“Nothing more than a thought-terminating cliché conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.” So said a former Muslim Imam and a member of the International Institute of Islamic thought about legislation just passed in Canada to criminalize what Parliament calls “Islamophobia.” The headline above is from a newspaper I read while in Edmonton, Canada for a recent seminar. The Islamophobia motion M-103 was proposed by (who else) a Muslim MP whose motion would, in the words of the legislation, “eliminate religious discrimination including Islamophobia.” Here is the strategy. Make up a word. Create the appearance of a prejudice. Presto. You’ve got a specially protected class of people with a religious viewpoint that must be saved from the perceived ravages of discrimination. Never mind that a national poll of Canadian citizens found that only 29 percent of them would actually vote for such a bill. Fortunately, several Members of Parliament who hadn’t lost their sanity argued in opposition to the bill. One of them put it this way: “The word ‘Islamophobia can be used against criticism of Muslim doctrine and practice. Religious people deserve legal protection, but religions do not. People should feel free to criticize the doctrines, history, or practice of any religion.”
Just how far might such a law go? Who knows. Thirty percent of Canadians surveyed saw the measure as a clear attack on free speech. Though this motion in Parliament claims to be intent on protecting all religious discrimination, Islam is the only religion specifically called out. Just imagine trying to pass a similar motion in the defense of Jews or Christians. Wouldn’t happen. And the irony is that the more violent and bloodthirsty the Islamic terrorists get, the more some, like the Canadian Parliament, seems bent on showing discriminatory favor to Islam. This motion of the Canadian Parliament is an attack, not on religious discrimination, but on any criticism of political Islam, even terroristic Islam. Canadians, be careful because the Muslim Big Brotherhood is watching. And never forget the chilling words of President Barack Obama, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
An encouraging word: LOVE CONQUERS HATE
“Pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44 compels us. The “love your enemies” ethic of Christianity isn’t easy to practice. But if I’ve learned anything in all my years of dealing with demons it’s that love is more powerful than hate. Satan has a defense for almost every Christian counter-strategy, but he has no way to defend against unconditional love. Loving people is the path to their conversion and their liberation. The devil can’t understand godly love and he is incapable of mounting a resistance against it.
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