Islamophobia in Parliament


Convivium, 28 September 2017

Convivium editor in chief, Father Raymond J. de Souza shares his testimony to The House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage on M-103. 

OTTAWA – Islamophobia is certainly a bad thing. There are no good phobias, are there?

In March, the House of Commons passed M-103, known as the “Islamophobia” motion, which called for the government to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.”

Controversy erupted over the ambiguity of the term “Islamophobia.” Did it include any comments critical of Islamic doctrine and practice? Islamophobia is a bad thing, but what kind of thing is it exactly?

The House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage is holding hearings on M-103, and I was invited to appear before the committee to offer some views. I appeared on Wednesday, and on the whole it was a positive experience.

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