We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Worrying study reveals "Extremist literature common in many mosques and Islamic school libraries in Canada".

The National Post reports:
Extremist literature common in many mosques and Islamic school libraries in Canada, study says
by Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press (with files from the Ottawa Citizen)
OTTAWA — Many mosques and Islamic schools in Canada are placing young people at risk by espousing — or at least not condemning — extremist teachings, a new study says.
Co-authors Thomas Quiggin, a former intelligence analyst with the Privy Council Office and the RCMP, and Saied Shoaaib, a journalist originally from Egypt, base their findings on research conducted quietly in mosque libraries and Islamic schools.
The study says what worried them was not the presence of extremist literature, but that they found nothing but such writings in several libraries.
Copies of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf or Mao (毛泽东) Tse-tung's Little Red Book, by any intelligent account considered extremist literature, could be resource material for a high school history course. The presence of those books in a high school library could, therefore, be justified. If the books were being used to promote the adoption of dangerous ideologies rather than merely offering those works for serious scrutiny to expose their insane purpose, then parents, teachers, legislators and police would be right to be concerned.

The authors of the study are right to nuance their findings by describing that the school and mosque libraries contained exclusively nothing but extremist writings in several libraries. An absence of books or other resource material, digital or hard copy, that could provide a critical analysis of the extremist literature should certainly be reasonable cause for a healthy suspicion of a kind demonstrated by the study's authors.

The study's authors, Shoaaib and Quiggin, also expose an indifference or ignorance that should be of serious concern to Canadians who value the concept of an informed populace that respects the rule of law and accepts the promotion of civility and the common good.
The authors say openly available material and analysis of social media postings helped confirm their views that many Canadians, including leading politicians, are turning a blind eye to the dangers.
The discrete method by which the authors obtained their information seems plausible and fair. As with any study, its findings should be subject to appropriate scrutiny to determine the accuracy of any claims or conclusions.

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