This is what it’s come to, Canada is making “Islamophobia” illegal. Forget that it’s an entirely logical “phobia” and isn’t even a phobia when it’s real. And forget that when people kill in the name of Islam, we seem to get angrier at innocent victims. Really, just forget about facts.
Combating terrorism? Meh. Just don’t say anything bad about Islam.
Calgary was one of six Canadian cities to endorse a charter Monday vowing to eliminate anti-Muslim hate crimes, as community leaders expressed concern about a rise in the number of Islamophobic hate crimes.
“It’s a step to first acknowledge that this is a challenge and this is a real issue, said Hida Fadol of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, a civil liberties group.
“We can’t even address the problem if we don’t acknowledge it exists,” Fadol added.
Other cities signing the charter include Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Windsor and London. Leaders from the six cities held simultaneous news conferences on Monday.
That’s right, an actual charter to eliminate “hate crimes” was created. Without really defining said “hate crimes.” You know why? Because real crime is already labeled as… crime. Theft, arson, murder? They don’t need a footnote. They are illegal. But “hate crime” laws serve to legislate hate thought laws. And this man might be the first victim. A Canadian man was charged and arrested over what he had posted on social media.
Jacques Roy, 47, appeared before a Quebec Court judge on Saturday after he turned himself in to the Montreal police on June 30, said Montreal police spokesperson Constable Jean-Pierre Brabant. Roy was released after agreeing to follow a series of conditions, and his case is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 3.
Brabant said the investigation began on March 26 after someone contacted the Montreal police and reported statements they had read on a social media page. The police investigated and found statements that were hateful toward Muslims, Islam and people from Syria. The author of the statements included Trudeau in some of what he posted, Brabant said.
An arrest warrant was issued on June 16 and the Montreal police were able to contact Roy for the first time last week. He agreed to turn himself in, with a lawyer, and was detained before he appeared in court.
The arrest warrant was made public at the Montreal courthouse over the weekend. In the warrant, Roy is accused of “encouraging hatred against an identifiable group.” The charges are based on statements Roy allegedly made between Feb. 1 and March 26, in a manner “other than a private conversation.”
Now, again, the vagueness is what concerns me. If he did in fact “mutter a threat” against the Prime Minister (which they are also alleging), then that’s a problem. A legitimate death threat against an elected official warrants investigation. But being charged with “hateful toward Muslim” comments on social media? That’d be silly if it weren’t so terrifying. What warrants “hateful”? Who gets to decide? Would an anti-sharia post on Facebook get you on the “no fly list”? Is Justin Trudeau born with it, or is it maybe Maybelline?
These are questions that need answering. Especially if we’re going to be charging people and/or tossing them in jail over their mere opinions, no matter how horrible they may be. I get it, annoying opinions are annoying. But if we used that as the basis for legislation, we’d just drive a snowplow to the nearest Nickelback concert and shovel them into jail by the truckload. Due process matters. Rule of law matters. Freedom of speech matters. Just not in Canada.
Don’t let that happen here. Rather, don’t let that continue to happen here…