Take Action – Dear ACT! for Canada members,

Dear ACT! for Canada members,
 
The Canadian Interfaith Conversation is holding a conference at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa on May 8-9. As you can see from the message below from Brooke Goldstein of the Lawfare Project, at least two of the speakers are problematic, to put it mildly: Dr. Ingrid Mattson, formerly of the Islamic Society of North America and Ms. Amira Elghawaby of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) formerly CAIR.CAN. 
 
Please read Brooke’s email below, and I think you will agree that the Canadian Interfaith Conversation is making a big mistake in providing a platform for inappropriate people. There are many moderate Muslims from organizations such as Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow whom the organizers could have invited. 
 
It is important that outreach organizations such as Canadian Interfaith Conversation and its Conference partners, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Cardus understand that they are inviting difficulties for Canada when they risk legitimatizing highly controversial individuals of the contemplated kind. That is why ACT! for Canada is asking its members to write to those organizations politely questioning their choice of presenters. A sample letter is below – but of course it is best to use your own words to express your concerns.
 
Thank you for taking ACTION!
 
Valerie Price
 
🌟🌟🌟 Sample Letter &Email Addresses 🌟🌟🌟
 
Dear ___________________, 
 
I am deeply concerned that the Canadian Interfaith Conference you are sponsoring is having Dr. Ingrid Mattson, formerly of the Islamic Society of North America and Ms. Amira Elghawaby of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) as presenters. Dr. Mattson’s former organization, ISNA, has reportedly been closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood and was designated an unindicted co-conspirator organization in the U. S. Holy Land Foundation trial, a successful terrorism fundraising prosecution.
 
Ms. Elghawaby’s organization, National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) was formerly known as CAIR.CAN, and was formed as the Canadian chapter of the U. S. based Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR, which masquerades as a civil rights organization, was also designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror trial. A number of CAIR connected individuals have been convicted of terrorism related offenses.
 
By providing a platform for speakers such as Dr. Mattson and Ms. Elghawaby, the Canadian Interfaith Conversation and its partners are legitimizing tendencies that have no place in constructive Canadian interfaith relations. This is extremely regrettable and, far from advancing any “conversation”, will sow doubt, distrust and division within our Canada. 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
EMAIL ADDRESSES
 
Lead Organization for Event:
 
Mr. Zul Kassamali and Dr. Aileen van Ginkel, Co-Chairs
Canadian Interfaith Conversation
 
Partner Organizations for Event:
 
Mr Albert Lo, Chairperson
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
 
Mr. Ray Pennings, Executive Vice President
Cardus
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