Liberal MP Iqra Khalid tables second anti-Islamophobia motion

Liberal MP Iqra Khalid (Mississauga–Erin Mills) tabled on December 1, 2016 motion M-103 entitled “Systemic racism and religious discrimination.” The following is the text of the motion:

Iqra Khalid

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That, in the opinion of the House, the government should:
(a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear;
(b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and
(c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could
(i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making,
(ii) collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and that the Committee should present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
The Canadian Parliament unanimously approved a motion condemning “all forms of Islamophobia.” The motion was tabled by Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP).
The following are excerpts from the debate in Parliament on October 26, 2016:
“Thomas Mulcair: Mr. Speaker, following discussions with all parties in the House, I hope you will find consent for the following motion. I move:
“That the House join the 69,742 Canadian supporters of House of Commons e-petition (e-411) in condemning all forms of Islamophobia.”
“The Speaker:
“Does the hon. member have the unanimous consent of the House to move the motion?
“Hon. members: Agreed.
“The Speaker: The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?
“Hon. members: Agreed.”
The resolution reads the following:
“By unanimous consent, it was resolved, — That the House join the more than 69,742 Canadian supporters of House of Commons petition e-411 in condemning all forms of Islamophobia.”
Petition e-411 adopted by Parliament
Liberal Member of Parliament Frank Baylis (Pierrefonds—Dollard, Quebec) sponsored a petition (e-411 Islam) condemning Islamophobia initiated on June 8, 2016 by Samer Majzoub, President of the Canadian Muslim Forum (المنتدى الاسلامي الكندي).
“Petition to the House of Commons
“Whereas:
“Islam is a religion of over 1.5 billion people worldwide. Since its founding more than 1400 years ago, Muslims have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the positive development of human civilization. This encompasses all areas of human endeavors including the arts, culture, science, medicine, literature, and much more;
“Recently an infinitesimally small number of extremist individuals have conducted terrorist activities while claiming to speak for the religion of Islam. Their actions have been used as a pretext for a notable rise of anti-Muslim sentiments in Canada; and
“These violent individuals do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam. In fact, they misrepresent the religion. We categorically reject all their activities. They in no way represent the religion, the beliefs and the desire of Muslims to co-exist in peace with all peoples of the world.
“We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to join us in recognizing that extremist individuals do not represent the religion of Islam, and in condemning all forms of Islamophobia.”
Islam – the Canadian perspective
Muslim Dawah (outreach, “call to Islam”) activists at Toronto’s Dundas Square, those affiliated with The Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter (WIIC), distributed during recent years a variety of Islamic literature.
The following are the highlights of some of the Islamic books/booklets which were obtained by CIJnews:
Homosexuality is a major sin
‘Liberated’ Western women… are trapped in a form of slavery
Polygamy is permitted in certain conditions
Wife must obey the “commands” of her husband
Wife beating is permissible in certain conditions (“Submissive or subdued women… may even enjoy being beaten”)
Muslims have a duty to spread the message of Islam in society
Prayers to Allah to give Muslims victory over the disbelievers
Non-Muslims of an Islamic State have to pay the jizya (poll-tax) tax
Punishment of flogging for public intoxication and traffickers
Punishment of stoning to death for married adulterers
Punishments of amputation (hand and leg), crucifixion and execution in serious crimes
Punishment of cutting off the hand for the thief
Punishment of execution for apostates
Possession of slaves is permissible in certain conditions.

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