I’ve changed my mind about M-103, the motion that may one day lead to making Islamophobia illegal. At first, I didn’t think it was needed since I didn’t believe Islamophobia was rampant in Canada but an incident at a suburban Toronto mall last weekend gave me pause.
A man, perhaps a Muslim, walked into the Winners store at Vaughan Mills and started yelling that he was visiting the store “in the name of Allah”. Shoppers ran out of the store looking for cover, some of them screaming.
He also said he was carrying a gun but didn’t say it was loaded and never fired it but the reaction of those shoppers was so typical of the stereotypes that prevail when you combine shouts of “Allahu Akbar” with the display of a firearm.
The poor gunman must have been shocked by what was clearly a rejection of both him and his faith.
Forget about the trigger on the guy’s gun! Can you imagine how triggered he was by the rude reception for professing his love for Mr. Allah?
I hope the authorities find the poor guy and richly compensate him for his hurt feelings and offer him a heartfelt apology for the lack of inclusiveness those scaredy-cat Winners shoppers displayed.
Surely, Canadians are better than that, and if we’re not, maybe we do need legislation to force us to think otherwise.