A recent episode of Byline with Brian Lilley, a news program that airs on Canada’s Sun News Network, focuses on the ‘radicalization of Canada,’ starting with an incident involving a Pakistani mother and her son who threatened and intimated her daughter after she began dating a white male who worked with her at McDonald’s.
The segment then turned to an Islamic Centre in Thornhill, Ontario, the Islamic Jaffari Centre, where, according to footage Lilley obtained, 4-year-old’s were taught to conduct a ‘mock beheading’ during a school play.
The footage (watch it here) was taken over two years ago – please note that the threat of ISIS only became pertinent earlier this year – and finds young Muslim children conducting a mock beheading during a school play. At its end, the boy playing the part of the executioner proclaims, “Here are the heads.”
Lilley notes that the Jaffari Centre is associated to a local mosque that irked several Thornhill and Richmond Hill residents (the majority of whom are Jewish) when they announced their plans to build a “massive, Muslim only condo complex in a very Jewish neighborhood.”
The mosque also made headlines, Lilley says, after being suspected of teaching propaganda in affiliated schools about “crafty Jews being compared to Nazis in disturbing passages on jihad.”
“The people at this mosque are not integrating into Canadian society,” Lilley explains. “They segregate themselves, be it with their clothing or in trying to build a Muslim-only complex. Given what we know about what was already being taught in the school associated with the mosque, more questions need to be asked and answered.”
However, Lilley admits that he is no expert on Muslims or their faith, and asks his guest on the show, liberal activist/author Tarek Fatah, author of The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism, to explain the play to him, asking if it was similar to Catholics teaching their children about Jesus by having them conduct a play on his crucifixion.
Fatah replies that the scenarios are actually quite similar, as the play depicts the martyrdom of Muhammad’s grandson and brother.
“It’s a Shiite school, and it’s commemorating one of the great tragedies in Islamic history, which is the slaughter of the Prophet Muhammad’s family by the caliphate of the time,” says Fatah, who also notes that he himself watched these plays as a boy growing up in Pakistan.