Freedom of religion should not reduce freedom of speech. The premises of freedom of religion is that belief is a private affair that state should not interfere with religions. However, any religion that goes outside the private boundary by infringing public interest and even interfering with our legislation is a danger to the principle of separation of state and church.
I am nor against Islam as a religion. What I am against are those who make the religion a social movement and a political movement. Whoever cannot follow their movement is labeled as Islamophobia. M-103 is the first step to turn Canada into a caliphate.
We had the Chinese Exclusion Act in our history that singled out one ethnic group in our law. It was unfair to that ethnic group. M-103 single our one specific religion, and this is unfair to all other faiths and beliefs. Our law should be blind to race and religion. Any legislation specifies a specific ethnic group or a specific religion is wrong. M-103 is destroying Canada. No religion should have specific privilege above the public interest. M-103 will entitle Muslim to enforce halal food in our public schools and no one can criticize it. M-103 will enable Muslim to enforce Sharia Law in Canada and no one can criticize it.
The language of “Islamophobia” in M-103 is wrong because there have never been systematic racism and discrimination against the Islamic community in Canada. The only systematic racism and discrimination happened in Canadian history was the Chinese Exclusion Act. If our government want to prevent systematic racism and discrimination happen again, please replace the wording of “Islamophobia” with “Sinophobia”. Please use a real reference, not a hypothetical one. If Canadian has not the courage to face a real one, then we are yielding to the pressure of sharia law by passing the Motion M-103.
There are more cases of Islam extremist terrorizing the public than insignificant events of extreme Islamophobia. If a terrorist does not represent the Islam religion, then neither Islamophobia represents the whole public. Comparing the numbers of violence of both extremes, we should condemn more on Islam extremist than on Islamophobia. If we avoid mentioning Islam when condemning terrorist, please don’t mention Islamophobia when we condemn xenophobia.
( Xiaoming Guo )