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Salim Mansur is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He is a columnist for the London Free Press, for the conservative blog Proud To Be Canadian and the Toronto Sun, and has contributed to various publications including National Review, the Middle East Forum and Frontpagemag. He often presents analysis on the Muslim world, Islam, South Asia, Middle East. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Islamic Pluralism based in Washington, D.C., a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Coalition for Democracies, and an academic-consultant with the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. He has been a consultant with CIDA on development issues and has published widely in academic journals on foreign policy matters and area studies of the Middle East and South Asia. Mansur is featured on the documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West produced by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He also unsuccessfully ran for the Canadian Alliance party in 2000. Mansur has been accused by Canadian Islamic Congress of using "provocative, self-serving rhetoric", and for "promoting an anti-Arab and anti-Muslim agenda". He is an Ismaili Muslim. At a press conference on October 2, 2008, Mansur stated that "Islam is my private life, my conscience...[but] my faith does not take precedence over my duties...to Canada and its constitution, which I embrace freely;" "I am first and most importantly a Canadian;" "only in a free society will you find Islam as a faith and not a political religion." Mansur also criticized New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton, whom Mansur said "has gone to bed with Islamists", because he is running candidates in Ontario and Quebec who are closely identified with the push for Sharia law.

Parliament a harsh mirror on country

So the Liberal minority government on a death-watch survived a no-confidence vote, with the Commons Speaker breaking the tie. It was a reprieve bought by a sordid deal sold as an honourable act...

Outrageous behaviour hurts all Muslims

This week’s news of organized Muslim mobs on the rampage in Afghanistan, Pakistan and various other parts of the Muslim world—in the wake of the erroneous Newsweek report that copies of the Koran...

‘Democratic deficit’ cripples our government

For some years now, observers of Canadian politics have noted the centralization of power in the Prime Minister’s Office. This occurred at the expense of other institutions of the state, the most important...

It’s opposition’s duty to target Grits

Of late, Canadians have learned much about how rotten is the state of their government and the ruling Liberal party. The country eventually will know from Justice John Gomery, after he has connected...

Don’t break faith with veterans’ legacy

The memorable lines of the most famous war poem penned by a Canadian, Lt. Col. John McCrae serving in France during World War I, read, “If ye break faith with us who die/We...

We shouldn’t be a nation of ‘minorities’

In opening the debate on same-sex marriage legislation, Paul Martin declared: “This bill protects minority rights.” He then went on to define Canada as “a nation of minorities,” stating that “when we as...

Liberals’ ethnic exploitation to be tested

An unstated proposition of recent Canadian politics is that ethnic voters help the Liberals hold onto power as the country’s natural governing party. In other words, as Canadian politics became increasingly regional, or...

New pontiff’s views good for the world

The secular world is convinced there is nothing more beyond this brief existence of ours than a planet spinning in a meaningless void. But this, too, is a matter of faith—secular faith. The...

Remember when honour was important?

There was once an unspoken rule in public life that when trust is broken and a reputation sullied, the person in question should depart and save others from embarrassment. We no longer live...

Pope taught vital inner truths

The meaning of man, or what a human being represents in nature’s kingdom, was provided best by Shakespeare in his inimitable style. The Bard made Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, meditate on man...

Stick around

This past weekend marked the second anniversary of the American presence in Baghdad.  If the fragile democratic bloom of an Arab spring is to blossom, many more such anniversaries must come and go...

A fearless man of light

Among all the extraordinarily remarkable qualities Karol Joseph Wojtyla possessed and displayed to the world as Pope John Paul II, the one that was most striking was his role as a fearless, and...

Terri Schiavo case is about all of us

The story of Easter is about dying, then death and the resurrection of Jesus. In its theological rendition, this is an annual story of hope, reminding Christians that though death is certain, mortality...

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