Another upstanding member of the Muslim community: educated, affluent, Western, moderate — until he’s not. Here again, evidence that gives the lie to the popular fiction that illiteracy and poverty fuel terrorism.
The fact is, it’s a poorly kept secret that while most Muslims don’t strap one on, a substantial number of Muslims support jihad and sharia. That includes the moderates among us.
And this is the gravest threat that we face. Until cultural and political elites face the reality of Islam and the jihadic doctrine, instead of those destroying those of us who do, we are …… sitting ducks.
How many other moderates are funding the slaughter, oppression and subjugation that Islam mandates? The Holy Land Foundation trial in the US showed us that nearly all high-profile Muslim groups in the US were funding terror groups.
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“Prosecutor presents evidence on how Muslim pathologist knowingly funded jihad,” Ottawa Citizen (thanks to Halal Pork Shop)
Accused terrorist conspirator Khurram Sher knew his money was going to fund terrorism and far from being an innocent caught in a web of terrorist intrigue was an active participant, Crown prosecutor Jason Wakely alleged Thursday.
Sher, a 31-year-old Montreal-born pathologist, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with two others to facilitate a terrorist conspiracy.
Key to the case against Sher is a 70-minute conversation secretly recorded at an Ottawa apartment by RCMP anti-terrorist officers in July, 2010.
Defence lawyer Michael Edelson, who finished his final argument early Thursday, has portrayed the translation and transcript of the conversation as error-riddled, pointing out that the RCMP had used unqualified officers whose involvement in the case left them open to bias interpretations.
But Wakely said the recording was clear, the transcript accurate, and Sher’s disagreements with various words and phrases “inconsequential.”
The pathologist’s own evidence had been self-serving, evasive and often clearly in conflict with the truth, he said.
“‘I don’t remember’ is a constant refrain from Dr. Sher,” said Wakely.
Sher’s claim that he hadn’t remembered portions of the conversation until he was reminded of it after his arrest in August 2010 was one of a series of those “self-serving memory lapses”, said the prosecutor.
If Sher was, as he claims, unaware he was in the midst of a conspiracy, the conversation would have been traumatic.
“It’s not every day you have a conversation with an admitted al Qaeda member,” he said.
Sher testified that one of his alleged co-conspirators was a friend with whom he had a relationship based on a love of sports and playing fantasy hockey.
But the “sports-only” characterization of his relationship with the friend was not true, Wakely said, adding that Sher was attempting to portray himself as apolitical when the evidence showed the opposite.
“He was deeply engaged in political issues,” said Wakely. “Everyone knew that the relationship between the two was going to be a crucial issue in this case and so Sher portrayed that relationship in a manner that was clearly misleading.”
Sher had given $400 to his friend claiming he was duped into believing it was to help the poor and needy. But Wakely alleged that Sher knew the money was to fund terrorism abroad.