Submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Motion 103

"Islam is peace" George W. Bush

Motion 103: That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination …

For: 201 Against: 91

To counter the inevitable accusations of racism I have included in my submission to the Committee the story of my friendship with a black working girl from West Africa.

I could also have reminisced about Audrey, but she had nothing to do with my future desire to get close and personal with a holy book; the same for my Indian damsel in distress. Then there are my recollections about how Sohrab and I became friends and my time with Bob and Marina.

I will admit to not including the story about how a priest saved my life which may have betrayed an agnostic’s bias towards the teachings of one man in a submission which is very much about religion and how we must remain on guard against the worst it has to offer.

Islamophobia PDF Version

Islamophobia Extended Edition

Is a fear of Islam a legitimate fear and are Canadians being unfairly maligned for voicing their apprehension? That is the question Islamophobia, my submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Motion 103, tries to answer. The "extended" edition, available in print at cost, contains additional information in the form of eight sub-appendices which may be of interest to the Committee and to you should I be invited and agree to appear before it.

Sub-appendix Dead Poets and Songstresses in Chamberlain's Legacy and sub-appendices Zaynab, Safiyyah, Mariya and Aisha join Rayhanah in Massacre of the Banu Qurayzah. Five Weddings and Two Massacres provide further evidence to support an argument that they should not recommend making it a crime to write and talk in less than flattering terms about a man falsely revered, in my opinion, as the embodiment of the perfect human being whose every action is to be emulated as closely as possible.

As to the addition of sub-appendix Muhammad Abdullah on Democracy, Liberty and Western Art as Blasphemies in A Strange Devout New World, perhaps “the play’s the thing” to make them understand what is at stake.

Sub-appendix Daggers are In, Flutes are Out! was added to God in the Canadian Charter of Rights to illustrate a real-world consequence — the education of our children in this instance — of putting scriptures first.

In 2005, when the McGuinty government was set to introduce Sharia tribunals, it was moderate Muslims, who patiently explained the consequences of such a rash decision to a largely clueless electorate, who were the difference. They saved us from ourselves. Sub-appendix Wars-Never-Ending is about returning the favour as is much of my submission to the Committee.

Bernard Payeur