M-103: No, Sharia is Not the New Law in Canada

… But if you think that is the case, well maybe you’re just jonesing for the legitimization of your own racist leanings.

Yes, M-103, the controversial motion that would condemn anti-islam sentiment, passed today. And it wasn’t even close: 201-91. Sorry, Muslim haters. Better luck next time.

Iqra Khalid

Iqra Khalid

The private members’ motion, first introduced by Iqra Khalid in December 2016, was viewed critically by the Conservative Party, as well as by average citizens. A poll released earlier in the day by Angus Reid, suggests that if the fate of the motion had been up to the public and not the politicians, M-103 would have been defeated.

So what’s the problem with M-103 passing? Why are so many people in the Tory base taking to Twitter now and decrying the death of Canada and ‘FREE SPEECH RIP’? Could it be some people are so beholden to an ideology that relies on the vilification of The Other (in this case Muslims in general, but Islam more broadly) that what they incorrectly interpret as a threat to their vaunted “Canadian Values,” is just the sensible backlash of the enlightened majority?

Kellie Leitch and Chris Alexander will be frothing at the mouth, if they aren’t already. Tomorrow, conservative blogs will bay for Justin Trudeau’s head. (Well, frothier than a regular Friday rant). And pity poor Ms. Khalid. What warm bipartisan sentiments await her social media channels and voicemail? She may wish to take a long weekend … and hope for an NHL scandal to break out by Monday morning.

Like anti-semitism, Islamophobia has become a heated political debate between so-called free speech warriors on one side of the debate and the non-racist Menschen on the other. So just to recap for the slow people in the class:

  • Sharia is not the new law in town.  Our good ol’ Charter of Rights and Freedoms is still worth the paper it was written on.
  • Being a racist asshole, inside or outside of government, has not been outlawed … the rest of the country just isn’t going to let you get off easy with that shit anymore.
  • You’re still allowed to be ignorant … but keep the ugliness to yourself, because, we’re sick to the back teeth of having this debate. (Jews, Irish, Blacks, LGBT+ … you’re hope for the legalization of your backwoods upbringing is getting old.)

In an age of Trump, Putin, Brexit, Le Pen, and that crazy motherfucker in the Philippines, it’s nice to get some good news out of the government for a change.

Hugs and kisses to all Muslims reading this!

Here is the full text of M-103. For more info click here.

Systemic racism and religious discrimination

Text of the Motion

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making, (ii) collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and that the Committee should present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


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