"If you try to cross the line I can't guarantee what is going to happen. Our young people, we can't control," Aly Hindy, the head of Scarborough's Salaheddin Islamic Centre, recalls telling the minister at the May meeting she held in Toronto with dozens of Muslim leaders.
The meeting was part of an effort by Ms. McLellan to reach out to Canadian Muslims amid complaints that the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service are engaging in racial profiling.
The minister and her officials have been meeting community leaders to explain they are not targeting Muslims generally, only individuals with possible terrorist links
Mr. Hindy, who has long complained that CSIS is spying on him, his family and his mosque, told Ms. McLellan that a young Muslim woman complained to him she was roughed up by Canadian spies while her husband was away at prayers. This allegation could spur reprisals because "our women are the most valuable thing to us" and "for a Muslim, honour is more important than his life," Mr. Hindy said in a recent interview.
He made the point to the minister. Several people who attended shrugged off the imam's remarks, but some Muslims and government agents later approached Mr. Hindy asking him to explain himself.
"The police came to me and said, 'This is a kind of threat,' and I said yes," he said. "But it's for the good of this country.
"And they said, 'Do you know some of the names of those people you expect to cause some problems?' And I said, 'You just open the telephone directory.' "
Them's fighting words, where I come from. That should have bought Hindy a lifetime of being one of the usual suspects rounded up whenever RCMP or CSIS gets wind of a terror threat, at the very least.
Threatening a minister of the Crown is no laughing matter, even if this particular minister is, because it's a threat directed against the peace, order and good government of Canada.
That last sentence shouldn't just be shrugged off as hyperbole, either. Hindy believes that he can raise up the entire Islamic population against the government. I wouldn't doubt that if the choice is between loyalty to Islam and to Canada, they'll choose Islam every time.
Source: The Globe and Mail