The Canadian Parliament is debating a motion urging the government to “condemn Islamophobia” and “quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear.” Motion 103, or M-103 as it is commonly called, was introduced in the House of Commons by Iqra Khalid, a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) and a Pakistan-born Muslim Canadian.
Not long after an attack on a Quebec mosque in late January, the motion is now being debated in the House of Commons. It calls on the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to undertake a study on what the government could do to reduce or eliminate systemic racism including Islamophobia and to present its findings no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of the motion.
The motion has generated passionate debate between supporters and opponents, and has raised at least five serious points of contention:
- The motion is based on the unsubstantiated assumption that anti-Muslim sentiment is growing in Canada
- The motion fails to identify or define “Islamophobia”
- The motion threatens to curb free-speech
- The motion illogically prioritizes one sort of religious freedom over others
- The motion falls into the errors of hate-crime and hate-speech legislation
These and other arguments would suggest that the best way for government to counteract violence against groups or individuals is not by stifling debate or trying to sway public opinion, but by making it clear that certain behavior will not be tolerated, regardless of one’s motives or intentions.
Source: Breitbart News Network