C3RF: Conference on Free Speech - Speakers
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Leo Adler graduated from McGill University and attended Osgoode Hall Law School. While in law school Mr. Adler co-authored a report entitled "The Police Function in Our Changing Society" for the Solicitor-General of Canada. In 1972-1973, Mr. Adler was named Special Project Director for the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario and worked with Chief Judge Ted Andrews of the (then) Provincial Court (Family Division) in the complete re-organization and overhaul of that court.
Mr. Adler graduated law school in 1973, articled, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1975. Shortly after, he opened his own law firm, now known as Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman: Criminal Counsel.
While Mr. Adler's practice is almost exclusively criminal, he has also appeared before various boards and tribunals and at inquests. He has acted as counsel in extradition matters, trials and administrative and quasi-criminal hearings throughout Ontario, as well as in other provinces. Mr. Adler's experience in DNA cases and other forensic issues has caused him to be consulted by other counsel for these and other legal issues.
Mr. Adler has authored numerous articles that have been published in a variety of journals. He has appeared frequently as a commentator with regards to the criminal justice system. As well, he has either spoken to or chaired a number of Parliamentary committees, groups and seminars dealing with different aspects of criminal law.
Mr. Adler is also an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he taught Trial Advocacy and now teaches International Criminal Law. Mr. Adler has also lectured or spoken at various other law schools.
From 1999 to 2009, in addition to his practice, Mr. Adler was the Director of National Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Canada. In that capacity, Mr. Adler was responsible for the NGO's social action programs and national public relations campaigns and regularly met with Government Ministers, diplomats, politicians and other officials.
Between 2005 and 2015, Mr. Adler was appointed by the Canadian Government to the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on National Security to review the Anti-Terrorism Act and assess its impact upon society.
Yusuf Celik was born in a small Kurdish town in Eastern Turkey. In the summers, like most children growing up in a Muslim family, he would go to Islamic school to learn about Islam and the Quran until the age of 14. At the age of 14 Yusuf decided to stop going to the religious school in the summer due to a conflict between his sexuality and the Imam’s speeches. At the age of 17 Yusuf got the chance to study in Istanbul. At the age of 21, Yusuf got the chance to go to the US where he started his undergrad and lived as an open gay man.
Yusuf holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with double major in Political Science and Middle East Studies from the Portland State University, a Masters in International Relations focused on Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs- Carleton University.
Aynaz “Anni” Cyrus is a 32-year-old Iranian-born woman who rejected Islam and fled Iran to America legally in her teens. She came to the United States after years of persecution, torture, and imprisonment. Lashed a total of 109 times on various occasions, raped, beaten, tortured, and a victim of numerous horrors while living under the heavy hand of Islam; Imprisoned 12 times before the age of 14 for reasons such as singing in public and unknowingly having her hair showing under her hijab, Aynaz knows firsthand the serious plight of Muslim women living under Sharia Law. Aynaz was sold into marriage at a very young age and was denied a divorce from her abusive husband simply because she was a woman. She vowed to escape and become a voice for those silent women and children living in a daily nightmare most of us could never imagine.
She now lives as an American citizen and has made it her life’s mission to tell everyone the truth behind the threat of Islam that political correctness and media bias ignores. Aynaz works to protect and defend the rights of women and girls under the oppression of Sharia Law everywhere. She fights to raise awareness to their plight through informative viral videos, radio interviews, blog posts and on her “Live Up To Freedom” website.
Benjamin Dichter is the chairman and co-founder of LGBTory, and The Conservative Party of Canada Candidate of Record for Toronto Danforth. He works with and is a supporter of, groups and institutions such as Canadian Citizens for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Muslims facing tomorrow and Students In Support of Free Speech. He has collaborated with organizations such as the Clarion Project to raise awareness of the plight of LGBT communities in Islamic countries. He is active in both the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and the Federal Conservative Party of Canada and through LGBTory has built alliances across Canada and the United States through groups like the Log Cabin Republicans.
Tarek Fatah is the author of the 2008 award-winning book, "The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State" followed by "The Jew is Not My Enemy" that won the Stan Vine Award for nonfiction in 2011. Fatah is a weekly columnist for the Toronto Sun and the host of the Indian Television talk show on ZeeNews "Fatah Ka Fatwa" that is seen around the world by over 100 million people and deals with contemporary issues of Islam, Islamism and the challenges facing Muslims worldwide in conforming to the nation state, liberal democracy and secularism.
Following 9/11, Fatah founded the Muslim Canadian Congress that was instrumental in defeating Islamists who wanted to introduce Sharia Law in the Canadian judicial system as parallel family law courts.
Born in 1949 in Pakistan, Fatah is a harsh critic of the country of his birth, challenging its very Islamic foundations as based on hatred of the Hindus and Jews. He is married to Nargis Tapal and has two daughters Natasha and Nargis. They all live in Toronto.
Anthony Furey is a national columnist for the Sun newspapers chain in Canada. He’s also written for TIME, NY Daily News, Literary Review of Canada and other publications. He regularly appears on talk radio and has been featured on BBC, Fox News Channel and other channels. Furey's new book Pulse Attack: The Real Story Behind The Secret Weapon That Can Destroy North America, about electromagnetic pulse warfare, is now out and available.
High-profile radio and TV commentator and columnist Sue-Ann Levy has built up a loyal readership of both fans and detractors over her 29 years on the political and investigative beats for the Toronto Sun and Canada's Post Media chain of newspapers.
During her years as columnist, she has made it her mission to expose waste, mismanagement and corruption in government and other publicly funded institutions. A two-time investigative reporting award winner and nine-time winner of the Toronto Sun's Readers Choice award for best news writer, Sue-Ann is also known for advocating for the poor, the homeless, the vulnerable and the elderly. A committed Zionist, she regularly writes about the movements that seek to delegitimize Israel and against the rise in anti-semitism across Canada.
In late August of 2016, Sue-Ann's first book, “Underdog: Confessions of a Right-Wing, Gay Jewish Muckraker”, was released by Penguin Random House Canada to rave reviews and media coverage across Canada and in such international publications as the Times of Israel and Forward magazine out of Israel.
After 20 years in a closeted relationship, Sue-Ann came out officially on the front page of the Toronto Sun on Pride Day in 2007 and married her wife, Denise Alexander, in a traditional Jewish ceremony in 2009.
Hoping to change the face of conservative politics in her home province of Ontario, she ran as the first openly gay MPP (member of provincial parliament) in a largely Liberal riding in 2009.
Sue-Ann has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
She just completed her 12th half-marathon in May and is training to run in Jerusalem in March of 2018.
Since 2014, Clare M. Lopez has served as the Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Canadian Mackenzie Institute. In 2016, she was named to Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign national security advisory team. Lopez provides her expertise as an instructor on Iran, Hizballah and the Red-Green Axis for Understanding the Threat, the only program of its kind in the country that provides threat-focused, strategic and operational consultation, education, and training for federal, state, and local leadership and agencies in government, the private sector, and for private citizens about the Global Islamic Movement and the jihadi networks in communities around the nation.
Since 2013, Lopez has served as a member of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi. Formerly Vice President of the Intelligence Summit, she was a career operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee from 2005-2006, and has served as a consultant, intelligence analyst, and researcher for a variety of defense firms. She was named a 2011 Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.
Already an advisor to EMP Act America, in February 2012 Ms. Lopez was named a member of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security, which focuses on the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat to the nation. She serves as a member of the Boards of Advisors/Directors for the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, the United West, and the Voice of the Copts. She has been a Visiting Researcher and guest lecturer on counterterrorism, national defense, and international relations at Georgetown University. Ms. Lopez is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media on subjects related to Iran and the Middle East and the co-author of two published books on Iran. She is the author of an acclaimed paper for the Center, “The Rise of the ‘Iran Lobby’” and co-author/editor of the Center’s Team B II study, “Shariah: The Threat to America” as well as The Tiger Team’s “The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.” She co-authored “Gulen and the Gulenist Movement” with CSP’s Vice President for Outreach, Christopher Holton, and “See No Shariah: ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ and the Disarming of America’s First Line of Defense” with Frank Gaffney, CSP President.
Lopez received a B.A. in Communications and French from Notre Dame College of Ohio and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia before declining a military commission to join the CIA.
Thomas Quiggin, (M.A, C.D.) is a court qualified expert on terrorism (criminal court and Federal Court) and is also a court expert on “the reliability of intelligence as evidence” (Federal Court). He was a Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has 25 plus years of practical intelligence experience in a variety of positions. These include the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Bank of Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces, the United Nations Protection Force in Yugoslavia, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (War Crimes), the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (The Hague), and the Privy Council Office of Canada. He was also a qualified arms control inspector for the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty and the Vienna Document.
He has also testified to a Senate Committee on intelligence matters (The Kelly Commission 1998) and to the Air India Inquiry (2007) and well as providing testimony to the Special Senate Committee on Anti-terrorism (2010).
He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and is a certified knowledge management practitioner.
He has also given three training sessions for the Canadian Department of Justice as part of the special advocates program with the focus being on intelligence and evidence. He also has been a guest lecturer at the Canadian Police College with the lectures being on terrorism and intelligence. He has spoken at various conferences in Europe, south east Asia and Australia on related matters.
He has a number of publications on security and terrorism matters in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, USA, Canada and Singapore. His most recent major publication is a book on national security intelligence requirements, “Seeing the Invisible: National Security Intelligence in an Uncertain Age, World Scientific, 2007".
Raheel Raza, a leading global voice against Radical extremism is President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, founding member of The Muslim Reform Movement, author of the book Their Jihad – Not My Jihad, award winning journalist, public speaker, and advocate for human rights, gender equality and dignity in diversity.
She is a participant in the award winning documentary “Honor Diaries” and also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for service to Canada. Raheel bridges the gap between East and West, promoting cultural and religious diversity for which she has appeared in print and on TV and radio numerous times including CNN, BBC Hardtalk, Real Time with Bill Maher and Al-Jazeera. In July 2017, Raheel gave testimony to the US Congress on “Combating Homegrown Terrorism”.
Raheel has been invited to speak locally at places of worship, the private sector, the Justice Department, School Boards and government institutions. Internationally she has addressed audiences at Universities in USA including Harvard & Columbia, in UK at Oxford and Cambridge, other forums across Australia and Europe, the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem and Tedx Amsterdam. She has been invited to the Parliaments of Sweden, UK, Israel and to Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
In her pursuit for human rights, Raheel is accredited with United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva through The Centre for Inquiry (CFI). She has received many awards for her work on women’s equality including the City of Toronto’s Constance Hamilton award and the Urban Hero award. She is the first Muslim woman in Canada to lead mixed gender prayers.
Raheel has made a documentary film called “Whose Sharia is it anyway?” dealing with the sharia debate in Ontario, Canada. She runs a Forum for Learning for youth to educate them about the dangers of radicalization and terrorism, and continues to write and speak about the subject. She has taught courses on Islam and Modernity at George Brown College and Ryerson University in Toronto for the past five years.
Raheel is Munk Senior Fellow with The Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Canada, sits on the Board of Governors for The Mackenzie Institute and Advisory Boards of The Clarion Project plus The ACTV Foundation (Alliance of Canadian Terror Victims).
Dr. Gad Saad is Professor of Marketing at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), and the holder of the Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption. He has held Visiting Associate Professorships at Cornell University, Dartmouth College, and the University of California–Irvine. Dr. Saad received the Faculty of Commerce’s Distinguished Teaching Award in June 2000, and was listed as one of the ‘hot’ professors of Concordia University in both the 2001 and 2002 Maclean’s reports on Canadian universities. Saad was appointed Newsmaker of the Week of Concordia University in five consecutive years (2011-2015), and is the co-recipient of the President’s Media Outreach Award-Research Communicator of the Year (International), which goes to the professor at Concordia University whose research receives the greatest amount of global media coverage.
Professor Saad has pioneered the use of evolutionary psychology in marketing and consumer behavior. His works include The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature (translated into Korean and Turkish); The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption; Evolutionary Psychology in the Business Sciences, along with 75+ scientific papers, many at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and a broad range of disciplines including consumer behavior, marketing, advertising, psychology, medicine, and economics. His Psychology Today blog (Homo Consumericus) and YouTube channel (THE SAAD TRUTH) have garnered over 4.5 million and 7.7 million total views respectively. In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Saad often writes and speaks about topics as varied as postmodernism, radical feminism, cultural and moral relativism, political correctness, the thought police, and Islam.
He received a B.Sc. (1988) and an M.B.A. (1990) both from McGill University, and his M.S. (1993) and Ph.D. (1994) from Cornell University.
Bill Warner, Ph.D. is a highly respected expert on political Islam. In 2006, he founded the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI) to further the study of the politics of the ideology of Islam and its ramifications for Western Civilization. Warner defines political Islam as that part of Islamic doctrine which concerns the non-Muslim.
Warner’s training in scientific theory and mathematics shaped how he analyzed Islamic doctrine. In an effort to educate the masses and make the doctrine easily understood, he authored fifteen books, including the Amazon bestseller, “Sharia Law for Non-Muslims”, published in 20 languages. His “Simple Koran” is the first Koran that can be easily understood by integrating Mohammed’s life into the Koran verses.
Warner has published numerous articles on the topic of political Islam and is a prolific video blogger with over 150 videos dedicated to commentary and education on this subject. His video, “Why We Are Afraid”, has millions of views.
Warner has led seminars and given public talks throughout the United States and Canada, and internationally in Central Europe and the Balkan countries. In 2013, he established CSPI International (CSPII), the volunteer-based, non-profit organization of CSPI, located in Brno, Czech Republic. CSPII translates and publishes Warner’s books worldwide, provides trainings & lectures, and does research on political Islam.
Warner developed the CSPI method, a scientific approach to learning political Islam. Using this approach, he created the first self-study courses on political Islam. His books give an overview of the complete Islamic doctrine & address how Islamic doctrine is applied to the world. CSPI books are also available as a web-based community learning platform.
Bill Warner holds a PhD in Physics & Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University. He has held positions as a research scientist at the Sarnoff Princeton Labs, business owner of an energy efficiency company and University professor.
Bill Warner is the nom de guerre for Bill French.
Dr. Warner holds that the totality of the true nature of Islam is found in the Trilogy of the Koran, the Sira (the biography of Mohammed) and the Hadith (the traditions of Mohammed). All evaluation of Islamic history and current activity is caused by the doctrine found in this Trilogy. Therefore, it is impossible to understand any Islamic action without knowing the doctrine that is its cause.
Dr. Warner's training in scientific theory and mathematics shaped how he analyzed Islamic doctrine. Realizing that the Islamic texts had been made deliberately difficult to read and comprehend, he set out to organize the doctrine in a manner that would be easily understood by the average person. Simple statistical methods applied to the Islamic doctrinal texts showed:
• Islam is far more of a political system than a religion.
• There is no unmitigated good in Islam for the non-Muslim (Kafir).
• Islam's ethical system is dualistic and is not based on the Golden Rule.
• Islamic doctrine cannot be reconciled with our concepts of human rights and our Constitution.
• The great majority, 96%, of all Islamic doctrine about women subjugates them.
• The Sunna (what Mohammed did and said) is more important than the Koran in a Muslim's daily life.
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Books by Dr. Bill Warner include:
Sharia Law for Non-Muslims
The Life of Mohammed
A Two Hour Koran
The Political Traditions of Mohammed
Mohammed and the Unbelievers
A Simple Koran
An Abridged Koran
The Foundations of Islam
The Submission of Women and Slaves
The Islamic Doctrine of Christians and Jews
A Self Study Course on Political Islam Level 1
A Self Study Course on Political Islam Level 2
A Self Study Course on Political Islam Level 3
Deborah Weiss is an attorney, author, and public speaker specializing in free speech and terrorism-related issues. She is considered an expert in the “Defamation of Religions” UN resolutions, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and CAIR. Formerly, she was the Manhattan Director for the Forbes for President Campaign; Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Giuliani Administration, and a Counsel for the Committee on House Oversight in Congress.
She is the author of a monograph titled, “The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Jihad Against Free Speech”; the primary writer and researcher for the book “Council on American Islamic Relations: Its use of Lawfare and Intimidation”, and a contributing author to the book “Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network”. Ms. Weiss’ articles have been published in National Review Online, The Washington Times, FrontPage Magazine, The Weekly Standard, American Spectator Online, American Thinker and other publications. She speaks regularly throughout the United States and beyond and is a frequent guest on radio. A partial listing of her work can be found at www.vigilancenow.org. Ms. Weiss is also a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City.
Madeline Weld is retired from Health Canada, where she worked as a toxicologist evaluator with the Food Directorate. She is president of Population Institute Canada (www.populationinstitutecanada.ca), a non-profit organization that promotes awareness of the impact of human population growth on society and the environment. Madeline serves on the board of Canadian Humanist Publications (CHP) and is a co-editor of Humanist Perspectives, the magazine it publishes. She is a founding member of C3RF. Madeline has a B.Sc. in zoology from the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario, 1977) and an M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1983) in physiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.