Calgary Herald Editor: "Attacks against Tarek Fatah are unfair and wrong"
- March 19, 2010Attacks against Tarek Fatah are unfair and wrong
By LICIA CORBELLAThe Calgary Heraldhttp://communities.canada.com/CALGARYHERALD/blogs/corbellareport/archive/2010/03/19/attacks-against-tarek-fatah-are-unfair-and-wrong.aspx
Recently, Tarek Fatah wrote a column that condemned former Muslim, Wafa Sultan, who gave a speech recently at a Toronto synagogue. During the speech, Sultan, Syrian-American and author of A God Who Hates, said the Prophet Muhammad raped Aisha, one of his wives when she was nine and he was 54. Evidence makes it clear that this is not true.
Fatah, one of the most prominent, tireless and outspoken Muslims against radical Islam in North America, took issue with Sultan's speech and wrote a column saying so. Now, utterly unreasonable people are calling Fatah an anti-Semite for criticizing the speech for being held in a synagogue, just like he criticizes outrageous speech in mosques.
Fatah, the author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State, is no anti-Semite. On the contrary. Thedr smears against this courageous, thoughtful man who has literally risked his well-being to push for moderation, are nothing short of disgraceful. Even Rabbis walked out of Sultan's speech. Are they anti-Semetic too?
Anyway, below is a link to a column Fatah wrote entitled: "Did Muhammad rape a nine-year-old girl called Aisha?"
If that link doesn't work, try this one:http://tinyurl.com/TarekFatah
It's a very good piece but has disturbing quotes from Sultan and those who criticized Fatah for standing up for his faith.
Fatah's latest book, The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism, will be published by McClelland &Steward in October 2010.