Search for belonging: Two men who were trying to fit into Western culture never found what they were looking for
by Brian Lilley
The RCMP have now confirmed two young men from London, ON, were among the dead in the terrorist attack on an Algerian gas plant earlier this year.
One of the big questions now is, how do two men born and raised in Canada turn their back on the country and culture to take up the cause of global jihadism?
Part of the answer, I would argue, is that these men were looking for something to believe in. They wanted to belong and in official western society today they did not find it.
The West, Canada included, has a crisis of cultural confidence.
In schools, in much of the media and in the official policies of multiculturalism, the young people of our society are continually told the West is wrong, the West is the source of the problem and other cultures are better.
Xris Katsiroubas, one of the deceased, came from a family with a Greek background; we are told the family was Greek Orthodox. The Greeks gave us democracy, one of the pillars of western society; they brought us plays, literature, art, the Olympics and so much more.
The Greek Orthodox Church is rich in theology, history, tradition. It is a full faith.
How much of it did Xris know? That part I can’t answer, but I can tell you the cultural relativism that permeates so much of our society would have discounted the incredible cultural and religious heritage Xris had as his birthright as no more relevant than any other culture, faith or tradition.
I’m not sure how you go from living in Canada, one of the oldest nation state democracies in the world, when you have this rich personal background, and instead adopt a world view that seeks to impose theocracy through violence.
You cannot do that if you are sure of yourself and your own culture.
Mubin Shaikh, the man who helped the RCMP bring down the Toronto 18, says he’s betting the Christian converts to this cause likely were not overly Christian.
“It’s actually very rare to find somebody who’s actually studied Christianity becoming a Muslim,” Shaikh told QMI Agency.
A lukewarm faith, lack of cultural history, awareness. A search for belonging and identity, a search for faith.
In Canada today, it is considered bad form to say we are better than other countries or societies.
As a culture, we lack the courage to condemn evil.
Two years ago, Liberal MP and soon-to-be prime minister of all the Canadas, Justin Trudeau, got all squeamish when a federal guide for immigrants called honour killings and female genital mutilation barbaric.
Trudeau worried the term barbaric wasn’t neutral enough.
When a society can’t condemn honour killings without some of our better-thans getting their knickers in a knot, then you know things are bad. But Trudeau is not alone.
This week, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney put out another guide for newcomers clearly stating Canada does not accept polygamy or forced marriage.
Now NDP MP Jinny Sims is worried this sends the wrong message. Here’s how The Globe and Mail described her comments to them:
“Jinny Sims, the official opposition immigration critic, suggested references to barbaric practices might stigmatize some cultures.”
Good, stigmatize them.
Because there’s no room in Canada for those who accept forced marriages, polygamy, honour killings or female genital mutilation. If we cannot say that, then we are lost and cannot be that beacon and safe haven to those seeking a better life.
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