Thursday, October 20, 2016

Would You Sign This Petition?

It reads:
We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to join us in recognizing that extremist individuals do not represent the religion of Islam, and in condemning all forms of Islamophobia.
The petition requires, in other words, that you close your eyes to the reality that jihadis (a.k.a. generic "extremist individuals") are motivated to wage jihad because they are commanded to do so by/in Islam's holy texts.

Not surprisingly, almost 77,000 Canadians have signed on to this comforting fiction. Many did so, I suspect, because of the second part of the above statement--that it's a way of "condemning all forms of Islamophobia." (All forms? Meaning there's more than one?)

A bloke named Samer Mazjoub, who describes himself as an "initiator" of this petition, is delighted by the result. He writes:
Based on the solid support that the petition e-411 got from Canadians, a motion to condemn all forms of Islamophobia was submitted, on Oct 5, 2016, to the House of Commons for unanimous approval by all MPs. Although the unanimous motion didn't pass through due to the refusal of a small group of Conservative representatives out of the 338 members in the House of Commons, the fact that it earned the consent of the vast majority of other legislators proves that the Islamophobia is becoming a true Canadian concern.  
Surely, the trip to recognize and to condemn discrimination, as it is a total contradiction to Canadian values, has not come to an end yet. Canadians from all stripes of social, political, racial and religious backgrounds are coming together at a much faster pace to stand united up to hate and smear campaigns against their fellow citizens.
You know what's a real contradiction of Canadian values? The idea that "Islamophobia"--a faux phobia invented by those determined to further the Islamist agenda--is rampant and requires parliamentary action (i.e. a curtailment of free speech) to be stopped.

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