Motion-103 was passed in the Canadian parliament on March 23 by a vote of 201-91. This motion lets the government set up a committee to investigate offensive speech, discrimination, and harassment against Muslims.
The problem with this motion, though, is that we already have laws that protect anyone, including religious minorities, from offensive speech, discrimination, and harassment.
It seems that, on top of the fact that they’re already protected, our government feels like we need to further cater to the whims of Muslims.
That’s not the part that pisses me off the most, though. The motion itself is unclear and vague. The interpretation of this motion can lead to a mild or a heavy corrosion on our fundamental rights and freedoms.
For starters, the wording of the motion conflates Islam with a race.
So if you’re dark-skinned, like I am, apparently hating and fearing Islam is hating and fearing myself because I’m also hating and fearing my own race.
The most important criticism of this motion, though, derives from the its wording. It uses the term “Islamophobia.”
I’ll show you examples of so-called “Islamophobic” cartoons, YouTube comments, ISIS videos and more.
It’s all incredibly arbitrary, and we shouldn’t base our laws on arbitrary definitions of what’s bigoted.
In the near future, it might be illegal in Canada for me to say that much of Islam and the Muslim world is terrible and we need to empower them to change that.
It’ll be illegal in Canada because our own government would think I’m a racist for saying it.