The Demand for Respect: M-103Huffington Post's position is:The non-binding motion has also been the subject of rumours and innuendo from some right-wing blogs in Canada and the United States suggesting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seeking to somehow criminalize criticism of Islam.Huffington Post can't think beyond dividing people into left and right. Dimwits!
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly takes the position thatM-103 is about ensuring that, in Canada, we stand for free and respectful exchanges of ideas and opinions...The demand for respect is coded into the DNA of tyrants.
Joly defines Islamophobia as the:discrimination of Muslim people and people who are of Muslim faith.That seems nonsensical. Islam: an Abrahamic monotheistic religion. Phobia: excessive fear. In view of what they say, can the fear be excessive? Islamophobia is an invented word.
Andrew Scheer released a statement that:It [M-103] singles out just one faith. I believe that all religions deserve the same level of respect and protection.All these religions are about an invisible man who lives in the sky and who sees everything you do. Strangely, no one has ever seen the slightest evidence that this magic sky-man exists. So what level of respect does religion deserve? None!
The "right" is just as wacky as the "left". So is there any sanity?
Well, Maxime Bernier says:We should reaffirm everyone's right to believe in and criticize whatever belief they want, whether it is Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, atheism, or any other.That almost sounds sensible. Except to say that while you may have the right to believe, it may not be ethical to do so. W.K. Clifford made a pretty fair case that it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
Khalid does not to engage critics of her "motion". She prefers to call us "hateful" and dismiss our analysis. So we can be pretty sure that M-103 is just the thin edge of the wedge. I suspect that Maxime Bernier isn't too far off the mark when he characterizes M-103 as a "first step". What next? A Canadian revival of blasphemy legislation?