Written Submissions to the Heritage Committee
In this written submission to the Heritage Committee, P.M. from New Brunswick addresses Heritage Committee Chair Hedy Fry with serious concerns about criminalizing free speech, the legitimacy of criticizing Islam for its ongoing pursuit of Sharia expansion and violation of women's rights, and provides links to articles and documents supporting why Canadians actually do have compelling, rational reasons to be concerned about Islam.
P.M. from New Brunswick
Dear Ms Hedy Fry,
Regarding the ongoing Heritage Committee hearings about Islamophobia Motion M-103:
Please keep in mind that religion is already protected by anti-hate-crime laws and by the Charter. There is NO need for any additional laws. Moreover, there has been NO significant outbreak of hate crimes against Muslims in Canada.
To be clear: Please do NOT criminalize free speech. Our freedom of speech is a basic right for all Canadians. But not only is it a right, it is also an enormous benefit for our society. For example, if people have irrational prejudices, they can debate them in the open – where they can be refuted. Canadians already handle this very well, so we don't need censorship. In contrast, criminalizing complaints would only drive them underground, where they would fester, without exposure to rational argument.
Regarding Canadians' concerns about Islam, they are in fact largely justified. For example, since the 1970s, 20,000 people have been killed and 50,000 have been injured by Islamic terrorist attacks worldwide, according to this Wikipedia article:
Should Canadians not care that we, our families, and our friends, are at risk of being killed or maimed in terrorist attacks? Are you planning to prevent us from discussing this topic?
Furthermore, Muslim culture is associated with throwing acid in women's faces, stoning women to death, honor killings, and female genital mutilation.
Should Canadians not care about women's rights?
In addition, Islam is not just a religion, but a political ideology that is hostile to non-Muslims. This is clear from the core Islamic scripture, "Reliance of the Traveller". To understand this, please read this article by renowned attorney Andrew McCarthy:
If you are not familiar with "Reliance of the Traveller", you owe it to all Canadians to read the entire document. You can buy it on Amazon here:
There is also credible evidence that some Muslims are planning to expand Sharia law worldwide, with one example explained in this article:
Are you planning to prevent us from resisting Sharia law?
All these issues and more are confirmed in the book, "Inside Jihad: How Radical Islam Works; Why It Should Terrify Us; How to Defeat It". Endorsed by Senator John McCain, this book was written by a former member of an Islamic terror group. I have read this book, and I highly recommend it to you, especially considering the responsibility you now have to all Canadians.
Given the above realities, it's clear that Canadians actually do have compelling, rational reasons to be concerned about Islam. Sensible Canadians should be concerned about recurring Islamic violence, and about the intentions of some Muslims to expand Sharia law into Canada and throughout the world.
Now, more than ever, we need an ongoing frank and public discussion of Islamic terrorism and the possible spread of Sharia law. Such a discussion would be severely impaired by any law limiting our freedom of speech. That's because it would intimidate Canadians, who would therefore tend to err on the side of caution, and say nothing. So we must not pass any law that would discourage our freedom of speech.
Remember, religion is already protected by anti-hate-crime laws and by the Charter. There is NO reason for additional protection.
Please do NOT criminalize free speech.
I am copying this letter to several other Canadians who will no doubt be similarly concerned about the risk to our freedom of speech posed by Motion M-103. I hope that they too will write to express their concerns.
I look forward to your reply.
New Brunswick, Canada