The Ontario legislature unanimously passed an anti-Islamophobia motion Thursday afternoon, a marked difference from the heated debate happening among Conservatives over a similar motion at the federal level.
The vote passed 81-0.
The motion from Liberal backbencher Nathalie Des Rosiers called on the legislature to “stand against all forms of hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance,” rebuke a “growing tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric and sentiments” and condemn all forms of Islamophobia.
Des Rosiers introduced the motion Dec. 1 in response to incidents in her Ottawa-Vanier riding such as anti-Muslim graffiti, and young women wearing hijabs who were spat on, she said.
The Tories’ support means the Ontario motion has not generated the political debate seen over a similar item in the House of Commons.
However, Des Rosiers said that like Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, who moved the Ottawa motion, she has received “nasty” and “quite racist” comments.
[What “race” is Islam?]
Naqvi [Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, who is Muslim] said he is “disturbed” by the tone and the level of debate the federal motion has generated.
“This is not one of those issues that one starts quibbling about different elements,” he said. “This is about making a very fundamental statement against hatred, be it anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, any other form of hatred.”
A number of federal Conservatives, including several leadership contenders, argue the Ottawa motion singles out one religious group over others and could potentially curtail freedom of speech because it doesn’t define the term Islamophobia.
By design. It is designed to curtail freedom of speech because in Islam, as Muslims repeatedly tell us, there is no freedom of speech in Islam.
Human rights activist Shabnam Assadollahi writes:
Ontario officially accepts Islam as a superior religion.
Muslim brotherhood will next table a law to implement Sharia law in Ontario’s Parliament and judiciary.
Canadian politicians are silent on this however: (click link to watch video)
Previous Creeping Sharia posts plot the fateful trajectory of Ontario.