…..or is it ‘The Religion of Blood’? 1.In his novel “Coup D’Etat,” Ben Coes writes “The hardest lesson I had to teach my students at the madrasa was about the need for violent jihad,” said El-Khayab, staring at the window, despite his blindness. “That the violence was somehow necessary in order to create a world without violence. That Islam, the most beautiful and peaceful of religions, demanded that the blood of the infidel be spilled across the earth in order to wash away the filth of the past. The reason it was hard for me to teach this lesson was because I was hidden away, behind the stones and the ivy, the bricks and the windows and doors, within the comforting walls and sounds of the madrasa. It was the boys who had to go out in the world and sacrifice themselves. They were the ones who had to spill the blood on behalf of Allah.” 2.A pot-boiler….no more. Just fiction…..or, is it? Those of us who are literate know that novelists, more often than not, do scrupulous research to bring their fiction as close to reality as possible. And, it is possible to compare Coe’s fiction with real world events. 3.This week, in Canada, they held Quds Day…. “an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan that was initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and Israel.” Quds Day - Wikipedia One celebrant made clear that he yearned of the day when Sharia was in force, and homosexuals could be executed. “A protester at the Toronto Al Quds Day rally has said at some point, Sharia Law will replace Canadian Law … Muslim protester warns, Sharia Law is coming and if that bothers Western nations, they should stop allowing us into their countries · Caldron Pool Is this Muslim speaker a one-off? An outlier? A 'lone-wolf'? Or is this view about Sharia and slaughter of those not of the faith, a major theme among the faithful? Of course…..we in the West could simply deny the truth, put out head in the sand…. ...or take heed.