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Gay Toronto mayoral candidate is the target of smear flyers asking “Should Muslims vote for him who married a man?”

Joe Pantalone, George Smitherman and Rob Ford ended their campaigns at subway stops, a farmers’ market and voters’ front doors – but the campaign itself ended in the mud.

The final weekend of Toronto’s too-close-to-call mayoral race veered into dirty territory with an advertisement on Tamil radio and derogatory signs that denigrated Mr. Smitherman for his sexual orientation.
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Mr. Smitherman is married to Christopher Peloso and has an adopted two-year-old son.

The candidate’s marriage was also the target of smear flyers affixed to some of his lawn signs on the Danforth and in the Beaches.

The flyers featured photos of Mr. Smitherman and Mr. Peloso and read “Should Muslim vote for him who married a man?”
Toronto mayoral campaign ends on a hateful note
Kelly Grant and Anna Mehler Paperny, The Globe and Mail, October 24, 2010

Muslim cleric preaches adulterers and gays can benefit from being stoned to death as his or her soul is being purified

A YouTube video featuring an insightful look at the ideas of the Brampton preacher who stated that “sinners,” as defined by his own interpretation of Islamic law, can benefit from a jolly good stoning was running all day until it was belatedly taken down.

The sheikh explained that a Muslim who is sentenced to death by stoning under Sharia law actually benefits from this gruesome punishment as his or her soul is being purified even as the stones rain down on their sinful head.

It would possibly be funny if it were in a Monty Python movie. Almost, but not quite. There is no joke to be had in a medieval form of punishment like stoning. Nor should it be condoned.

Alas, it might be more widely spread than most Canadians would believe.

In 2010 the Pew Research Centre in Washington published the results of an extensive poll of Middle East countries and tapped into their views of modern life.

According to the results, at least three-quarters of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan say they would favour making each of the following the law in their countries: stoning people who commit adultery, whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery and the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion.

Majorities of Muslims in Jordan and Nigeria also favor these harsh punishments. Thankfully none will be proscribed in Canada because we are a free, open and tolerant society that will never become a theocracy where common law is subjugated to religious dogma.

Being free, open and tolerant also means that people such as Sheikh Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak can take advantage of free speech to spread their own version of moral purification.

This from a man who serves as both president of the Islamic Forum of Canada and vice-president of the Islamic Council of Imams of Canada. Attempts were made to contact the sheikh for comment for this article but they were unsuccessful...