Last week, Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s motion to combat so called “Islamophobia” made headlines throughout the week. The motion, M103, calls for taxpayer resources to be used to study the issue and provide recommendations for government action by the end of 2017.
During a debate last week, Conservatives argued that because “Islamophobia” is undefined in M-103, the word has led to widespread confusion and fears about freedom of speech. Saskatchewan Conservative MP David Anderson proposed to replace the word “Islamophobia” with a more precise phrase – “hatred against Muslims” in order to reach consensus in the House. However, the Liberals refused to remove the vague and politicized term.
The media and the left believe it’s a “harmless motion” and that opponents to the motion are “hysteric”. But that’s simply not true.
As Candice Malcolm points out, the motion does not distinguish a difference between every day Muslims and fundamentalist Islamists. The motion will conflate peaceful Muslims with zealous Islamists. Unfortunately, the Liberal government has repeatedly shown it isn’t interested in making this important distinction.
It’s clear the Liberals are playing politics with this motion. They’re happy knowing the motion will result in more opportunities to dismiss their rivals as bigots, racists, and Islamophobes.