Exit Barack H. Obama – enter Donald J. Trump in one of the most important turns in American history. In the wake of Mr. Obama’s failed policies, both domestic and foreign, Donald Trump took the oath as the 45th President of the United States of America.
Trumps policies will have to be prioritized and balanced to ensure their success. But there will be no agreement on America’s change of direction. The old liberal guard we can see is digging in ferociously and going for the jugular. The gulf within the American elite is wide and unbridgeable.
The Trump administration starts its work with no goodwill, a phenomenon unseen since World War II. However Mr. Trump’s advantage is that he speaks for a large segment of passionate Americans desperate for a change, and they believe that in order to make America great again, the status quo must be altered.
As a Muslim woman living in Canada my spirits rise again to see someone actually ready to articulate our threats from a global jihadist ideology and liberate us from the suffocation of political correctness.
As I look around in Canada, I am troubled by the rising signs of an Islamist ideology. Most recently there has been an overdose of religiosity by one large public school board allowing Muslim students to take time out from a school day for prayers and even write their own sermons whereas the Lord’s Prayer was earlier barred from public schools so as not to be discriminatory. Plus there is a troubling anti-Islamophobia motion in the parliament which makes any criticism of Islam or Muslims a felony (this, of course, will totally muzzle free speech).
We look forward to the new administration in the USA reaching out to reform-minded Muslims and hope the Canadian government also does the same, rather than pander and succumb to the Islamists agenda.
Raheel Raza is an award-winning author, journalist, and filmmaker on the topics of jihad and sharia. She is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and diversity. She is one of nine women's rights activists who took part in Clarion Project's film "Honor Diaries" which breaks the silence on honor violence against women.