Café Hitchens: The Syrian Refugee Crisis

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Moutons No More wants to welcome you to the second annual Café Hitchens.  Café Hitchens, much like Heinz ketchup, only comes out when it’s ready. But, when it does, it’s very tasty.

The topic to be covered this time around will be:

The Syrian Refugee Crisis, how its covered in the media, and what approach should be taken to settle millions of displaced people from a very different culture and why has Europe and North American seen a spike in the popularity of right wing groups?

Depending on the media you choose to read will obviously impact your understanding and ideological view of the crisis. For example, if you are an avid CBC listener you will believe it is only cute babies and young and old women suffering in this crisis and we need to bring as many to safety as possible. If you read the more right wing news you may see the crisis as  an epidemic of young military aged men sneaking into Europe and North America to conduct a holy war and we need to build a wall and keep them out. Anyone who actually follows the story knows the situation is much deeper then both of these views so we want to dive in and discuss for ourselves.

One thing that can surely be said is that this crisis has caused the rise of many right wing parties throughout Europe and even in the United States. We have seen the rise in popularity of Donald Trump after saying he would stop Muslim immigration into the United States. We have also seen right wing governments and groups gain popularity in Poland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and France. (Countries that are directly dealing with the crisis) We want to discuss the reasons for the increase in popularity of these groups. Is it racism? Islamophobia? Frustration? are left wing governments ignoring their tax payers? or are there cultural differences that are just too large to bridge?

Please remember the rules we are here to discuss topics and ridicule ideas, not people. We will be doing the classic raise your hand schoolyard discussion. Everyone will have 2 minutes and 2 minutes ONLY to make their points without interruption.  If you so as interrupt more then 3 times you will be given a 20 minute no talking ban! In order to make this work, I have limited the discussion to a 15 attendee maximum so please RSVP soon before its too late!

Cafe Hitchens

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016, 5:00 PM

The Brass Door Pub
2171 Crescent Street Montréal, QC

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Hello everyone, Moutons No More wants to welcome you to the second annual Cafe Hitchens.  Cafe Hitchens, much like Heinz ketchup only comes out when its ready. But, when it does, its very tasty?The Topic to be covered this time around will be:The Syrian Refugee Crisis, how its covered in the media, and what approach should be taken to settle mi…

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The illustration of Christopher Hitchens is used with permission from its amazing artist, Yuliya Kashapova.

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Photography by Angie Radcenzko.


Café Hitchens: Islamophobia, campus free speech, and PEGIDA

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We are pleased to announce the arrival of a brand new event that allows YOU, your favorite person on earth to participate in called CAFÉ HITCHENS. That’s right, this is our very own small debate group that will be taken place in a scotch bar and not an actual café because nothing brings out the master debater in all of us like a little alcohol. As I have mentioned before, at this café (which is not an actual café at all, once again it’s a scotch bar) we will carefully examine contemporary and contentious criteria that is sure to make the P.C. police quiver with rage. At each café we will set the debate up like a meal, there will be three subjects raised an around a half an hour (only as a guideline) for each topic. So, what is for dinner at this months café?

Appetizer: “Why would Canadians, contrary to our own values, embrace a practice at that time (of gaining citizenship) that is not transparent, that is not open and, frankly, is rooted in a culture that is anti-women?”

This is a recent statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper when speaking on Muslim women wearing a niqab during the ceremony to be sworn in as a Canadian citizen. The Liberals and the NDP, call him a fear monger and an Islamaphobe. Do you agree?

See Video Below.

Main Course: Recently we have seen many public speakers who have been invited to major universities who harbour “controversial” ideas be shouted down or denied entry into the schools by student alliances and protestors.

Question 1) Are todays universities a place where all ideas controversial or not be voiced, debated and argued?

Question 2) Do modern western Universities hold a specific set of approved political and social principals and decent from these principals is not tolerated?

Question 3) Where do we draw the line for who does and does not get to speak at a University?

Desert: The Pegida movement. Originating in Germany as a patriotic movement of European peoples against the Islamization of their culture has come to Montreal. Depending on when you read this post, the march has either happened or is set to happen on Saturday March 28th 2015. The group claims not to be anti-immigration but anti Islamization. They believe that western values and culture has been jeopardized in order to accommodate Muslim people with radically different values. In the Media across Europe that have been given the label as racists, neo nazi’s and islamophobic biggots. However, they claim to be none of these things. I have attached a copy of their mission statement from Pagedia Canada:

1. PEGIDA is FOR the admission of war refugees and political refugees or those who suffer religious persecution. 2. PEGIDA is FOR the INTEGRATION of refugees into our land and culture.

3. PEGIDA is FOR the utilization and implementation of existing laws on asylum and deportation!

4. PEGIDA is FOR a zero-tolerance policy against delinquent asylum seekers and migrants!

5. PEGIDA is FOR resistance to misogyny and violent political ideology.

6. PEGIDA is FOR preserving and protecting our Christian-Judeo based culture.

7. PEGIDA is AGAINST arms sales to unconstitutional, illegal or terrorist organizations.

8. PEGIDA is AGAINST allowing parallel societies in our midst, such as Sharia law, Sharia police, etc.

9. PEGIDA is AGAINST radicalism whether religious or politically motivated!

10. PEGIDA is AGAINST preachers of hate, no matter what religion you belong to!

I want to know your opinions.

Q1) Is this a movement that sounds racist? Does this movement interest you?

Q2)Is marching to raise awareness of the Islamization of the western world helpful or harmful?

Q3)Is there such a thing as Islamophobia?

see clips/articles below.

I have recently reached out to members of McGill University and Concordia as well as Muslim groups in Montreal to join us in this dialogue so everyone will get a chance to have their voices heard. So far from the Muslim group… *crickets* But stayed tuned I will keep trying.

To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

To RSVP on Meetup, click here.

Spelling mistakes are Andrew’s.

The illustration of Christopher Hitchens is used with permission from its amazing artist, Yuliya Kashapova.

Café Hitchens: Bring Your Arguments, Not Your Fallacies

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Moutons No More is proud to announce a new monthly event to add to its line-up, which currently consists of our Funny You Should Think That! stage show.

Café Hitchens will be a discussion group aimed at debating contentious issues… with both sides showing up to make their points heard. Religion, abortion, the death penalty, lying, morality: prepare to debate intelligently and respectfully on these issues and others. Our very own Andrew Cody will be moderating the discussions and pointing out logical fallacies left and right. This recurring café will not be a hang-out for like-minded people; be prepared to confront the beliefs and arguments of believers, atheists, pro-lifers, lefties, Conservatives, and anything in between.

To find out when Café Hitchens will be taking place, you can check this space, or “Like” Moutons No More on Facebook, or join our group on

The illustration of Christopher Hitchens is used with permission from its amazing artist, Yuliya Kashapova.