Canadian Association for Free Expression
Rexdale, Ontario, M9W 5L3
Ph: 905-566-4455; FAX: 905-566-4820
Paul Fromm, B.Ed, M.A. Director
February 19, 2017
For Immediate Release
Free Speech Protest Against Motion M-103 — “Free Speech is Not Negotiable!”
The Canadian Association for Free Expression will hold a protest outside the Mississauga Constituency Office of Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid (Mississauga -Erin Mills) to protest her introduction of Motion M-103. The protest will take place at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 20, 2017 at 3,100 Ridgeway Drive (Suite 35) in Mississauga.
“Miss Khalid, who has disturbing ties to Moslem extremist groups like the Moslem Brotherhood is trying to sneak a motion through Parliament which will pave the way for more restrictions of freedom of speech,” says Paul Fromm, Director of CAFE.
Motion M-103 “condemns Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism” and calls on the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage Committee to study and report back within 240 days on ways to reduce or eliminate “systemic racism … and Islamophobia.
“While the motion is not legislation, it sets the ground work for introduction of restrictions on freedom of speech,” Mr. Fromm warns. “Islamophobia is not defined,” he adds. “Literally meaning fear of or aversion to Moslems, it is worrisomely vague. Is criticism of radical Moslem terrorists Islamophobia? Is criticism of Moslem demands for special treatment — wearing niqabs, burkas, for instance, — Islamophobia?”
“We shouldn’t have to fret or wonder whether a comment we make will be considered Islamophobic,” he insists. “Free speech is not negotiable. Canadians should be free to criticize the tenets of any religion or to reject the behaviour of some members of that faith. There is nothing wrong with Islamophobia. Since 9/11,adherents of that faith have killed hundreds of people in Europe in the name of their religion. Moslems have repeatedly invaded Europe over the past 1200 years and Moslem pirates raided the shores of Southern Europe well into the 19th century kidnapping Europeans for sex slavery or ransom. A sensible person may well have reason to be leery of Moslems and want to know their intentions.”
“This Motion singles out Moslems for special protection,” Mr. Fromm charges. “In fact, Christians like Bill Whatcott are the victims of a legal system that punishes them for expressing verbally their strongly held religious beliefs.”
“As for systemic racism, Whites are the chief victims of anti-White discrimination encouraged by government ’employment equity’ or affirmative action programmes which give special preference to a host of privileged minorities.”
“Motion M-103 is offensive and improper,” Mr. Fromm says. It is not up to Parliament to scold Canadians for their political or religious views. Members of Parliament should listen respectfully to the concerns of their constituents,” he adds.
“Our message to Iqra Khalid is that free speech is not negotiable,” he insists. “We stand for Canada’s traditions — free speech for all, special treatment for none.” We reject a Motion that may be the thin edge of the wedge to the sort of sharia anti-blasphemy laws in place in some backward lands where criticizing the religion of the prophet,” he said, “can lead to prison or worse.”
The Washington Post (August 10, 2016) reported: ” The State Department singled out Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, Pakistan and Mauritania as being among the countries where deviating from the religious norm carries harsh penalties.”
“We note that one of the countries imposing harsh penalties for blasphemy is Iqra Khalid’s birth country — Pakistan,” he says.
Endorsed by le Societe des Quebecois de souche.