Honorable Conservative MPs:
Canada already has laws against inciting violence. Canada already has laws to protect ALL Canadians against discrimination based on their faith. It is shocking that The Parliament of Canada is endorsing a petition to “condemn all forms of Islamophobia” (Petition e-411) and will hold a vote on a motion (Motion M-103) by portraying “Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination” based on that petition.
Isn’t “Phobia” a type of mental disorder? Isn’t the “Islamophobia” motion which was ‘unanimously’ passed by the Canadian Government which calls for limiting the rights of Canadians to criticize Islam, contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
I have a Rational Fear of Radical Islam.
Is Canada Planning to Make Criticizing Islam Illegal?
The definition of Islamophobia from a Google search is dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.
What exactly has the Parliament of Canada petitioned against? Criticism of Islam? Criticism of Muhammad? Criticism and condemning the Islamic State and all Islamic terrorist groups affiliated with radical Islamic ideology? Petitioning against those Canadians who Condemn Sharia law? If Canadians criticize Islam or convert from Islam, will they now be considered an “Islamophobe” by Canada?
What’s next? Sending Iran and Hamas type morality police to the doorsteps of Canadians critical of Islam, while radical imams continue to spew openly radical Ideas in schools and mosques? What about Canadians who are suspicious of others plotting possible terrorist activities – will they be afraid to report it to authorities in case they are wrong?
The petition the Parliament of Canada recently passed a motion was initiated on June 8, 2016 by Samer Majzoub, President of the Canadian Muslim Forum condemning Islamophobia in “all” forms.
The details in the petition which was sponsored by the Liberal MP are extremely sketchy to say the least- e-411 for the parliamentary petition:
“We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to join us in recognizing that extremist individuals do not represent the religion of Islam, and in condemning all forms of Islamophobia.”
Again I say, please keep in mind Islamophobia’s definition.
Is Canada Planning to Make Criticizing Islam Illegal?
It seems that many Western politicians, the “Mainstream Media”, and our political elites use the term “Islamophobia” without even knowing what is in Islam. There might be a lot to be rationally “phobic”, or simply fearful, about.
Since Trudeau Liberals came to power, Canadians have been constantly reminded that to speak negatively about Islam is supposedly acting as a fear-mongering, racist, xenophobic, “Islamophobe”.
It is far more probable that they are none of those things; rather that it is the accusers who are racist (Quran: 2;65; 2.89 (Allah transforms Jews into apes); 3:110-112; 4;160, and on and on); Xenophobic really does not apply to Jews, Christians, Yazidis, Hindus, Kurds, Baha’is , Zoroastrians, and a few different sects of Islam; it is truly the other way around.
These people are rightfully afraid of harm coming to them from Sharia law and radical Islam. I am a living example of one who has experienced harm from radical Islamic Sharia law. I was imprisoned at age 16 by the Iranian Regime for simply expressing my disagreement with their policies. They held me prisoner for 18 months in their notorious Evin Prison; I miraculously escaped the murder and rape I heard every day in that dark place.
The memories of that season still haunt me today. And, their threats still follow me today, to this great land of Canada. Therefore, I have a reasonable fear of radical Islam. To call my fear a phobia, an irrational fear, lacks compassion and fails to recognize the true reality of the same present danger living close to me once again. I am on their hit list. It was reported that the highest commander of the IRGC very recently said they would soon kill all dissidents living abroad.
People who are jittery about radical Islam and Sharia law are this way for many a reason: They look at how Sharia law is practiced in Saudi Arabia, Iran, by The Islamic State and Nigeria’s Boko Haram, and are concerned quite justifiably.
As a professional and Women’s Rights Advocate working for over twenty five years in the settlement sector in Canada, I have told many stories by Muslims who have been victimized and harassed by their Muslim neighbors and peers in schools for not wearing the hijab, for not fasting during the fasting month, for not eating halal, for owning a dog, or simply for wearing a pendant of Muslim Shiite Imam Ali while going to the restroom. I also met a Syrian refugee who was physically attacked for buying vegetables and fruits from a Shiite vendor in Ottawa; moderate Muslims being harassed for not forcing their daughters to wear the hijab, or even for writing with their left hand, to name a few, as I mentioned above. Also of concern is the hatred rising between mosques demonstrated in the recent mosque shooting in Quebec City.
The Islamic Cairo Declaration of 1990, written as a direct refutation to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that all human rights are predicated on Islamic Sharia Law. Therefore, according to this view, beheading, stoning, flogging, slavery, child marriage, wife-beating, amputations, and a woman’s worth considered half of a man’s are all human rights. Is that what we want for Canada, or in Canada? Or, in and for any country?
All that these purported critics are doing is pointing out what is in Islam’s Sharia law if anyone cared to look. And, when it comes to concern with quality of life, people should care to look. What is it that these extremists are so eager to cover up?
To those of us who have experienced Islamic sharia law first-hand, protecting Western values – free speech, common law, equal justice under the law, democratic (“man-made”) governance; individual freedoms, separation of church and state, an independent judiciary, to name just a few – is indeed cause for concern. Every single one of them is contradicted by Islamic Sharia law or radical Islam.
Why should it be against the law to outspokenly disagree with aspects of a different religion or culture? Especially if it outspokenly threatens one’s own?
Interesting to note, there are no such terms as Christianophobia, or Judeophobia, that define a dislike or prejudice against a Judeo Christian worldview and Jews and Christians, especially as a political force. And, when Googling anti Zionism, a photo appears of Islamist Muslims condemning Jews and a State of Israel. What if Christians and Jews petitioned for anti Christianophobia and anti Judeophobia motions condemning “all” forms of these? Would we all put duct tape on our mouths? And, it is true that Christians and Jews would never be allowed to petition for this in any Middle Eastern country on the face of the planet.
Canadians are worried that with the Rise of Islamic Extremism In Canada , the country is on its way to becoming like Europe, with no-go zones. That is why we must keep the secular state and religion completely separate, so that no one’s religion, and in Islam’s case religious ideology, is given special treatment or singled out.
Our goal is, and must remain, equal treatment for all. Equality and pluralistic respect can only be achieved when the government acts constitutionally without bias or favoritism towards any particular religion or religious ideology. Our Western Constitution is one that is founded upon the notion that all men, and women, are created equally, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; free from the harassment of oppressive tyranny inspired by dogma of any sort; religious or political.
It is also important to know who sponsors such articles in the media and why politicians lack information to make accurate assessments and informed conclusions.
For more information, please read about Politics of ‘Islamophobia’ – source of, and purpose of the term.
In Islam, politics and religion are inseparably intertwined. For this reason, apostasy in Islam is equivalent to treason. A notable expression in Islam says it all, “Islam is a religion and a state.” The Penal Code of The Islamic Republic of Iran Mandates Death for Converts. Article 225-1 of this code reads, “Any Muslim who clearly announces that he/she has left Islam and declares blasphemy is an Apostate.” In the Qur’an, Bukhari (52:260) repeats this view clearly: “The Prophet said, ‘If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.’” According to Ayatollah Khorasani, a prominent Shiite leader in Iran, “The promotion of Christianity in Iran must be stopped and stated that The Bible (The Gospel) is distorted and the Bible is not the Word of God.” (Farsi)
The Ayatollah’s views are directly of a mind with statements found in the Quran. Verses supporting death for apostates in the Qur’an are: 2:217, 9:73-74, 88:21, 5:54, and 9:66.
Article 19: Universal Declaration of Human Rights States:” Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Canadians must have the right to critique any ideology or religion. Preventing Canadians from speaking about Islam, is about denying Canadians the right to warn about a potential threat to their nation. A warning is not treason, but preventing a warning is. Isn’t this government sponsored Petition against the laws of the Constitution of Canada? CONSTITUTION ACT, 1982 PART I
If the government prevents us the right to criticize any ideology, our government overrides our most basic freedom—the freedom of speech—and at the same time will undermine diversity, the “value” the Trudeau Liberals take pride the most in.
“Islamophobia” is used as a tool by political Islam to shut down criticism of Islam. At what point does western civilization demand that as a free society, all ideological matters conform to some common ground?
Can Canada simply ignore what is happening particularly in Europe, no-go-zones? Many places in Europe have become a breeding ground for radical Islam where they enforced their own sharia law.
Again, Canadians are worried that with the Rise of Islamic Extremism In Canada, the country is on its way to becoming like Europe, with no-go zones.
That is why we must keep the secular state and religion completely separate, so that no one’s religion, and in Islam’s case religious ideology, is given special treatment or singled out.
Our goal is, and must remain, equal treatment for all. Equality and pluralistic respect can only be achieved when the government acts constitutionally without bias or favoritism towards any particular religion or religious ideology.
Our Western Constitution is one that is founded upon the notion that all men, and women, are created equally, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, free from the harassment of oppressive tyranny inspired by dogma of any sort; religious or political.
In reference to the above, I urge you to take the time and read the following article by Canadian investigative journalist, Christine Williams – “Canadian parliament passes anti-Islamophobia motion!”
M-103 does NOT define Islamophobia and is Not inclusive but will only endanger and silence Canada’s freedom of speech. I urge you and all Parliamentarians to vote against Motion M-103 and to rescind Petition e-411.
Shabnam Assadollahi, Ottawa, ON.
Award-winning Human Rights Advocate; Former Child prisoner of Evin imprisoned by the Islamic Republic of Iran
REPLY FROM MP PETER KENT
I will be voting against Motion M-103 for the following reasons:
1) Abundant protection against discrimination and hate already exists in the Criminal Code of Canada and The Human Rights Act
2) The word “Islamaphobia” is a confected term that has a wide range of meanings and interpretations.
3) A “phobia” is a medical term that relates to an anxiety disorder. It is inappropriate to apply in Parliamentary debate.
4) Finally, I don’t believe the study proposed in Motion M-103 is worthy of a standing committee’s time or budget.
When I participated as a founding-member of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism, MPs agreed that it’s study would be conducted as a special, all-party committee, responsible for its own funding but reporting to Parliament.
Thank you for taking the time to write me expressing your genuine concerns for Motion-103. E-411 is an electronic petition and closed for signatures October 6, 2016.
Hon. Peter Kent, P.C., MP
House of Commons
Chambre des communes
Critic, Foreign Affairs
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs
MY REPLY TO MP PETER KENT
Dear MP Peter Kent,
Thank you for taking the time, reading my open letter and responding to it.
Did you know that the Quebec, and Ontario imams say apostates are to be executed by The Islamic State? I am an apostate—I left Islam when I was in my early teens in Iran and I am a convert from Islam to Christianity.
Here is my terrifying story.
The article “Quebec, Ontario imams say apostates to be executed by The Islamic State” published by CIJNews documents that Since 2015 Sheharyar Shaikh serves as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Kingston, Ontario and he also served as the President of the North American Muslim Foundation and the Imam of Masjid Qurtabah in Scarborough, Ont. In recent years, he also took part in Dawah (introducing Islam to disbelievers) with activists affiliated with the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square.
Supporter of the establishment of a Caliphate, or (The Islamic State), Sheharyar Shaikh believes that the Islamic Law (Sharia Law) is essential to maintain a healthy and moral society which can be achieved by using the Islamic punishments (execution, amputation, hanging , flogging etc.) as effective deterrents against potential criminals. In this regard he emphasized that punishment for apostates, Muslims who left Islam, is execution. The following are excerpts from a sermon entitled “There Is No Compulsion In Islam” which was delivered in English in 2013 (29:47-31:46):”
Please read the article and watch the Imams statements: http://en.cijnews.com/?p=199556
I have never heard in modern times of a Jew or Christian being killed for leaving their faith! It certainly is NOT common like it is in the Islamic world or the western world where there are enough “honor” killings to prove the barbarity of the sharia law.
Calling for the execution, or killing of anyone in Canada or abroad based on religion or faith should be a crime against humanity and included in our laws. Any and all Canadian imams caught saying or promoting this must be charged and deported if they hold dual citizenship.
Where are Prime Minister Trudeau, The Parliament of Canada, RCMP, Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, the Police, the Premieres, and those who are enforcing M-103 on all the “hate speech” coming from these quarters lately?
Why can’t we have a motion in parliament to remove this excrement from the country rather than punishing those who criticize this ideology?
Ms. Iqra Khalid should have tabled a motion requesting a study on why some Muslims insist on breaking our Canadian laws, promoting violence and demand preferential treatment. One illegal migrant crossing into Manitoba told CBC, “We need more sanctuary cities to protect us.” The US illegals just arrived here illegally and are demanding governments to change and accommodate more for the Islamic faith!
Shouldn’t everyone share equal rights? In Iran, under the Islamic laws women are denigrated as second class citizens. I openly share my personal story, along with comprehensive and troubling examples of the reality that all Iranian women face in my article published by Mackenzie Institute: “Islamic Sharia Law Vs Liberty, Equality and Democracy”. I stated: “As a defender and advocate for human rights, I strongly condemn Islamic Sharia Law, which is opposed to democracy, having the ultimate purpose to destroy liberty and dominate the world.” This article will leave one asking if enough is being done in the fight for the rights and freedoms of Iranian women compared to women in the West.
To read my article, please click here.
“Islamic Sharia Law Vs Liberty, Equality and Democracy” A comprehensive look at Islamic shariah law may surprise you. It could be closer to home than you think.
All cultures are NOT equal and anyone who respects a culture who bases their entire ideology and laws on “Honor Killings”, female genital mutilation, child brides as young as 8 years old, rape, marital rape, molestation, pedophilia and torture is to say that you respect the atrocities that it perpetrates. They can call themselves, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, Taliban, Al-Shabob, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, devout, extremist, etc. The common denominators are always Islam, the Quran, the Hadith and Sharia, which violates our Canadian Constitution and should not be practiced on Canadian soil and Islam’s sharia and ideology cannot coexist with our culture or constitution.
Please read my Op-ed: “Trudeau’s Multiculturalism”
Islam is far more of a political system than a religion. Islam is in the guise of a religion is actually a militant political ideology intended for conquering the world for the imaginary, Allah… It is indeed an open ended war against Jews and Christians until we convert to Islam, or are murdered, or enslaved. Historical record shows what happened to Persia, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, to name a few.
- There is no unmitigated good in Islam for the Kafir (non-Muslims, apostates or infidels).
- 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 Quran in a Muslim’s daily life….
Canada already has laws against inciting violence. Canada has laws to protect Canadians against discrimination based on their faith. Motion M-103 does NOT define “Islamophobia”, is Not inclusive, and will endanger Canada’s freedom of speech. Motion M-103 is undemocratic, immoral and unacceptable. This biased motion is a trait of totalitarian governments and not Canadian democracy!
I urge you and all Conservative Parliamentarians to please defeat Motion M-103 without ANY amendments and rescind Petition e-411 and sincerely I hope and trust that this biased Motion will be voted down and put to rest, permanently. Thank you.