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Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms (C3RF) – please sign up!
Canadian Citizens For Charter Rights And Freedoms (C3RF) is a group of Canadians who have come together to address Member of Parliament Iqra Khalild'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 LGBT 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 goes further than the petition in that it levels the charge that everyday Canadians and their institutions are riddled with "systemic racism and religious discrimination".
C3RF finds the use of the term "Islamophobia" confusing and alarming. Confusing in that it wrongly equates Islamophobia with anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish, or anti LGBT hate speech. Alarming in that it is part of a well-funded Muslim Brotherhood public relations campaign to deflect legitimately founded criticism of Islamic extremists who seek to replace Canadian Law with sharia law, strike fear into the majority of Muslim leaders and clergy in Canada, and put a chill on legitimate criticism of political Islam.
In the case of M-103, we are very concerned about the Liberal Party's unwillingness to compromise on the use of the term "Islamophobia". C3RF had hoped that the member would have accepted recommendations from various faith communities, free speech advocates, former Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, the Conservative Party, the Muslim-Jewish Dialogue, and other groups to exclude the term and speak to the rights of all religious communities.
MP Khalid's assertion that "Islamophobia" is an "irrational fear of Muslims" stands in contrast to definitions offered up by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). These entities detail "Islamophobia" as the "unfounded fear…of Muslims and Islam." These differences cry out to be discussed and clarified before an informed vote can be taken.
The assertion that the motion is "non-binding", "not a bill" and will not compromise freedom of speech is problematic given the fact that it calls for a 240-day study period that will conclude with recommendations that the "government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
PLEASE SIGN A NEW PETITION:
In view of Motion 103 being passed, we ask you to sign this petition:
Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled
- There is currently no election law at the federal level that allows elected politicians to be removed from parliament; and
- The Liberal Party of Canada election platform in 2015 was to have electoral reform.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to pass a bill that allows for recall referendums.
Meaning: This petition isn't our wording. It won't reverse the vote on M-103 but it will allow us to recall MPs that voted in favour of it or who will try to implement it. It won't implement any of the various electoral reforms proposed by the Trudeau Liberals.
Conclusion: People to the people. If we speak truth to power, they will fall. In 2005, we came within a hair's breadth of Sharia law being introduced in domestic affairs in Ontario and Quebec. Enough complacency or rhetoric. Please mobilize your entire network. Even if our recall referendum does not pass, it is a great idea for letting the non-listening ruling political class know that we the people are not happy. This is how we can protect progressive Muslims who have the most to fear from pro-Islamophobia talk that expressing fear of Islam is a phobia, racism or illness that should be "haram" in Canada.
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Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms
UPDATE ON MOTION M-103 - help make a difference!
The issue of Motion M-103 needs our attention again, now that it has been sent to the Canadian Heritage Committee to gather data and make a recommendation to Parliament. For those who would like to participate, the public can now apply to be a witness to the Standing Committee (even though it has created its own list of witnesses) to discuss M-103.
If you are chosen, (no guarantee since they will check your background), you will have 10 minutes to make an opening statement. You will be part of a panel and have an opportunity to answer brief questions. If there are travel costs to Ottawa, you can apply for repayment, or request to have an audio-conference set up. Please let me know if you decide to participate - please send me a copy of your letter.
No guarantee radical voices won't speak at M103 hearings
Anthony Furey describes the dynamics now that M-103 has passed and is now with the Canadian Heritage Committee to collect data, interview witnesses from across Canada and come up with recommended legislation for our government to create laws.
Although written in March by Christine Williams, it sums up exactly what this motion means, and how it was approved by MPs when it only had only 14 % approval from Canadians. It's important to read it to find out the truth behind the motion. Read here
Latest Article by one of our founders, Major (Ret'd) Russ Cooper
Islamophobia: a rose by any other name?
It would appear that the term "Islamophobia" is inconsistent with the fact that written Islamic doctrine can be seen to be worthy of fear by identifiable groups and individuals. It is also a demonstrated fact that anti-Islamophobia measures include the capacity to curtail free speech rights – even in liberal democracies that make such rights a fundamental premise of citizenship. Accordingly, the Committee for Canadian Heritage must know that it is dealing with a skunk cabbage rather than a rose as it makes findings related to the "quelling" of racism, discrimination and "Islamophobia" in Canada. Their failure to do so stand to dismantle hard won, fundamental freedoms even as repressive powers are raised. Such eventualities will be difficult, if not impossible, to reverse and will not be forgotten by a diminished nation.
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