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A friend’s letter to the editor re: non-attack on 11 yr. old’s hijab

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Jan. 18, 2018

To the Editor:

The lie told by a hijab-wearing 11 year-old -girl continues to make waves and make the news here in Canada. The event conveniently took place in advance of a vote on “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia”. The speed with which a news conference was organized and the number of news outlets participated is unbelievable. It appears that a few shrill and  savvy Muslims are successfully manipulating the media in order to gain “special status” for Muslims and sharia law.

Those media savvy Muslims created a win-win for their cause. If the attack took place it proved there’s Islamophobia. If the attack didn’t take place this vociferous minority broadcasts fears of  Islamophobic backlash. Whatever way you cut it we are being brainwashed with that ugly term “Islamophobia”.

But where is this purportedly constant bigotry and violence? We live in a democracy that has embraced thousands upon thousands of Muslims wearing hijabs, and niqabs, as well as those who don’t wear distinctively Muslim dress. Many came here to escape war and starvation and they were accepted here. They have received housing and health care. They have been embraced in schools, libraries, and athletic clubs. I am served at stores and restaurants by women in Muslim dress, and I sit beside Muslim men and women on the bus.

NO OTHER ethnic group in this country is as vociferous about supposed but unsubstantiated maltreatment, and constant demands for special status. Contrary to what Muslims claim, blacks, Jews, and indigenous peoples suffer more racial attacks than do Muslims.

Let’s keep this a democracy that keeps events in perspective and respects everyone’s human rights.

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