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Open Letter To MP Iqra Khalid: Withdraw Motion 103
Dear MP Iqra Khalid,
I have learned of Motion 103 that you brought up.
I believe the Motion is faulty, and I suggest you to withdraw the Motion.
The reasons are:
1. The Motion is not religion-neutral, which is against the principle that our Government should follow.
According to Justice LeBel J., freedom of religion is imposing "a duty of state neutrality." The role of the state, he wrote, is to act "as an essentially neutral intermediary in relations between the various denominations and between those denominations and civil society."
The Motion specifically emphasized "Islamophobia" on two accounts, but not any other religion, as an prime example of "racism and religious discrimination".
As a matter of fact, Muslims are not the largest target of religion-motivated hate crimes. According to numbers in 2013, the top victim is the Jewish community, accounting for 56%; whereas the Muslim community accounts for about 20%.
If a typical example of victim of "racism and religious discrimination" has to be chosen, the Muslim community is not the top candidate.
Also, to justify not removing the reference to "Islamophobia" in the Motion, MP Iqra Khalid suggests that: "I will not do so, any more than I would speak to the Holocaust and not mention that the overwhelming majority of victims were six million followers of the Jewish faith and that anti-Semitism was the root cause of the Holocaust,"
Interestingly, talking about the "Holocaust", there were something already happened:
- As early as in 2005: The Muslim leaders in the UK called for "the abolition of Holocaust Memorial Day", because "it is offensive to the Muslims". They argued that Holocaust Memorial Day did not include the holocaust of Muslims.
- On January 27, 2017: The White released a Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, without mentioning of the word "Jews".
Facing critics, the White House said that Jews had been omitted from the statement on purpose because other victims also suffered and died in the Holocaust
Now MP Iqra Khalid, please answer:
If you were right, then can we say that those Muslim leaders and the current US president were wrong?
2. The Motion is totally unnecessary and a waste of time and tax money.
The "freedom of conscience and religion" is in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and hate crimes are being punished by the law. These provide equal protection to individuals of ALL religion, with Islam included.
3. Because of the Motion, there IS a threat to free speech, a fundamental human right and freedom as in our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
MP Iqra Khalid, if you do not agree, please read this report, explain to me what happened:
The "Emergency Rally for Free Speech" was initially scheduled for Feb 15 at a Toronto hotel ...Until the phone rang with some strange news.
It seems the hotel got a "threatening" call and decided it didn't want to have such an event after all. They cancelled the contract.
If this kind of threat is not toward "free speech", then I do not know what it is. I think this can be called "Free Speech Phobia".
Just as you can justify the Motion 103, may I ask you to propose another Motion, to request the government, to "recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear, toward FREE SPEECH"?
Why is Motion 103, as faulty and controversial as it is, is proposed and still being pushed forward? The only reason I can think of is double-standard.
I am so disappointed, as I feel as an MP in my government, you are biased, and I am losing my faith in my government.
Once again, MP Iqra Khalid, withdraw M-103, it is just not right.
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