But I bet a motion condemning all forms of “stupidophobia” by liberals would pass. A motion condemning all forms of Islamophobia failed to get the unanimous consent of the House of Commons after Conservative MPs stood opposed. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, who proposed the motion, expressed his profound disappointment.
Was there an effort to define ‘Islamophobia’? Who gets to decide where justified criticism of Islam ends and so-called ‘Islamophobia’ begin? Was there any attempt to draw that line? Dumb motion from the get-go, designed to make anyone who opposed it look like a bigot, but mostly, it was a blatant assault on free speech…reflective of Islamic sharia laws against blasphemy in Islam.
IQRA The petition that was initiated by Quebec resident Samer Majzoub, President of the Canadian Muslim Forum, and sponsored by the Federal Liberal MP for Pierrefonds-Dollard, Frank Bayliss closed on Thursday evening.
On Wednesday, New Democratic Party Leader Tom Mulcair attempted to introduce a motion based on the Muslim-created petition in the House of Commons.
“Mr. Speaker, in a moment I will be seeking unanimous consent for an important motion based on the e-petition sponsored by the Hon. Member for Pierrefonds—Dollard that asks that we, the House of Commons, condemn all forms of Islamophobia,” Mulcair said in the House of Commons.
The full text of the petition to the House of Commons (contains nothing but lies)
Islam is a religion of over 1.5 billion people worldwide. Since its founding more than 1400 years ago, Muslims have (NOT) contributed, and continue to contribute, to the positive development of human civilization. This encompasses all areas of human endeavors including the arts, culture, science, medicine, literature, and much more;
Recently an infinitesimally small (10% OF 1.5 BILLION is SMALL?) number of extremist individuals have conducted terrorist activities while claiming to speak for the religion of Islam. Their actions have been used as a pretext for a notable rise of anti-Muslim sentiments in Canada; and
These violent individuals do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam (They ARE the teachings of Islam, just read the quran) . In fact, they misrepresent the religion. We categorically reject all their activities. (LIE. If you follow Islam, you support them) They in no way represent the religion, the beliefs and the desire of Muslims to co-exist in peace with all peoples of the world.
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.
House of Commons Speaker, Geoff Regan asked if Mulcair had unanimous consent to move the motion — which was met by a chorus of ‘no’ responses from the Conservative bench, according to the NDP. “There is really no excuse to block an attempt to have Parliament denounce Islamophobia in all its forms,” said Mulcair in a release that accuses Conservative MPs of blocking the introduction of the motion.
(How about a petition to block the Canadian Prime Minister from making stupid remarks?)
Ottawa Citizen Last week, NDP leader Tom Mulcair introduced a motion in Parliament to condemn Islamophobia by unanimous consent, based on a parliamentary e-petition sponsored by Liberal MP Frank Baylis , which garnered an 70,000 (mainly Muslim) signatures.
One would think Conservatives would welcome the opportunity to make amends by endorsing a symbolic parliamentary declaration against a rising form of prejudice and racism. (What “race” is Islam?)
The motion could have easily passed. It was merely a symbolic gesture to disavow hate and reassure Canadian Muslims that their parliamentarians care about them (Why should they?) . Yet a large number of Conservative MPs yelled nay, preventing a unanimous vote.
(I bet they would have passed this motion)
As we have seen south of the border, the failure of political leaders to clearly disavow hate can provide cover for haters to come out of the cracks. It is not unreasonable for Canadian Muslims to conclude that an MP who refuses to condemn Islamophobia may condone or even sympathize with anti-Muslim hatred.
Are some Conservatives in denial about this form of discrimination? They shouldn’t be. “The more we assume that race is limited to skin colour, the less we understand about contemporary racism faced by Muslims at home and abroad,” notes sociologist Craig Considine.
Or maybe the MPs in question have never considered what it’s like to be a visibly Muslim woman attacked while out with your children, yelled at, or spat on, simply for wearing a headscarf. Or what it’s like to find your campus plastered with hate-filled posters, as occurred in Calgary last week. Is it really that much to ask politicians of all stripes to condemn such behaviour?
It’s a sad day for Canadian pluralism when our elected officials refuse to stand up to those who would scapegoat and seek to harm entire communities for the actions of a few. (It depends what your definition of “few” is)
Many Canadians still remember the failed, but deeply hurtful, strategy of marginalizing Muslims during the last federal election yet incidences of hate and intolerance spiked as Stephen Harper made his last stand at the expense of Canadian Muslims.
One would think Conservatives would welcome the opportunity to make amends by endorsing a symbolic parliamentary declaration against a rising form of prejudice and racism.