The CLARITy coalition stands for liberty and secularism in the face of Islamists. As such, we are vehemently opposed to the federal government of Canada offering an 85-million-dollar budget to an Islamophobia officer.
We are against the establishment of the office, in general, as it offers exclusive protection from criticism to one religion. This is a dangerous precedent to set aligning Canada’s federal government with theocracies such as Iran or Afghanistan. The title of this position says all anyone needs to know about how anti-freedom this contrived position is. While bigotry against Muslims certainly exists, the term ‘Islamophobia’ is a term created by Islamist theocrats to stifle legitimate criticism of various interpretations of Islam. It is beyond belief that the Canadian government carve out a protected position made solely for those theocrats handing them a platform to suppress ‘blasphemy ‘as they do across Muslim majority nations from Pakistan to Iran to Saudi Arabia.
We are also against the specific hiring of Amira El Ghawaby in this role. Muslims in Canada are an incredibly diverse group from many sects. It would be impossible to hire one person to represent the multitude of conflicting beliefs. Unfortunately, the federal government of Canada has chosen to hire someone who represents the most fundamentalist group of Muslims. This gives the false impression that Muslims are one monolithic group of fundamentalists. This is a distorted impression. Many Muslims in Canada, like those who are part of the CLARITy coalition, do not feel represented or supported by this office in government and especially not by the individual appointed.
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