If Trudeau Won't Defend M-103, Why Should We?

Well, I tried. 

Despite being a dirty ex-partisan, according to a common strain of responses to my columns and tweets, I tried. 

I tried to be calmly rational and precise about what Liberal MP Iqra Khalid's Motion M-103 does and doesn't say about speech and the law, and to defend it against both ignorant and calculated hysteria.

When Rebel Media sent out emails claiming that "Canada is on the verge of passing a law that would prohibit criticizing Islam" and that "If this motion passes, Canadians can be persecuted for expressing any criticism of Islam, even when warranted," I pointed out that M-103 is a motion, not a law, and that it will not change a single comma of existing speech legislation.

I noted that M-103 does not include the word "speech" or mention criminalization. Nor does it "single out" one religion for special treatment, as some critics claim. Where it mentions "Islamophobia," it also refers also to all other "forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination." That is the opposite of singling out.

Sure, parts of the motion read like they were drafted by a freshmen sociology student. And, yes, the term "Islamophobia" would benefit from some definition or context, as former Liberal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler recommended. (Though reasonable minds will agree that the Sainte Foy massacre and some of the protests outside Toronto's Masjid mosque fit the description.)

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