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Is religious freedom being lost in Canada

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Is religious freedom being lost in Canada

 

Igra Khalid, Liberal MP who introduced controversial measure to bar criticism of Islam. Photo credit

In March of 2017, Canada passed M-103, a non-binding motion against Islamophobia. It was not a bill, but critics of the motion worried that it would curtail freedom of speech. The Canadian politicians passed the motion condemning Islamophobia and requested that the government recognize the need to “quell the public climate of fear and hate”. M-103, passed by a margin of 201 to 91.

The motion condemned “Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination”, among a divided parliament. The study looked at how to “develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia,” the motion said. A Liberal MP, Iqra Khalid introduced the motion which gained significance after the January attack on a Quebec mosque that left six Muslim men dead.

The motion garnered an online backlash, petitions against it and nationwide protests. According to local media, Khalid has also received death threats after introducing M-103. Critics worried that condemning Islamophobia barred them from criticizing Islam, which could curtail the right to free speech.

The passage of M-103 said in effect that Canada’s Parliament had declared criticism of Islam off-limits.

Freedom of expression in Canada is protected as a “fundamental freedom” by Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, there are reasonable Limits.

Freedom of expression in Canada is not absolute; Section 1 of the Charter allows the government to pass laws that limit free expression so long as the limits are reasonable and can be justified in a free and democratic society.

Hate speech (which refers to the advocacy and incitement of genocide or violence against a particular defined racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, religious or other identifiable group), and obscenity (a broad term referring to literature that is unreasonable, dangerous or intensely inappropriate to society at large, such as child pornography or fraudulent medication intended to promote sexual virility), are two examples that gain significant attention from the media and in public discourse.

A recent incident in Canada highlights the issue of alleged Islamophobia. You can view it here: https://freespeechtime.blogspot.com/2017/12/canada-muslim-attacks-christian.html

In this video, a Muslim attacks a Christian preacher for not respecting Islam in public. “I have [the] right to attack anyone who doesn’t respect Islam,” screamed the attacker.

Many viewed the video as a broader attack on Freedom of speech not only in Canada but in the West. It is being said that liberals and leftists in the West use the made-up term “Islamophobia” to portray anyone who criticizes Islam as a “racist”.  There is an attempt in the West to impose a sharia-blasphemy law to criminalize criticism of Islam.

Ironically, politicians in the West continually claim “Islam is a religion of peace”.

On the other hand, radical Muslim terrorists all over the world carry out terror attacks “in the name of Allah”. They justify their violence by quoting verses from the Quran.

It should not go unstated that Christians are the world’s most persecuted religious group, according to studies by Barna, Pew, Barnabas Fund and the Hoover Institute. Christians and other Non-Muslim minorities throughout the Muslim world are being persecuted for being non-Muslims.

The Christian community in Iraq and Syria was completely annihilated by radical Muslims, anyone who could not escape and refused to convert to Islam was executed.

The Western world ignores the cruel persecution of Christians in the Muslim world.