Friday, March 24, 2017

M-103: MPs pass motion to condemn Islamophobia Staff
Published Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:10PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:46PM EDT

The House of Commons has passed a motion to condemn Islamophobia and have a House committee study how to prevent it.

MPs voted 201-91 on Thursday afternoon, passing the private member’s motion known as M-103. The motion had drawn criticism from some Conservative MPs who said it could stifle free speech. It also sparked heated debate across the country, with protests held in several cities over the past few weeks...

Late last year a Liberal party backbencher, Iqra Khalid, embarked on a divisive campaign against so-called “Islamophobia” by placing a Private Members’ Motion before Parliament (M-103).

M-103 is not a “blasphemy law” as some on the right have characterized it, it is only a motion. However, it seems to pave the way for more heavy-handed sanctions of expression that may happen to offend certain religious sensibilities. If you believe in free speech, M-103 and its implications need to be understood because it is extremely flawed and opens the door to ugly and divisive identity politics that do not belong in an institution like the Parliament... 

See also...Motion 103, also known as M-103, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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