hospitalization and recovery. As Danielle was sharing the joys of celebrating the Christmas season on her Christmas Day podcast with Robert, in reality on Christmas Day 2017 she was still deep in a coma on full life support, not expected to survive her ordeal.

How all this came to pass is the subject of today’s one-year-later special broadcast, hosted by Robert Vaughan, with Danielle Metz and Bob Metz as today’s show guests.

From Danielle’s personal experience of ‘clinical death’ to the general value of life, also included in our discussion is a warning about a health condition known as sepsis, which causes what most know as ‘septic shock.’ The odds of surviving sepsis are extremely low, and even when survival is no longer threatened, full recovery can be another matter entirely.

The fact that Danielle is with us today to share her experience is itself a welcome spoiler to a story that has so far thankfully turned out Just Right.