CHEAP SEATS: Islamaphobia motion only hurts those who want to bully others
Last week, the Canadian parliament passed Motion M-103, a non-binding motion that calls on the government to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.”
By the cries heard leading up to it, one might imagine this motion passing meant the end of Canada as we know it, quite a feat for a motion with absolutely no legal might behind it.
Yet those who oppose it have argued everything from there is no reason to have it to it will lead to legislation stopping people from ever criticizing Islam again.
The first point neatly forgets that just seven weeks ago a man walked into a Mosque and shot six people solely because they were Islamic.
The second forgets that the exact same arguments were used when this country was putting together legislation to protect gays and lesbians from homophobia. In fact to protect all kinds of different groups from hate crimes.
The truth is opponents of this type of legislation dislike it because it protects those they wish to direct their anger toward. They are like the bullies who hate the teacher coming out on the schoolyard to stop them from picking on the other, smaller children.
Well, we have never worried about hurting bullies’ feelings. We don’t need to start now.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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