From Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights & Freedoms, Mar. 17, 2017
The email blast below and attachments have been sent today to all Members of Parliament. We hope you will join and support Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms in this endeavour to protect our Freedom of Speech from the serious threat posed by Motion M-103. Please pass this email on to your friends and other citizens who might be interested and ask them to visit our website and join us for the good of our children, our families and of all Canadians.
Dear Member of Parliament,
A motion will come before the House of Parliament on March 22, 2017, referred to as M-103, which requests that the Government of Canada assign a study to the Heritage Canada Committee, to consider the extent and impact of racism and Islamophobia in the country, and to report back to the House, potentially recommending legislation. Since this motion was proposed, it has raised alarm across Canada, in all sectors and communities, especially among Canadian Muslims. It is imperative that you and your colleagues understand these concerns.
Our newly formed organization, Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms,is a coalition which supports freedom of religion, speech, and expression for all Canadians. The materials provided to you here, a Mission Statement, a Backgrounder on the issues, and a Media Alert about our Ottawa press conference at 12 noon, Monday March 20, together document our concerns. We stand with all MPs in condemning hatred, tyranny, terrorism, bigotry, and the suppression of our rights and freedoms. Therefore, we sincerely ask that you vote against motion M-103.
While many Members of Parliament and some average citizens, academics and media view the motion as benign, even sacrosanct, and condemn those who oppose it as prejudiced, or “Islamophobic,” nothing could be further from the truth. Experience across many countries and jurisdictions, and studies by very credible academics and open-minded civil rights leaders, including Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Jews, view the motion that has been proposed as itself prejudicial. Current wording suggests that one religious community is to be protected, even if it means silencing others and even if there is no evidence to support the notion that this community, the Muslim community, is being victimized at a higher rate that other religious denominations. In fact, they are not and the data shows it.
We, in C3RF, believe that Canadian law, including our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, guarantees an open society. Hate speech, terrorism, and discrimination have no place here. We abhor the proposed motion, which (history and experience shows) could silence constructive criticism of a specific religious belief or ideology, namely a supremacist ideology commonly known as Islamism. Canadians should remain free to question and even to challenge views and practices that are deemed inappropriate, unacceptable and contrary to our long held Canadian values.
Check the follwing attachments for more detail:
Respectfully, on behalf of