Muslim group denounces Kenney’s misrepresentation of photos as “corrosive”

March 10, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney’s misrepresentation of photos of a Muslim religious ceremony to bolster support for the war against ISIS is “corrosive” and “inflammatory,” a group representing Canadian Muslims said Tuesday.

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The National Council of Canadian Muslims called Kenney’s Twitter message “another example of our elected leaders, at best, ignorantly conflating Islam and Muslims with extremism and terrorism, and at worst, deliberately attempting to score political points by stoking divisions among Canadians.”

In a written statement, NCCM executive director Ihsaan Gardee wrote that the message “is corrosive and casts a pall of suspicion over all Canadian Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim.

“Minister Kenney’s earlier positive comments about standing with Muslim communities are overshadowed by this inflammatory messaging. We urge the Minister and the government to refrain from such tactics and instead focus on bringing Canadians together.”…