Friday, April 8, 2011

That Sound You Hear Is Thousands of Chisels

Islamists on Welfare: Paid to Plot the West's Demise

by Kathy Shaidle
Pajamas Media
April 4, 2011

In 2008, the Toronto Sun reported that "hundreds of [Greater Toronto Area] Muslim men in polygamous marriages — some with a harem of wives — are receiving welfare and social benefits for each of their spouses, thanks to the city and province, Muslim leaders say."

"Polygamy is a regular part of life for many Muslims," Canadian Society of Muslims president Mumtaz Ali declared bluntly. "Ontario recognizes religious marriages for Muslims and others."

Government officials quickly denied the Muslim leader's claims about immigration law and social benefits regulations. Only one public servant seemed sufficiently concerned. "This is wrong," said city councilor Rob Ford. "They should put a stop to this immediately."

Instead, welfare abuse by Muslims appears to have metastasized across the Western world. Almost three years later, news stories about radical Muslims — often immigrants — engaged in social benefits scams emerge regularly from Europe, Canada, and Australia. Even when they are not involved in fraud, Muslims frequently are overrepresented on welfare rolls, compared with other communities. The statistics from around the globe are jaw-dropping, especially in economically uncertain times.

According to one 2007 source, immigration, of which Muslims comprise a significant part, "costs Sweden at least 40 to 50 billion Swedish kroner [approximately $7 billion] every year … and has greatly contributed to bringing the Swedish welfare state to the brink of bankruptcy." Yet two years earlier, the country's finance minister declared counterintuitively that "more immigrants should be allowed into Sweden in order to safeguard the welfare system."

One Iranian immigrant to Sweden expressed astonishment at his new country's policies: "In Sweden my family encountered a political system that seemed very strange. The interpreter told us that Sweden is a country where the government will put a check into your mailbox each month if you don't work. She explained that there was no reason to get a job." ...

Meanwhile, Canada's most famous welfare recipients — Muslim or otherwise — remain the Khadrs. Confessed war criminal Omar Khadr still resides in Guantanamo Bay, having pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in 2002. However, his extended family members, all of whom share his radical views, continue to live on welfare in a Toronto suburb.

Despite the public outrage provoked by the Toronto Sun in 2008, little evidence suggests that the situation has improved in Canada. In early 2011, the Mounties charged Ahmad El-Akhal, a Quebec immigration consultant, with "providing Canadian citizenship documents to hundreds of people in the Middle East so they could collect benefits and tax refunds" to the tune of $500,000. Adding an original twist on the venerable scam, none of the individuals receiving benefits actually lived in Canada. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the scheme had been going on since 1999.

This author contacted the officials originally quoted in that Toronto Sun report to ask what is being done about welfare abuse by Muslims. The office of Rob Ford, who is now Toronto mayor, never replied to inquiries. Just one individual, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, responded — but only with a boilerplate email. Rebecca MacKenzie explained that the ministry is "not able to provide comment on specific cases due to privacy concerns," adding that they "take allegations of fraud very seriously."

Seriousness is long overdue. As an Islamist Watch blog post from 2009 put it, "Only one adjective properly describes a government that funds those who seek its destruction: suicidal."

Why do I have the feeling the situation is no different in BC than in, say Toronto? Been around Yaletown lately? Its like walking around in Bradford. Just sayin'.


larben said...

I have seen them in YaleTown sitting at sidewalk cafes with their veils on, waiting for someone to say something or be impressed or whatever. I told one woman "peekaboo!" and her husband came over to her (he wasn't sitting with her) to ask her what I said, but she didn't seem to understand the ancient kiddie's game.

David in North Burnaby BC said...

"Peekaboo!"? Larry, you're awesome.
Seen this? "Letterbox ladies".

Larben said...

Have heard Pat in action, but he can be a very nasty atheist at times, right up there with Hitchens and the rest. I'm afraid I'm just the old fashioned type who has no intention of dissing Christ and all the good, kind Christians and martyrs etc, that came after. Oh there were some nasty ones too, but I guess I'm just too old to change.
Sursum corda!

David in North Burnaby BC said...

Yes, Pat has no use for any religion its true, however, that's his right and, for context, as one who has run up his own Chinook translation of the Lord's Prayer (I thought the existing ones frankly mediocre),

I would say the fact that neither you nor I would wish any harm on him for "dissing Christ" etc. makes rather a contrast with savages murdering people over eg. cartoons.

In the existential struggle in which we find ourselves with just such savages, I'm glad we have a Pat Condell, flaws and all, on our side.
As I'm glad we have yourself, Larry. I mean, "peekaboo", that's fantastic.

larben said...

Must say I'm impressed even if I know nothing about the Chinook language! To take the time to do so, says a helluva lot about you. It is said that Dale Carnegie was an atheist too, yet I read somewhere that he paid for hundreds or thousands of organs to be installed in Churches that had none. Now that shows that he at least thought the Churches were necessary nonetheless.

Larben said...

Sorry but I wouldn't be signing his petition even if he wanted it, not when there is a woman who has been in a Canadian jail for 7 years for simply praying (silently) outside of an abortion clinic. Meanwhile a guy who murders his 3 children is let out of the nut house after what? 3 years. Somehow I don't think Pat Condell would sign a petition to get her out, he likely thinks she deserves it.

David in North Burnaby BC said...

Thank you for your kind words, Larry. As for you "know(ing) nothing about the Chinook language", allow me to recommend "A Voice Great Within Us" by Terry Glavin and the late Charles Lillard.
I think it should be required reading in BC schools.
It does my heart good when I see a thread on the Tyee (a Chinook word of course) where British Columbians demonstrate that "the wawa" is hardly "lost". Some of us learned it as kids (despite the efforts of teachers from Ontario) while some picked it up as adults when they went to work in the bush, like "cheechakos" (newcomers) used to.