Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has asked you to designate January 29 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia commemorating the Quebec City Mosque shooting.
Will you also be considering a National Day of Remembrance and Action on June 30 for Zainab, Sahar, Geeti Shafia and Rona Amir Mohammed, drowned by their father Mohammed, step-mother Tooba Yahya, and brother Hamed? Will you consider a day of remembrance for Aqsa Parvez on December 10, strangled by her Father and Brother for refusing to wear a hijab? October 22 for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo? October 21 for Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent?
When a Muslim goes on a killing spree, it is nothing to do with Islam and police are stationed at mosques to protect Muslims from Islamophobia.When Muslims are killed, it has everything to with Islam(ophobia), and police are stationed at mosques to protect Muslims from Islamophobia
How do you choose between Muslim killers and Muslim victims? Are all lives not precious? The Quebec City mosque killing was a tragedy. I strongly condemn all forms of violence, including violence motivated by hatred and bigotry, and I call on all Canadians to affirm their commitment to civil, open dialogue and non-violence but we do not need a day of Remembrance for one tragedy and not for all.
Val is a Founding Member of C3RF, and head of Act! for Canada