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12-06-06, 21:13
Help us curb extremism: Muslims

By CP


TORONTO -- Some Muslim leaders used a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to call on Ottawa to help curb extremism in their community.

And participants expressed renewed concern that Muslims in general are being associated with 17 people from the Toronto area alleged to have plotted terrorist attacks.

Adam Esse, president of the Coalition of Muslim Organizations, said he asked the prime minister at the Saturday session to assure Muslims protection from any backlash.

Harper addressed those concerns, saying the government will draw a "clear line" between criminal elements and the vast majority of peaceful Canadian Muslims, said Uyghur Canadian Association president Mohamed Tohti.

Tarek Fatah, spokesman for the Muslim Canadian Congress, said the issue of American-based Islamic organizations spreading extremism to Canada also arose. He said two -- the Islamic Society of North America and the Islamic Circle of North America -- were singled out.

Tohti and Raheel Raza, author of Their Jihad is Not My Jihad, said Canada needs an accreditation program for imams to ensure Islam isn't being twisted into hateful ideology.

Raza said mosques should be open to scrutiny and anyone heard preaching hate should be removed immediately.

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