In many parts of the Muslim world, if you criticize Islam or Sharia law in a public fashion, you will suffer the consequences, among which could range from multiple lashings to a lengthy prison term, or even to public execution by hanging or beheading as carried out in Iran and Saudi Arabia. Outside of the Muslim world, speaking out against Islam won’t get you the death penalty, but in Canada, as Christine Douglass-Williams, a member of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Board and critic of Islam quickly learned, her negative comments about Sharia law resulted in her being fired.
The Epoch Times Christine Douglass-Williams was a director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) from 2012 to late 2017, and she has documented her story in a courageous new book: Fired by the Canadian Government for Criticizing Islam. Published in September by the Center for Security Policy—a conservative-leaning think tank in Washington—this 103-page story leaves no doubt about the swift enforcement of political correctness under the Liberal Party government.
A bi-racial migrant from Trinidad and Tobago and self-described “visible minority,” Williams is an accomplished journalist and expert on Islam, author of The Challenge of Modernizing Islam. As a widely read contributor to Jihad Watch and sought-after speaker, she became a victim of her own success. Her profile rose to include engagements throughout Canada and abroad, notably in Iceland alongside Robert Spencer, author of The Truth about Muhammad and a fellow of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Her concerns about the nature of Sharia law, particularly its implications for women and migrant integration, were right out in the open and never kept a secret. However, as her perspective garnered traction, murmurings grew.
At a May 2017 event in Reykjavik, titled “Everything You Wanted to Know about Islam but Were Afraid to Ask,” she offered a “personal warning to Icelanders.” She believed the Icelandic population was “being duped,” and she warned that “Westerners need to be street smart as citizens of a culture that idolizes multiculturalism.”
“Islamic supremacists will smile at you, invite you to their gatherings, make you feel loved and welcome, but they do it to deceive you and to overtake you, your land and your freedoms. … [Sharia] stipulates—among other abuses—death for apostasy, death for gays, a lower value to women, and the full covering of women.”
Whether her statements were accurate or not was never the topic of discussion among her peers in the federal government. Rather, a wave of cheap name-calling grew and eventually submerged her. You can imagine the pejoratives that sought to punish her, which they did.
After progressive media outlets got their knickers in a twist over her comments in Iceland, she came under heightened scrutiny and received a warning call from CRRF Chairman Albert Lo. In Williams’s words, she “was being watched by certain bureaucrats in the Department of Heritage.”
On December 20, after a complaint to the federal government from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, she received the formal termination of her role with the CRRF.
The CRRF dismissal and its lead-up only form one third of “Fired,” which is appropriate given that the implications carry more weight than the one personal experience. The implications stem from the grounds used to justify the decision and the shariah sympathizers and advocates who have infiltrated Ottawa.
The decision came in the wake of the notorious Motion 103, introduced by Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid and passed by the House of Commons 201-91 in March 2017. This infantile motion against “systemic racism and religious discrimination” alleged an “increasing public climate of hate and fear.”
M-103 condemned “Islamophobia” without defining the term and called for “a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating” it. While purporting to target religious discrimination, M-103 failed to mention a single religion aside from Islam. The parliamentary secretary to Joy during Williams’s dismissal happened to be an M-103 advocate—Member of Parliament Arif Virani, a Muslim migrant from Uganda.
The entire Canadian federal government is now, free speech be damned, responsible for a campaign to eliminate undefined Islamophobia. Prominent conservative journalist Ezra Levant knows what lawfare this can lead to, after he published a Muhammad cartoon and faced the Alberta Human Rights Commission in 2008.
Although Levant eventually prevailed, he has since faced a litany of lawsuits from what he describes as the human-rights industry. M-103 will be another weapon against outspoken commentators like Levant and Mark Steyn, codifying that blasphemy against Islam will not be tolerated in Canada, in line with Sharia law.