As we enter a new year, politicians seem to be ready to ratchet up their control on citizens’ thoughts. Political correctness has taken over in our education system and now governments want to punish us for speaking out. What are the dangers of legislation concerning Islamophobia?
In many industrialized world, there seems to be a reaction to governments’ bad policies regarding the influx of immigrants from Islamic countries as a result of increasing terrorists attacks, citizens are expressing their feelings about Islam. However governments are imposing laws that protects free speech against Islam, but not against any other religion. The meme of “Islamophobia” is now used to muzzle citizens’ angst and fears.
The late Christopher Hitchens said that Islamophobia – "A word created by fascists and used by cowards to manipulate morons." Well it seems that the Trudeau government has chosen the path of using the word to manipulate public discourse and garner votes by controlling speech. Furthermore his actions since becoming Prime Minister have shown a complete lack of distinction between photo-ops and policy making. It is said that one may be guilty by association. Well Trudeau’s association with certain groups and more importantly his public pronouncements, or lack of it, about terrorism clearly shows a bias.
From an unbiased point of view, I would agree that singling out Muslims as a violent monolith, would be very wrong, but ignoring that the majority of terrorism acts have been perpetrated by people either of the Islamic faith or affiliated to an Islamic Jihadist group would be very dangerous.
What is truly disturbing is that many governments are now influencing the media in their reporting of terrorism. In Canada as in other countries the media and governments take a long time to declare an incident as an act of terrorism, even when it is clear that it is perpetrated by a Jihadists shouting ‘Allahu Akbar”. Recently in Edmonton a truck was used to plough into a crowd as the driver proclaim his faith, but to date the crime has yet to be labelled an act of terrorism.
Our Prime Minister mistakenly takes every opportunity to show his policy of ‘inclusiveness, and diversity by associating himself with causes and persons of dubious affiliations. To ensure that his message gets across he encourages laws to be passed in Parliament to either control speech or even punish speech against Islamic terrorism.
Trudeau’s silence on the protest in Iran is further proof of his political position. It seems that he is following a script used by Obama during his presidency. Play along to be loved by everybody, and yet ignore the risks posed by Islamic terrorism. What is interesting is that in Canada we are using laws to protect the use of the Niqab, and Burka, while today the women of Iran are removing their Hijab in protest against a regime that oppresses them through laws that imposes what they can wear.
In recent past, Trudeau has met publicly with the returning family of Joshua Boyle, who is now been charged with criminal offences. Boyle is the man who converted to Islam married and then divorced Zaynab Khadr, who once lived in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Afghanistan. Zaynab Khadr is the sister of the convicted terrorist Omar Khadr .What is being ignored is that Boyle decided to take his wife to Afghanistan and was captured by the Haqqani network, who according to his statements had offered him to join them. His whole story of abduction and torture, is still debatable, or are yet to be confirmed. The question is why Trudeau would decide to make his meeting with the family so public?. Why would his government agree to give $10.5 million to Omar Khadr and considering similar legal cases by former terrorists to get compensations?
Sam Harris said: “There is no such thing as Islamophobia. his is a term of propaganda designed to protect Islam from the forces of secularism by conflating all criticism of it with racism and xenophobia.” If Harris is correct, should we not be worried that our Canadian free speech rights are being infringed for political reasons?
What worries me is that governments may use their powers to muzzle ordinary citizens from expressing their concerns about a religious threat of terrorism. I have many friends of the Islamic faith, I know that they are not terrorists, but I must also acknowledge that given past terrorist acts that there is a certain element emanating from that faith that threatens us. Does that mean that as a writer and member of the public, I will be under the scrutiny of my government and perhaps charged with a hate crime for expressing my opinion? Has Canada under the Trudeau government reached a point where censorship has reached Stalinist proportions? Is it time to question the actions of the Prime Minister or is it too late?