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Canada Makes Allies with Moderate Muslims Unlike the U.S.

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Submitted by BB King (United States), Nov 9, 2011 at 19:25

Canada tends to make allies with moderate Muslims whereas the U.S. tends to forge relationships with Islamists and I say this as an American. The U.S. befriends Islamist organizations and people such as CAIR, ISNA and who can forget al-Amoudi. In contrast Canada bestowed honorary citizenship to Aga Khan an anti-Islamist and establishes relationships with liberal and progressive Muslim groups such as Muslim Canadian Congress the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and Canadian Muslim Union.

This is not to say that Canada does not have Islamist organizations, which it clearly does but that Muslims tend to have more progressive options and organizations to turn to and the majority of Muslims seem to have largely assimilated within Canadian society. Muslims were even able to be successful in Canadian politics. Many Canadian Muslims have been able to embrace Western democracy and become MP's and mayors such as Naheed Nenshi and Wajid Khan.

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