Via ACT! For Canada, below is a warning from a Canadian veteran about Parliament’s legislative initiative to fight “Islamophobia” and “religious discrimination”.
With Prime Minister Justin “Baby Doc” Trudeau at the helm, the Canadian ship of state is steering rapidly towards the European model of Islamophilia, illiberality, and curtailment of civil liberties. Given the unanimous parliamentary vote on the initial measure, I doubt there’s much that can slow it down at this point — even as Donald Trump is set to steer our own ship in the opposite direction.
Canada on the Brink of Incorporating Islamic Speech Codes
The Government of Canada is proceeding at breakneck pace to address unproven increases in instances of “Islamophobia” while calling for countering unsubstantiated charges of “systemic racism and religious discrimination”.
This issue was originally tabled in Parliament in the form of a House of Commons “E” petition (e-411) by Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada. The petition called for the condemnation of “all forms of Islamophobia” and received UNANIMOUS consent by Canadian Members of Parliament on 26 October, 2016.
This was followed in rapid-fire fashion by a second motion sponsored by Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament from Mississauga Erin-Mills. The first initiative proceeded with little public input and scant interest displayed by the media at-large. The second motion was tabled on 01 December, 2016 and, incredibly, called for the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to produce related findings and recommendations within 240 calendar days of the motion’s acceptance. It is anticipated that legislative remedies will be front and center in the Committee’s efforts.
Given the current Government’s stated goal of obtaining a seat at the United Nations Security Council, pressures from within and outside the country from powerful Islamic lobby groups, and the Canadian Government’s demonstrated proclivity to advance the “Islamophobia” initiative with undue haste and in the absence of evidence, there is a real risk that the fundamental right to free speech by all Canadians will be unnecessarily curtailed to accommodate the sensibilities of a special interest group. The risk being what it is, I wrote the paper linked to below to go beyond emotional argumentation and place the anti-Islamophobia initiative within a framework of accepted Islamic doctrine, a doctrine that in many respects is antithetical to Western concepts of liberty and free speech. The paper concludes with an email link to a related petition that can be viewed directly here.
Major (Ret’d) Russ Cooper