Friday, April 14, 2017

Actions Speak Louder Than Words (Which Is Why That Anti-Islamophbia Motion Is Going to Be So Detrimental to Our Free Speech)

Farzana Hassan wants to know why Iqra Khalid, the Liberal MP who spearheaded the Trudeau government's anti-Islamophobia motion isn't similarly concerned about those who do bad things in the name of Islam. Khalid, writes Hassan,
would have us condemn Islamophobia because she believes it is the ethical thing to do.  
But what about her sense of fairness when it comes to recognizing and repudiating acts of Islamist violence? 
To be logically and ethically consistent, she ought to have introduced motions condemning misogyny, FGM, terror, hatred and bigotry among the extremists in her own community. 
The current parliament has seen the highest number of Muslim MPs - hardly a sign of systemic racism. Will any of these Muslim parliamentarians – Omar Alghabra, Salma Zahid, Arif Virani, Ahmed Hussen or Iqra Khalid herself and others– move to condemn terror on behalf of all Canadian Muslims? Anyone? 
No collective blame is being assigned here. However, the old adage still holds true, that it is the inaction of good people that perpetuates evil.
True enough. But given the grave harm that M-103 is likely to inflict, it would be helpful to acknowledge that evil can also be perpetuated by the actions of the good, especially by those who like to bask in the glow of their own virtue signaling.

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