“The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) issued a guidebook for ‘Islamic Heritage Month’ that includes a definition of ‘Islamophobia.’ As pointed out by B’nai Brith Canada, the definition was disturbingly broad, including defining ‘Islamphobia’ as ‘fear, prejudice, hatred or dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, or towards Islamic politics or culture.’”
Dislike of Islamic politics. That means dislike of the Sharia denial of the freedom of speech and the freedom of conscience, and of the equality of rights of women and non-Muslims. That means dislike of Sharia Jew-hatred. That means dislike of stonings, amputations, honor killing, female genital mutilation, and the rest.
“And while the TDSB backed down when people got angry about their dangerous definition, they only did so when they got caught. They were obviously trying to sneak that ‘Islamic politics’ line through so they could suppress speech later on – exactly as M-103 supporters want to do.”
Indeed. This is by no means over. Leftists and Islamic supremacists have for years now claimed that dislike of or opposition to Sharia oppression was exactly the same thing as hatred of Muslims. Now Canada is on the way to enshrining this vicious and false conflation into law.
When M-103 was first introduced, it sparked a strong and sustained backlash from Canadians. As I reported in March, a poll showed that an overwhelming majority of respondents thought M-103 should have been changed to either remove the focus on one religion (40%), or mention all religions (31%). Just 14% wanted it kept as is, a clear rejection of M-103 by the Canadian people.
Yet, the Trudeau government ignored the will of Canadians and pushed ahead, and continued their effort to not only pretend Islamist terrorism isn’t a threat, but suppress the ability of Canadians to speak out against it.
That’s why so many Canadians were opposed to M-103. Not just because of the wording of the Motion, but because of the attitude of the Trudeau government and the politically correct elites. We know that they want to use the power of government to stop Canadians from being able to speak freely, and M-103 is only a stepping stone towards their goal of using “political correctness” to destroy freedom of speech.
Now, a recent controversy in the Toronto District School Division shows yet again why Canadians have every right to be worried about M-103.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) issued a guidebook for “Islamic Heritage Month” that includes a definition of “Islamophobia.” As pointed out by B’nai Brith Canada, the definition was disturbingly broad, including defining “Islamphobia” as “fear, prejudice, hatred or dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, or towards Islamic politics or culture.”
That is exactly what opponents of M-103 feared. That any criticism of Islam (which must be open to critique in a free society), would be called “Islamophobia” and suppressed. As B’nai Brith pointed out, the TDSB definition of “Islamophobia” as including “Islamic politics” could mean that someone who criticized the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia or the persecution of gay people in much of the middle east could be seen as “Islamophobic.”
And while the TDSB backed down when people got angry about their dangerous definition, they only did so when they got caught. They were obviously trying to sneak that “Islamic politics” line through so they could suppress speech later on – exactly as M-103 supporters want to do….