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Gatestone Institute: When the Law Opposes the Truth Rather Than Protects It

Would we be allowed to ask who ISIS are inspired by? Would they be allowed to say that the perpetrator was a Muslim? Would they be allowed to say that there is a tradition of violence within the Islamic religion which has sadly permitted just such actions for a rather long time. Or would they have to lie? The Canadian government suffers from many things. Among them is bad timing. On Thursday of last week, the Canadian Parliament voted through a blasphemy law specifically designed to protect Islam. As Al-Jazeera was happy to report on Friday, the previous day's vote condemned "Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination." The non-binding motion that the Parlia

Jihad Watch - Canadians Duped: A Victorious Day for Islamic Supremacists

The Canadian House of Commons passed anti-Islamophobia motion (M-103) on Thursday, leaving opponents stunned that protests and tens of thousands of Canadian signatures to petitions calling for rejection of the motion were ignored. M-103 was touted as advancing tolerance, inclusiveness and racial harmony, but instead it bestows a special status to Muslims and is a first step in edging Canada down a dangerous path, eroding the freedom of speech and potentially leading to the censorship of reporting on crimes committed by Muslims in the name of Islam. Even after the cover-up of the UK’s “grooming gangs” and the eventual revelation that up to “one million white English children” may have been vi

Toronto Sun: M-103 process lacked transparency

A dash to the finish is not always a win. A well intentioned motion, with the potential to result in a greater sense of community and awareness between Canadians, now also has the ability to isolate, misinform and perpetuate the violence and hate it intends to eliminate. Canadians have raised concerns with the anti-Islamophobia motion M-103, brought by Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid. Instead of listening to their concerns and encouraging discussion on a topic that affects most communities in Canada, the government chose to end the parliamentary debate. If the government had been willing to encourage dialogue on the topic, they would have heard Canadians want more answers. The has

National Post: M-103 has passed. And what today has changed for the better?

The basic question to ask the supporters of the contentious anti-Islamophobic motion is has it any utility? Will it do anything? Will it change attitudes for the better? If there is a stock of genuine Islamophobia in Canada, will recording this motion decrease it, or move to decrease it? That, I presume, was the priority consideration in the minds that brought it forth. Obviously, they must have thought it would, for otherwise there would be no point in issuing it, arguing for it, and stirring the quite considerable debate it already has. For the motion itself, and the politics that attended it, have not been without contention. The questions raised on its wording were legitimate. Why th

Toronto Sun: The cynical saga of M-103 continues

Canadians could have joined together and roundly condemn all forms of racism and discrimination. The M-103 conversation should have been one about unity and consensus. We could have learned from each other and moved forward together. This never happened. Because crass politics got in the way. Conservative MPs and the vast majority of public sentiment had concerns about Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s M-103, a motion to tackle racism that needlessly singled out “Islamophobia” for special treatment. Canadians had questions. The Liberals weren’t prepared to offer answers. Why was “Islamophobia” featured so prominently? And how did Khalid and her Liberal colleagues define the phrase? For so

Toronto Sun: Canadians watching, waiting for M-103 next steps

There were two social media posts made in the aftermath of Canada’s M-103 anti-Islamophobia vote that perfectly illustrate where the issue is headed. And make no mistake the issue is indeed headed somewhere. It’s certainly not over now that the vote has happened, which saw it pass 201-91 Thursday evening. If anything, the conversation is only ramping up. This is because Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s motion calls for a committee study to be completed within 240 days and report back to the House of Commons with recommendations on how to tackle racism, discrimination and the ill-defined phenomenon of Islamophobia. So where do we go from here? A Twitter post from Foreign Affairs Minister Chry

Find out how your MP voted in the House of Commons on M-103, the anti-Islamophobia motion

At about 3:50 pm EST, Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2017, the following motion was put to the House of Commons: That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a com

VIDEO: Canadians from Iran, Pakistan don't support "Islamophobia" motion

TheRebel.media has produced this powerful 4 minute video featuring Muslims explaining why they are opposed to M-103. The first person interviewed in this video is Salman, an Iranian Muslim who fled to Canada because he was a student activist involved in the green revolution. He is extremely opposed to M-103.

Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens Call For Rally Against M-103 on Tuesday March 21, 12pm-2pm,

RALLY AGAINST MOTION 103 When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (at 12:00pm). Where: In front of the Ottawa Parliament and in front of every City Halls throughout Canada and the Province of Québec. What to prepare in advance: CALL YOUR LOCAL POLICE Please call your local Police in advance, and twice. First call, 24 hours before the event and second call, 1 hour before the event. This, in order to notify the Police force of a peaceful protesting event and to secure protection in case established Islamic groups show up, the Black Lives Matter (BLM), the Anti-Fascist Group (Antifa), the Communist Parties and the Islamist Parties. Be conscious that these groups may show up at any time to try and int

VIDEO: News Conference – Motion M-103 - March 20, 2017

Headline Politics On March 20, 2017, Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms discussed concerns with Motion M-103 on Islamophobia, debated last month in the House of Commons. Click here or on the graphic below for video of the news conference.

Talking to your MP about M-103: 5 great rules for successful public advocacy

One of the ways you can Take Action is calling/visiting your MP for a conversation about Motion M-103 to let him/her know their constituents feelings about this important matter, which they have been elected to represent in government. Here are 5 rules for successful public advocacy, and details on each to successfully get your message across: Have a clear and concise message: - Maximize your brevity - use an economy of words to enhance delivery of your ideas - Make your message specific and personal, i.e. what is the impact on the listener - keep in mind that people “buy” ideas, and they remember emotion before they remember facts - In creating your message, use words with value; pe

VIDEO: Editorial video explores M-103 - Could it be the first step towards Sharia?

This editorial video explores the history of Motion M-103 and includes several interviews exploring the Muslim perspective, interspersed with comments and analysis from the video author. the introduction of Motion M-103 interviews with Muslims about their reaction to the motion comments with Greg Fergus, Quebec Liberal MP interview with a Christian from Pakistan commenting on sharia and the blasphemy law comments from Sam Harris, author of Waking Up excerpt from a video commentary by Dr. Jordan Peterson on how we are unable to criticize Islam in any way

Analyzing Petition e-411 (Islam) - A Letter to All Canadian Members of Parliament

Before M-103 there was the Parliament of Canada Petition e-411 (Islam). This petition was essential to Motion M-103 as it was called upon to inform a 240-day "study period" dedicated to making recommendations on how a "whole of Government approach" could be used to "better reflect...the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms." The petition was riddled with unsupported assumptions, clichés and notions that, if left unchallenged, stand to taint the proposed study period proceedings. Here's a line-by-line analysis of the Petition. Get a coffee first as the read is long but worthwhile. Analyzing-Petition-e-411-(Islam)- A-Letter-to-All-Canadian-Members-of-Parliament.pdf

Send a Letter to Your MP - Sample Letter

You can make a difference. Send a letter to your MP and let them know your opposition to Motion M-103. Below is a sample letter to get you started - please edit and personalize this, and then send it off to your MP today. Dear Member of Parliament (or insert name), A motion will come before the House of Parliament on March 22, 2017, referred to as M-103, that requests the Government of Canada assign a study to the Heritage Canada Committee to consider the extent and impact of racism and Islamophobia in the country, and to report back to the House, potentially recommending legislation. Since this motion was proposed, it has raised alarm across Canada, in all sectors and communities, especiall

C3RF Press Conference: Monday March 20, 2017 - 12-12:30pm

Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms invites you to attend a press conference on our concerns about Motion M-103, the Private Member’s motion introduced by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid. When: Monday, March 20, 2017 Where: Charles Lynch Press Conference Room (130-S) Centre Block, Parliament Hill Ottawa, Ontario Time: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Contacts: David Nitkin: david@ethicscan.ca, 416-783-6776 Russ Cooper: russ_cooper@rogers.com, 613-899-6349 Madeline Weld: madweld@rogers.com, 613-862-2018

Press Release from C3RF

Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms (C3RF) is a group of Canadians who have come together to address Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid’s Motion M-103, a motion that stands to adversely impact the ability of Canadians to express themselves freely. Members of the group come from many religious and ethnic communities and many have long histories as human rights advocates. The group supports the rule of law in accordance with Canadian traditions and strives to ensure freedom of expression and the equality rights of women and the LGBTQ community. Motion M-103 flows from the House of Commons “E-411 (Islam)” petition and both documents call up the term, "Islamophobia". Motion M-103 go

Press Kit - Motion M-103

Please find below a link to the Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights & Freedoms Press Kit, presenting the “free speech” side of the debate surrounding M-103. This PDF was prepared by Major (Ret’d) Russ Cooper. The 30 page PDF contains the following: Understanding motion M-103 Human rights, free speech and Sharia Origins of the term “Islamophobia” Impact of anti-“Islamophobia” on speech in other jurisdictions Debunking Liberal talking points Related articles Click here to download the PDF. (note: Press Kit updated as of May 29, 2017)

Q & A Re: Motion M-103

Q: Who is the Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms (C3RF)? A: We are a group of Canadians from many religious and ethnic communities. Many of us have long histories as human rights advocates. We believe in Canadian values and the rule of Canadian law. We believe in freedom of expression and support the equality rights of all Canadians. Q: What is the problem with M-103? A: The term “Islamophobia” is not defined in the motion or in Canadian law. The MP who introduced the motion, Iqra Khalid, says that it refers to discrimination against Muslims. This understanding runs counter to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) definition of “Islamophobia” as “an excessive fear

National Post: Barbara Kay - Understanding the jihadi mind (I hope this column isn’t Islamophobic)

M-103 is a motion before Parliament that seeks to condemn (undefined) “Islamophobia” as a phenomenon distinct from hatred directed at individual members of all minorities. M-103 rests its case for particularity on wording from a petition, E-411, stating Islamist jihadis “do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam. … They in no way represent the religion.” The petitionists may sincerely believe in the truth of their statement. But they are indulging in pure wishful thinking, according to Graeme Wood, correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, Yale lecturer and author of the new book, Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State. Wood, an Arabic-spe

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