Anti-American Hate in a Canadian Classroom

Cynthia Yacowar-Sweeney is a Montreal-based freelance writer. She monitors and comments on Mideast media reports and the rising threat of radical Islam in the West. Her articles have been published in IsraelNationalNews/Arutz-7, The Montreal Suburban, The Montreal Gazette, CanadaFreePress, CIJR’s Israfax, IsraelInsider, JewsWeek, The Jewish Tribune, and more.


It has just come to my attention that the Bush-bashing 2004 documentary film “Fahrenheit 9/11,” written and directed by leftist American filmmaker and political commentator Michael Moore, has been added to my daughter’s high school curriculum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Surprisingly, no other viewpoints were presented to counterbalance this extremely anti-American, biased film in which Moore airs all of his disapproval of American society. By showing only one side, the school has actually endorsed Moore’s film and all it represents.

Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 accuses Bush of orchestrating 9/11, claiming it was an inside job. No blame is placed on al-Qaeda or any other Islamic terrorist group, which suggests that the United States is as morally corrupt as al-Qaeda, the Taliban or any other jihadist terrorist organization. The students of “Current Politics” walked away from this film with a very one-sided biased viewpoint: hating America. And this view is further reinforced by a socialist agenda that is being pushed in class by the same teacher who, like multi-millionaire Moore, is against at the capitalist nature of American society.

Is this how we want to raise our children, exposing them to only one narrow view that hates Western values? This is of particular significance in today’s day and age, when Western values like free speech are currently being threatened, as evidenced by last year’s adoption of hate speech laws in the form of UN Resolution 16/18, thanks to the support of the Obama administration. This resolution seeks to restrict free speech by criminalizing any criticism of Islam, whether that criticism is true or false. The Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (consisting of 57 Islamic states), whose main goal has been to make Islamophobia an international crime, has been pushing UN resolutions for over 10 years that would criminalize free speech when it offends Islam.

According to Islamic scholar and author Robert Spencer, “punishing those who criticize Islam is in accord with classic elements of Islamic law, which mandates that criticism of Allah or Mohammed or the Koran is punishable by death.” Shariah, or Islamic law, has therefore been implemented with the adoption of this resolution. Although this resolution is not yet “legally” binding and has not yet been proclaimed into full force – not just yet – it could very likely become international law if the resolution passes repeatedly in future years, especially if it passes in more than one UN body.

For those of us living in Western democracies who think we need not worry about losing free speech, under the assumption that it is fully and permanently protected by our country’s set of rules that govern speech laws (like the First Amendment in the U.S. or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada), well, think again. These set of rules do not necessarily grant our rights and freedoms permanent immunity from the implacable resolve of Islamic organizations like the OIC that seek to restrict our freedoms with their Shariah agenda. But this too remains foreign to the students of my daughter’s class.

According to the school’s course selection handbook, Current Politics aims to “help students grasp the complexity of the world today and be open to the diversity of the societies that make it up.” Again, only one extreme viewpoint was shown, no diversity was presented. Indoctrinating and exposing students to only a “truther” and socialist point-of-view, and leaving them in the dark when it comes to anything else – like how Shariah is creeping into institutions across the Western world – make it impossible to achieve the stated goals of this school program.

Exposing students to a fuller spectrum of thought is what school education should be about. Why not remain true to the stated goals of the handbook and embrace diversity by presenting “other” perspectives to counter those of Michael Moore — like “Michael Moore Hates America” – by filmmaker Mike Wilson, or “Michael and Me” by radio and tv talk show host Larry Elder, or better yet, Steve Emerson’s “Jihad in America – The Grand Deception.”

After all, free and critical thinking, objective discussion about controversial issues, and the pursuit of truth are essential to prepare students for higher education. And this is only possible by showing that alternative views do exist by disseminating more than one viewpoint — that is, as long as we still have free speech to do so.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    Exposing students to a fuller spectrum of thought is what school education should be about. Why not remain true to the stated goals of the handbook and embrace diversity by presenting “other” perspectives to counter those of Michael Moore — like “Michael Moore Hates America” – by filmmaker Mike Wilson, or “Michael and Me” by radio and tv talk show host Larry Elder, or better yet, Steve Emerson’s “Jihad in America – The Grand Deception.”

    –We need to keep this dream alive; a return to sanity in the classroom.

    • PhillipGaley

      Well, in correction of your fragmentary proposition, I would say, as with training of officers to recognize fake money, they are put to study not counterfeit bills, but true bills; and the sound reason being, while there are a zillion different varieties of fake money, there is only on true bill, so, study that and, any fake will immediately stand out.

      Following then, teach the children such as, Alice Carey's "Nobility": "True worth is in being, not seeming, in doing each day as it goes by, some little good, not in dreaming of great things to do by and by.", and you know the rest, or, Lowell's "The Present Crisis", or, Kipling's works, and so forth, . . . We need to keep American Society alive, and principally, through a return to decency and sanity in the classroom, . . .

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Well, in correction of your fragmentary proposition, I would say, as with training of officers to recognize fake money, they are put to study not counterfeit bills, but true bills; and the sound reason being, while there are a zillion different varieties of fake money, there is only on true bill, so, study that and, any fake will immediately stand out. "

        1) I quoted the article

        2) Most of what we're talking about requires subjective analysis. Therefore you can't possible get anyone to agree on what the single standard is for identifying "false subjective analysis" because it's a process, not a single definitive result.

        "We need to keep American Society alive, and principally, through a return to decency and sanity in the classroom"

        Right. We need to tolerate true balanced diversity in subjective matters, and teach how to process logic and reason in analyzing and formulating positions taken.

  • tagalog

    The "high school curriculum" link leads to a list of topics unrelated to the commentary. The list is of links to something like "list the wagon" or something. So I don't know what course the Canadian high school in question is making the Michael Moore movie "9/11" part of. The movie would seem to be kind of marginal in the teaching of most subjects.

    But, jumping right in, why would a Canadian high school have any interest in showing a left-wing hostile critique of the Bush administration's policies in the U.S. in the first decade of the 21st Century? In what course in a Canadian high school would this film be a relevant factor?

    In U.S. high schools, they hardly talk about Canada at all, unless they're talking about the War of 1812.

    Or is it just the Canadian obsession with the United States that's coming into play here?

    • Infidel Prime

      I don't think it was the Canadian school system's policy on curriculum as a whole that lead to Moore's ridiculous film becoming a part of that particular school's class teaching materials. I know that in the United States much of an individual school system's curriculum is decided upon by that schools board and input by the teachers and the broader, standardized material is developed by the Dept. of Education. my best guess is that the Canadian school in question probably has plenty of Muslim students and a very leftist leaning administration which tend to appease Muslims by not doing, saying or teaching anything that might show elements of Islam in a less than perfect light so the trend is to go to the polar opposite and make the victim of Islamic aggression the perpetrator via Moore's fictional, slanderous and offensive film. Colleges and schools throughout the US and Canada are extremely liberal today. Political correctness, no matter how wrong headed and backwards is preferable to these people rather than truth and common sense. Since the 1960s, leftists of all stripes love to hate America and that trend is increasing in it's viciousness every year. I have little doubt that the teacher of the class in this article is a card carrying hater of all things America and is working hard to create a new generation of indoctrinated, hazy eyed haters of the United States. It's become a vicious circle…Impressionable student goes to college and becomes an indoctrinated Marxist, indoctrinated Marxists go out into the workforce as teachers, lawyers, journalists,etc. They in turn teach our children, craft laws and report in an ever increasing leftward direction. The cycle repeats itself, more and more people become liberal/leftists/Marxists until one day it isn't considered lunacy to include films by a whack job like Michael Moore amongst scholarly works….teaching material! Liberalism and it's companion, political correctness are a prescription for the suicide of a nation and culture. To the indoctrinated Marxist (which is what liberal progressives really are) it's a step towards their twisted Utopia. Common sense be damned!

      • Infidel Prime

        Thankfully we still have many people who value the unique and great cultures that formed out of the melting pots of the United States and Canada and these folks are able to influence their kids so that no matter how the school systems and media attempt to indoctrinate them and corrupt their values they are not affected. there's still hope folks but we have to work hard at turning the tide. Our generation is our last chance. When you hear or see a lefty spouting their garbage and being idiots call them on it. They can never hope to defeat truth and common sense when they are challenged.

        • Mary Sue

          Canada is taught to deride the concept of the "Melting Pot." We're supposed to be "multicultural", as if the "melting pot" is supposedly erasing unique cultures with "assimilation".

          The worst idiots about multiculturalism are in Quebec and they vote Bloc/Parti Quebecois (the separatists).

      • Mary Sue

        In the more leftist parts of Canada, the teachers are nearly all NDP. NDP is the Democrat party on crack.

    • Mary Sue

      While the only Moore film that was even out when I was doing high school was Roger & Me, and it wasn't shown to us, there was plenty of anti-american bullcrap. This is because the teachers are all NDP and thus pretty anti-American. I distinctly recall a social studies textbook that ripped Reagan apart for "firing all the air traffic controllers" and implicating him in the letgo of gazillions of GM employees in 1980 (the last year of Carter's presidency, though you'd never know it from the text).

      When I was in high school the president was Bush-41 and in college it was Clinton, and oh my GOD, they LOVED Clinton. Clinton was like the Trudeau of USA back then, and the Canadian teachers gravitated to him as they had gravitated to Trudeau.

    • Mary Sue

      btw, if you want to see obsession about USA, google "Council of Canadians" sometime. Maude Barlow is one some serious crack.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "In U.S. high schools, they hardly talk about Canada at all, unless they're talking about the War of 1812. Or is it just the Canadian obsession with the United States that's coming into play here?"

      It's not nice to say so, but obviously Canada is seen as a junior partner in Western global hegemony and I think they like it that way. When it comes to "blame the West" it usually translates in to "blame the USA" both inside Western culture and out.

      • PaulRevereNow

        Well, the U.S., in the form of the Fenians, tried to invade Canada in 1866, and I think they actually got across the Canadian border, before President Andrew Johnson stopped them. This had something to do with the Irish wanting Canada for themselves. This is a little known episode that nobody teaches.

        • Mary Sue

          oh they teach it, but they throw in that 'we burned down your White House' and made it sound like "The Americans wanted Canada" and don't explain who the Fenians were if they mention fenians at all.

  • MAD MOMMY

    Clearly you are not looking at your kids curriculum or textbooks. Our 4th grade spent entirely too long on the subject of Canada. Blurring it in as if it is a foregone conclusion we are a region rather than 2 sovereign nations. Wake up to common core curriculum, our common future, so said gro harlem bruntland socialist UN architect of American destruction. Common, lowest common denominator, this is the goal bring down America through the children. Dinesh D'Souza said it. So will they show his film??
    My 5th grader in private catholic blue ribbon school is studying economies. According to his text book there are only three types, communist, capitalist and a mix. He is repeatedly being asked what kind we have. They keep circlingback the same propaganda until the kids all say what they want. Predetermined outcome based education. This is common core curriculum which the governors all signed up for to get race to the top funds. They should call it race to the gulag. Philadelphia arch diocese pushing common core, despite its overwhelming embrace of communism, and we all remember how that worked out for catholics.
    blue ribbon seduction to private schools to take common core. The MOMS are angry my friend. Canadian and American. Why should we have to reteach our kids when they get home? So many 24 yr old brainwashed teachers products of bill ayers and linda darling hammond. In charge of teaching your kids. They have them watching cnn and reading time magazine for kids, pushing all the anti american globalist favorites. Watch your 10 year old argue with you because his teacher told him. It is a trust and betrayal issue, deception not unlike that which occurs with a pedophile. A trusted authority figure , some willingly some unknowing, using vygotsky and hegel to indoctrinate carefully, careful not to let the gatekeepers find out.( parents, older trad teachers/ admin).
    Showing moore's film is par for the course.
    In America it is common core and the battle against it for American values and freedom has just begun.
    Thank you for this article, please do more on common core.
    MAD MOMMY

    • tagalog

      Communism not only didn't work out for Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox folks didn't fare all that well, either.

  • clarespark

    Why should Canadian social democrats be any less hostile to the Enlightenment than American liberals? They showed their protofascist hands decades ago. I laid it all out here :http://clarespark.com/2009/12/12/switching-the-enlightenment-corporatist-liberalism-and-the-revision-of-american-history/. "Switching the Enlightenment…the revision of American history."

  • daniela metz

    I wonder why we are so concerned about why the Canadians (they are north Americans to) hate the United States, we have plenty of haters right here in the United States, that hate us. The president ovomits preacher wright says god d@@@@ America and the devil whites the majority of blacks now refuse to sing the national anthem and have their own black anthem much like they sung it in denver at a government office instead of singing the right one. mark my words soon the majority of blacks will convert to islam or muslim or what ever and they will then get control of enough votes to make the stars and stripes look more like an african flag everything will change to how they want it to look more african and muslim

    • Mary Sue

      They have been taught to, by leftist teachers and the stupid CBC (nationalized TV station).

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I wonder why we are so concerned about why the Canadians (they are north Americans to) hate the United States,"

      Irrational hatred has always mattered, and never more so than in today's Internet age.

  • Demetrius M

    When I was an undergrad (1st year) in Canada, we had a political science prof that you would not believe. He had the goatee, black beret and trench coat, glasses and a sarcastic smirk implanted on his face during q&a's. But that was nothing compared to his rhetoric.
    The evils of the US capitalism and miltary history was on the agenda from one class to another featuring Michael Moore movies (unbelievable) being forced to read Edward Said and Chomsky and "understanding the inner Che". At first I was worried that my fellow freshmen would eat this stuff up. I had just transformed into a conservative over the previous year, so you can understand my fears of one point of view being offered.
    Alas my fears were pretty much ill founded, at least during that particular semester. At the beginning there were about 500 students attending lecture. By the midpoint I would estimate it was halved to less than. I overheard conversations around me disclaiming his lectures as "propaganda".
    Perhaps we underestimate younger students and their abilities to detect lies, plus there is also the possibility they won't believe "the Man".

    • Infidel Prime

      I hope you're right about the kids. However, never let an opportunity to illustrate the stupidity of liberalism go by.

    • Mary Sue

      Having lived in Canada all my life and gone to University here, I believe it. My english professor was a complete libtard.

      Heck, P.E.T. was (and his sons are all) communist. And you know how the Left LOVES Saint Trudeau.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "When I was an undergrad (1st year) in Canada, we had a political science prof that you would not believe. He had the goatee, black beret and trench coat, glasses and a sarcastic smirk implanted on his face during q&a's. But that was nothing compared to his rhetoric."

      Sadly, this is not hard to believe at all. They're ubiquitous clones of Lenin, Trotsky or Che.

      "being forced to read Edward Said and Chomsky and "understanding the inner Che""

      Precisely. Said and Chomsky might be the most pernicious of all. I'm getting angry thinking about those lionized liars of the left.

      "I had just transformed into a conservative over the previous year, so you can understand my fears of one point of view being offered."

      Right, but most of them do eat it up and statistically, we can't tolerate this trend. Facts matter, and it's about objective facts vs. the denial that objectivity exists. Once they deny objectivity, they can then argue that whoever is most upset must be the most aggrieved, and therefore the most important. Once they have you there, they never stop with the phony tears.

  • UCSPanther

    I found it especially insulting in how Moore painted us as a utopia of mindless drones living in a utopia.

    That is one reason why I just love pointing out that not all Canadians are peace-loving hippies, that most of us are proud capitalists, love our guns, proud of our heritage, etc. and I especially enjoy rubbing those facts in the faces of American leftists.

    • Mary Sue

      The peaceloving stupid hippies are mostly in British Columbia, Manitoba and much of Sascratchmabush, parts of Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal/Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces. I think there's something in the water, particularly in BC.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "That is one reason why I just love pointing out that not all Canadians are peace-loving hippies, that most of us are proud capitalists, love our guns, proud of our heritage, etc. and I especially enjoy rubbing those facts in the faces of American leftists."

      Carry on!

  • Ghostwriter

    I have no problem with Canada or Canadians. One of my aunt's neighbor's is Canadian and I have no problem with her. America has got a lot of great people from Canada like Jim Carrey,John Candy,John Kenneth Galbraith,Michael J. Fox,and others like them. Michael Moore is an pathetic idiot who bashes his own country while whitewashing the faults of others. I wouldn't mind a Canadian neighbor myself. I think I speak for most Americans is that I have no trouble with Canada. It's a good and fine neighbor to have. I'd love to hear from Canadians about my little post,including UCSPanther and Mary Sue. I hope they like this.

    • Mary Sue

      the only ones you may have a problem with are NDP or maybe even Green, and perhaps some Liberals. Mostly idiots from Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and some of those big cities. Vancouver is like the Seattle of the North.

      The problem isn't Canada, it's the Left that has infiltrated it and subsumed themselves into Official Canadian Culture. Hating America is chic because they're afraid USA will assimilate them into the 51st state, never realizing that if that ever happened, USA would have Barack Obama style Democrats as president for the next 200 freaking years.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I have no problem with Canada or Canadians."

      Culturally and morally, Canadians and Americans have more in common with each other than many states do in the USA with one another.

      "Michael Moore is an pathetic idiot"

      Yep. We've got too many of those all over America and the globe.

  • DVult

    It's unbelievable that anyone takes that fat blabbermouth Michael Moore seriously or that cretin Noam Chomsky. Try watching or reading any of their drivel at night, it's better than a sleeping pill. In fact, it's probably a pretty good indicator of intelligence or lack thereof – if you don't recognize that Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky are completely full of crap than you are an imbecile.

    • Mary Sue

      It's even worse when the people taking Moore, Chomsky, and Zinn seriously are old enough to know better (in their 70s and 80s).

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  • Patrick

    Have you ever been to Montreal?
    It would be pretty easy to think you were somewhere in the Middle East in many places there.

    • Raymond in DC

      That's something new. As a student at McGill, I lived in Montreal from 1972-1974. It was roughly 50/50 English and French, with the Jews mostly affiliated with the English. Some Jews did come from the Middle East (I knew one family evicted from Egypt in 1956 after the Suez War), but they hardly evinced a Middle Eastern culture. Arabs and Muslims were then in small numbers.

      What you're seeing is the result of accelerated immigration from Arab and Muslim lands in the last decade or two. Even Harper was unable to stem the tide in his first term; I hoping he can do so in his current term. As I fathom the consequences of eight years under Obama, I consider returning to Canada. Then I reconsider, knowing the place today isn't the same one I once knew.

  • TopAssistant

    I suggest you go to YouTube and watch a briefing by Stephen Coughlin – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and its Role in Enforcing Islamic Law http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey-TRpkUiPI