But if you look at the reasons one self-styled moderate Muslim leader doesn't want him here, they could, with some stretching, be applied to Pope Benedict XVI:
"He's is a nasty piece of work," said Tarek Fatah, host of the weekly television program The Muslim Chronicle. He warned that such conferences as the ones where Mr. Haq is scheduled to speak are dangerous because they often mix politics and religion.
"All he will do [is] create doubt in the minds of young people [as to] whether Canada, as a society, is a viable place for Muslims to live in. He's going to make insinuations against gender equity, about same-sex marriage," Mr. Fatah predicted.
One suspects that the cultural climate will have shifted so much by 2008 that the Canadian government will refuse Pope Benedict entry to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City--if the Congress itself isn't already banned--for promoting "inequality", "intolerance", "sexism" and "homophobia".
But the likes of Sheik ul-Haq will have the red carpet rolled out for him:
Mr. Haq left Birmingham Central Mosque three years ago after becoming involved in a sex scandal that led to a drive-by murder. He was questioned about the murder but not charged. The Sunday Mercury reported that during court hearings related to the murder, it was revealed Mr. Haq had secretly married a second wife.
The cleric also drew attention after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by accusing the British government of "whipping up suspicion" against Muslims on the "flimsiest excuse." He also said British Prime Minister Tony Blair was "gung-ho" to bomb Afghanistan.
In Friday prayers after the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Haq urged Muslims to be skeptical of Mr. Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush "when they say this is not a war against Islam."
"My conclusion was that I don't believe them," Mr. Haq told the New York Times. "Their actions belie their claim because they are bombing Muslims in Afghanistan, a totally ravaged country.
"They say they are not against Muslims, but Blair has participated in campaigns against Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan, and all three are Muslim countries."
His message and conduct warms the hearts of our country's progressives, so he'll have no trouble and face no protests when he comes.
Source: National Post