The request from the National Council of Canadian Muslims refers to the day of the shooting at a Quebec Mosque in 2017.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims is calling on Justin Trudeau to declare January 29 the “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.”
As noted by the CP, “In a letter to the prime minister released today, executive director Ihsaan Gardee says such a designation would help enhance public education about hate, bigotry and Islamophobia. Last January, six Muslim men were shot and killed and 19 others were wounded in an attack on the mosque during prayers. Alexandre Bissonnette of Quebec City is to stand trial in March on six charges each of first-degree murder and attempted murder.”
Added Gardee, “We must not allow voices of hate, even ones that initially appear to be on the margins, to permeate our public discourse and damage our social fabric.”
A misguided approach
The Mosque shooting was a horrible crime. No Canadian citizen should ever be in fear when they are in a house of worship, and all acts of violence must be unequivocally condemned.
With that in mind, calling for a “National Day of Remembrance and Action against Islamophobia” is a misguided and concerning approach.
That’s because “Islamophobia” is being used by many far-left elitist politicians like Trudeau in order to silence any legitimate criticism of Islam.
After all, we live in what is supposed to be a free country, and because Islam is an idea, it must remain open to criticism – as other faiths are as well.
Additionally, the world – including Canada – faces a serious threat from radical Islamism.
There is no day of Remembrance and Action against radical Islamism, despite the fact that many Canadians have been killed and injured by adherents of that brutal ideology.
If Trudeau was to follow through on the request, other groups would understandably demand more official days of Remembrance for every crime that takes place in the country, which would take things way too far.
We also know that many politicians and groups would use such a day to slander any Canadian who criticized or questioned Islam as “Islamophobic,” and falsely equate them with the terrible act committed on January 29, 2017.
It would be used to erode our freedom of speech and expression, and would further enforce the rigid and stifling political correctness being imposed by the elites.
That’s why it’s an idea the government should not accept.