No, 4-Year-Olds in Canada Are Not Being Taught “How to Behead”

A lurid headline at WND:

Canada Mosque Teaches 4-Year-Olds How To Behead

The obvious implication is that very young children are being recruited to perform what has now become the most notorious killing method of Jihadi fanatics in Syria and Iraq. As WND hack Chelsea Schilling explains:

Video footage of the Islamic Jaffari Center in Thornhill, Ontario, shows children as young as 4 years old watching and learning to conduct beheadings in a play that reportedly took place two years ago.

The video was featured on the Canada’s Sun News Network television program, “Byline with Brian Lilley.”

…News of the mock beheading comes only a week after a Muslim convert beheaded a woman at an Oklahoma company.


Toronto Sun columnist and liberal activist Tarek Fatah, author of “The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism,” explained that the play depicts the martyrdom of Muhammad’s grandson and brother.

In other words, the character carrying out the beheadings is the villain of the story. And it’s clear from the video that the child actor has not in fact learnt “to conduct beheadings”: he stands poised next to the victim with a toy sword or stick, but the act itself is not depicted. This makes as much sense as saying that children playing Roman soldiers in a Passion Play have been taught how to nail someone to a piece of wood.

Fatah knows that the report’s premise is nonsense, but he doesn’t want to disoblige his conservative interviewer. As a compromise, he instead focuses on the general sanguinary nature of the subject matter:

Fatah said he doesn’t believe the parents and teachers at the Islamic Jaffari Center were “trying to make the kids into radicals.”

“After all, these are the victims of radicals,” he said. “Most Shiite Muslims today are being slaughtered by fellow Muslims. So that context has to be there. This was not some ISIS or al-Qaida or Taliban type of people”

Lilly interrupted, “They are acting out history. But you can see from Canadian eyes, though, why you look at this and go, this is strange, especially considering the history of this mosque.”

Fatah replied, “I know. I think – how do I put it most kindly? – I think somebody needs to talk to them and try to make them understand that celebrating death, no matter of whom [sic], is a bizarre experience. It desensitizes bloodshed among kids.”

That’s a valid opener for a debate – but it doesn’t support the headline’s claim. And the problem of “desensitization” is actually more in evidence in comments below the article:

 I suggest we take thousands of pigs and infect them with the Ebola virus and send them to all the muslim communities of the world and some goats too. They like goats and sheep, espescially the males. Hopefully the virus will spread throughout the muslim world. It’s the only way to get rid of them.


8 Responses

  1. Tarek Fatah would probably fall into Hamid Dabashi’s category of “native informer”.

    He certainly falls into mine.

  2. Belatedly – good post Richard. When Tarek Fatah doesn’t think there’s a huge problem then you know the whole thing is nonsense. Although I find the expression ‘native informer’ objectionable I do sometimes wonder why I follow both Fatah and Robert Spencer on Twitter as their timelines are so similar. Tommy Robinson was pushing this story – I’m afraid he seems to have reverted to type.

  3. I have to say, I was quite surprised to attend a “passion play” at my son’s school a few years ago, in which a man was depicted being nailed to a cross, having been whipped and spat at.

    Seriously, I’m not being cute about this. They should stick to the true message of Easter, i.e. rabbits and chocolate.

    • Jesus was the sinless Son of God -who gave up His life willingly. Mohammed was a vile murdering, pedophile, false prophet, scum bag,. To compare their deaths is insane!

  4. This is a reenactment of the Biblical story of the Sacrifice of Abraham., NOT what some paranoia interprets. Look it up: Eid al-Adha

    Nice try, haters! Joseph Goebbels would be proud.

    • If I am not mistaken… God did only ask Abraham to kill his son… he didn’t. That is why he killed a sheep instead… So Mr JOHN…
      Reenactment of that wouldn’t be with people, would it be ?
      When that reenactment is part of Canadian Culture ?
      Why don’t they teach Canadian values… Canadian Customs instead ?
      And your comment about Joseph Goebbels is completely out of context. Or read more about him..

  5. The person who beheaded Mohammed (if that happened) was NOT the villain of the story, he was THE HERO for finally putting to death that vile, pedophile, murdering scum bag piece of crap! (hell fire be upon him)

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