Dr. Bahira Abdulsalam supported the Liberal Party of Canada for many years.
The Muslim woman who runs her own professional engineering company has turned to activism to stop gender ideology indoctrination and the mandatory acknowledgment of “Pride” month in schools.
“I am encouraging every Muslim to not vote for the Liberal Party or the NDP,” she told The Post Millennial in an exclusive interview Monday.
“So some people, they are very shocked that I'm no longer supporting the same party. So there are a lot of different reasons. But what I can say is that I am not really going to be silenced. I'm not going to be silenced … this is my advice to everyone.”
She blames Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for promoting and pushing a broad and extremist LGBTQ agenda on all Canadians and “imposing it and … preaching it in our schools; they are preaching it as if it is the new Canadian religion.”
“This is unacceptable … So being told that this is how it is — no, this is not how it is. This is your policy. So this policy is not working for us. So Muslims are completely rejecting this, this policy of the Liberal Party, and they are being very clear about it.”
She has also received death threats on her phone, which she has passed onto the local police. They have told her the report is now with their Islamophobia section.
Abdulsalam says the death threats and the hateful abuse she has received on X, the platform previously known as Twitter, are just a means of trying to stop her opposition to gender ideology.
“I don't want someone to say something bad about me. So I will just be silent when I see all this flood of hate speech about me. And this is how they silence people. It is not only me, by the way, many people were exposed to this.”
“Okay, when I was tweeting, I received a flood of attacks, like it was non-stop attacks. And so I was taking screenshots, I was reporting them every day …I cannot count the reports I did. And I reached out to Elon Musk … in a post. And then after that, I received an email from them asking for identity verification.”
A social media group calling itself “Women Against Poilievre” has been relentless in its persecution of Abdulsalam. One tweet suggested that “At this point, ALL MUSLIMS SHOULD LEAVE CANADA. No way will we let you make Canada into the religious state that you want.”
She says she has reduced the hate posts through filtering, “because this is not appropriate,” especially since she says she has no feelings of hate against any group because “we are all humans.”
Abdulsalam knows immigrants who have left and are leaving Canada because they are afraid of what is happening in the schools. Abdulsalam’s family has also discussed this option, “I want to have our children protected from this crazy ideology. We will never allow them to take our freedom and continue to deceive more people.”
The engineer is also a principal organizer, along with Ottawa businessman and Muslim activist Kamel El-Cheikh, of the #1millionMarch4children, slated for Sept. 20 across Canada. She says the effort will involve all faiths and races, people who “don't like their children to be taught this ideology in school. If everybody spoke up, if everybody went to the protest and said, ‘This is what we want,’ how are they going to silence them?”
But she wants it known that the momentum for the march did not occur overnight, or merely because of her work or that of other organizers.
“So maybe I am more active online. I am more vocal on Twitter. And this is why people started to notice me. But I know that there are a huge number of wonderful people. They did a lot to support this movement. Some of them … have been working for seven years on this. And I think that what we are seeing now is the result of those wonderful people's efforts.”
Abdulsalam says her objection to gender ideology stems directly from her Muslim faith.
“So one thing that I really see is critical as, as a Muslim, as a believer, that we believe in God, we believe in a huge greatness of our Creator. So telling our children that their creator or our creator might have been mistaken, or how they are created is wrong.
“And from a very young age, this is very dangerous for their face, this is the core problem that I see about gender ideology. So it is giving the children confusion about the great power, that and this being satisfied and being happy and in peace with the way they are created."
“So this is first of all, confusing kids at this very young age is very dangerous.”
She wishes schools would focus on relevant education and that children would be free “to study to learn critical thinking, to study all kinds of subjects. They don't have to study religion at all, but don't involve some ideology and impose it on all children in schools.”
Abdulsalam registers her outrage at school teachers marginalizing Muslim school children for opting out of “Pride” celebrations.
One Edmonton teacher confronted Muslim opposition of gender ideology by telling her students, “You don’t belong here.” She said the students “can’t be Canadian” if they don’t support Pride Month.
An elementary school teacher in Windsor, Ontario, repeatedly called students “disgusting” for missing “Pride Day” and said their decision had shown “an incredible show of hatred.”
But Abdulsalam says what these teachers said was “completely disgusting.”
“Honestly, we cannot have teachers of this kind in our schools, a teacher has to be open-minded even if she really finds that this faith is completely opposite to what she really believes,” Abdulsalam says.
“This is what diversity means, right? Diversity being accepting of others, regardless of their religion, regardless of their school of thought regardless.”
“Diversity should mean, accepting everyone without limitations, not accepting a small group of people and rejecting the others. So this is unacceptable,” she says.
“Diversity is our strength” is also the mantra of Justin Trudeau, who recently dismissed Muslms protesting gender ideology as being misled by “misinformation and disinformation” by the “far-right” and the “American right-wing.”
Abdulsalam says Trudeau just doesn’t get it.
“I think when people get united, this is much better for the people. But this is what we need to understand … that we have to stand up altogether. Muslims, Christians, even LGBTQ, they have to stand up for protecting their children,” she says.
“This is my home, like no one can push me away from my home because of my faith or because of the way I think.”
But it’s not just Trudeau pushing the LGBTQ agenda. The Canadian provinces have marched in lockstep with the federal government on this issue and in Ontario. The supposedly conservative government of Premier Doug Ford has enthusiastically promoted gender ideology in the schools and done nothing to tone down a graphic sex education curriculum.
Abdusalam says parents continue to be angered by the presence of a gay pornographic book in school libraries called “Gender Queer.” But she says their fury should be directed at the broader problem.
“Because let's say they remove this book, there will be another book which is similar. It is about the idea itself; it's about the policy,”
“I see that many groups of parents and many people all around Canada, they are fed up, they are fed up with this policy, they are fed up with [the schools] imposing ideas that they reject. … we have a “Pride Month" for one month … why don't you have one complete month of showing our pride in [Canadian] values?”
And the activist believes in those values.
“I’m a Canadian. This is my home. No one can push me away from my home because of my faith or because of the way I think,” says Abdulsalam.
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